Sept 3 2014 Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary and Boundary Bay. Sunny and Warm 20c
I was good to be birding again. The wind, the sun, the birds, plus meeting more than a few birding friends made for the perfect morning to go birding. There were the two Peters, both photographers and avid birder Floyd. Super birding duo Tak and Mama rounded out the gaggle watching the two rails and sandpipers.
I also met to Ian, a Canadian who now calls Seattle home, his tally of birds has just surpassed an amazing 6000 species. Sorry to tell you Ian, only 4000 more to go!
|A most unusual sight, a Sora (Porzana carolina) in a tree.|
|Virginia Rail (Rallus limicola)|
The first three pictures were all taken at the same spot at the corner of the West field.
|The two rails, the Sora and Virginia Rail fed within feet of the lookout, seemingly oblivious to onlookers.|
|Orange-crowned Warbler (Vermivora celata) with a snail.|
The image below shows the size difference between a Spotted Sandpiper(l) and the Greater Yellowlegs (r)
|Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus)|
|Western Sandpipers (Calidris mauri)|
|Pectoral Sandpiper (Calidris malanotos)|
As the tide ebbed it was time to head back to the dyke. I have learnt to tread carefully as many species of Sandpipers feed well away from the water and close to shore. Sometimes they can so well camouflaged any can be very easy to miss.
On my way back I photographed two Black-bellied Plover and this Pectoral Sandpiper. A careful approach is often rewarded with birds continuing to feed, allowing for a close-up image. I carry a small pad to kneel on so that I stay comfortable and dry. This allows me to keep still as sudden movements will flush the bird.
Reaching the dyke I could see quite a few small birds feeding on the piles of pungent and rotting seaweed that had been washed ashore. At first there were a few Savannah Sparrows, their yellow lores and white bellies shone in the sunshine.
|Savannah Sparrow (Passerculus sandwichensis)|
As the sparrows became used to my partially hidden location a Cooper's Hawk flew past scattering the smaller birds everywhere, a few minutes later a flock of American Pipits arrived in their place.
|American Pipit (Anthus rubescens)|
"It's never too late to start birding"
©John Gordon 2014