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Recent Photos - Queen Elizabeth Park and Stanley Park - March 9 and 10, 2013

Posted by birder on Thursday, March 14, 2013
On the 9th of March, I went out to Queen Elizabeth Park to look for birds. My main target species for the day was Anna's Hummingbirds.

At the main duck pond, the usual things were around. Mallards, American Wigeons, and Canadian Geese were all present. There were also some spring flowers out, including these Crocuses:

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I continued walking. Soon I came to the large garden and it's surrounding areas. Here, I saw and heard some distant hummingbirds and small songbirds, but nothing special.

At the smaller garden below the seasons restaurant, I was treated to a close male Anna's Hummingbird singing and stretching:

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The next day, March 10 2013, and went to Stanley Park to participate in the monthly bird count run by the Stanley Park Ecology Society. A group of about 15 birders came out to count birds. We started counting at the Nature House at Lost Lagoon.

We started walking. Many waterbirds were around.They included Mallards, American Wigeons, Common Mergansers, a male Bufflehead, Canadian Geese, and Common Goldeneyes including this young male:

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More walking turned up this Pied-billed Grebe and male Common Merganser:

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Just a bit farther ahead, a Bewick's Wren was mimicking a Song Sparrow. It was the first time I have seen a Bewick's Wren in Stanley Park. I took some photos:

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Other songbirds were also nearby. Many of the year-round and winter songbirds were present and singing, but no migrants yet. Here are some of the songbirds that were near the Bewick's Wren:

Chestnut-backed Chickadee
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Golden-crowned Sparrow
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Song Sparrow
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Spotted Towhee
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We walked more, and picked up more waterbirds including these male Ring-necked Ducks:

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It was now time to head to Beaver Lake to count birds there. On our walk to the lake, we went through the Rose Garden. At the garden, we heard some Varied Thrush, and saw Canadian Geese. Among the Canadian Geese were three Greater White-fronted Geese that have been in this area all winter:

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At Beaver Lake we saw some more birds. There were some Bufflehead, distant Pine Siskin and Red Crossbill, a Pied-billed Grebe, and some other songbirds and waterbirds. On the way back, the Greater White-fronted Geese were still at the Rose Garden. I stopped one more time to watch them:

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It had been a great weekend of birding!



 

 

 

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