Friday, December 26, 2008

Rough-legged Hawk

Today Guy Monty kindly offered to drive me to Kelowna to pick up Conor and Emily. It was a long day (18 hours) and as we wanted to get the last ferry back to Vancouver Island we had no time to bird. However, we made one little detour to Old Vernon Road to see if there were any cool raptors around and there was: Rough-legged Hawk! The drive back was good fun and we subjected the kids to 4 hours of 'The Big Year' on audio!

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

White-throated Sparrow

On the same day that I relocated the Bohemian Waxwings in Port Alberni, I lucked out on another winter specialty for this area; White-throated Sparrow. Two Vancouver Island birds in one day; can't be bad:)

Bowhemian Waxwing

On the 22nd of December 2008 I was working in Port Alberni. While getting some tools from my truck I heard a flock of waxwings fly over. I immediately knew these were not Cedar Waxwing, so I jumped in my truck and drove around the local area looking for berries. It was only a matter of minutes before I located the waxwings gorging themselves on Pyracantha berries. I informed the moderator for the VI Bird Alert straight away. The following day I returned, this time with a camera.