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A Month with more birds than people!


New Years Day at Reifel Bird Sanctuary

American Coot With Waves
New years day is interesting - not everything is open and some things (Vancouver Aquarium) can be quite crowded.  We have a beautiful day so I decided to drive out and see the bird Sanctuary.


The bird sanctuary really is an attraction during the spring migration when migrating birds stop in the ponds to fill up before continuing their migration to the Northern breeding grounds.  In the winter, it's mostly the year around ducks and the predators that feed on them.

Gadwall Male BreedingMale Bufflehead

The flocks are quite mixed, but overall tame.  I think when so many mallards are keen to see people, the other birds around at least stay calm when people walk through.

Long-Billed Dowitcher FeedingNorthern Shoveler Breeding MaleRing Neck Duck Breeding


The outer edge of the sanctuary has huge tidal marsh areas that are a common location to see predators.  The birds are rarely close to the walkways, but even at a distance it is impressive seeing a bird hunt.  In the winter we are also lucky enough to see the Snow Geese in huge numbers.  This is their southern migration point - the warmest they get in the winter.  They are eating plants and insects in farmers fields.

Bald Eagle Out HuntingWedge Of Snow Geese

The kids are happy to see the malards.  We always buy at least two bags of duck food per kid and the kids make fast friends with the ducks.  As long as they have more seed to give, the kids are okay with me taking photos.

Running Down The DikeKids Feeding MalardsNara And Claira Running From Ducks
 
  Claira Petting Ducks
One of the other kids showed Claira how to pet a duck.  Claira was thrilled when she was able to do it.  I'm not sure how happy the duck was about it.

Walk Around Jericho Ponds

I've seen quite a few birds from the pier at Jericho beach, but I don't walk around the ponds much.  Nature Vancouver is doing a walk there next week but it's so close I decided to walk around myself on Sunday morning.  I started at the peer where I spotted a Common Golden Eye picking mussels off the rocks.

Immature Male Common Golden Eye Face Side ViewImmature Male Common Golden Eye Face

Jericho park is an interesting place to go birding because it has the intersection of so many different kids of habitat.  There are freshwater ponds, a small forest, ocean beach and large grassy fields. 

  Chickadee Looking For HandoutsGreat Blue Heron Watching From TreeSong Sparrow On Cattail Hg

Male And Female BuffleheadSpotted Towhee
 
While we were at walking out through the forest side, someone spotted my big lens and mentioned a hawk in a tree.  I doubt I would have spotted it otherwise.  The Coopers hawk was at attention - I suspect a mouse or larger was somewhere nearby.  The hawk completely ignored us, but it was nice to see!

Coopers HawkCoopers Hawk Side View
 
 


Running Down The Dike
Person: Claira, Nara
Tags: Reifel Bird Sanctuary
Long-Billed Dowitcher Feeding
Species: Limnodromus scolopaceus (Long-billed Dowitcher)
Tags: Reifel Bird Sanctuary
Claira Petting Ducks
Tags: Reifel Bird Sanctuary
Immature Male Common Golden Eye Face Side View
Species: Bucephala clangula (Common Goldeneye)
Altitude: 9m (29 feet)
Location: Go To...
Coopers Hawk
Species: Accipiter cooperii (Cooper's Hawk)
Altitude: 1m (3 feet)
Location: Go To...
Male Bufflehead
Species: Bucephala albeola (Bufflehead)
Altitude: 10m (32 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: Reifel Bird Sanctuary
Kids Feeding Malards
Person: Claira, Nara
Altitude: 1m (3 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: Reifel Bird Sanctuary
Male And Female Bufflehead
Species: Bucephala albeola (Bufflehead)
Altitude: 5m (16 feet)
Location: Go To...
Northern Shoveler Breeding Male
Species: Spatula clypeata (Northern Shoveler)
Altitude: 5m (16 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: Reifel Bird Sanctuary
Song Sparrow On Cattail Hg
Species: Melospiza melodia (Song Sparrow)
Altitude: 1m (3 feet)
Location: Go To...
Great Blue Heron Watching From Tree
Species: Ardea herodias (Great Blue Heron)
Altitude: 10m (32 feet)
Location: Go To...
Chickadee Looking For Handouts
Species: Poecile atricapillus (Black-capped Chickadee)
Altitude: 1m (3 feet)
Location: Go To...
Immature Male Common Golden Eye Face
Species: Bucephala clangula (Common Goldeneye)
Altitude: 9m (29 feet)
Location: Go To...
Bald Eagle Out Hunting
Species: Haliaeetus leucocephalus (Bald Eagle)
Altitude: 4m (13 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: Reifel Bird Sanctuary
Spotted Towhee
Species: Pipilo maculatus (Spotted Towhee)
Altitude: 1m (3 feet)
Location: Go To...
American Coot With Waves
Species: Fulica americana (American Coot)
Altitude: 15m (49 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: Reifel Bird Sanctuary
Nara And Claira Running From Ducks
Coopers Hawk Side View
Species: Accipiter cooperii (Cooper's Hawk)
Altitude: 5m (16 feet)
Location: Go To...
Wedge Of Snow Geese
Species: Chen caerulescens (Snow Goose)
Altitude: 8m (26 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: flock in flight, Reifel Bird Sanctuary
Gadwall Male Breeding
Species: Anas strepera (Gadwall)
Altitude: 1m (3 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: Reifel Bird Sanctuary
Ring Neck Duck Breeding
Species: Aythya collaris (Ring-necked Duck)
Altitude: 10m (32 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: Reifel Bird Sanctuary
Tags: Reifel Bird Sanctuary(11), flock in flight(1)
People: Claira(2), Nara(2)
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