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.
Daylight saving time.
Did you remember to change the clock on your camera along with all the others today?
With the next storm front delayed, it meant there was a slight break in the weather today. Unfortunately it was still fairly windy and on the cool side. Being Sunday, I headed out to Reifel to help on the trails. From a birding perspective, it is still fairly quiet at the sanctuary. Wanting to stay out of the wind, the display ponds provided some waterfowl opportunities.
First up was this male Greater Scaup,
… followed by a female.
Next up were some male Northern Pintails,
… busy strutting their stuff as spring approaches.
Then the smaller male Bufflehead,
… whose head is iridescent in the right light.
The inside sloughs had some Gadwall,
… and Northern Shoveler.
To finish the afternoon off, a couple of portraits.
This female Wood Duck,
… and her male counterpart that were hanging around near the entrance.
Not having been there in several days I headed out to Reifel this afternoon. It was fairly quiet for a Sunday as far as people go. It was also relatively quiet on the birding front as well. New arrivals are still showing up,
… but the Gadwall due tend to be a little later with their broods.
On the shore bird front there were a number of Yellowlegs present.
Today most of those present,
… were Lesser Yellowlegs.
One bird I would not expect to find on the inner ponds,
… was this Bonaparte’s Gull.
Around here you would normally find them in open water and along the shore line.
There were four Red-necked Phalaropes,
… but they were not coming very close to the dyke.
After Reifel I headed down to Boundary Bay Regional Park in Tsawwassen for the high tide. A Pacific Golden Plover had been seen there earlier in the week.
It had been seen frequenting the area with some Semipalmated Plovers,
… and Killdeer. While I managed some shots of the Semipalmated Plovers and Killdeer, there was no sign of the Golden Plover.