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Birding in Stanley Park - January 13 2013

Posted by birder on Friday, January 18, 2013
On the 13th of January, I participated in the Stanley Park Ecology Society's monthly bird count (as I do each month). The group of 22 (possibly the most ever on one of these counts) set off at Lost Lagoon at about 10:10 AM on the 13th to begin birding.

As we started walking, we some some Song Sparrows feeding on the ice. It was cool to watch! I took some photos including this one:

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We continued counting, and soon came upon a tree with 4 small birds in it. One was a Pine Siskin, but the 3 others were Common Redpolls! It was a lifer (the first time I have seen this bird). Here are two photos of the redpolls (there were 2 females and a male, but only the females wanted came out of the cover of the branches).

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As we continued to walk, many more birds showed up. These included a surprising number of Red Crossbills. Most of the time they were far away, but I still got the best photos I have ever gotten of this species.

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Other birds in the area around the crossbills included plenty of Spotted Towhees (the first photo) and a Brown Creeper (second photo):

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We continued birding. Soon, we came across a juvenile Cooper's Hawk perched in a tree. A very cool bird!

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Not to far away from the Copper's Hawks were flocks of ducks huddled on the ice. Birds in these flocks included Wood Ducks, Ring-necked Ducks, American Wigeons, and Mallards. Beyond the flocks out in the small bit of water that hadn't frozen were some Common Goldeneye, Bufflehead, and a Pied-billed Grebe. Here are two photos, one of two male Ring-necked Ducks in this spot and one of a male American Wigeon on some ice.

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Just beyond these birds we were got to watch an otter enjoying a carp. I took a couple photos:

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Past the otter was another group of ducks in this group were Lesser Scaups, one female Greater Scaup, Common Mergansers, Mallards, American Wigeons, Wood Ducks, and more. Here are some photos of birds in this flock:

Wood Ducks (male and female)
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Lesser Scaup (male)
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Greater Scaup (female)
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Common Merganser (male)
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On the path by the ducks we were treated to see two Greater White-fronted Geese with some Canadian Geese. After seeing these, we headed off to Beaver Lake. We passed through the rose garden where we saw another Greater White-fronted Goose. Here are photos of these geese:

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We continued walking and soon arrived at Beaver Lake. Here, we saw many birds including Wood Ducks, both Black-capped and Chestnut-backed Chickadees, a Brown Creeper, a Hairy Woodpecker, and many Red-breasted Nuthatches including this one:

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The count was now over, and it had been a great count! 

Thanks for looking!



 

 

 

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