Sunday, October 17, 2010

Fall Highlights from Westham Island

We spent some time over on Westham Island today, visiting the George C. Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary. First up was a big surprise ~ A Black-crowned Night-Heron, perched low in a tree. A short walk down the trail revealed a sneaky female Wood Duck, caught red-handed on the feeder and desperately trying to avoid eye contact with me.

The migrant Sandhill Cranes were present [about 12 in all], as well as the resident family of 3. Oddly, there were very few Canada Geese present, clearly replaced by a huge flock of Snow Geese. The flock of Long-billed Dowitchers were also napping by the blue tower.

All in all, it was very busy at the Sanctuary, with plenty of air traffic moving in and out throughout the day.

I did manage a Life Bird today ~ An Eared Grebe. To follow is my photo record of my sightings...


  1. Great shots. I saw that Grebe too the other day. It was diving along the edge of the west dike. It was fun to see it swimming under water!
    Also saw that funny looking Hybrid. Strange!
    I haven't seen the Night Heron for awhile now. Nice shots of it. They are rather elusive.
    I think I saw everything you saw!

  2. superb photos Kim, Looks like such a wonderful spot and time of year to be there.


  3. Fantatic post and photographs! Looks like a great area to view a variety of birds. Love the Sandhill Crane profile and Black-crowned Night Heron images. Great work, as usual!

  4. Looks like you had an outstanding day!! Wonderful post and photo journal, Kim!