Posted by birder on Saturday, June 15, 2013
On June 8th 2013, I went out to Queen Elizabeth Park for some birding.
At the duck main duck pond, four Gadwall were present (three males and one female). The males were all fighting for the female, but in the end, one male (and the one that I thought looked the best) swam off with the female.
The new pair of Gadwalls then took some time to clean themselves:
I continued walking, and soon I came across some Bushtits. Two adults were very busy trying to manage all of their recently fledged young:
My next photos were also of a recently fledged bird. I soon came across some young Anna's Hummingbirds:
I now went to check on the Cooper's Hawk nest that is in the park. At first there wasn't much activity, but then, I heard the male hawk calling. He had caught something. As usual, he brought it to the female, and she took it up to the nest.
On my last visit to Queen Elizabeth, I could tell she was feeding a chick in the nest, but I couldn't see the young bird. On this visit, I managed to get some photos of the chick as the female fed it:
I decided I would head back in the direction of the pond with the Gadwall (the main duck pond). On the way there, I came across this Red-breasted Nuthatch. This bird seems like it might also be recently fledged:
Before I left Queen Elizabeth Park for the day, I went back to the Gadwall. The pair was together, and the other two males were feeding in a different area. I took some photos of the males:
It had been a great while of birding at Queen Elizabeth Park!
The next day, the 9th of June, I went to Stanley Park to participate in the monthly bird count there that is run by the Stanley Park Ecology Society.
Before the count started, three eagles that were soaring above were getting chased by gulls. I took some photos:
When the count started, the first notable bird that we got were two Caspian Terns that flew over (a good bird for Stanley Park). There were really far away for photos though. Some Northern Rough-winged Swallows perched near us did provide some good looks, however:
Near the stone bridge at Lost Lagoon, a pair of Mute Swans were doing their thing. The Mute Swans at Lost Lagoon have clipped wings so they are not wild.
The group now came across some Cedar Waxwings.
While we were walking to Beaver Lake, this Northern Flicker provided some great looks:
Once at Beaver Lake, we were surrounded by the songs of Swainson's Thrushes. I managed to spot one bird, and I got some of the few photos I have of this elusive species:
One the water at Beaver Lake there were some birds including these Wood Ducks:
For the second year in a row, Pied-billed Grebes nested on Beaver Lake in Stanley Park. As of the 9th on the count there were two chicks being fed by and adult. Here is a photo of one of the chicks with its parent:
Two non-bird shots from the day were these:
Red-eared Sliders (turtles)
So far, the day had brought some great birds! In the afternoon, I went to an area of Richmond near Steveston where there are always good birds like Chipping Sparrows and Bullock's Orioles.
Today, there were more Chipping Sparrows than i have ever seen before. In total there were at least 8, including a recently fledged bird being fed by and adult:
I now scored a male Bullock's Oriole who was calling as he moved through the trees:
The last photos of the day were of these American Coots. I don't think they are that common breeder's here so it was cool to see this pair with a chick:
It had been a great weekend of birding!