August Stanley Park Bird Count

Yet another beautiful Sunday morning, yet another great bird count at Stanley Park. As is normally the case, I participated once again as a volunteer on this monthly event organized by the Stanley Park Ecology Society (SPES). Aside from allowing all participants to appreciate the wonder of having such a magnificant natural area minutes from downtown Vancouver, BC (Canada), this count allows to have a reliable measure of how the Stanley Park’s bird population is doing.

Although our fearless leader, SPES’s conservation officer Robyn Worcester, was right to say that we would be seing a lot fewer birds, we did get to see and hear a wide variety of species. The highlight for some were the 30-40 Red Crossbills we saw at the top of a Douglas Fir at Beaver Lake, but I was very glad to see a Wilson’s Warbler for the first time in a few years.

The full tally of birds seen and heard may be found by clicking here.

In the mean time, I thought I would post a few of the birds that we saw on this day, including a couple of pictures of a species we did not see (a Pigeon Guillemot), but that photographed as I returned from the outing, at a pier close to where I live in North Vancouver.

I would like to take this occasion to thank SPES and in particular Robyn for holding this event every month since 2006. It is highly appreciated by all participants.

You can find out more about SPES, its mission and activities and of course about Stanley Park here: http://stanleyparkecology.ca/

See you in September, life permitting!

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