A little breezy and overcast, but at least it was not raining. There was also a half decent crowd when I arrived at Reifel to help out this afternoon. There was not anything out of the ordinary reported from the morning,
… and along the east dyke trail it was mostly regulars like this Dark-eyed Junco.
Hard to walk around Reifel without spending some time with the waterfowl. Today it was this Gadwall.
Along the inside grassy trail I found a pair of Black-capped Chickadee busy excavating a nesting hole in an old Birch snag. While watching them a beautiful Audubon’s Yellow-rumped Warbler was flitting about overhead, but would not come lower and cooperate for a photo.
Later in the afternoon along this same stretch I notice several Ruby-crowned Kinglet in the trees along the east dyke trail. Once I had made my way over there,
… I was delighted that the first photos I took were of a Hutton’s Vireo.
Next up was a Ruby-crowned Kinglet I originally came over to get. Both these species are usually quite busy and can be challenging to get photos of. They are also quite similar in appearance and this was a good opportunity to see them together for comparison.
The weather definitely had an impact on the number of visitors at Reifel this afternoon when I showed up to help out on the trails. The continuing snowfall was also keeping a lot of the smaller birds busy looking for food.
This Golden-crowned Sparrow gave me a long look. Even they were approaching people looking for hand outs.
The White-throated Sparrow was active in its usual spot near the entrance,
… and this Dark-eyed Junco struck a nice pose on a snowy log. A fun day trying to get some of the little ones in the snow.
At Reifel today, on this Thanksgiving long weekend, there was a half decent crowd. It was overcast with light showers persisting most of the afternoon. It was fairly quiet on the birding front,
… so I was starting to watch some of the fall regulars such as this Dark-eyed Junco. Then to make things a little more interesting,
… I spotted this White-throated Sparrow. That was the excitement for the sanctuary, but things picked up again on the way home. I got flagged over on Westham Island by Brian, a fellow volunteer. In with the Snow Goose flock were some dark morph birds.
One that stood out was this Snow Goose with some of the marking of a dark morph.
There were a couple of juveniles,
… along with this adult dark morph Snow Goose. It was an interesting variety of Blue Goose to end the day with.