The weather definitely had an impact on the number of visitors at Reifel this afternoon when I showed up to help out on the trails. The continuing snowfall was also keeping a lot of the smaller birds busy looking for food.
This Golden-crowned Sparrow gave me a long look. Even they were approaching people looking for hand outs.
The White-throated Sparrow was active in its usual spot near the entrance,
… and this Dark-eyed Junco struck a nice pose on a snowy log. A fun day trying to get some of the little ones in the snow.
At Reifel today, on this Thanksgiving long weekend, there was a half decent crowd. It was overcast with light showers persisting most of the afternoon. It was fairly quiet on the birding front,
… so I was starting to watch some of the fall regulars such as this Dark-eyed Junco. Then to make things a little more interesting,
… I spotted this White-throated Sparrow. That was the excitement for the sanctuary, but things picked up again on the way home. I got flagged over on Westham Island by Brian, a fellow volunteer. In with the Snow Goose flock were some dark morph birds.
One that stood out was this Snow Goose with some of the marking of a dark morph.
There were a couple of juveniles,
… along with this adult dark morph Snow Goose. It was an interesting variety of Blue Goose to end the day with.
There was a light drizzle and it was starting to get foggy when heading out to volunteer at Reifel. On arriving the parking lot was fairly empty, but that is to be expected this close to Christmas. Some of the regular birders and volunteers were also helping out with the Ladner Christmas bird count today. While a little on the gloomy side, I still tried to get a few photos. While watching the sparrows for something out of the ordinary,
… I managed this Dark-eyed Junco,
… and a Fox Sparrow along the east dyke trail.
Then at the junction of the inner display ponds this Lincoln’s Sparrow. As none were seen when they did the count here earlier today, this one got added to the tally. I did get another glimpse of my current nemesis, the Swamp Sparrow, but still no photo.