Tuesday 26 March 2013

Springtime in Vancouver

March 25th 2013 Simon Fraser University/Queen Elizabeth Park/Stanley Park. Sunny and Warm.
I was looking for a pair of Rosy finch but they were not to be found. Meanwhile, the morning dew was still clinging to spiders webs as a pair of Yellow-rumped warblers picked off insects from a cedar tree.
Yellow-rumped warbler (Audubon's) Dendroica coronata

Spiders were plentiful on this cedar tree.

While photographing the warblers the unmistakable sound of Anna's hummingbirds could be heard nearby. A male perched on a magnolia bud, it was just a question of finding the best background for the shot.
Male Anna's hummingbird (Calypte anna)
I then made my way to Queen Elizabeth Park to search for vagrants, a real lack of bird life was broken by the arrival of a pair of Golden-crowned kinglets. Quite a crowd of walkers and curious tourists stopped to watch the birds as they bobbed around feeding on small insects.

Male Golden-crowned kinglet (Regulus calendula)

The day ended at Stanley Park's Third Beach where a raft of Barrow's goldeneye and Surf scoters bobbed in the waves and rode out the swells of passing boats. It was so warm people were sunbathing and playing frisbee. Gotta love birding in Vancouver!

Good birding!

1 comment:

  1. Michael Gordon2 April 2013 at 07:22

    Fantastic plumage on Audubon's, it is just a complete pleasure to view. Thank you