This morning, I went to my local bank branch to get myself a VISA card for my expenses during my times in Ontario. While heading back home, I saw my first Small Cabbage White butterfly on the year! Spring is definitely here! After lunch, my mother and I walked to the dyke to enjoy this nice Monday.
Nice blue sky.
I pointed out this handsome male House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus) to my mother. She enjoys watching this pretty bird and listening to its songs!
Male House Finch on a wire.
The marsh is now being utilized by the Snow Geese who aren't on their way to Wrangel Island, Russia yet. Even though it's a nice quiet place for them to rest and forage, they kept being spooked by the Bald Eagles that patrol the area.
While my mother used the restroom, I looked out to the marsh hoping to spot something, and something suddenly flew up from the dead reeds! It was an American Bittern (Botaurus lentiginosus)!
It landed somewhere in the reeds again but I was not able to find it again. After showing my mother the photos and walking away, my mother suddenly spotted the bittern!
I went to the direction it was heading to, and pretty soon it walked in my way.
And that was when it rose up and became still. But seeing how it wasn't fooling my mother and I, the bittern gave up and just flew away again. What a moment!
I haven't moon-watched in a long time. I wonder if the moon from Ontario is the same as here in B.C.?
Below are some photos that I took while heading back home.
I like the redness.
A bud wearing a hat and saying "hey, look at me!"
Cherry blossoms still in bloom.
But soon it will all be over.