October 2013 SPES bird count

If you have read my posts in the past, you may already be aware that I am a volunteer at the Stanley Park Ecology Society and that I especially like participating in the monthly bird count lead by the society’s fearless conservation officer, Robyn Worcester. She has been leading these counts since 2006 and has accumulated an impressive amount of data over the years on the abundance and frequency of this incredible birding area. (BTW, if you live in Metro Vancouver, you may be interested to know that SPES has a number of volunteer opportunities.)

This most recent count was quite interesting, if only because I did not forget to put the fully-charged battery in my camera this time! It also doesn’t hurt that for the first time in a week, there wasn’t a heavy blanket of fog over large bodies of water. And the fall colours were really quite lovely!

Although there were still a small number and variety of ducks to be found, we did see a few female Green-winged Teals and a large number of very colourful Wood Ducks of both sexes. The Passerines were also quite active and included a good look at several Golden-crowned Kinglets (but no photos, alas, because yours truly does not focus fast enough), not to mention a fairly good look at a White-throated Sparrow, which is quite rare in this part of the world.

The photos below represent a small sample of the birds seen on this day. I will post (or provide a link to) the full species list here when it is available.

American Coot

American Coot

American Widgeon (male)

American Widgeon (male)

Black-capped Chickadee

Black-capped Chickadee

Canada Goose

Canada Goose

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron

Green-winged Teal

Green-winged Teal

Mallard (male)

Mallard (male)

Northwestern Crow

Northwestern Crow

Wood Duck (female)

Wood Duck (female)

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