Saturday, November 25, 2017

November 25 Part 2 - Boundary Bay

While my last stop in Langley was in a sheltered area, I was out in the elements at Boundary Bay. It was blustery but not worth aborting the visit. There had been reports of a White-crowned Sparrow being seen with a group of more common sparrows.

Here's a group of White-crowned Sparrows, all in first winter plumage.

White-crowned Sparrow (Imm) - Boundary Bay, Delta BC

As usual, there were Song Sparrows willing to pose for pictures

Song Sparrow - Boundary Bay, Delta BC

There were large numbers of ducks out on the surf, most of them Wigeon.

American Wigeon - Boundary Bay, Delta BC

In the sky, there were huge numbers of shorebirds on the move. Most of them are probably Dunlin.

Dunlin - Boundary Bay, Delta BC

They eventually settled until a Peregrine Falcon decided to see if it could catch an afternoon meal.

Peregrine Falcon - Boundary Bay, Delta BC

This caused all the shorebirds to take flight. In the chaotic photo below, you can see the Falcon near the lower centre-right area.

If you cant see it in that photo, here's a zoomed in shot with the Falcon as the largest bird in the foreground.

Peregrine Falcon - Boundary Bay, Delta BC

One more sparrow shot before I left. I'm pretty sure that this is an immature White-crowned Sparrow, but it could be an immature Golden-crowned as well.

White-crowned? Sparrow (Imm) - Boundary Bay, Delta BC

On my way home I took 112 St back to the bay as I've seen Hawks and Falcons on the telephone poles and wires. I was rewarded with this hawk for the last bird of the day.

Red-tailed Hawk - 112 St Delta BC

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