Sunday, June 20, 2010

Happy Bird Day!

After many weeks of poor weather, here in Vancouver, British Columbia, Robbie and I took full advantage of the Friday morning sunshine by hitting all of the local birding hotspots.

We started out at Elgin Heritage Park, in South Surrey, where we saw many varieties of songbirds, geese, a lone Spotted Sandpiper and Northern Flickers. Next we paid a visit to the George C. Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary, on Westham Island. We went to the Sanctuary to see the Sandhill Crane chick and although one of the trails was completely blocked off to keep visitors away from the new family, we found them outside of the barricades. Apparently, Sandhill Cranes can't read and we were thrilled! Robbie and I were careful to keep a safe distance away from the family, since Sandhills are known to be quite aggressive and protective of their space. Sadly, there were other visitors that were not as courteous, approaching them without a care. We watched as the male Crane attacked. Sweet justice.

We capped off the day with a trip to the Richmond Nature Park. To follow is a photo record of our day...

Female Northern Flicker ~ Elgin Heritage Park

Male Red-winged Blackbird ~ Elgin Heritage Park

White-crowned Sparrow ~ Elgin Heritage Park

Great Blue Heron ~ Elgin Heritage Park

Barn Swallow ~ Westham Island

Barn Swallow nesting ~ Westham Island

Sandhill Cranes ~ Westham Island

Mallard with 4 ducklings ~ Westham Island

Canada Goose Gosling ~ Westham Island

Cedar Waxwing ~ Westham Island

Scrumptious berry ~ Westham Island

Purple Iris ~ Richmond Nature Park

Female Rufous Hummingbird


  1. Sounds like a very enjoyable day of birding. Wonderful photos! So glad the weather has cleared so we can view more of you beautiful images. I've missed your posts.

  2. The baby crane is adorable. looks like a great day of birding.


  3. OH I love the photo of the baby crane.Barn swallow...Great blue heron on the cool...and of course all of them are glad u had a nice day to bird.

  4. Excellent post and photos Kimberley! I love the Sandhill Cranes!