Post by nickinthegarden on May 4, 2020 17:25:58 GMT -8
Up and out early this morning, I got excited by the report of the American White Pelicans so I decided to check along the Sumas River where I could to see if there was any sign of them, there was not. I did follow out North Parallel Rd to the end which use to be a very good birding area in the spring. Looks like that is coming to an end as development seems to be happening there and I did see a few birds but nothing more exciting than a pair of American Goldfinches. This was my favorite area to look for Lazuli Buntings but I guess that is likely to be over with.
Back at the Barrowtown Pumphouse area by the quarry I did hear a Peregrine Falcon, but I could not see if it was nested on the cliff or not. I checked out the nest building of the Cliff Swallows, the colony seems a little smaller than previous years, but maybe it is just early as they are very busy gathering mud to build nests. One strange sight was a pair of Canada Geese landing on the cliff, I wondered if they were going to build a nest up there.
I did take some images of the controlled chaos of the Cliff Swallows as they gathered mud.
Very nice, Nick. I finally joined this board after moving from the Lower Mainland to Abbotsford. I'll use this board to help me select locations to visit. Unpacking is sooo slowww, but I have my big lens ready to use. Maybe I'll meet you out in the Wild shortly. Got to find an alternative to Flickr too. I have hundreds of nice photos not posted anywhere.
Post by nickinthegarden on May 16, 2020 3:42:46 GMT -8
Welcome to the Valley Mike. When I moved out here over 4 1/2 years ago this Forum and it's Site Guides www.fraservalleybirding.com/Site%20Guide/Map%20of%20Sites.htm helped me to find some good areas to bird in. Birding in the Valley is definitely different than birding in town, it has so many more possibilities with so many farms and bush/forest areas and bigger parks. The birding community is smaller out here, but they are great people but I can go weeks without seeing another birder or bird photographer. I would also suggest you use Ebird also, it can be a very useful tool to find out areas where others have gone and what they have seen. Good birding! Nick
Post by murraybrown on May 16, 2020 8:38:36 GMT -8
Mike, welcome to the Fraser Valley. I'm looking forward to seeing your photos as I have seen many of them on another site and have been very impressed with your work. If I remember correctly you were using top end Canon equipment and maybe a Sony bridge camera as well? Murray