Dunlin + Harris’s Sparrow

With another Sharp-tailed Sandpiper being spotted at Reifel a couple of days ago, that was today’s destination. A break in the weather made for a nice afternoon walk. There was no sign of it on checking the southwest field where it had been sighted. From there I checked the west field, also with negative results.

Dunlin
Dunlin

The west field did, however, have lots of Dunlin and dowitchers.

Dunlin
Dunlin

I focussed in on this one Dunlin,

Dunlin
Dunlin

… while it rested and then preened itself.

Dunlin
Dunlin

While not what I was initially after, the Dunlin did provide some good photo opportunities.

A Northern Goshawk was apparently seen this morning, but I did not see it in my travels this afternoon.

Harris's Sparrow
Harris’s Sparrow

The Harris’s Sparrow was still present today in the same area along the north dyke trial. A great afternoon to be out and about before the expected rain tomorrow.

Northern Shrike

Today it was back out to Brunswick Point to try again for Northern Shrike. Oddly enough I came across one almost right away at the first big bend in the trail.

Northern Shrike
Northern Shrike

While not unusual to see them here, I usually try to get them further along. There is one stand of trees they tend to like and will perch more in the open providing for a cleaner shot. Today it was not to be though. While in that area watching and waiting,

Dunlin
Dunlin

… there was a large flock of Dunlin¬†active along the frozen shoreline.

Dunlin & Plovers

For Steve:

My brother-in-law spent the last two and a half months with my wife & I while fighting cancer. His last wish was to spend what time he had left with family and friends. He passed away peacefully with us at his side last Saturday afternoon.

On my first walk since his passing, I headed out to Boundary Bay.

Dunlin
Dunlin

There were lots of Dunlin around this afternoon.

Dunlin
Dunlin

They were spread out along the beach as far as I could see.

Dunlin
Dunlin

While some groups were skittish,

Dunlin
Dunlin

… these birds were a little more at ease allowing me to get fairly close.

Black-bellied Plover
Black-bellied Plover

Mixed in with the Dunlin were numerous Black-bellied Plovers.

Black-bellied Plover
Black-bellied Plover

Some cooperative shore birds and a much needed relaxing walk along the beach.