Biked to the dyke: Owl-watching & Sunset watching.

I have been playing catch-up with publishing my blog posts these last couple of days. Well, I finally posted on time today. With the high pressure system here in southwestern BC, we have been receiving sunshine and around-freezing temperatures at the same time. But I take cold temperatures over the rain at time of the year!

Anyways, I was able to go out this afternoon and get some much-needed dose of wildlife-watching!

North Shore Mountains in the distance
When I arrived at the dyke, the view was fantastic! A clear view to the North Shore Mountains.

The Short-eared Owl was still around! And this time it flew much closer to the path than the last time.

But like the last time, a Northern Harrier came and try to chase the owl away.

Short-eared Owl (Asio flammeus)
The chase was short, and the owl quickly flew off in the other direction.

Continuing biking, I arrived at Terra Nova and watched the Snow Geese resting and eating.

Lesser Snow Geese (Chen caerulescens caerulescens) adult and juvenile
Adult and Juvenile Snow Geese

There were some other birds around too, like this American Robin, Red-winged Blackbird, and Golden-crowned Sparrow.

Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)
A Black-capped Chickadee feeding on the insects on the bark of this tree made a quick appearance too.

Peace and Serenity
A quiet shot of the Terra Nova slough.

Pretty soon, the sky was getting darker and the sun was setting.

In a short span of 14 minutes, the sun was soon over the Gulf Islands. And...

Sunset over Gulf Islands

Shades of colors
Leaving some beautiful colors behind....

1 comment:

Cicero Sings said...

I don't know how I got so far behind but I had 6 entries to catch up on! Loved the night shots. That was a pretty nice sunset series too. Glad you are getting some sunny days at last. Sunshine is SO good for ones spirits, that and the brisk air make one feel they could kick up their heels again!! -15C here this morning.

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