Some birds that we don’t usually see there, that is.
The first were a couple of American wigeons.
After that it seems to be an usual day. There was a great blue heron fishing.
And a flicker watching us carefully.
But then we realized it was not us flicker was looking at. It was a couple of juvenile bald eagles on a nearby tree.
Then we’ve seen a couple more. A bit unusual but we’ve seen bald eagles here before. And then something completely unexpected.
A Cooper’s Hawk and then one that we just suspected it might be a Swainson’s hawk in its dark phase. But if someone is having a different or better idea, I am open to suggestions 🙂
Then there was a couple of Green-winged Teals (ducks always go in pars, right? 🙂 )…
… and a small Pied Billed Grebe.
For the last one, San says it is pretty usual in Vancouver, but I must say I have not seen it too often – or I was just not paying attention. Ring Billed gull.
All the photos from Terra Nova Rural Park (from previous visits too) are here.
Was this all in one day?
All birds in this post, yes. The ones in my Flickr account are from several visits. Four, I think.
Wow, that’s amazing. I’d love to go somewhere like that. Gonna have to hit the web and see what’s around.
Do you remember Words, he was one of my first friends in good old Opera Community. He lives somewhere near Rottingdean or South Downs, not sure. He is having another blog, of course, and there are a lot of birds and foxes and badgers around. http://www.permuted.org.uk/
If you are looking at something abroad, well, there are a lot of options, even in Europe 🙂
We need something local enough for Kim to travel, and hopefully schoolchild free. Bit by bit we build our list of safe places.
She wants to go here – http://cuteoverload.com/2015/02/06/next-stop-fox-village/ Bit far though.
Oh, yes, it is quite a way from where you live 🙂 But thank you for giving me idea. On one of my next visits to Japan… who knows 😀
I know that “…” That’s Serbian for, I’ll use my gigantic legs to step over the sea and pick you up, put you in my suitcase and smuggle you guys there.
Cheers bud. 😀
Love the Hawk pic! 😎
Thanks, I was so happy to see it. Usually, there are mallards, herons, crows, and gulls there, occasionally bald eagle. A lot of small birds, of course. But hawks? We’ve never seen them before. Hope they will stay 😀
Good birdwatching collection! The identification of buteo hawks (including Swainson’s) is very hard because they come in so many colour morphs. It’s a nightmare in Saskatchewan because there’s so many different species there. The flicker’s cute, and the eagle is magnificent, of course.
Thanks! We identified Swainson’s hawk by the photograph on-line where the bird was having the same exact colours. But for other one it was almost mission impossible because it didn’t fit in anything we’ve found, both in books or on-line.
Lovely pictures. widgeons, they’re weird. It’s like a duck and a pigeon? They seems strange to me. The pied billed grebe is so cute!!
For pied billed grebe is still young, they are so cute at that age 😀
It is very cute! Almost like a cartoon.
Birds Day (:
A great selection, and I just love seeing all those birds of prey.
Paul, we were surprised to see them. Usually, it is just bald eagles hanging around but this was a treat we didn’t expect 😀
Wow! Great sightings, Darko!
It was. Thank you, Jill 🙂
My cousin thinks the bird looks like a rough legged hawk. (Someone who has spent much more time outdoors in nature than me 😀 )
It seems your cousin is right, I checked some photographs on line using that name and they all look like the hawk we saw. Thanks!
I thought you were at a bird garden 😎
No, it is just a park, actually a walkway along the ocean 😀
widgeon? Is there Some cross breeding happening there? 😛
Cross breeding? What do you mean? You lost me there 😛
pidgeons and wading ducks? lol kidding
What a diversity! Pied Billed Grebe is so cute 🙂
It seems that everybody like them 😀