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Lily Pads
Lily Pads - locally invasive.
Species: Nymphaea odorata (Fragrant Water Lily)

John Harvey Photo > Blogs for 2016 to 2005 > June 2006 > Lily Pads

Mute Swans Looking For Seed
These are highly managed birds. Their wings are clipped (can't fly) and their eggs were addled (damaged so they wouldn't bear young) so they didn't proliferate. When the river otters moved in, they started losing fights and were relocated to a private property further up the lower mainland.
Species: Cygnus olor (Mute Swan)

John Harvey Photo > Blogs for 2016 to 2005 > February 2013 > Mute Swans Looking For Seed

Crow And Hawk Side By Side Dive
This makes for an interesting size comparison between the two species - the are pretty close.
Species: Accipiter cooperii (Cooper's Hawk), Corvus caurinus (Northwestern Crow)

John Harvey Photo > Blogs for 2016 to 2005 > February 2013 > Crow And Hawk Side By Side Dive

Two Mallards In Tight Skirmish
The duck on the right has the duck on the left by the tail. It's close to mating season for Mallards so the males are doing a lot of "positioning".
Species: Anas platyrhynchos (Mallard)

John Harvey Photo > Blogs for 2016 to 2005 > February 2013 > Two Mallards In Tight Skirmish

Male Common Merganser
Green head seems common for ducks (Mallards obviously, but also American Widgeon's and wood ducks). In my mind, the female is just as showy as the male.
Species: Mergus merganser (Common Merganser)

John Harvey Photo > Blogs for 2016 to 2005 > February 2013 > Male Common Merganser

Greater Scaups
That is a mallard female in (largest). The two males are Scaups.
Species: Aythya marila (Greater Scaup)

John Harvey Photo > Blogs for 2016 to 2005 > February 2013 > Greater Scaups

Female Common Merganser
This bird really stood out in the crowd - the beak is vivid red, the feet the bright orange and the spikey brown head is also unusual.
Species: Mergus merganser (Common Merganser)

John Harvey Photo > Blogs for 2016 to 2005 > February 2013 > Female Common Merganser

Common Goldeneye Male
Common Goldeneye Male
Species: Bucephala clangula (Common Goldeneye)

John Harvey Photo > Blogs for 2016 to 2005 > February 2013 > Common Goldeneye Male

Ring Necked Duck
The classic, I thought it was one species, get home and check the guide books and find out I was totally wrong. Live and learn.

Also, not great composition - try getting lower to the water and try to get the eye focused.

Species: Aythya collaris (Ring-necked Duck)

John Harvey Photo > January 2009 > Ring Necked Duck

Great Blue Heron Face
I love the little feathers on the head.

You can see the strong black and white stripe on the head and orange in the top of the bill.

Species: Ardea herodias (Great Blue Heron)

John Harvey Photo > January 2009 > Great Blue Heron Face

Great Blue Heron On Rail
I love how bunched up this bird looks - I suspect he is just trying to keep warm.
Species: Ardea herodias (Great Blue Heron)

John Harvey Photo > Great Blue Heron On Rail

Spotted Towhee
Spotted Towhee
Species: Pipilo maculatus (Spotted Towhee)

John Harvey Photo > January 2009 > Spotted Towhee

Fox Sparrow
I figured this was a female Towhee, (because it was hanging out with the Towhee's) but, like usual, I was wrong.
Species: Passerella iliaca (Fox Sparrow)

John Harvey Photo > January 2009 > Fox Sparrow

Black Grey Squirrel
These Squirrels aren't endemic to this coast but they seem to out compete the local animals. The black versions are more common than the grey ones.
Species: Sciurus carolinensis (eastern gray squirrel)

John Harvey Photo > January 2009 > Black Grey Squirrel

Grey Squirrel
This Squirrel had no problem standing on your shoe asking for a hand out, but he didn't hang out for long if you weren't giving.
Species: Sciurus carolinensis (eastern gray squirrel)

John Harvey Photo > January 2009 > Grey Squirrel

Cormorants Watching Police Boat Go By
The police boat seemed to be escorting the cruise ships out.
Species: Phalacrocorax pelagicus (Pelagic Cormorant)

John Harvey Photo > Blogs for 2016 to 2005 > September 2015 > Cormorants Watching Police Boat Go By

Chestnut Backed Chickadee
These were smaller than the usual Chickadee's I see.
Species: Poecile rufescens (Chestnut-backed Chickadee)

John Harvey Photo > Blogs for 2016 to 2005 > November 2015 > Chestnut Backed Chickadee

Nara Touching Blood Star
Nara Touching Blood Star
Species: Henricia leviuscula (Blood Star)

John Harvey Photo > Blogs for 2016 to 2005 > August 2017 > Nara Touching Blood Star

Claira Touching Blood Star
These stars are great - bright colour and really recognizable arm length to radius.
Species: Henricia leviuscula (Blood Star)

John Harvey Photo > Blogs for 2016 to 2005 > August 2017 > Claira Touching Blood Star

Claira With Ochre Star
A few years ago, we had a huge outbreak of a sea star wasting disease. I'm surprised there are large examples of stars now.
Species: Pisaster ochraceus (Ochre Star)

John Harvey Photo > Blogs for 2016 to 2005 > August 2017 > Claira With Ochre Star

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