Tuesday, 14 September 2010

What a Difference a Day Makes...

Quite a bit quieter down at the Nanaimo River estuary this evening.
No American goldfinches, and just a handful of savannah sparrows - quite a contrast from yesterday.
Still good numbers of white-crowned sparrows, with a few golden-crowned, and a couple of Lincoln's sparrows around the large oak and platform areas.
Just the northern harrier (juv) and a merlin, raptor-wise. A single orange-crowned warbler was in the hawthorns, plus a couple of purple finches. Of course, northern flicker, spotted towhees, song sparrows, Bewick's wren and such were also seen, as usual.
A lesser yellowlegs and a belted kingfisher were on the river.


  1. Jon....I'm quite impressed with your ability to ID all these 'new' birds, well 'new'ish' as you've been going at them a while now, but still impressed.

    Best Wishes from not so sunny Lancaster, the county town of Lancashire in case you forgot.

  2. Cheers Pete, it gets quite daunting some days. Particularly now that it's autumn, and so many first-year birds are around - ID can present a few problems! The challenge, while being frustrating from time to time (especially where calls are concerned), is also pretty exciting.

    I'll be over in a couple of weeks, so I'm looking forward to reacquainting myself with some good old Lancashire birds (and maybe squeeze in a day's migrant hunting on the east coast..?)