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Boundary Bay - 64th-72nd streets and Tsawwassen Ferry Jetty (February 2 2013)

Posted by birder on Tuesday, February 5, 2013
On Sunday, I went out birding at Boundary Bay. By the road there were many Bald Eagles. When I arrived at foot 72nd street at 9:10, there was a big group of people watching a Long-eared Owl perched by road. I took some photos:

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I continued up to the dyke, and walked towards 64th street. There were three Yellow-rumped Warblers, including this one:

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Beyond the Yellow-rumped Warblers, I spotted many Northern Flickers. Most were quite far away, but this bird (a Red-shafted x Yellow-shafted hybrid) was close enough for some photos:

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From the dyke, I now began to see some Northern Harriers in the marsh. Some were flying, and some, like these two, were perched:

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On the shoreline beyond the harriers were many Canadian Geese. It took two Bald Eagles, and the whole flock of 200+ birds was gone. While they were flying away, I noticed a Snow Goose mixed in the with the flock. Also, farther out, I spotted a male Eurasian Wigeon swimming with some American Wigeons which was also neat.

I continued to walk, and I spotted a Rough-legged Hawk flying over a farm field. It landing in a bush, and I took some photos. It was the first time I had photographed this species and only the second time I had seen a Rough-legged Hawk. Here is a photo of the bird:

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Near where I was watching the Rough-legged Hawk I stumbled upon this juvenile Peregrine Falcon in a tree:

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More walking resulted in a second Long-eared Owl hidden deep in a bush, as well as this hawk. I have got two people thinking this is a Cooper's Hawk and two people thinking this is a Northern Goshawk. If anybody has an opinion, I would love to hear it.

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I now came to the spot where the Snowy Owls have been. I counted 6 birds on the roofs of buildings near the green houses, and two birds out in the marsh. From the dyke, and snapped some photos of the owls. Here is a photo of the two in the marsh (with some Dunlin and a gull):

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I now turned around and started walking back towards 72nd street. I stopped to watch this Northern Harrier on the way:

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I now came across a large group of people. They were watching a Short Eared Owl moving around a small area. I stopped to take some photos of the bird:

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I felt I had covered most if not all the birds that were around at Boundary Bay, so I headed to the nearby Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal. When I arrived, I saw some Common Goldeneye, and a couple other ducks. What interested me was a group of Brant geese. Some birds were on land and others were in the water. I carefully approached the birds, and managed to capture my best shots of this species of goose yet:

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Near the Brants was a pair of Black Oystercatchers, but not in a good spot for photos. I continued walking around and came across a second pair of oystercatchers. One bird posed nicely while I took photos of it:

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I now walked a little more and took some Bufflehead photos before leaving the terminal. It had been a great day of birding! Here are two Bufflehead shots:

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Thanks for looking!



 

 

 

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