An Occupation of Snow Geese

If you’re in or visiting the Lower Mainland over the next couple of months, make sure to make your way out to either Richmond or Ladner and take in the seasonal spectacle that is the wintering flocks of snow geese (Chen caerulescens). The¬†word flock doesn’t really do justice to the sheer number of birds: gaggle is more appropriate to a …

A Greater Number of Lesser Snow Geese

Thousands of Snow Geese (Chen caerulenscens) can be seen on playing fields in Richmond, British Columbia. While in the Lower Mainland this weekend I was driving from Terra Nova Park (where I unsuccessfully looked for a Scrub Jay) to Garry Point (where I failed to find a Franklin’s Gull) I came upon the astounding sight of a playing field filled …

Ring-billed Gulls in Richmond

I was over on the Lower Mainland today and managed to get a little bit of birding in before having to catch the ferry back to Vancouver Island. I had just enough time to check out two reports on the Yahoo Vancouver Birding list serve – a Scrub Jay that was reported at Terra Nova as recently as November 3 …

A Special Bird at the Iona Sewage Ponds

Marshes at Iona Beach Regional Park. Aside from the sewage outfall at Iona Beach Regional Park, birders are also drawn irresistibly to both the North and South Marshes and of course, the waste settling ponds. And so it was, after returning from my long walk to the tip of the outfall and back I thought that I would be remiss …

A Long Walk at Iona Beach

I spent last weekend in Vancouver doing some bird watching at Iona Beach Regional Park, famous for its sewage lagoon and the long sewage outfall (approximately 4km one way). The last time I was at Iona was back in December of 2004 looking for a MacKay’s Bunting that had been reported out at the end of the outfall. Here’s what …