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Harrier, Short-eared + Lincoln’s

It was a half decent day with a light overcast and I decided to head out for a late afternoon walk. The destination was the Boundary Bay area to look for migrating and overwintering sparrows. I started form 72 St. and made my way east along the dyke. While checking for songbirds,

Northern Harrier
Northern Harrier

… there was the expected Northern Harriers,

Short-eared Owl
Short-eared Owl

… and Short-eared Owls active over the marsh. Beyond the end of the golf course I eventually found a group of active sparrows. They were busy going back and forth from the tree line to the marsh. It was a mix of White-crowned, Golden-crowned and Song Sparrows.

Lincoln's Sparrow
Lincoln’s Sparrow

Then one of my target birds made an appearance. This Lincoln’s Sparrow popped up from the ground and posed nicely on the side of the trail for me. This area is also a good spot to see American Tree Sparrows, but I could not locate any today.

Snow Bunting

Having been there a couple of weeks ago looking for Snow Bunting without success, I headed to the Tsawwassen Ferry causeway this afternoon. There was a report of one being seen the other day.

Snow Bunting
Snow Bunting

These winter migrants usually show up annually at this location and today provided better results.

Snow Bunting
Snow Bunting

There were five Snow Bunting present along the south side of the jetty.

Snow Bunting
Snow Bunting

They were busy along the edge of the gravel road foraging for seeds.

Snow Bunting
Snow Bunting

The bunting were quite cooperative as I tagged along with them,

Snow Bunting
Snow Bunting

… and provided plenty of photo opportunities. A very productive outing.

Hermit Thrush

After having only caught a glimpse of one a few days ago,

Hermit Thrush
Hermit Thrush

… I managed to find and spend some time with a Hermit Thrush this afternoon. While it spent most of its time busy foraging on the ground,

Hermit Thrush
Hermit Thrush

… it also provided this nice opportunity for a photo in a tree. Having been awhile since my last Hermit Thrush photos, it was time well spent.