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Another visit to Queen Elizabeth Park - April 4 2013

Posted by birder on Friday, April 5, 2013
On the fourth of April I managed to get out to Queen Elizabeth Park for the second time this week. Last time (the 2nd), the highlight for me was seeing Pacific Wrens singing out in the open. This time, I only heard the wrens.

I started my walk at the main duck pond. There were Mallards, American Wigeons, Canadian Geese, but not much else. I walked towards the large garden, exited the garden, and came to a meadow that is great for birds (but not in the winter). Here, there wasn't too much activity, but a pair of Bushtits were very happy to pose for me:

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I now headed towards the small garden. When I arrived there, I noticed some Spotted Towhees around, so I took some photos:

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I continued walking, and headed to the rose garden by the pitch and putt golf course entrance. On the way, I heard some kinglets. A few of them (out of about 15) came down low where I could see them and identify them as Golden-crowned Kinglets. I took some photos:

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I now arrived at the rose garden. Here, another Spotted Towhee posed for me:

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After photographing that towhee, I heard two birds singing in the garden. I knew I recognized the song, but I couldn't remember who made it. Then I saw one of the birds singing: a White Crowned Sparrow. Now I remembered! One of the two sparrows was very willing to pose for me:

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I now headed over to the Ontario and 33rd pond. That pond is great waterfowl in the winter and warblers and flycatchers in spring, but it was a bit early for the songbirds so I settled for many American Wigeons, Mallards, two Bufflehead, and a female Hooded Merganser. Here is a photo of a male Bufflehead on the pond:

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I walked back towards the meadow I mentioned earlier. Before I had gone far, I ran into a pair of Black-capped Chickadees excavating a nest hole:

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It was now starting to rain hard! I had waterproofing on my camera, however, and I managed to see this Cooper's Hawk fly into a tree:

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It was now bucketing rain! I picked a pair of Gadwall before leaving the park.


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