After a long and very relaxing break, the end of the first workweek of 2010 is nearing. I found that although I wasn't ambitious enough to make the trek from Point Grey to North Vancouver during the holiday, if felt good during the last couple of days to explore the area around my school once more.
On Tuesday, I looked at Rose's nest. (Rose was an osprey chick that I had the good fortune to observe growing up this past summer.) The nest was occupied, but I hope it will soon once more be inhabited by Rose's parents. I'm guessing this "renter" is a juvenile double-crested cormorant.A blue heron was on the other side of the river at dusk.
It flew onto this twig of a tree, perching rather precariously.
On Wednesday, my friend, Dianne, joined me for a walk. She spotted this birch tree. It is broken, as you see. I wonder if it will continue to grow.
Lots of sumac berries, which I have been seeing all winter long, but for some reason, stood out as a sign of spring.
Driftwood is always interesting to me.
Dianne's dog, Haley, was really enjoying herself.
These black turnstones were very busy. It only occurred to me yesterday how they may have gotten their names. They spend a lot of time checking out the food source on the rocks.
Their wings really catch the eye.
This crow was clearly upset..
..and the reason became obvious. Haley had found and stolen its feast of fish, tucked in the rocks. Mm... yummy!
Spring.. I can almost taste it.
I believe these are surf scoters. I took them from the Lions Gate Bridge, during my commute home. They were a long, long way down.
I stopped in Stanley Park, going along a trail, and then down to the seawall, hoping to find some Oyster Catchers that my colleague had told me about. I never did find them, but I discovered four small sculptures of lions that I had never noticed before. There are large sculptures at the entrance to the Lions Gate, but these little ones border a tiny bridge in the park. Here's one of them.
No Oyster Catchers to be found, but i did see lots of Barrow's Goldeneyes. One little bird along the path tried to land on my hand, but then realized I had no food, and flew off. I wonder if most birders carry seeds with them. I couldn't get a picture of it, but guessed it to possibly be a Nuthatch.
I tried, before I left the park, to capture a beautiful sunset, but the photos were very poor, so my final showing is this Canada Goose at dusk. I hope that leg is just relaxing and not injured.
One question, before closing. I am wondering if anyone has a great bird identification book that shows clear pictures of both male and female of each species. I am using the National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Birds, Western Region, right now. (1994) Or, do most of you use the internet?
Edited Thursday evening to add: I biked along the seawall again Thursday afternoon and came across the same Canada Goose. It was separated from the other geese and definitely favouring its right foot, barely able to put weight on it when walking. I haven't seen it fly. I kept a distance from it, not wanting to cause it more stress. So, a few more questions (I seem to have a lot of them lately). I did a google and came up with Vancouver Wildlife Association. I'm thinking to call them in the morning, but will go back and check on the goose tomorrow on the way to work, before calling them. I'm kicking myself for not doing something sooner, but am wondering if anyone has other suggestions for helping it out, or even whether it might be better to see if it will heal on its own. Should I get some food and drop it nearby? What do they eat?