It has been a while since I’ve participated on the monthly bird count organized since 2006 by the Stanley Park Ecology Society, but I was able to make it out to this month’s!
Although it is normally quiet in the summer, the very welcome rain (this July was the driest, sunniest and warmest on record in Vancouver) “lowered” several birds that would normally hang out only at the top of the very tall trees of the park. This was most notably the case for several lovely Wilson’s Warblers we were able to observe quite well and at our leisure.
You may consult the list and number of birds we saw here.
But the highlight of the day came when the actual count was done and the sun came out: I was able to see and photograph a few birds that did not make it on the count, including a few not so great shots of a Red-headed Sapsucker and a Brown Creeper, as well as a few much better shots of a female Anna’s Hummingbird feeding at some colourful flowers.
Thanks once again to SPES and to our fearless count leader, Robyn Worcester!