Presumably, many of Bird Canada’s readers take public transportation to get to work. One of the advantages of this mode of transportation is that you get to look around at your environment as you are travelling (you can do this when you drive or cycle, of course, but it can and often does lead to unfortunate accidents). As I travel to work, then, I often see birds that intrigue me or parks that I would like to visit. This month, I would like to show you a few pictures of the birds that I have been able to photograph along my route to work (or at work), as I travel from North Vancouver to UBC’s Vancouver campus, which is found on the western edge of the city.
In the morning, after a brisk walk down the hill from my home, I take the Seabus from North Vancouver’s Lonsdale Quay and to Vancouver’s Waterfront Station. Once on the other side, I often hop on the 44 bus that takes me from downtown all the way to the bus loop at UBC (a 12km ride).
Along the way, the many great parks and spots to see and photograph some pretty interesting land and water birds include various spots on Burrard Inlet’s northern and southern shores, Jericho Park, the UBC Campus and Pacific Spirit Regional Park. I should point out that I captured all of these images in the past month, as this unusually mild, dry and sunny winter has been a rather amazing to observe and photograph birds. And all of these photos were taken on a work day, either in the morning before work or during my lunch break.
I would love to hear if you have interesting places to observe birds along your commute to work!
Starting in North Vancouver, on the north shore of Burrard Inlet (not far from the starting point of the Seabus at Lonsdale Quay), many interesting birds can be found if you are paying attention, including this Pigeon Guillemot, taken on February 11:
If you look closely enough, you may also find a beautiful male Hooded Merganser doing some crab fishing a few steps away…
…or a Glaucous-winged Gull shamelessly trying to grab his breakfast (this bird almost landed on the HOME in its desire to steal its food):
The next three photos (of a Fox Sparrow, Song Sparrow and Spotted Towhee) were taken in Vancouver’s beautiful Jericho Park on February 5, 2014, which I always see from my bus as I am proceeding to UBC:
This Anna’s Hummingbird was taken on February 11, 2014, along a path that I take almost every day to get to my office at UBC in the Student Union Building:
The next few photos were not taken along my commute as such, but may be found only a few steps from my office (from top to bottom, you may recognize a pair of Bald Eagles, a Brown Creeper, a Golden-crowned Kinglet, a Pacific Wren and a lovely Varied Thrush):