Wednesday 16 December 2015

Year End Round-Up

 Dec 16 2015 A Birding Year

2015 has been a year of great adventures. Among many other endeavours I have been to the UK twice (Feb and this Dec) and I also fulfilled a life long dream to drive across Canada (May-July)
 I always promised myself I wouldn't get caught up in a numbers game but there's something about ticking birds that makes it fun and educational. Below are a few random images in chronological order from the past twelve months and and a list of my 2015 Canada birds (291species)
I hope you enjoy them!

Pine Grosbeak
 Burnaby Mountain BC.

Gray Wagtail
 Cannop Ponds Forest of Dean UK.
Long-tailed Tit Brockweir UK

Reed Bunting Newport Wetlands Gwent Wales UK

Anna's Hummingbird
 Queen Elizabeth Park Vancouver BC.

Loggerhead Shrike
 Hope Airport BC.

Black-tailed Prairie Dogs
 Grasslands National Park Saskatchewan.

Red Knot, Black-bellied Plover and Dunlin.
Riverton/Sandy Bar Lake Winnipeg Manitoba

Magnolia Warbler
Ontario on the outward journey.
Northern Parula
Lake Superior Provincial Park.

Nelson's Sparrow Shepody Marsh
 Bay of Fundy Nova Scotia
I think this rock formation looks a little like ET!
Hopwell Rocks
 Bay of Fundy New Brunswick.

Male Eider Duck flotilla. Bay of Fundy
 New Brunswick.

Black-throated Gray Warbler
 Grand Manan Archipelago New Brunswick.

Yellow-bellied Flycatcher
 Prince Edward Island

Lake Superior Provincial Park Ontario.

Red Fox
Sleeping Giant Provincial Park Ontario.

Northern Gannet
St Mary's Ecological Reserve, Newfoundland.

Upland Sandpiper courtship behaviour.
Manitoba Birding Trail. 
Grasshopper Sparrow
 Melita Manitoba.

Immature Franklin's Gull
104 Boundary Bay.
Tropical Kingbird
Steveston BC.
White-throated Sparrow.
Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary.
 Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary BC.

Great Blue Herons toward Mud Bay
 Wye Valley  UK.

Brockweir Wye Valley UK

Finally I would like to wish everyone season's greetings and very, very birdy 2016.

Here is

2015 Year List

"It's never too late to start birding"
John Gordon
Langley /Cloverdale
BC Canada


  1. What a beautiful year you've had John stunning photographs! Merry Christmas and here is to more good birds in the new year my friend!

  2. Thanks to you and your encouragement I had the perfect year. All the very best for 2016 and see you around in the new year.

  3. Wonderful photos, John. Merry Christmas to you and yours and all the best for 2016!

  4. May 2016 bring you joy, health, happiness and some really good birds!