Saturday, August 21, 2010

Welcoming Fall Migrants to B.C...

Once again, my best friend, Robbie and I, visited the George C. Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary on Westham Island. Although the forecast called for morning showers, the sky was blue, with only a few scattered clouds here and there to keep things interesting. The temperature was more reasonable, at a lovely 21c; a far cry from the 28-35c temperatures of only a week ago. We were hoping to see a few Fall migrants and Westham Island did not disappoint. To follow is my photo record of the day...


First up, a regular resident ~ a beautiful Mallard peaking out from behind the daisies...


...while this one takes a load off to enjoy the last little bits of summertime sun...


Life bird number one, for the day, was this rare find ~ a Cackling Goose...


...much cuter and less annoying than their larger cousins, the Canada Goose...


A migrant that I always enjoy observing every year, this time, is the beautiful Lesser and Greater Yellowlegs...




..and several small flocks of Long-billed Dowitchers. We will see greater numbers of these shorebirds as the summer winds down in British Columbia.


...another migrant is the American Coot. Greater numbers will begin to turn up here, along with Scaups, Northern Shovellers, Buffleheads, and American Wigeons.

Another rare find is the Pectoral Sandpiper. These beautiful Sandpipers prefer colder climates, spending most of the summer in the Northwest Territories and Alaska. We should see more of these over the coming weeks.


We saw many song birds too, including this juvenile Spotted Towhee...


..and this rather exhausted looking Rufous Hummingbird. Soon the hummingbirds will move south for the winter...


Another Fall visitor, is this White-crowned Sparrow


The birds weren't the only critters in the air....this lovely moth was enjoying some nectar from a daisy, as well.

This is a very exciting time of year for birds in British Columbia. Migrants will pass through the Pacific Flyway and, hopefully, plan to make coastal British Columbia their home, if only for a short while. With any luck at all, we will be there to greet them when they arrive. Until next time, my friends...

5 comments:

  1. Fun post! By the way I believe that is a type of butterfly called a Skipper in your last photo.

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  2. Kimberly, wow great to see your blog. I just found it through Google reader. Great photos. I agree with Bosque Bill. It's a Firey Skipper.
    I was at Reifel on Thursday. Saw the Cackling geese, Pectoral Sandpiper, Dowitchers, Semipalmated Sandpiper too. Three of them were life sitings for me too!
    Great to find your blog. You'll probably be hearing from me. Stop by and check out my blogs if you've a mind
    Robin, Aldergrove

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  3. wonderful post and photos Kim

    dan

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  4. Excellent post and photos! Great sightings. Beautiful reflections on the Lesser and Greater Yellowlegs photos. Your blog is always a joy to view!

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  5. Wonderful post!! You already have White-crowns!?! I love those birds :-))

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