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Walk at Iona Beach Regional Park

Raccoon Looking For Bed
On a Saturday morning, Iona is one of my "go to" parks.  It's a short drive from our house and it's almost a different world - sandy beach, large ponds, grasslands and a few large trees.  This visit we didn't even get out of the parking lot before spotting wildlife.  Two Raccoons decided the tree that shades would make a great place to sleep and they were looking for forks in the branches to sleep.  We watched them curl up into balls and fall asleep 30+ feet from the ground.


Red Winnged Blackbird From ReedsHarrier Looking Down
Our usual route is to walk around the large northern pond.  It's a favorite place to see Yellow-winged Blackbirds (none today) and predators hunting.  While it's early spring, the blackbirds were out in numbers and their song carry well.

Harrier Looking For Lunch

In the blackberries and small trees near the pond you can often spot smaller birds.

Golden Crowned KingletGolden Crowned Sparrows On Ground
 
When you get around to the river side, the short stunted trees have many really good perches for hummingbirds.  Apparently it's breeding seasons as Males were already staking out territories.  We didn't see any females today.

Male Annas Looking AwayMale Annas Side View

Grinning Patch On BeakTwo Juvenile Snow Geese
  A real surprise for me was to see the Snow Geese!  I usually associate these with large flocks in farmers fields or at the edge of the Fraser delta.  I was a little surprised to see a bunch of birds eating grass near the parking lot, but we happened to be in the park at high high tide so there would be very little space for them out on the mud.  We took a seat on a log and watched as the birds got closer and closer to us.  Behaving like a flock, eventually something changed their minds and they lifted into the air, only the settle down 20 feet away in another grassy patch.  It was nice to be so close to calm birds.


Snow Geese Taking FlightSnow Goose In Flight
 
 


Snow Geese Taking Flight
Species: Chen caerulescens (Snow Goose)
Tags: bird in flight, Iona Beach Regional Park
Golden Crowned Sparrows On Ground
Species: Zonotrichia atricapilla (Golden-crowned Sparrow)
Altitude: 7m (22 feet)
Location: Go To...
Snow Goose In Flight
Species: Chen caerulescens (Snow Goose)
Tags: bird in flight, Iona Beach Regional Park
Male Annas Side View
Species: Calypte anna (Anna's Hummingbird)
Altitude: 1m (3 feet)
Location: Go To...
Harrier Looking For Lunch
Species: Circus cyaneus (Northern Harrier)
Tags: bird in flight, Iona Beach Regional Park
Grinning Patch On Beak
Species: Chen caerulescens (Snow Goose)
Golden Crowned Kinglet
Species: Regulus satrapa (Golden-crowned Kinglet)
Altitude: 1m (3 feet)
Location: Go To...
Harrier Looking Down
Species: Circus cyaneus (Northern Harrier)
Tags: bird in flight, Iona Beach Regional Park
Two Juvenile Snow Geese
Species: Chen caerulescens (Snow Goose)
Red Winnged Blackbird From Reeds
Species: Agelaius phoeniceus (Red-winged Blackbird)
Raccoon Looking For Bed
Species: Procyon lotor (Raccoon)
Altitude: 2m (6 feet)
Location: Go To...
Male Annas Looking Away
Species: Calypte anna (Anna's Hummingbird)
Altitude: 1m (3 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: Iona Beach Regional Park(4), bird in flight(4)

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