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Coastal Delta

The coast of Delta is home to Mud Bay and Boundary Bay, and is an important part of the Pacific Flyway. Birds from all around gather here.

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Nighttime in Delta

Nighttime in Delta

Nighttime in Delta

Nighttime in Delta

Northern Harrier

Northern Harrier

Northern Harrier

Northern Harrier

Northern Harrier

Northern Harrier

Northern Harrier

Northern Harrier

Northern Harrier

Northern Harrier

Rough Legged Hawk

Rough Legged Hawk

Rough Legged Hawk

Rough Legged Hawk

Sharp Shinned Hawk

Sharp Shinned Hawk

Sharp Shinned Hawk

Sharp Shinned Hawk

Hooded Merganser

Hooded Merganser

Merlin

Merlin

Merlin

Merlin

American Coot

American Coot

Northern Harrier

Northern Harrier

Short-Eared Owl

Short-Eared Owl

Short-Eared Owl

Short-Eared Owl

Short-Eared Owl

Short-Eared Owl

American Robin

American Robin

Short-Eared Owl

Short-Eared Owl

Short-Eared Owl

Short-Eared Owl

Short-Eared Owl

Short-Eared Owl

Yellow-Rumped Warbler

Yellow-Rumped Warbler

Bald Eagle

Bald Eagle

Northern Harrier

Northern Harrier

Bald Eagle

Bald Eagle

Spotted Towhee

Spotted Towhee

Spotted Towhee

Spotted Towhee

Spotted Towhee

Spotted Towhee

Black-Capped Chickadee

Black-Capped Chickadee

White-Crowned Sparrow

White-Crowned Sparrow

American Robin

American Robin

Rough Legged Hawk, December 26, 2021

Rough Legged Hawk, December 26, 2021

Spotted Towhee

Spotted Towhee

Northern Harrier

Northern Harrier

Bald Eagle

Bald Eagle

Short-Eared Owl

Short-Eared Owl

Short-Eared Owl

Short-Eared Owl

Bohemian Waxwing

Bohemian Waxwing

Bohemian Waxwings

Bohemian Waxwings

Mount Baker, December 15, 2021

Mount Baker, December 15, 2021

European Starling, December 8, 2021

European Starling, December 8, 2021

Great Blue Heron, December 8, 2021

Great Blue Heron, December 8, 2021

Short Eared Owl, December 8, 2021

Short Eared Owl, Deember 8, 2021

Golden Crowned Sparrow, December 8, 2021

Golden Crowned Sparrow, December 8, 2021

Short Eared Owl, December 4 2021

Short Eared Owl, December 4 2021

Northern Harrier, January 26, 2021

Northern Harrier, January 26, 2021

Dunlin, November 23, 2021

Dunlin, November 23, 2021

Dunlin, November 23, 2021

Dunlin, November 23, 2021

Dunlin, November 23, 2021

Dunlin, November 23, 2021

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Id Required. November 23, 2021

Short-Eared Owl, November 23, 2021

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Bufflehead, November 26, 2021

Bufflehead, November 26, 2021

Peregrine Falcon, November 23, 2021

Peregrine Falcon, November 23, 2021

Peregrine Falcon, November 23, 2021

Peregrine Falcon, November 23, 2021

Peregrine Falcon, November 23, 2021

Peregrine Falcon, November 23, 2021

Peregrine Falcon, November 23, 2021

Peregrine Falcon, November 23, 2021

Peregrine Falcon, November 23, 2021

Peregrine Falcon, November 23, 2021

Peregrine Falcon, November 23, 2021

Peregrine Falcon, November 23, 2021

Sunset, November 21, 2021

Sunset, November 21, 2021

Sunset, November 21, 2021

Sunset, November 21, 2021

Sora, November 21, 2021

Sora, November 21, 2021

Sunset, November 21, 2021

Sunset, November 21, 2021

Bald Eagle, November 22, 2021

Bald Eagle, November 22, 2021

Bald Eagle, November 23, 2021

Bald Eagle, November 23, 2021

Bald Eagle, November 23, 2021

Bald Eagle, November 23, 2021

Bald Eagle, November 23, 2021

Bald Eagle, November 23, 2021

Lesser Snow Geese with Northern Pintails and American Wigeons, November 5, 2021

Lesser Snow Geese with Northern Pintails and American Wigeons, November 5, 2021

Juvenile Bald Eagle, November 5, 2021

Juvenile Bald Eagle, November 5, 2021

Boundary Bay Shoreline, November 5, 2021

Boundary Bay Shoreline, November 5, 2021

Lesser Snow Geese with other waterfowl, November 5, 2021

Lesser Snow Geese with other waterfowl, November 5, 2021

Northern Pintails, November 5, 2021

Northern Pintails, November 5, 2021

Lesser Snow Geese, November 5, 2021

Lesser Snow Geese, November 5, 2021

Lesser Snow Geese, November 5, 2021

Lesser Snow Geese, November 5, 2021

Eurasian Collared-Dove, November 5, 2021

Eurasian Collared-Dove, November 5, 2021

Lesser Snow Geese, November 5, 2021

Lesser Snow Geese, November 5, 2021

Lesser Snow Geese, November 5, 2021

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Swainson's Thrush, September 16, 2021

Swainson’s Thrush, September 16, 2021

Great Blue Heron in Flight, March 26, 2021

Great Blue Heron in Flight, March 26, 2021

Bald Eagle and Nest, April 17, 2021

Bald Eagle and Nest, April 17, 2021

Tree Swallow, April 5, 2021

Tree Swallow, April 5, 2021

Bald Eagle, April 17, 2021

Bald Eagle, April 17, 2021

Great Blue Heron, April 5, 2021

Great Blue Heron, April 5, 2021

White Crowned Sparrow, April 5, 2021

White Crowned Sparrow, April 5, 2021

Great Blue Heron, April 5, 2021

Great Blue Heron, April 5, 2021

European Starling, April 30, 2021

European Starling, April 30, 2021

Redwing Blackbird, April 30, 2021

Redwing Blackbird, April 30, 2021

Redwing Blackbird, April 30, 2021

Redwing Blackbird, April 30, 2021

Mud Bay Sunset, January 22, 2021

Mud Bay Sunset, January 22, 2021

Mud Bay Winter Sky, January 22, 2021

Mud Bay Winter Sky, January 22, 2021

Juvenile Bald Eagle, January 23, 2021

Juvenile Bald Eagle, January 23, 2021

Bald Eagle, January 23, 2021

Bald Eagle, January 23, 2021

Bald Eagle, January 23, 2021

Bald Eagle, January 23, 2021

Backyard Birding

Sometimes some of the best birding is right in your own backyard! Here in BC, we are so fortunate to have so many species to enjoy while backyard birding.

Photos date back as early as 2018.

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Bewicks Wren

Bewicks Wren

Black-Capped Chickadee

Black-Capped Chickadee, March 1, 2022

Dark-Eyed Junco

Dark-Eyed Junco, March 2, 2022

Anna's Hummingbird

Anna’s Hummingbird, December 24, 2021

Anna's Hummingbird

Anna’s Hummingbird, December 24, 2021

Northern Flicker, November 23, 2021

Northern Flicker, November 23, 2021

Anna's Hummingbird, November 23, 2021

Anna’s Hummingbird, November 23, 2021

Anna's hummingbird, November 24, 2021

Anna’s hummingbird, November 24, 2021

Anna's hummingbird, November 24, 2021

Anna’s hummingbird, November 24, 2021

Anna's hummingbird, November 24, 2021

Anna’s hummingbird, November 24, 2021

Anna's hummingbird, November 24, 2021

Anna’s hummingbird, November 24, 2021

Anna's hummingbird, November 24, 2021

Anna’s hummingbird, November 24, 2021

Spotted Towhee, November 23, 202

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Dark-Eyed Junco, November 24, 2021

Dark-Eyed Junco, November 24, 2021

Dark-Eyed Junco, November 24, 2021

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Song Sparrow, November 24, 2021

Song Sparrow, November 24, 2021

Song Sparrow, November 24, 2021

Song Sparrow, November 24, 2021

Song Sparrow, November 24, 2021

Song Sparrow, November 24, 2021

Black-Capped Chickadee, November 24, 2021

Black-Capped Chickadee, November 24, 2021

Black-Capped Chickadee, November 24, 2021

Black-Capped Chickadee, November 24, 2021

Black-Capped Chickadee, November 24, 2021

Black-Capped Chickadee, November 24, 2021

Anna's Hummingbird Mid-Blink, July 2, 2021

Anna’s Hummingbird Mid-Blink, July 2, 2021

Stellers Jay, April 21, 2021

Stellers Jay, April 21, 2021

Pacific Bushtit, April 21, 2021

Bushtit, April 21, 2021

Stellers Jay, April 21, 2021

Stellers Jay, April 21, 2021

Bewicks Wren Nesting, March 26, 2021

Bewicks Wren Nesting, March 26, 2021

Black Capped Chickadee, March 27, 2021

Black Capped Chickadee, March 27, 2021

House Finch, April 1, 2021

House Finch, April 1, 2021

Anna's Hummingbird in Flight, July 21, 2018

Anna’s Hummingbird in Flight, July 21, 2018

Anna's Hummingbird in Flight, July 21, 2018

Anna’s Hummingbird in Flight, July 21, 2018

Anna's Hummingbird in Flight, July 21, 2018

Anna’s Hummingbird in Flight, July 21, 2018

Anna's Hummingbird in Flight, July 21, 2018

Anna’s Hummingbird in Flight, July 21, 2018

Boundary Park Duck Pond

Boundary Park may be just a small pond in Surrey, but I’ve come to realize that it can be full of surprises.

The most common bird would be the mallards and American wigeons, and for the longest time I sort of wrote the pond off since that was all I would see. But over the past year, I’ve seen pied-billed grebes, common mergansers, hooded mergansers, and an osprey that comes by in the summer. The usual small birds, such as song sparrows, golden-crowned sparrows, dark-eyed juncos, and black-capped chickadees hang around, as well as anna’s hummingbirds and pacific bushtits.

The pond is also a great place to see mallard ducklings, though they tend to not have very many compared to other ponds I’ve visted.

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Watershed Park

The Watershed is my go-to for a daily dose of nature. I can (and have) spent hours slowly wandering around the woods, rain or shine, and even in the snow. I’ve even gone twice in one day. Besides being peaceful, it’s a great place to view all kinds of birds, if you have the patience and know the right trails.

Several of the Watershed birds are featured on my weekly segment, Friday Facts:

+ more to come!

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Eastern Cottontail

Eastern Cottontail

Yellow-Rumped Warbler
Red-Tailed Hawk

Red-Tailed Hawk

Red-Tailed Hawk

Red-Tailed Hawk

Red-Tailed Hawk

Red-Tailed Hawk

Red-Tailed Hawk

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Red-Tailed Hawk

Red-Tailed Hawk

Red-Tailed Hawk

Red-Tailed Hawk

American Robin

American Robin

Ruby-Crowned Kinglet

Ruby-Crowned Kinglet

American Robin on Nest

American Robin on Nest

American Robin and Worm

American Robin and Worm

Pacific Slope Flycatcher

Pacific Slope Flycatcher

Rufous Hummingbird

Rufous Hummingbird

Barred Owl

Barred Owl

Barred Owl

Barred Owl

Rufous Hummingbird

Rufous Hummingbird

Yellow-Rumped Warbler

Yellow-Rumped Warbler

Rufous Hummingbird

Rufous Hummingbird

Rufous Hummingbird

Rufous Hummingbird

Hairy Woodpecker

Hairy Woodpecker

Rufous Hummingbird

Rufous Hummingbird

Rufous Hummingbird

Rufous Hummingbird

Red-Tailed Hawk

Red-Tailed Hawk

Rufous Hummingbird

Rufous Hummingbird

Rufous Hummingbird

Rufous Hummingbird

Rufous Hummingbird

Rufous Hummingbird

Rufous Hummingbird

Rufous Hummingbird

Hairy Woodpecker

Hairy Woodpecker

Garter Snake

Garter Snake

American Robin

American Robin

Rufous Hummingbird

Rufous Hummingbird

Rufous Hummingbird

Rufous Hummingbird

Rufous Hummingbird

Rufous Hummingbird

Black-Capped Chickadee

Black-Capped Chickadee

Black-Capped Chickadee

Black-Capped Chickadee

Black-Capped Chickadee

Black-Capped Chickadee

Black-Capped Chickadee

Black-Capped Chickadee

Pacific Wren

Pacific Wren

Spotted Towhee

Spotted Towhee

Bald Eagle

Bald Eagle

Pacific Wren

Pacific Wren

Pacific Wren

Pacific Wren

Pacific Wren

Pacific Wren

Pacific Wren

Pacific Wren

Pacific Wren

Pacific Wren

Misty marshland

Misty marshland

Misty forest

Misty forest

Misty forest

Misty forest

Misty forest

Misty forest

Red-Breasted Sapsucker

Red-Breasted Sapsucker

Douglas Squirrel

Douglas Squirrel

Downy Woodpecker

Downy Woodpecker

Downy Woodpecker

Downy Woodpecker

Downy Woodpecker

Downy Woodpecker

Barred Owl, December 20, 2021

Barred Owl, December 20, 2021

Barred Owl, December 20, 2021

Barred Owl, December 20, 2021

Barred Owl, December 20, 2021

Barred Owl, December 20, 2021

Golden Crowned Kinglet, December 20, 2021

Golden Crowned Kinglet, December 20, 2021

Ruby Crowned Kinglet, December 20, 202

Ruby Crowned Kinglet, December 20, 202

Pacific Wren

Pacific Wren

Norther Flicker, December 20, 2021

Norther Flicker, December 20, 2021

Norther Flicker, December 20, 2021

Norther Flicker, December 20, 2021

Golden-Crowned Kinglet, October 1, 2021

Golden-Crowned Kinglet, October 1, 2021

Swainson's Thrush, October 1, 2021

Swainson’s Thrush, October 1, 2021

Black-Capped Chickadee, October 1, 2021

Black-Capped Chickadee, October 1, 2021

Downy Woodpecker, October 1, 2021

Downy Woodpecker, October 1, 2021

Black-Capped Chickadee, October 1, 2021

Black-Capped Chickadee, October 1, 2021

Douglas Squirrel, October 13, 2021

Douglas Squirrel, October 13, 2021

Misty Day in the Woods, October 17, 2021

Misty Day in the Woods, October 17, 2021

Great Blue Heron, October 13, 2021

Great Blue Heron, October 13, 2021

Great Blue Heron, October 13, 2021

Great Blue Heron, October 13, 2021

Barred Owl, August 23, 2021

Barred Owl, August 23, 2021

Barred Owl, August 23, 2021

Barred Owl, August 23, 2021

Barred Owl, August 31, 2021

Barred Owl, August 31, 2021

Barred Owl, September 2, 2021

Barred Owl, September 2, 2021

Barred Owl, September 21, 2021

Barred Owl, September 21, 2021

Barred Owl, September 21, 2021

Barred Owl, September 21, 2021

Barred Owl, September 21, 2021

Barred Owl, September 21, 2021