Last weekend the SFU Wildlife Conservation Club went to the Capilano Hatchery. It has been a while since I was last there, and it was much as I remembered. Here are some select photos from the trip:
Some photos from a trip to Lynn Headwaters Park in May. It’s a trip best taken at anytime of the year, thanks to its lower elevation and Vancouver’s mild climate.
Today was a great day for some exploring. Earlier in the day when I got to SFU I noticed some bright red poppies right by the bus loop. There were plenty of pollinators buzzing about, mainly syrphid flies and bumble bees.
Later on during a break I stumbled across some fungus, partly thanks to an anonymous tipster.
In the evening I joined up with said tipster and we did some exploring. Unfortunately my camera battery died before the real fun stuff, but I did get some nice fungus photos.
Some really interesting Hymenopterans were just west of the first bus loop, as well as some Hemipterans, spiders and a seemingly deceased dragonfly.
The real fun began when we explored passed Residence down into an area I’ve been meaning to explore for a while now. Apparently this was a bear’s home, and it turned out to be true. Bear scat was found, as well as a nice big footprint of its hind paw, right in front of a pond full of tadpoles and insects. The tadpoles were small and black for the most part, with some larger ones that were likely bull frogs. The sight of the day was seeing an immature salamander with its external gills still present.
On our way out we heard a barred owl hooting, and soon after some crows calling out. No luck in viewing the owl though.
Here is an approximate list of what we saw:
tadpoles, and an immature salamander
Deer tracks, bear tracks/scat
Hymenopterans (bumble bees, solitary bees, parasitoid wasps, ants)
Hemipterans (pentatomid, scale bug, spit bug, white flies)
Interesting red dragonfly with yellow wings
And of course, last but not least, lots of black european slugs and a big fat banana slug (sorry, no pictures)
The SFU Wildlife Conservation Club went on a trip to the Wildlife Rescue Association and around Burnaby lake today. Plenty of birds were seen, as well as some interesting bracket fungi I am not familiar with. A mild foggy morning/afternoon, light mist rain that picked up a bit by the time we reached piper spit. The male red-winged blackbirds were in full force today singing for mates and flashing their red patches.
House Finch (Flock in the trees just south of overpass by Sperling station)
Earlier this week a rare Eurasian bird was reported to be found in Queen’s Park, in New Westminster. Initially spreading throughout birding circles, the bird soon made its way onto general news broadcasts. I decided to trek out to Queen’s Park on Friday, a nice clear day that I had some spare time. It was a long time since I’ve been to Queen’s Park, so I was hit with spittles of nostalgia here and there as I wandered around.
When I got there, I immediately saw someone camped out with their telephoto lens camera and binoculars. I was a bit concerned that it was going to be a rare sight, but luckily I just had to “find the group”. A little more ambling and I came across a mixed group of enthusiastic birders of 10 – 15 individuals gathered around a tree.
“Is the bird supposed to be in the tree?”
“Can you see it?”
This went on until “Hey, there it is!” and off the bird went to another branch a ways away. Along went the birders, stopping at the next viewing point, until once again the bird went off to another branch. This went on for the entire time.
While the bird itself was a treat to see, it was interesting seeing the assortment of people there: office workers on a coffee break, amateur photographers, retired senior citizens, tourists, and my favourite being the two who came all the way from Victoria early in the day just for the bird. This motley assortment moved along in a group tracing the bird’s movements. I began to wonder if the bird was leading us on.
People came and went, and the bird came in and out of viewing. Despite being there to view this rare treat, it was pleasant to see the chickadees, varied thrushes and even a nuthatch. After getting a couple decent shots of the bird I decided to head off down the hilly streets back to the skytrain.
Queen’s Park, New Westminster
Found among lower branches and ground
Great Blue Heron
Mammals of note: coyote on trail, and Douglas squirrels