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Iona Inner Ponds - October 6 2013

Posted by Liron on Wednesday, October 9, 2013
On Sunday October 6th, I decided to go to the inner ponds at Iona. The target for the morning was a Palm Warbler, a rarer bird for this area and one that I still need on my life list. The bird didn't show to anybody that day, but other birds were around.

The walk around the ponds started off with songbirds. During my visit I saw four warbler species (Yellow Warbler, Orange-crowned Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, and Common Yellowthroat), but only the Yellow Warbler showed itself for more than just a few seconds:

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The area was filled with Savannah Sparrows. Many were on the path, in the bushes by the path, and some on the mud on the edge of the ponds:

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There were also some Fox, Song, and juvenile White-crowned Sparrows around, but out of those only the White-crowned Sparrows were coming out into the open where I could more easily photograph them:

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Some Marsh Wrens were also around. The ones that I saw were juveniles:

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I now switched my focus from songbirds to shorebirds, because I had spotted four Pectoral Sandpipers feeding on the edge of the pond. The light wasn't the best for photos, but I took some shots anyways:

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The ponds were filled with ducks as well. Lots of Northern Shovelers, Northern Pintails, Gadwall, and Green-winged Teal were present:

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Most of the ducks were far away, but this Green-winged Teal was a bit closer:

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Some Snow Geese were also present. The first of the season for me! Around 150 birds were present, so not too many yet:

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Another birder now spotted a Downy Woodpecker in a bush. The bird was quite hidden so I stuck around for a while to see if it would come out, and it eventually came right out in the open. These are my best shots yet of Downy Woodpecker, so I am very happy! :) 

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I looped around the ponds once more. Not much else was around, but it had been a fun morning of birding! :) 


Later in the afternoon near the Steveston area in Richmond, I picked up a few other species to close the day:

Yellow-rumped Warbler:

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Varied Thrush:

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Merlin:

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It had been a great day of birds!


Thanks for looking! :)





 

 

 

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