Dec 6 2016 Ladner, Boundary Bay.
I hadn't seen an American tree sparrow for close on a year. So with hopes high I headed out in search of one to add to my year list. I've begun to really like listing, if it were not for ebird I would most probably have lost track of my life list by now. I think it's the best thing since HP Sauce, PVR's and chip butties!
|American tree sparrow.|
|This frame shows the telltale dark spot on the breast and bi-coloured beak.|
|I spotted this northern shrike feeding on pacific crabapples but before I could get that shot it had hopped onto another branch. I suppose birds will feed on anything when they are hungry.|
|Short-eared owls battle it out in the sky or are they performing avian ballet ?|
|A short-eared owl glides toward me as I hide in the bushes.|
While I spent two hours photographing birds and enjoying the fresh air my other half spent her time devoting herself to the fine art of "retail therapy" in close-by Ladner. I really could have done with another hour or so, two hours just wasn't enough time, despite that I am very happy with the resulting images.
Anyway, we both got out of the house for a few hours and if that keeps the peace so be it.
I had some lasting memories which I shared here and she some good finds. The awesome snow suit she found for me at the hospital thrift shop for $10 will be put to good use when I go golden eagle birding at windswept Nikon Slough tomorrow.
"It's never too late to start birding"
Lovely job on those tree sparrows! Glad you saw the Gyr many have dipped on him.ReplyDelete