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Queen Elizabeth Park - February 10 2013

Posted by birder on Tuesday, February 12, 2013
On February 10th, I went to Queen Elizabeth Park in the morning. My walk started at the main duck pond. Here, there were many Mallards, and in the field beyond the pond there was a flock of around 75 American Wigeon.

I continued walking. On this side of the park, there were not many birds. Soon however, I got to the area around the rose garden and tennis courts. This area seems to be the best spot for birds in Queen Elizabeth Park at this time of year. The first spot I checked in this area was the trees by the tennis courts across the road from the rose garden. There were the usual Red-breasted Nuthatches, but it was tapping that caught more of my attention. I looked where I heard the tapping and saw a Red-breasted Sapsucker in a tree that I had seen the bird in before. This tree is covered in sap and holes from the sapsucker. I took some photos, but the bird was hard to see in the branches. I got lucky when the bird flew down to a spot where I could see it much better. I took this photo now:

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I left the sapsucker and searched the trees bordering the rose garden. I heard some Steller's Jays and got some quick glimpses of them, saw a Purple Finch in the distance, and watched and photographed some Northern Flickers. I counted four flickers from this spot in total in a couple minutes. Two of the flickers flew down to the ground and started feeding. I took these photos:

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This one is a male red shafted x yellow shafted Northern Flicker hybrid:
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There were many robins in the area as well. One robin walked right up to me. I wondered why it had done this, and moved away a bit to give it space. Once I had moved it grabbed a worm that had been very close to where I was standing. Though common, these birds are fun to watch.

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I now walked back to the tree that the sapsucker likes. The nuthatches were still there, and I spent some time watching and photographing them as they fed. 

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Near the nuthatches, a Steller's Jay was moving around in the tops of trees. I took some photos of it:

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After watching and photographing these birds, I checked one more time for the Red-breasted Sapsucker. The bird was on it's tree, feeding. I took some photos:

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It had been a great morning of birding!



 

 

 

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