Peregrine Falcon

With Sharp-tailed Sandpiper showing up the plan was to get out for a walk to Boundary Bay. I was encouraged by seeing a couple had been sighted in that area today.

As I headed west from 104 St. the tidal pools were quiet with no shorebirds in sight. Then one possible reason became apparent.

Peregrine Falcon
Peregrine Falcon

This Peregrine Falcon was roosting on a large log washed up along the high water mark. It was surprisingly cooperative for photos and seemed more interested scanning its surrounding than in me. It eventually spotted something and flew off east low along the dyke.

As for shorebirds closer in along the mudflats,

Dowitcher
Dowitcher

… I only managed to come up with a small group of Dowitchers by the outflow pipe at 88 St.

On the way back I tagged along with the plovers as the tide started to come in, but did not get any real photo opportunities. As for Sharp-tailed, the hunt continues.

Great Horned Owl

On arriving at Reifel this afternoon to help out on the trails I learned one of the Great Horned Owls was present in the sanctuary again. Knowing this to be a favourite of visitors I headed in that general direction. There was just one short detour along the way to the Ewen Slough blind in the northeast corner.

Spotted Sandpiper
Spotted Sandpiper

A Spotted Sandpiper had been seen earlier and was still present. Here it is intently watching a fly buzzing around in front of it. After a few minutes enjoying the sandpiper I made my way to the north dyke trail and located the Great Horned Owl roosting in the deciduous trees between there and the inside grassy trail.

Great Horned Owl
Great Horned Owl

I set up the camera for the visitors allowing them a close up view. Needless to say it was quite the hit.

After a while I did take a break for a walk. The only things cooperating,

Dowitcher
Dowitcher

… were some Dowitchers by the tower. I eventually made my way back to the Great Horned Owl,

… finishing the afternoon there. Even had a little time for this video.

American Golden-Plover

It was back out to Boundary Bay this afternoon, only this time I arrived a couple of hours before high tide. While the sun did peek through a few times, it was overcast for the most part. On heading west along the tidal flats from 104 St. things were pretty quiet. As I approached the pilings there were signs of activity. The Plover flock was spread out between there and 96 St.

Dowitcher
Dowitcher

In with the Plovers were some Dowitchers foraging in close to the dyke. For the most part the Plovers were pretty wary of me and kept there distance. Well not all of them as it turned out.

American Golden-Plover
American Golden-Plover

Much to my delight this American Golden-Plover was in amongst the others and was a little more cooperative.

American Golden-Plover
American Golden-Plover

While it did not let me get too close, I did manage a few shots. This was definitely a pleasant surprise for the afternoon.

After this I spotted a group of Pectoral Sandpipers further out on the tidal flats. I made my way out there, but there was no Sharp-tailed Sandpiper with them.

On my way back in with the tide,

American Pipit
American Pipit

… I spent some time trying to get shots of the many American Pipits that were busy along the shoreline.

American Pipit
American Pipit

A fun diversion prior to heading back up on to the dyke.