Avoiding some traffic on my way back from Abbotsford this evening I found an intermediate phase Swainson's Hawk at Whatcom and Vye. It was circling and hovering over a field that was being mowed. Many of the Swainson's Hawk I've seen in our area are found in these situations. They probably like the mice that get uncovered by the mower.
I also found a great pond for shorebirds. Very much worth keeping an eye on! It is at the north end of Angus Campbell Road. In it were two Wilson's Phalarope and several Greater Yellowlegs. A Cinnamon Teal and sort of late American Wigeon were there too. The pond on Wellsline Road is almost drained but there were two Lesser Yellowlegs here. With such a relatively dry spring shorebirding has not been as good as in other years. Sorry, I probably jinxed the sunshine!
Good birding to all!
Gord Fraser Valley Birding Administrator eBird Regional Editor (Fraser Valley)