Least Sandpiper at Wreck Beach

A couple of weeks ago, when the blue Vancouver sky was cloaked in a smokey haze from far-away forest fires, my friend D and I headed to Wreck Beach, hoping that the westernmost end of Vancouver would have clearer skies. If not, well, it was a perfectly hot day for a swim in the ocean. After swimming, we walked along the mudflats by the log … Continue reading Least Sandpiper at Wreck Beach

Brown-headed Cowbird (Molothrus ater)

I saw this male at Burnaby Lake, my second time seeing these cowbirds after seeing some at Reifel a few days earlier. These birds are brood parasites; they do not build nests. Instead, the female finds a nest, usually belonging to a smaller species, and lays her eggs there. A few species recognize the cowbird eggs and dispose of them. But most species do not … Continue reading Brown-headed Cowbird (Molothrus ater)

Sandhill Crane family

I heard about the Sandhill Crane (Grus canadensis) chick at Burnaby Lake from bcsongbird. She says it is not usual to see Sandhill Cranes there and this couple has been there for a few months. I saw my first Sandhill Cranes at the Reifel Bird Sanctuary on Wednesday. There were many adults eating tidbits on the gravel path near the water, along with some Canada … Continue reading Sandhill Crane family

Poached eggs for breakfast

The bee-loved flowers above are sometimes called poached egg plant. Their official name is Limnanthes douglasii and their “more serious” common name is Douglas Meadowfoam. After trying various descriptions with Google search, “five white and yellow petals” finally yielded an image that looked like the flower I was looking for. Yay! I don’t have the motivation to figure out the bee species but if you … Continue reading Poached eggs for breakfast

Molting male Mallards

After the mating season, male Mallards start to molt. They look a little sickly as little beige patches appear on their lovely green heads. I only discovered a few months ago that some birds have different breeding and non-breeding plumage. The last few weeks, I’ve been watching the male Mallards change with excited anticipation. When, when, when will I see a fully morphed male? I … Continue reading Molting male Mallards