As you know already if you have read this blog before, I am a regular volunteer on the monthly Stanley Park Ecology Society (SPES) bird count. Once again, about 20 hardy volunteers were willing to brave the cloudy and chilly day to count birds around the park’s Lost Lagoon and Beaver Lake.
Aside from allowing all participants to appreciate this splendid natural area minutes from downtown Vancouver, the gathering of consistent data allows SPES to obtain highly reliable measures of the park’s bird population. Kudos once again to Robyn Worcester, the count’s fearless leader and SPES’s conservation officer.
The full tally of this month’s bird count may be found here: SPES_Bird_Count-Feb_2013
Although this month’s tally was very interesting, the highlight for me took place after the count, when I saw (and photographed) a relatively rare bird in Vancouver, namely a Redhead – but if you take a look below, you will notice it is not a typical drake: If I had asked my young colleague and fellow SPES voluteer, Liron Gertsman, I would have known that it was a hatch-year drake (to see his superb photos of the count, click here).
I would like to once again to thank SPES and especially Robyn for holding this event every month since 2006 – it is highly appreciated by all participants. To find out more about SPES, its mission and activities and of course about Stanley Park, go to: http://stanleyparkecology.ca/
I hope you will enjoy the small photographic sample of the birds we saw on this day.