Dec 6 2016 Ladner, Boundary Bay.
I hadn't seen an American tree sparrow for close on a year. So with hopes high I headed out in search of one to add to my year list. I've begun to really like listing, if it were not for ebird I would most probably have lost track of my life list by now. I think it's the best thing since HP Sauce, PVR's and chip butties!
|American tree sparrow.|
|This frame shows the telltale dark spot on the breast and bi-coloured beak.|
|I spotted this northern shrike feeding on pacific crabapples but before I could get that shot it had hopped onto another branch. I suppose birds will feed on anything when they are hungry.|
|Short-eared owls battle it out in the sky or are they performing avian ballet ?|
|A short-eared owl glides toward me as I hide in the bushes.|
While I spent two hours photographing birds and enjoying the fresh air my other half spent her time devoting herself to the fine art of "retail therapy" in close-by Ladner. I really could have done with another hour or so, two hours just wasn't enough time, despite that I am very happy with the resulting images.
Anyway, we both got out of the house for a few hours and if that keeps the peace so be it.
I had some lasting memories which I shared here and she some good finds. The awesome snow suit she found for me at the hospital thrift shop for $10 will be put to good use when I go golden eagle birding at windswept Nikon Slough tomorrow.
"It's never too late to start birding"