Although yesterday’s (January 12, 2014) Stanley Park Ecology Society Bird Count was a somewhat soaked affair, it was still filled with many interesting bird observations. One of the highlights for me was the Northern Shovelers (including the one pictured above) that decided to call Lost Lagoon home, at least for part of the winter. Although this is certainly not unheard of, they were easily seen from the trail and remained in place for longer than usual. I would also point out that we saw large flocks of Varied Thrushes, one of my favourite B.C. birds, not to mention many species of ducks and passerines.
I will post the full count results here, once they are available. [UPDATE: you may find the complete list of birds here!]
Thanks once again to SPES for holding this count and to its conservation officer (and our fearless count leader), Robyn Worcester! Below is a slide show featuring a few more shots that I took on and around Stanley Park’s Lost Lagoon, right after the end of the count, when the rain stopped falling from the sky: