Well, it is hard to tell, in black and white, that the little bird is a golden-crowned kinglet, but that is what it is. I have big dreams of painting it in colour some day, but I thought it would be fun to do a pencil drawing first. I used 140 lb cold press paper, a neat experiment which I’m not likely to repeat. I … Continue reading Draw A Golden-Crowned Kinglet Day
This photo was taken in Vancouver’s Stanley Park on October 10th 2015, when J and I took a walk along the Lost Lagoon trail. The day was overcast but, luckily, it didn’t start raining until we got back to our car. We were visiting my sister and her husband in Vancouver for Thanksgiving. Also, J and I got married that weekend! I recently saw my … Continue reading Vancouver Song Sparrows
Brown Creepers are fairly common but hard to see. For most of the year, they usually live in forests with large, mature trees. In the winter, some stay put but others move. Of the movers, some migrate nearby, others migrate far, some south and some laterally. They inhabit a wider range of forested habitats during this season and are more likely to be found in … Continue reading Brown Creeper
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
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)
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
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.