Checking out all the birding places in Richmond!

I had the car for the day, so I was able to drive my mother and I around to check out some birding areas in Richmond.

Paulik Park

Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)
A Northern Flicker excavated the nest for a short while.

Closer look at the hole. Beside the flicker, we also saw a Bald Eagle flying overhead.

Pretty flower.


Garden City Park

Since we went there near noon, the park was pretty quiet in terms of bird-watching. We saw Mallads, GBH, a female Hooded Merganser, Robins, and a Ruby-crowned Kinglet.

Iona Beach

It was quiet beautiful, but also very windy and chilly.

Panoramic View of North Shore Mountains

Walking around the pond, we saw a pair of Canada Geese, a GBH, and some Red-winged Blackbirds.

Canada Geese (Branta canadensis)

Canada Geese (Branta canadensis)

Canada Geese (Branta canadensis)
This pair seemed quiet attracted to us.

Panoramic View of the Iona Pond

Panoramic View of the Iona Pond
Panoramic Views of the pond.

Lesser Scaup (Aythya affinis)
In the pond were a pair of Lesser Scaups, a Coot, Buffleheads, and Canada Geese.

Iona Jetty
Then we walked to the jetty. But it started to get very cloudy and we did not see any birds ahead, so we quickly turned back.

In the water, we only saw some scaups.

A juvenile Bald Eagle on the beach - not doing anything in particular.

A male Northern Harrier slowly flew towards us as we were walking back.


Driving back. Getting cloudy now.

Terra Nova

The weather turned better when we crossed the bridge, so we went to Terra Nova. Over there, we saw a GBH, Canvasbacks, Northern Shovelers, Canada Geese, and others. But most interesting was this Northern Harrier on this pole.

Northern Harrier (Circus cyaneus)

Then I spotted something on a treetop that I quickly pointed out to my mother. It was a Rufous Hummingbird! Too bad it was cloudy and hard to get a decent photograph.

A somewhat better photo.

Rufous Hummingbird and Snow Geese
Using my E-620 and getting closer, I got this interesting image.

Two more days left in Richmond!

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