Stanley Park Winter Waterbird Survey 2013

One of my favourite volunteer events organized by the Stanley Park Ecology Society (and led by Robyn Worcester, their conservation officer) is the annual Winter Waterbird Survey along the park’s magnificent seawall (for more details on last year’s survey and the route that we take, click here). This year marks the third time that I participate. And the weather was great: a bit on the cool side, but sunny! We saw literally thousands of ducks on the ocean, mainly Surf Scoters and in lesser numbers Barrow’s Goldeneyes, but the highlight for me, I guess, were the handful of White-winged Scoters that were hiding among the huge flock. Here are a few shots I managed to get…

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Flock of Barrow’s Goldeneyes

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Pacific Wren

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Pelagic Cormorant

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Surf Scoter (pair)

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Surf Scoter (trio)

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White-winged Scoter

And while I was in Stanley Park, I also took a few pictures in other locations. These birds are not added to the count, but I thought I would share them with you nonetheless, especially the Snow Goose that was hanging out among the Canada Geese in the park’s Rose Garden (they are abundant in this region, but almost never seen in Stanley Park):

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Black-capped Chickadee | Lost Lagoon

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Double-crested Cormorant | Lost Lagoon

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Hooded Merganser (male) | Lost Lagoon

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Lesser Scaup (male) | Lost Lagoon

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Snow Goose (white-morph juvenile) | Rose Garden, Stanley Park

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