A cooperative male Green-winged Teal and a unusual (and late) Red-winged Blackbird were the highlights at Swan Lake today.
This spring it was hard to miss all the geese in Sitka as they flew honking overhead or fed and rested on lawns and beaches. Based on reported sightings, at least 250 birds visited town, possibly many more. Most are Greater White-fronted Geese, though there were at least one Snow Goose and a handful of … Read more
After taking pictures of geese on the lawn at SJ this morning, I took advantage of the sunny day and hiked to the second view point on Mt. Verstovia trail. Along the way I was able to find and photograph a couple of new-to-me species, as well as the early blooming fern-leaf goldthead. Later in … Read more
It was the first day of the Great Backyard Bird Count, so I tried to get out a fair bit to look for birds, including a stop at Swan Lake and a walk around Totem Park.
The lake was mostly frozen, so quite a few birds were close to the penninsula in one of the patches of open water. I took advantage of their limited room to roam and got some photos.