Nov 8-10 2016
Various Lower Mainland Locations
Rain, rain and then finally some sunshine.
White Rock Pier
|Bonaparte gull. |
Thank goodness for auto-focus of the Nikon D500.
|As many as fifty harbour seals herded shoals of smelt and probably a few herring into balls setting off a feeding frenzy that has been continuing all week.|
I then went down to nearby Blackie Spit where five snow buntings had been reported. My first bird was this lone Lapland longspur.
|Male Snow Bunting.|
There were two groups of snow buntings at different locations. They were quite tolerant of photographers and passersby.
|Female Snow Bunting|
The morning had started off with a heavy dew but by midday temperatures had hit a record 18c, T-shirt weather in November, even a stiff breeze coming off the ocean didn't cool things down.
Apparently the Pineapple_Express had arrived in BC and is still here as I write a week later. Although the warmth might be good of humans, the warming ocean in the Pacific is causing havoc with fish stocks displaced and many species, especially alcids are suffering from depleted food resources.
The fascination with owls is understandable. They conjure up memories from childhood, to some they have a cultural significance. Some associate them with wisdom and to others the owl is a companion in the afterlife.
"It's never too late to start birding"