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.
This afternoons walk was to Brunswick Point where a Tropical Kingbird had been spotted yesterday. As I started off my walk, I paused briefly to watch some sparrows.
While doing so I got this Song Sparrow in a puddle at the end of taking a bath. Not long after this I came across a couple of other birders watching the Kingbird. Waiting for it to come out more into the open,
… another Song Sparrow stopped and posed nicely nearby.
Then it was time to focus on the Tropical Kingbird again.
It was busy catching dragonflies,
… and would then rest briefly before venturing out for another one.
The Tropical Kingbird is a rare bird for this area, but can usually be seen each fall in the lower mainland area. This bird provided some great viewing and photo opportunities.
Cloudy and cool this afternoon when helping out at Reifel, but not a bad crowd given the conditions. The Great Horned and Northern Saw-whet Owls were noticeably absent along the east dyke trail. In the northeast corner I checked out some of the regulars.
Like this Fox Sparrow,
… and the ever present Song Sparrow. A couple of birds entertaining the visitors this afternoon and providing good views,
… were two Virginia Rails. This one captured on ice along the slough’s edge. Another highlight today were two Swamp Sparrows making brief appearances around the tower again. A few birders were delighted to see them, some for the first time. Unfortunately I did not manage any new photos of them.