Great Horned Owl

On arriving at Reifel this afternoon to help out on the trails I learned one of the Great Horned Owls was present in the sanctuary again. Knowing this to be a favourite of visitors I headed in that general direction. There was just one short detour along the way to the Ewen Slough blind in the northeast corner.

Spotted Sandpiper
Spotted Sandpiper

A Spotted Sandpiper had been seen earlier and was still present. Here it is intently watching a fly buzzing around in front of it. After a few minutes enjoying the sandpiper I made my way to the north dyke trail and located the Great Horned Owl roosting in the deciduous trees between there and the inside grassy trail.

Great Horned Owl
Great Horned Owl

I set up the camera for the visitors allowing them a close up view. Needless to say it was quite the hit.

After a while I did take a break for a walk. The only things cooperating,

Dowitcher
Dowitcher

… were some Dowitchers by the tower. I eventually made my way back to the Great Horned Owl,

… finishing the afternoon there. Even had a little time for this video.

American Golden-Plover

It was back out to Boundary Bay this afternoon, only this time I arrived a couple of hours before high tide. While the sun did peek through a few times, it was overcast for the most part. On heading west along the tidal flats from 104 St. things were pretty quiet. As I approached the pilings there were signs of activity. The Plover flock was spread out between there and 96 St.

Dowitcher
Dowitcher

In with the Plovers were some Dowitchers foraging in close to the dyke. For the most part the Plovers were pretty wary of me and kept there distance. Well not all of them as it turned out.

American Golden-Plover
American Golden-Plover

Much to my delight this American Golden-Plover was in amongst the others and was a little more cooperative.

American Golden-Plover
American Golden-Plover

While it did not let me get too close, I did manage a few shots. This was definitely a pleasant surprise for the afternoon.

After this I spotted a group of Pectoral Sandpipers further out on the tidal flats. I made my way out there, but there was no Sharp-tailed Sandpiper with them.

On my way back in with the tide,

American Pipit
American Pipit

… I spent some time trying to get shots of the many American Pipits that were busy along the shoreline.

American Pipit
American Pipit

A fun diversion prior to heading back up on to the dyke.

Great Horned + Dowitchers

It was a pleasant afternoon and a half decent crowd at Reifel when I arrived to help out on the trails today. A favourite visitors are always asking about is owls,

Great Horned Owl
Great Horned Owl

… and much to their delight one of the Great Horned Owls was in a decent spot for viewing today. While the adults and two juveniles this year have been viewable from a distance earlier in the year, this was probably the closest one has been in a while.

With not much else happening,

Dowitcher
Dowitcher

… I decided to spend some time with the Dowitchers.

Dowitcher
Dowitcher

They were in the southwest field along with some Yellowlegs,

Dowitcher
Dowitcher

… with a few taking advantage of the great day for a little bathing.