On arriving at Reifel to help out in the afternoon I learned that there was a little entertainment this morning. Over the centre dyke area the Northern Goshawk was actively engaged with some Northern Harriers.
I made my way out to the centre dyke trail and was unable to locate the Northern Goshawk. The Northern Harriers, however, were actively coming and going to the trail leading the bird blind.
Turns out they were feeding on a drake mallard. The duck was probably killed by the Goshawk and all the fuss noticed earlier was the Harriers harrassing and chasing it away for a free lunch.
It was a nice sunny afternoon when I started my walk at Boundary Bay. As with my last visit here, I was going to look for wintering sparrows. Not long after starting,
… this male Northern Harrier did a close fly by. On the sparrow front as I progressed east along the dyke I was only finding the usual suspects.
Like this White-crowned Sparrow,
… and Song Sparrow. With clouds moving in and the sun starting to set, it was time to start heading back. While adjacent to the golf course,
… I came across this Short-eared Owl that had stopped to rest on a fence post. As it continued getting darker,
… I was pleasantly surprised to see this Snowy Owl roosting out in the marsh. One has been seen here off and on for a couple of weeks now. The first one I saw this winter was also about two weeks ago at Reifel way out in the west marsh.