Thursday 14 July 2016

Meanwhile: Some Bits and Bobs from the Birding World

Late June/Early July 2016

I'm back in Canada. I managed to find time for a few hours birding over the last two weeks, mostly to clear my thoughts and move on with life. It's good to be home.

I spent a day a few days near Walton-on-Thames where I was kindly shown around a few of the local reservoirs and gravel pits. I had a fleeting glance of a hobby and good views of a common whitethroat, both lifers.

Common Whitethroat (sylvia communis)
A summer visitor to Britain and Europe and winters in the southern Sahara.
The common whitethroat is one of the fourteen species of warbler that breed in the UK

Yellowhammer (Emberiza citrinella)
A sparrow of heath , fields and moorland

A cool story!

July 16/17 2016 Back home on my local patch Brydon Lagoon

Juvenile Green Heron.

Common Yellowthroat carrying food to the nest.

Anna's Hummingbird nest building in July.

Brydon Lagoon Langley, Metro Vancouver, British Columbia, CA

Jul 13, 2016 7:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Protocol: Traveling
3.0 kilometer(s)
Comments:     Includes wooded area
22 species

Canada Goose  40
Mallard  26
Green Heron  1
Bald Eagle  1
Anna's Hummingbird  1
Rufous Hummingbird  4
Belted Kingfisher  1
Hairy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  2
Willow Flycatcher  2
Violet-green Swallow  4
Black-capped Chickadee  12
Bushtit  6
Bewick's Wren  2
Swainson's Thrush  3
American Robin  4
Common Yellowthroat  8     Numerous breeding pairs in the wetland area.
Song Sparrow  2
Spotted Towhee  2
Black-headed Grosbeak  1
Red-winged Blackbird  12
House Sparrow  14

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Staying closer to home, catching up on the garden which is beginning to look beautiful. Put in a rockery, planted some new perennials and enjoying the BBQ.

John Gordon
BC Canada

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