April 10/15 Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary/Richmond Nature Park/Boundary Bay.
Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary
On arriving at Reifel we were saddened to hear the Sandhill Crane had lost both eggs. Whether they had been predated or otherwise we couldn't confirm, only that the birds had abandoned their nest. Sanctuary manager Katherine mentioned they might have another attempt to lay depending how amorous they feel.
The goal was to find a pair of Swamp Sparrows which may to may not be breeding in the Reifel's reed beds. Normally the species heads into the interior to breed so it will be interesting to see what unfolds. I almost got a clear shot but there's always another day.
|Swamp Sparrow (Melospiza georgiana)|
It's looking a bit rough as it changes into adult plumage.
|Harris Sparrow (Zenotrichia querula)|
Richmond Nature Park
I just felt like going to photograph some hummingbirds. The nature park has both Rufous and Anna's Hummingbirds and numerous feeders.
|Anna's Hummingbird (Calypte anna)|
Juvenile I think?
|Male Rufous Hummingbird (Selasphorus rufus)|
Next up was the surprise arrival of a flock of Red Crossbill. They came in so quickly for a drink at a small pond that I ended up underexposing the few shots I did manage to fire off. The result grainy pix.
|Male Red Crossbill (Loxia curvirosta)|
|Juvenile female Red Crossbill.|
After all the excitement that lasted just a few minutes, it was back to the other birds where a number of species were sharing a feeder with a Douglas Squirrel.
|Douglas Squirrel (Tamiasciurus douglasii)|
|Male Purple Finch ( Carpodacus purpureus)|
|Male House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)|
|Female Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens)|
|Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)|
Below is a Bald Eagle shot from the same spot but this time on a tripod. I have dozens of Bald Eagle shots but this one has a little more expression in the bird's face than most.
|Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)|
"It's never too late to start birding"