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Bird nerds notes
This post's adventures happened in 3 parts: pre-Vancouver; the Vancouver trip; and then the May Species Count. Vancouver was a bit of a wash because we birded in Stanley Park which should have been a gold mine but was empty. This year we volunteered to do the species count in the Weaselhead Wildlife Area and it was great to do a deep dive on an area where we used to spend a lot of time. We also had a lifer sighting (calliope hummingbird) which was awesome!
First sightings (lifers) 3x
- Calliope hummingbird
- Glaucous-winged gull
- Surf scoter
We call these 'cantaloupe' hummingbirds because we can never remember their name.
During the May species count in Weaselhead we saw tonnes of clay-colored sparrows.
Catbirds are plain looking but have a great song and a patch of red on their tail.
This gull looked a little strange so we photographed it and believe it's a glaucous-winged gull first sighting.
Mountain bluebirds are slightly larger than a Cassin’s Finch and considerably smaller than an American robin.
It took us a while but we finally got good photos of a western grebe at Frank Lake.