Long-tailed Duck

Late this morning I got a heads up about an unusual visitor at Reifel, so I made my way out there just after lunch.

Long-tailed Duck
Long-tailed Duck

A Long-tailed Duck was in the house pond behind the gift shop.

Long-tailed Duck
Long-tailed Duck

While normally seen on open water or at the mouth of the river, these diving ducks do occasionally find their way to inside ponds.

 

Eagles + Sparrows

This afternoon I headed out to Brunswick Point to see what may be around. Not far from the beginning of the trail,

Bald Eagle
Bald Eagle

… was a pair of Bald Eagles. While watching them I also spotted a Northern Shrike, but it did not stick around for photos.

Spotted Towhee
Spotted Towhee

Further along was this Spotted Towhee,

Golden-crowned Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow

… and Golden-crowned Sparrow. I also got a brief glimpse of what looked like a Hermit Thrush. On the way back a Western Meadowlark flew across the trail landing in the farm field, but was too far off for a photo.

Brunswick Point
Brunswick Point

Back at the beginning of the trail with the sun just starting to go down I paused to shoot this lone Willow tree in the farm field.

Black Turnstone + Oystercatcher

With Snow Bunting being seen at Iona recently, I decided to try the Tsawwassen Ferry causeway where they can also seen. While there were no buntings around, there were several Black Oystercatcher present.

Black Turnstone
Black Turnstone

On closer examination I also noted some Black Turnstone.

Black Turnstone
Black Turnstone

Being awhile since photographing any I started with the turnstones.

Black Turnstone
Black Turnstone

Following them along the shoreline this bird did pause for a little preening,

Black Turnstone
Black Turnstone

… and a nice wing stretch when it resumed its way along the beach. Then some Black Oystercatcher further down the beach started flying in my direction.

Black Oystercatcher
Black Oystercatcher

I managed this flight shot of the last one in the group.

Black Oystercatcher
Black Oystercatcher

I continued with the oystercatchers briefly,

Black Oystercatcher
Black Oystercatcher

… finishing with this one with after it found a tasty morsel.

Black Turnstone
Black Turnstone

Then it was back to the Black Turnstone,

Black Turnstone
Black Turnstone

… finishing the afternoon with this one taking time out for a bath.