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MONDAY, MARCH 8, 2010

Spring Has Sprung: Bird Watching in British Columbia

Vancouver is well known for its natural locale with snow-capped mountains and the Pacific Ocean a short drive from one another as well as its varied ecosystems supporting a wide range of flora and fauna. Birding is a popular British Columbia past time with hundreds of different species to see as the Province is a main stop for migrating birds as well is home to many species which can be spotted throughout the Lower Mainland and surrounding region.

Heron in the reeds on the Lost Lagoon in Stanley ParkSaw Whet Owl at the Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary.Spring has sprung in Vancouver (the cherry blossoms are evidence enough!) and spring brings a new look to the City: green grasses and flowers as well as many new animal arrivals! Everyones favourite sign of spring are the ducklings, goslings and other baby birds which can be spotted throughout the Lower Mainland.

Vancouver is a very interesting place - both culturally and naturally. Its snow-capped mountains, temperate rain forests, coastal beaches, rocky shores and ocean as well as freshwater lakes, rivers and creeks has made it a popular stop for birds who live in the region year around as well as migrate through on the Pacific Flyaway. Birders from around the World marvel at the wide range of species found throughout the region and Spring brings the new additions out for visitors to admire and adore.

Coopers Hawk on a tree at the Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary

Juvenile Bald Eagle on the shores of Comox.

Green Winged Teal at Burnaby Lake.

Grouse on Cypress Mountain.

Sanderlings along the Seawall looking for food.

Cygnet (baby swan) on the shores of Stanley Park's Lost Lagoon

Sandhill Crane in reeds at the Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary.

Robin eating berries along the Stanley Park Seawall.

Explore the shores of Stanley Park's Lost Lagoon to see its Songbirds, Ducks and Swans - observe the nesting Herons in the Park's Heronry, scale Whistler and meet its friendly Whiskey Jacks, be awestruck by Eagles and other birds of prey which winter in Delta or check out the Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary which is home to Mallards, Sandhill Cranes, Black Crowned Night Herons and Ring-Necked Pheasants and wait for the new arrivals which will begin to appear within the next month!






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