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)
Mr. Molting Wood Duck got a bit startled by Miss Mallard who was most definitely going to preen on her favourite rock. He moved over and gave her some space but she insisted he get off completely.
According to All About Birds, killdeer are shorebirds you can see without going to the beach; they are common to lawns and parking lots. Maybe they are not so ubiquitous in Vancouver? Well… I did not see one at the beach, though it was about a 2 minute human walk away on the shore of the Vanier Park Pond. Birdy sounded a sharp “dee” alarm … Continue reading My first killdeer
The troupe of Wigeons left False Creek pond a few weeks ago. So did most of the Mallards and the Canada Geese. Last Thursday the little pond was mostly occupied by a posse of Glaucous-winged Gulls. I decided recently that I take too many pictures, so some days I choose to leave my camera at home. But I always have my iPhone with me. So, … Continue reading Seagull party
There was a song sparrow hopping along the boardwalk that leads to the lake. It was a little too far and a little too mobile for my camera to focus on it well. By chance, this picture also has Mallards (4 males and one female), American Wigeons (3 males one female), a Common Merganser (female) and a Ring-necked Duck (male). As I walked around the … Continue reading A sparrow and four duck species!
Katherine Hodgkin dwarf iris in Cottonwood Community Garden. Sometimes it rains all day in Vancouver. And sometimes it rains all day for 3 days. Today was the third of consecutive rainy days. I scowled as I looked out the kitchen window. Ug, no point in waiting one more day to “smell the roses”. Out into the rain and I went and down the hill to … Continue reading Early February irises
Three bufflehead ducks, one male, two females, swimming near the shore at CRAB park. They swam west, diving under the water, one after the other, all three disappearing for a minute or two, then reappearing for about half a minute. I didn’t get a very clear view of the ducks, but I could identify them because Lukasz of Through Open Lens posted a lovely picture … Continue reading Three divers