The escapee budgerigar is still flying with a mixed flock of Brewer's Blackbirds and Starlings. It has been there all summer after 'flying the coop' in Ladner. A few weeks back the owners contacted me via vanbcbirds asking me about the bird's location. Good luck catching it! I am told the bird could still survive our harsh winters as long as it can find grain and seeds. A nearby barn which houses livestock should provide shelter and food. No picture this time but as I was watching the bird in flight a Leucistic Eurasian Collared Dove landed on a wire a few feet away.
|Leucistic Eurasian collared Dove (Streptopelia decaocto)|
Mallard, Canada Goose, American Crow, White-crowned Sparrow, Steller's Jay, Starling and Red-winged Blackbird.
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The dove wasn't the only reason I was at the corner of 112th. Thanks to a tip from friend and fellow birder Gareth Pugh I was able to photograph a flock of Snow Geese that contained a family of the dark morph variation.
They were quite far away but I did manage a few pix.
|Snow Goose (Chen caerulescens)|
The dark morph adult is on the left and two juveniles are on the right.
|Both variations for comparison.|
|Spooked by an eagle the trick was to locate the dark morph's out of a flock of 400 as they flew across the cornfields.|
Even though it was lousy light for photography, the birder in me enjoyed the entire experience. Back home in front of a warm fire I reflected on another day well spent.
"Its never too late to start birding"