July 5, 2013 Grouse and Cypress Mountain. SunnyFollowing my most excellent road trip mentioned in previous blogs I came home to much grass cutting, pond cleaning and planting. Birding took a backseat while I slowly caught up with things. The Lower Mainland weather has been so hot that birding and gardening has to be done early in the day. By 5 a.m Friday I was making my way to hopefully photograph a male Nashville Warbler on Grouse Mountain. Didn't really know if it would still be there, The bird had been first reported about ten days ago so who knows. I soon joined fellow photographer/birders Raymond and Tak, both had visited the location before and within twenty minutes and with the sun still behind the mountains the colourful songster arrived and gracefully posed for us. What a beautiful bird the Nashville Warbler is! Some distant firs created a pastel background so perfect for the 500mm F4 and a 1x4 converter combination. Just another day in 'birdie' paradise!
|Nashville Warbler Vermivora ruficapilla)|
|The Nashville can be found along the power line east of the Grouse Mountain "D" parking lot.|
|None of these pictures would be possible without the generous sharing of information by other birders. One reason why Birding is North America's most popular pastime.|
|Band-tailed pigeon (Columba fasciata)|
|Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus)|
The Pacific variation of the spotted towhee has spotted wing-bars.
|MacGillivray's Warbler (Oporornis tolmiei) Grouse Mountain|
Technically far from perfect but something to improve on subsequent visits.