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Weekend birding

Posted by Liron on Thursday, May 15, 2014
I'm actually going to start this post not last weekend, but the weekend before that. On May 4th, I participated in the Stanley Park Ecology Society's monthly bird count. I arrived an hour early or so and took a quick walk around. The highlight was a White-throated Sparrow (which was also seen on the count). I spotted it feeding on the path, and took a few distant shots. Unfortunately people acme by and it flew into the bushes, but I got closer, waited, and soon it came out again! The bird came closer and closer to me until it was too close for me to focus my camera! An amazing experience. The bird even sung for a bit, a little lazily, but still awesome! I got my best White-throated Sparrow shots to this date. :D

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In this shot the bird was only a few feet about of the ground, but because I was crouched down very low it was above me:

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Other birds we got on the count included some warblers. There were high numbers present of mainly Yellow-rumped Warblers, but also decent numbers of Orange-crowned, Wilson's, and Black-throated Gray Warblers:

Yellow-rumped Warbler
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Orange-crowned Warbler
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Wilson's Warbler
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On Saturday May 10 2014, I went to Queen Elizabeth Park to go on the walk for Vancouver's Bird Week and World Migratory Bird Day. Jeremiah Kennedy was the leader and he did a great job finding birds. Lots of warblers were present, all singing and feeding on caterpillars. We also got other birds like a few Western Tanagers, Evening Grosbeaks flying over, and a Hutton's Vireo:

Western Tanagers
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Orange-crowned Warblers
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Black-throated Gray Warblers
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Townsend's Warblers
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We also saw two Common Loon fly over. They were very distant, near the clouds and through the rain but I took some record shots as that is a good bird for QE park!

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The next day, Sunday May 13 2014, I spent some time at my "special spot" in the Steveston area of Richmond. This location, as you may recall from posts last year, has the Vancouver area's last breeding Chipping Sparrow population, and the record high counts of Chipping Sparrows species for the Vancouver area. On the 13th I set a new record (not just for the location but for all of the Vancouver area) of at least 18 birds, topping 13 from last year. They were all over the place, it was awesome!

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Lots of other birds were around as well including this Red-tailed Hawk:

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This location also has breeding Bullock's Orioles which I love seeing every year. I got my best shots yet of this species on the 13th of an adult male who gave me killer looks as well has his companion, a young male oriole. Such a beautiful bird, and one that I find not easy to photograph! This bird is much harder in the Vancouver area than in other places like the Okanagan, so I always enjoy seeing them! :) 

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I also got to see a new species for my list at this location: Hutton's Vireos! I saw a small bird fly into a tree and I went to check it out. There I found two birds, at a nest! Very neat!

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It has been a great few weekends of birds! This coming weekend I have lots of good birding on the agenda, so stay tuned!:) 

Thanks for looking! :)




 

 

 

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