Jan 7 2015 Westham Island/Alaksen/Reifel Overcast and Foggy 5c
On Wednesday following my dental appointment I made my way to Westham Island in Delta for some soothing birding.
I walked the Alaksen National Wildlife Area where it was quite peaceful in the fog, the only it interruption was a lone jogger. She may have saved the life of the Ruby-crowned Kinglet below when she spooked a Sharp-shinned Hawk that was eyeing the mixed flock of Ruby and Golden-crowned Kinglets I was photographing at the time.
A Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula) reacts to a Sharp-shinned Hawk.
The interesting hues in the background of this picture are from the forest foliage.
The light wasn't getting any better so I searched out a food source for the birds where there was at least a decent amount light. First up was a Hermit Thrush, one of my favourite songsters. The last time I saw them was on a walk in Manning Park where their beautiful song could be heard from the tallest tree tops.
|Hermit Thrush (Catharus guttatus)|
I was happy with the thrush image so I made my way to Reifel to see if I could locate the Harris's Sparrow for my *year list.. no luck!
*57 BC species so far in 2015. I've never kept a list so I may be an interesting project.
Next up was this Golden-crowned Kinglet, it was amongst a flock of Black-capped Chickadees flitting from tree to tree. Because there was no one else around I was able to have the flock surround me with their antics.
|Golden-crowned Kinglet (Regulus satrapa)|
Reifel was quite busy despite the gloomy weather. The ponds were full of activity, mainly ducks beginning pair off for the spring.
|Adult Gadwal (Anas strepera)|
|Ring-necked Duck ( Aythya collaris)|
Tomorrow I plan to go up to Burnaby Mountain to finesse my take on the Pine Grosbeaks. My last stab at it included trying for clean backgrounds in my compositions but in doing so I almost completely ignored the female birds.
"It's never too late to start birding"