Jan 21 2014 Serpentine Fen and Surrey Lake.
The inversion which has been blanketing the Lower Mainland in thick fog led me to re-think where I was going to bird. Originally I meant to go to Boundary Bay but with so little sun the option was to visit the Serpentine Fen where the fog had already lifted and the light was perfect.On a good day Western Meadowlark or American Bittern can be seen. A few years ago a Cattle Egret stayed but unfortunately died when cold weather arrived. A Red-tailed Hawk scoured the pathway for prey. American Wigeon, Mallard, Bufflehead, Red-breasted Merganser and Double-crested Cormorants bathed or fed on the Serpentine River. A Belted-kingfisher could be heard rattling away but not seen. A Northern Harrier glided across the fields spooking the flocks of Green-winged Teal into the air.
|A Double-crested Cormorant dries its wings in the Serpentine River.|
|The master fisher catches another fish.|
|Look at those eyes!|
I then made my way home via Surrey Lake where this Cooper's Hawk was looking for any movement in the hedgerow below.
At Surrey Lake the highlights were five Ruddy Duck as well as Bufflehead, Northern Shoveler, Lesser Scaup, Ring-necked Duck, Common Merganser and a pair of Pied Grebe.