Stanley Park Ecology Society: April Bird Count


Stanley Park Ecology Society‘s most recent bird count took place on Sunday, April 11. Even though it was fairly quiet, I was able to get a few interesting photos. And it was a treat to see three species of the swallows (Tree, Violet-green and Barn) flying over the water to catch insects.

The count was led once again by Else Mikkelsen, who is a longtime SPES volunteer and is pursuing an undergraduate science degree at the University of British Columbia.

The photos featured today were taken on the park’s Lost Lagoon or Beaver Lake with a handheld Nikon D5200 and AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR. None of the birds were baited, called in or set up, although the chickadees and squirrels were attracted to seeds left behind by other users of the park. These species will be featured in a separate post in the days to come. [UPDATE: Actually, I like the photo gallery setup so much that I will progressively update each of the captions below, rather than posting each species individually. I will move to other photos, instead.]

  • Photo above: Male Wood Duck, taken not far from Lost Lagoon
  • Photos below: Each species identified separately



Green-winged Teal (female) at Stanley Park

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Green-winged Teal (female) | Sarcelle à ailes vertes | Anas carolinensis or Anas crecca carolinensis: All photos taken at SPES‘s November 8, 2015 bird count on Beaver Lake in Stanley Park, Vancouver (British Columbia), Canada, with a handheld Nikon D5200 and AF-S Zoom-Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED. Not baited, called in or set up.

BTW, I’ve included the photo in the middle mainly because you can see a sliver of the green on the wing of the female. You might otherwise wonder about the name of this species.

[Please note that I will post photos of three more species taken at the same bird count on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, November 20-22.]

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