Late winter/early spring birding in Vancouver

For my guest blog this month, I thought I would provide a small sample of the birds I have seen and photographed from mid-January to mid-March in the greater Vancouver region. To say that it has been warmer than the rest of the country for most of the time would be an understatement, but if it can make you feel better, we did get long periods of rain, especially in January!

In case you are wondering, all of these photos were taken by me with a handheld Nikon D5200 and AF-S Zoom-Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED. None of these birds were baited, called in or set up…

Anna’s Hummingbird (female), sipping a few cherry blossoms at the University of British Columbia’s Vancouver campus in February:

ANHU_female_03-UBC-2015_03_02And speaking of hummingbirds, I discovered several days ago that this Anna’s Hummingbird chose build her nest on a wind chime, next to the front door of one of our neighbours! I am guessing that the eggs may hatch in the next 10 days or so…

ANHU_female-North_Van-2015_03_16This dashing male Northern Flicker seemed to be scouting, with his female companion, a suitable location for their nest:


And this handsome pair of Hooded Mergansers seemed to have been enjoying a leisurely swim in March no the pond at Jericho Beach Park:

HOME_pair-Jericho_pond-2015_03_07And last (but certainly not least), the following photo of a female Bushtit hanging on a fern was taken in February at UBC Vancouver:

BUSH_female-UBC-2015_02_11See you next month…

Pierre Cenerelli

Not only for the birds?

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