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Burnaby Birding - May 16 2013

Posted by birder on Saturday, May 18, 2013
With all the Sooty Grouse reports and photos coming in from Burnaby Mountain, I just had to go there to try to find the grouse.

I arrived at the end of Centennial road, and started walking around. It did not take me long before I heard some hooting in a tree, and had seen and photographed my first Sooty Grouse! I spoke to another birder who said that earlier that morning he had been on the ground displaying. Even though the grouse wasn't displaying, I was excited to see it! Soon the grouse moved to a spot where it was more out in the open:

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Other birds were around the grouse. Orange-crowned Warblers, Wilson's Warblers, Yellow-rumped Warblers, and Townsend's Warblers were all present. I could also hear some Pacific-slope Flycatchers calling. Soon, about 10 Vaux's Swift flew over. Later on, another 20 came over:

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As the songbirds moved through the trees, another birder pointed out the song of a Cassin's Vireo, but it did not show itself . Later on, it started singing again, and this time it made a brief appearance:

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It was the first time I had seen a Cassin's Vireo, so it was a life list addition! #374. Second lifer of the day!


I now walked around a bit, and managed to pick up more warblers, some Dark-eyed Junco, a Red-breasted Sapsucker, and more. I returned to the Sooty Grouse, and now, even though the bird hadn't moved, the light was much better. I took some more photos:

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The action at Burnaby Mountain was fading off, so I went down to Piper Spit at Burnaby Lake.

There were lots of Brown-headed Cowbirds around. Many males were in trees singing. Some came down to the ground where most of the females were:

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I walked some more, and heard some high-pitched honking. A Cackling Goose! Sure enough, there was not one but two Cackling Geese preening and bathing:

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There were other waterbirds around including Mallards, Gadwall, and many Wood Ducks. Here are two photos of two of the many male Wood Ducks that were present:

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Another waterbird that came by were this pair of Cinnamon Teals. I only managed ID shots as they zipped by:

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Many swallows were around. There were lots of Tree Swallows and Violet-green Swallows, but there were also smaller numbers of Barn Swallows, Northern Rough-winged Swallows, and Cliff Swallows flying around. I tried for some flight shots, but none came out too well.

I soon heard a Killdeer, and sure enough, one was flying around. I got some shots of the Killdeer:

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Before going to walk around on the trails, I saw this Song Sparrow fledgling following around it's parents:

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I now went for a longer walk. Some songbirds like Swainson's Thrush, Purple Finch, one Wilson's Warbler, Black-capped Chickadees, and Pine Siskin were present, but the only songbird that wanted to pose for me was this Spotted Towhee:

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It had been a great day of birding in Burnaby!



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