Totally captivated in 2007 by the live camera feed of the Hornby Island nesting Bald Eagles in B.C., I was drawn into birding and have never looked back. Thus begins my account of what I'm fortunate enough to discover each day and perhaps capture with my camera.

Unless otherwise stated, all images were taken by and are the property of Janice Melendez

Species Counts:

2014 Final Year List: 255; 2015 Year List a/o June 5, 2015: 235; Life List: 327

Friday, May 14, 2010

May 13th- Part Trois- Boundary Bay

Leaving the ferry jetty, I drove through town to the other side of Tsawwassen (yes, still have to refer to my map for the spelling!) to Boundary Bay Regional Park (see green section below, bottom centre). Although I've spent hours along the Boundary Bay Dyke trails, this was my first time here, vs. my usual haunts at the foot of 72nd:

Tide was still out:

Unfortunately, I had arrived there precisely at the stroke of the mid-day Dead Zone for birds, and saw very few, including Northwestern Crows, Savannah Sparrows, Yellow-rumped and Common Yellowthroat Warblers, and a few Gadwalls:

Adored watching this female Mallard trying to keep all of her little bumblebees under control, too sweet:

But the lure of that Timmie's I had passed in town was too strong, so I left the park to grab take-out lunch and headed off for the dyke trail at the foot of 72nd, stopping in at OWL (Orphaned Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre) to make a small donation, then ate my lunch here on the dyke trail overlooking Boundary Bay:


This Common Yellowthroat in the shrub next to me wanted in on the action until he realized I was eating a chicken (!) salad sandwich, notice the Feathery Eyeball he's giving me:

But of course my Trash Birds beloved Bald Eagles were why I was here, and although my final count for the day was a mere twenty (sorry, Ann), I discovered a pair roosting in a tree, one of them took flight as he awoke from his afternoon snooze:


The second one continued roosting, and this is in a tree right outside a small school on 72nd Street:


What a way to wrap up a fabulous day!

1 comment:

Ann Brokelman said...

I am so glad you have seen so many bald eagles - next time we go out I expect to see some!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!