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Stanley Park Birding - January 3 2013

Posted by birder on Wednesday, February 6, 2013
On the third of February, I went to Stanley Park to do the monthly bird count run by the Stanley Park Ecology Society. I always love these bird counts. They give new birders a chance to learn, and experienced birders a chance to do what they love to do. Also, I enjoy birding in a group because you get to talk about bird news you heard, or you get to discuss ID's on the spot.

I was also excited for this count because I would get to try out my flash that I had recently bought. It is a Sigma EF-610 DG Super Flash, and I love it (the results were great).

One of the first bird species we got to see was a flock around 15 Common Redpolls. Last count I got my lifer redpolls (we saw three that time), so this was my second time seeing this species. I took some photos of the birds, including this one of a male:

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More walking turned up many ducks including this Pied-billed Grebe. At first it was far off, but then it came closer and I took this photo:

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The group continued to walk and we picked up many songbirds. These included Dark-eyed Juncos, Song Sparrows, and these two guys:

Spotted Towhee:
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Fox Sparrow
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After a while of viewing songbirds, we resumed our walk. We came to the stone bridge at the lagoon. Here, there were many more ducks and songbirds. A little farther, one of the Common Goldeneyes in the area came a posed for some photos:

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As on most counts, the next part of the lagoon was very quiet in terms of birds. It was a while before I took more photos, and they were of a large flock (75 birds) of Pine Siskin.

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Beyond the Pine Siskins there is a marsh where a Virginia Rail has been lately. The bird didn't show up, but a little farther we stopped to view these birds:

Ring-necked Duck
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Lesser Scaup
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Common Merganser
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Common Goldeneye
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Great Blue Heron
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The group now walked to Beaver Lake. Beaver Lake turned up 2 Downy Woodpeckers (though they didn't want to pose for photos), ducks including Mallards, Wood Ducks, and at least six Bufflehead, six Canadian Geese, and more. As usual, there were also many chickadees. I took some photos, and captured a nice photo of this Chestnut-backed Chickadee:

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During the count I had been told by another counter that she had seen a Redhead at the Devonian pond (near one of the downtown entrances to the park). I headed to the pond and, sure enough, this first-winter male Redhead was happy to have it's photo taken:

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It had been a great day of birding! It was only the third time I had seen a Redhead and only the second time I had seen a Common Redpoll.

I'm loving the flash I mentioned, it really made some of the photos you see on this post much better!



 

 

 

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