Although it was supposed to rain, we ended up having some extraordinarily warm and even sunny weather for this month’s Stanley Park Ecology Society bird count, let by its conservation manager, Robyn Worcester.
Although the winter birds were not out in full force yet, we did get to see many interesting birds, including several Northern Shovelers (all females), several Steller’s Jays, a Pied-billed Grebe and a lone female Northern Pintail, not to mention several Mallards and Wood Ducks in full breeding plumage. In some ways, however, the highlights came after the end of the official event, when I lingered behind on the path around Beaver Lake and saw a pair of Red-breasted Sapsuckers, as well as a Purple Finch, which I haven’t seen for years. Alas, I was not quick enough to get a good picture of either of these species. Maybe some other time.
For now, here are a few of the shots that I did manage to get: