Friday 15 January 2016

Brookside Inn Abbotsford BC/Lesser Goldfinch

Jan 8th 2015 Brookside Inn Abbotsford BC. Mixed clouds and sun 12c.

I had just arrived in Vancouver after a nine hour flight from the UK. The jet lag saw me wide awake 4 a.m. next morning, fortunately I had taped a couple of FA Cup games to tide me over until dawn. As much as I like travelling it is always great to be back home in Canada.
While I was away I had noticed a forum posting for a Lesser Goldfinch, a bird I had yet to photograph and best of all it was only a few miles from my home. Brookside Inn in Abbotsford has a number of feeders making photography a snap and it was the during a Christmas bird count that the Lesser Greenfinch was found. The gracious owners Chris and Sandy, both avid birders have opened their garden to all and sundry.
Anna's Hummingbird
Downy Woodpecker
House Finch
Lesser Goldfinch
I would like to thank Brookside Inn owner Chris and Sandy for allowing myself and numerous others access to their garden to photograph the Lesser Goldfinch.
Brookside Inn and their charming hosts would be a great place for out of town birders to stay with easy access to numerous birding sites in the Fraser Valley. The Inn is spacious and the rooms are fitted out to various movie themes for the film buffs amongst you. For birders arriving in Canada (Abbotsford airport is only 15 minutes away) he or she could be birding moments after checking in. I intend to return for a better shot of the goldfinch but until I get a sighting of the Siberian Accentor the goldfinch will have to wait.

Here is link to Brookside Inn.

"It's never to late to start birding"
John Gordon
BC Canada


  1. Congrats we certainly got spoiled this year in BC!


  2. It was a pleasure having you here John. Many thanks for the kind words about Brookside Inn. Sandi and I enjoyed meeting the many birders who came to see the Lesser Goldfinch. We can't wait to see what shows up in the Spring!

    1. The whole birding community appreciated your hospitality.

  3. Hi John,
    A Male Lesser Goldfinch arrived yesterday!
    Hopefully it stays for some pics.
    Chris and Sandi