Dec 6 2015 Tynehead Park, Dog Park 72nd Ave BC Sunny 12c
|House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)|
|The finch plucks the flower from the branch, twists it around, feasts on the stamen and discards the petals.|
Frustrating as it may be to photograph at the dog park, it still can be a very rewarding place to spend a few hours, especially now as the catkins, butterflies and insects are beginning to emerge. Soon the warblers and grosbeaks will be back, adding their songs to the proceeding. Above me I counted a kettle of 45 Bald Eagles effortlessly using the thermals to glide, dive and swoop. Occasionally the courtship displays of the Red-tailed Hawk drew my eye away, light fighter jets, the hawks would appear and be gone, only to re-appear way off in the distance.
...Oops! I forgot to mention the Golden Eagle, Short-eared Owl, Red-tailed Hawk, American Kestrel, Rough-legged Hawk and Northern Harrier I saw just saw a few hundred metres down the road.
Birding can't get much better than this and it's all in our own backyard. Who said March was a quiet time for birding!
"It's never too late to start birding"