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Capilano and Lonsdale Quay - April 3 2013

Posted by birder on Thursday, April 4, 2013
On April 3, I went to Capilano and Lonsdale Quay. I passed through Lonsdale Quay on my way to Capilano. There were some guillemots around, but not in good spots for photos.

I then continued to Capilano. I arrived at about 10:00 AM and began to walk through the forest. A lot of Varied Thrushes, American Robins, chickadees (chestnut-backed and black-capped), Golden-crowned Kinglets, Pacific Wrens, and more were present.

I soon came to a spot where I could see the river. I looked down, and saw two birds on the rocks. American Dippers! After I watched for I while, I discovered that these birds had a nest nearby (that I could see).

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It was nice to see the dippers! Nearby, I noticed some more chickadees and two Brown Creepers busy feeding. I took some photos:

Brown Creeper
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Black-capped Chickadee
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More walking in the forest turned up many Pacific Wrens:

Pacific Wren
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I now came to the salmon hatchery. I have seen dippers in that area before, so that was the bird I was looking for. It wasn't long before one showed up. I managed to take my first eye-level Dipper shots! (usually I see them from bridges or places where I can't access the river). The bird was on the other side of the river, but I still had good views.

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The dipper wasn't the only bird that caught my attention however. Two kingfishers (a male and a female) were also nearby in trees:

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I did a little more walking in the forest and found more Brown Creepers, kingelts, thrushes, wrens, and chickadees. One American Robin (a type of thrush) was busy working on a nest. It wasn't the robin but this Brown Creeper that wanted to pose for my camera, however:

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It had been a great day at Capilano! It was now 2:40 so I headed to Lonsdale Quay for 20 minutes to try for some birds there. Some of the Pigeon Guillemots were really close up:

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There were also three Western Grebe swimming around. Two of the birds were doing some displays including the "rushing" display (which I unfortunately didn't mange to photograph). I guess they starting their displays before flying inland to where they breed. These photos were taken into the sun so the lighting isn't the best:

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It had been a great day of birds!


Thanks for looking.



 

 

 

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