George C. Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary

San already made a post about George C. Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary we visited yesterday so my post will be more a photo-than-a-story post. A day was exceptionally nice and staying at home would have been just wrong πŸ˜›
Place is "flooded" with all sorts of ducks.
Mallard duck

Greater Scaup


Wood duck

Geese too. Canada geese were always coming in pairs, so obviously mating season is on! Snow geese were all together, but you could tell which ones were males by warning sounds they made when you come closer πŸ˜›
Canada Geese

Tree swallows were surprise to me, I didn't expect them so early. In South-eastern Europe they would come at the beginning or middle of April – at least I never saw them in March :left:
Tree swallows

But a real treat was this bird. I made this photo while standing only two meters away – birds in general are so tame and used to people, this woodpecker was searching for food without being aware of a bunch of people under the tree, making photos πŸ˜€
Pileated woodpecker

Not too many cranes but those two were willing to pose for photographing for a while :up:
Sandhill Cranes

But skies were not empty. Prey birds are always on alert. They too have hungry mouths to feed :left:
Marsh Hawk – female

More photos you can see here.

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32 Responses to George C. Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary

  1. Aqualion says:

    Wood duck… I like that. Does it float?Sorry. Lame joke.

  2. Words says:

    A pretty selection of ducks, but the real treats are the hawk and the woodpecker. Nice one! :up:

  3. volkuro says:

    That's a lot of different birds in one day. Great sanctuary, I will have to visit it when I'll go to BC… some days πŸ˜€

  4. gdare says:

    Martin, πŸ˜† Yes it floats pretty good πŸ˜€ It got its name because it can climb a tree and lay eggs there.Words, we saw a lot of bald eagles too, few golden eagles but they were usually to high for my camera. On the way home there were about 6-7 of them behind one house but we were in a car and there was no point in stopping there :awww:Louis, ok when we need to expect you? πŸ˜›

  5. spooksister says:

    Great photos πŸ™‚ Did you get quite close to them or do you have a good zoom lens?

  6. SittingFox says:

    Pileated woodpecker! :yes: Lucky you! They're beautiful birds.No swallows here in Sask. It's still quite snowy. Our migrant hawks have arrived, though.

  7. Aqualion says:


  8. derWandersmann says:

    "Wood", not "wooden", Martin!

  9. gdare says:

    Sal, we were very close to them. My camera is too weak for any distant target. But birds are so tame, visitors can buy bird seed at the entrance and feed them. We saw chickadees landing on people's palms and grabbing seeds :DAdele, they are (woodpeckers) :yes: Before coming to Canada I have probably seen only one or two in my entire life, they are not common in urban areas in Serbia. In last 5 months I have probably seen 5 of them, at least :up:Martin and dW πŸ˜†

  10. Aqualion says:

    Sorry for being so silly. It's the Sun, you know. I get like that every year around this time. It is like all the higher faculties of my brain shot down, and I become an unstoppable silly-machine. Sorry.

  11. derWandersmann says:

    πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

  12. gdare says:

    Martin, no need to be sorry πŸ˜€

  13. studio41 says:

    great pics, Darko. the Greater Scaup has such a pretty colour- that purple is so sleek, shiny and beautiful. nice in the light.

  14. Spaggyj says:

    Mallard! What I call "proper" ducks πŸ˜€

  15. gdare says:


  16. gdare says:

    Jill, I like wood duck, too. So unusual :up:Kimmie, me too πŸ˜†

  17. derWandersmann says:

    Good eating, too … we used to "order" them from the Indians, who lived across the river in Canada … they're allowed to hunt all year 'round. Then, a couple of days later, an Indian would show up at the door, with a few ducks in a sack. My mom really knew how to cook them, too.

  18. Stardancer says:

    We've got lots of Canada geese down here in Arkansas, still, too. The golf course at the nearby lake resort was crowded with them this weekend, along with the golfers. Pretty things.:up:

  19. derWandersmann says:

    Originally posted by Stardancer:

    Pretty things.

    They are, and they're fun to watch, but they've gotten so lazy about flying south that they just hang around all winter. There are 'WAY too many of them, and they are a health hazard, with their droppings all over everything. And they attack people sometimes, and can hurt little kids very easily. I've known a few lads to poach one or two for holiday meals, and they're very good for that … even in the city, an airgun is usually quiet enough, and safe. But as far as a government program to cull them for a useful food source for poor people, oh, no! And the very people who object to the dear, pretty things being killed are the same ones who complain about the goose-poop all over the lawns and walks. They ought to be deputised to pick up the poop themselves, by hand. Some towns have taken up the use of border collies to chase them off … the dogs love it.

  20. gdare says:

    Some people in Canada say they are evil :left:

  21. studio41 says:

    Originally posted by derWandersmann:

    There are 'WAY too many of them, and they are a health hazard, with their droppings all over everything.

    a couple years back, I'd finished a stroll with my kids and looked up at my mother's place and… you do not want to know! Darko hadn't moved to Canada yet so I cannot hold him responsible- but, that goose came from the north and I had a target on my face! :irked:

  22. gdare says:

    πŸ˜† :whistle:

  23. studio41 says:

    you are laughing? ha. :irked: πŸ˜† this one received an improper glance from me and I think was scared back to Canada- watch out and don't look up.

  24. gdare says:


  25. Mickeyjoe-Irl says:

    You're learning how to live in BC – when the weather is good make the most of it. πŸ˜‰

  26. gdare says:

    Exactly the same what San told me πŸ˜€

  27. MirabelaTM says:

    I like all pictures especially the one with woodpecker :up:

  28. derWandersmann says:

    Watch out, Mira! You'll set Lion off again!

  29. gdare says:

    Mira, he was surprise for all of us, usually you can't come that close :DdW πŸ˜†

  30. Aqualion says:

    Don't worry. I'm okay again. It's been cloudy lately, so my sillyness is back on the controllable level… Let me rephrase that: My sillyness is back on a relatively controllable level.:cheers:

  31. gdare says:


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