Friday the 13th

I started off this morning at Reifel. Right off the bat I came across this interesting mix of birds in the pond behind the gift shop.

Canada Goose, Mallard, Dowitchers
Canada Goose, Mallard, Dowitchers

A Canada Goose, Mallard and some Dowitchers.

Canada Goose
Canada Goose

New arrivals are popping up all over the place now.

Sandhill Crane Nest
Sandhill Crane Nest

And it will be about another week before we see any action around the Sandhill Crane nest.

While Wilson’s Warblers were few and far between on my last visit,

Wilson's Warbler
Wilson's Warbler

… they were all over the place today.

Wilson's Warbler
Wilson's Warbler

This female was staying put foraging in one area,

Wilson's Warbler
Wilson's Warbler

… providing a better opportunity for some closer shots.

Yellow-rumped Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler

Of course there are still plenty of Yellow-rumped Warblers around as well.

While not a great photo op,

Black-headed Grosbeak
Black-headed Grosbeak

… I did see my first Black-headed Grosbeak of the year. So, not a bad morning at Reifel.

A Bar-tailed Godwit had been seen the last couple of days out in Boundary Bay. A fairly rare visitor for this area, particularly in the spring. Having to work I was unable to get out when it was first sighted and decided to give it a try this afternoon. However, there was no sign of it or any Plovers that it had been seen with.

With a title of “Friday the 13th” the day obviously did not bode well for someone.

Peregrine Falcon with Dowitcher
Peregrine Falcon with Dowitcher

This afternoon in the bay it was this Dowitcher falling prey to a Peregrine Falcon.

A Little Variety Today

For some it is still nest building time.

Barn Swallow
Barn Swallow

Here a Barn Swallow is gathering nesting material.

Canada Goose
Canada Goose

For others, new arrivals are here.

Wood Duck
Wood Duck

A little better luck today with getting a Wood Duck family together.

Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's)
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's)

Yellow-rumped Warblers were busy hawking for insects from the trees.

Rufous Hummingbird
Rufous Hummingbird

While watching and photographing the warblers,

Rufous Hummingbird
Rufous Hummingbird

… this Rufous Hummingbird stopped briefly on a branch before flying off.

Red-winged Blackbird
Red-winged Blackbird

And this Red-winged Blackbird paused momentarily in the cattails.

There were also a few Orange-crowned Warblers around. I located and stuck with one to try and get a photo. Unlike the Yellow-rumped which would sit in the open, the Orange-crowned were foraging for insects amongst the branches of the trees.

Orange-crowned Warbler
Orange-crowned Warbler

This one never came completely out in the open and this was the best I could do today. Such is the life of bird photography, but there is always next time.

The Ball

Last entry was about the sock (Bushtit nest), this one is about the ball.

Marsh Wren Nest
Marsh Wren Nest

The Marsh Wren nest was another I wanted to try and capture.

Marsh Wren Nest
Marsh Wren Nest

These woven balls or domed nests are contructed mostly of reeds and grasses and lashed to the surrounding plants.

Marsh Wren Nest
Marsh Wren Nest

Another small bird that puts a lot work into their nest.

Marsh Wren Nest
Marsh Wren Nest

Of course all this hard work deserves a time out for a little song.

Killdeer
Killdeer

Other birds from today were this Killdeer.

Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon`s)
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon`s)

Yellow-rumped Warblers were everywhere.

Sandhill Crane Nest
Sandhill Crane Nest

Two to three weeks yet before there will be any action here.

Wood Duck
Wood Duck

But some new arrivals have started showing up.