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Stanley Park Birding - April 14 2013

Posted by birder on Thursday, April 18, 2013
On Sunday the 14th, I went out on the monthly bird count for April run by the Stanley Park Ecology Society. We counted birds around Lost Lagoon and Beaver Lake. Just before I left for Stanley Park, I took some photos of a flock of Pine Siskins in my backyard:

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At the start of the count, it was exciting to see Violet-green and Tree Swallows back on Lost Lagoon to spend the spring and summer. One tree Swallow perched in a tree providing some great looks:

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We walked some more and some Lesser Scaup posed for some photos:
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Near the Lesser Scaup were some Mew Gulls. Mew Gulls are a small gull that are often seen in Stanley Park. On the seawall that goes around the park they are very common, and in Lost Lagoon they can be seen as well. This small gull is identified by size (very small), black wingtips, yellow legs, and a bill without any markings on it.

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The bird-counting group continued to walk. We found some Northern Shovelers. Shovelers are not seen regularly on Lagoon so it was cool to see them:

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From the start of the count, we had seen a surprisingly high number of Ruby-crowned Kinglets. They were literally everywhere you looked! Some of the birds came down low where we could see them well:

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More walking turned up some songbirds. Some of the birds feeding on the ground included these ones:

Golden-crowned Sparrow
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Song Sparrow
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Fox Sparrow
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Not far from those songbirds was this female Common Merganser preening:

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The group now came across a Great Blue Heron. We had seen others earlier on the count but this one was very close. In Stanley Park the herons have become very accostumed to humans. I had to back up to take this photo of this heron getting ready to spear a fish:

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We now headed to Beaver Lake. There were some Northern Rough-winged Swallows flying around, three Bald Eagles soaring above, and we could hear a Red-breasted Sapsucker tapping away on a tree. One cool bird that is hard to be missed on Beaver Lake is the Wood Duck:

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Later, after the count had ended, I picked up this American Goldfinch taking a bath in a pond behind some bushes at Beaver Lake:

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It had been a great day of birding!


Thanks for looking! :)



 

 

 

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