Yesterday, after work, I decided to stop by my local urban park ~ the Richmond Nature Park. Over the last several months, the park has undergone a major restoration project, with the aid of the Richmond Nature Park Society, The City of Richmond Parks Department, Engineering students from UBC, and the Richmond Cadets. Together, they removed the fencing around the pond, pulled up many invasive species, and replanted trees and shrubs native to British Columbia. Many unique artwork pieces have also been erected, in the gardens. They did an absolutely amazing job and, judging from the turn-out at the feeders and adjacent trees, the birds think so too!
Here are just a few of the birds and critters I was privileged to spend time with, during my one hour tour...
A Downy Woodpecker
A Red-breasted Nuthatch
A Black-headed Grosbeak [...and a Life Bird for me!]
A Rufous Hummingbird
A Purple Finch [female]
A Purple Finch [male]
A Black-capped Chickadee
An invasive Bull Frog
..and, last but certainly not least, Mr. Whiskers, the resident Douglas Squirrel!
If you're ever in the Richmond area, I highly recommend stopping by! You won't be disappointed!
Since I have been ill, the last few days, I thought I would forego tomorrow's "Wings on Wednesday", to bring you my recent photo highlights from the George C. Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary, on Westham Island. I hope you enjoy them...
A handsome Gadwall
A coy Cackling Goose
A friendly Marsh Wren
A shy Barn Swallow
A pair of Tree Swallows
A colorful House Finch
A Yellow-rumped Warbler
A photogenic female Red-winged Blackbird
..and last, but not least, a very motherly Sandhill Crane [currently warming two eggs]. I hope to bring you photos of the colt[s] very soon.
My name is Kimberley [@BCBirder on Twitter] and, when I'm not working, or taking care of my two sons, I love to spend time outdoors, observing and photographing birds and wildlife that can be found in and around Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
My blog primarily focuses on our fine feathered friends, with an occasional frog, turtle or squirrel thrown in for good measure.