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Long-eared Owl

Common to the interior portions of British Columbia a regular winter visitor to the Reifel, Boundary Bay and Lower Mainland areas is the Long-eared Owl. While roosting during the day they can be hard to spot in dense trees or bramble. But, every once and a while, they will show up a little more out in the open.

Long-eared Owl
Long-eared Owl

Such was the case this Sunday at Reifel when this Long-eared Owl was located beside the centre dyke trail. While still somewhat obstructed by branches, it did provide good views and a photo opportunity.

Heron, Nuthatch, Junco, Golden-crowned & Downy

Over the last couple of weeks I have managed a few outings to Reifel.

Great Blue Heron
Great Blue Heron

Nothing much out of the ordinary around,

Red-breasted Nuthatch
Red-breasted Nuthatch

… but that does not mean there is nothing around.

Dark-eyed Junco
Dark-eyed Junco

First the Junco,

Golden-crowned Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow

… and then the Golden-crowned posing on the same branch for me.

Downy Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker

This Downy Woodpecker posed briefly,

Downy Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker

… and then went back to work looking for a snack.

Northern Saw-whet Owl & Cooper’s Hawk

Another stroll through Reifel and I came across this Northern Saw-whet Owl sleeping under some over hanging branches and relatively unobstructed.

Northern Saw-whet Owl
Northern Saw-whet Owl

I took a photo and was about to leave when I could hear noise behind me.

Northern Saw-whet Owl
Northern Saw-whet Owl

A squirrel was clambering through the branches and got the attention of the Saw-whet. As I touched on last month, these photos just took a little time, patience and no broken branches.

Along one of the inside trails,

Cooper's Hawk
Cooper's Hawk

… was this adult Cooper’s Hawk watching some American Coot in the slough.