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Lost Lagoon in Stanley Park - November 17 and 24 2013

Posted by Liron on Saturday, November 30, 2013
I have spent a lot of time in Stanley Park lately! Much of this time has been on the seawall (post on that coming soon), but I have also done some birding in Lost Lagoon.

On November 17, I participated in the Stanley Park Ecology Society's monthly bird count. Many birds were around the lagoon to be counted, including lots of waterfowl! The lagoon had many species of ducks including these ones:

Bufflehead:

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Lesser Scaup:

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A bit farther along the trail, we got some good looks at a male Common Merganser and a male Hooded Merganser on a log:

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We now started nearing the stone bridge which is at the far west end of the lagoon. Here, first up was this juvenile Cooper's Hawk, one of the many birds of prey that we counted at Lost Lagoon (there were also 4 or 5 Bald Eagles and 1 Red-tailed Hawk).

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A little bit farther ahead was this Song Sparrow, and right beside it was a raccoon. Unfortunately the raccoons at Lost Lagoon have become accustomed to people and now sometimes chase people hoping to get food.

Song Sparrow:

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Raccoon:

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Also by the stone bridge at Lost Lagoon were some American Goldfinch including this one:

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Here is a bonus photo, also from the 17th. This one is from Beaver Lake. The White-throated Sparrow had almost completely eluded my eyes and completely eluded my camera lens so far this winter. That changed when this sparrow hopped up onto this branch briefly but long enough for me to get some shots that I am happy enough with! :) This is a tan-stripe bird:

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On Sunday November 24, I came to Stanley Park again to participate in the annual seawall waterbird survey. I arrived an hour before the survey started, so I spent some time getting low-angle shots of the ducks on the lagoons. There were some great fall colours reflecting on the water, making for some great shots!

First up were some Hooded Mergansers. For the most part, they stayed away from the areas with fall colours reflecting on the water, but I got some good shots anyways:

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Finally, one moved into an area where I could get some colour on the water:
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There was lots of action going on with the mergansers! Many of them were busy catching fish:

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The males also spent some time displaying for the females, but they were not close enough for anything much better than this:

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Next up were some Common Goldeneyes. They were much happier to move into the areas with reflections on the water than the Hooded Mergansers:

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The next bird to pose was not a duck, but this Pacific Wren. It looks like it has a seed or a berry in its beak, but that is actually part of an insect that it was eating:

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Thanks for looking! I hope you enjoyed the photos. :)



 

 

 

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