October 2016 Stanley Park Ecology Society Bird Count

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Hermit Thrush | Grive solitaire | Catharus guttatus

After a month-long absence from my blog, I’m posting a few pictures taken during Stanley Park Ecology Society‘s most recent monthly bird count, which took place this weekend, on October 9, 2016. It was once again very ably led by Else Mikkelsen and features about 15 dedicated volunteers!

This was an unusually calm count, especially since none of the winter ducks have yet arrived on Lost Lagoon… the flock (or raft, if you prefer) of Surf Scoters featured below was taken on the ocean before the count even began, near Stanley Park’s Ferguson Point. But we still saw many birds rather well, including Ruby- and Golden-crowned Kinglets, Black-capped Chickadees and Northern Flickers. But the highlight for me was not doubt the Hermit Thrushes seen at the western edge of Lost Lagoon, especially since I was able to get several good photos of it, including the one featured above.

All photos taken with a handheld Nikon D5200 and AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR. To see more pictures, please visit (and like, too!) my Facebook photography page and my Instagram account.

August Stanley Park Bird Count

Yet another beautiful Sunday morning, yet another great bird count at Stanley Park. As is normally the case, I participated once again as a volunteer on this monthly event organized by the Stanley Park Ecology Society (SPES). Aside from allowing all participants to appreciate the wonder of having such a magnificant natural area minutes from downtown Vancouver, BC (Canada), this count allows to have a reliable measure of how the Stanley Park’s bird population is doing.

Although our fearless leader, SPES’s conservation officer Robyn Worcester, was right to say that we would be seing a lot fewer birds, we did get to see and hear a wide variety of species. The highlight for some were the 30-40 Red Crossbills we saw at the top of a Douglas Fir at Beaver Lake, but I was very glad to see a Wilson’s Warbler for the first time in a few years.

The full tally of birds seen and heard may be found by clicking here.

In the mean time, I thought I would post a few of the birds that we saw on this day, including a couple of pictures of a species we did not see (a Pigeon Guillemot), but that photographed as I returned from the outing, at a pier close to where I live in North Vancouver.

I would like to take this occasion to thank SPES and in particular Robyn for holding this event every month since 2006. It is highly appreciated by all participants.

You can find out more about SPES, its mission and activities and of course about Stanley Park here: http://stanleyparkecology.ca/

See you in September, life permitting!