A beautiful springlike day was a great change from the last Wild Research fieldtrip. Wow. The spiders were crawling, the birds were singing, the frogs were calling and there were warblers and ladybirds, caterpillars and flies.
This bird ID fieldtrip didn’t provide a plethora of species, but it was a very pleasant outing nonetheless. I definitely need to get back for some early insect photos if we get another nice day like that.
Please see below a gallery of images obtained on the weekend expedition to Iona Beach.
Iona Beach is at the end of the northernmost arm of the Fraser. Logs are boomed here for transport all around the region.
A series of ponds and sewage settling facilities, as well as mudflats makes the area especially good for migratory birds.
Red-tailed hawks were courting to the southeast
whatever the sewage grows is big enough to be preyed on by gulls
To the south lies the airport.
In between the sewage ponds
Northern Pintails in flight
an early wooly bear was enjoying the warmth
Scopes bring it all in
Paul Levesque, founder of Wild Research
The banding station
Bewick’s Wren in the hand
examining the plumage for molt limits (this is how birds are aged)
Jeremiah demonstrates the wren
ID points of the wren discussed
Winter birding is not as productive as spring and fall, but it is a low pressure way to train banding volunteers
a big murder to the east
a filthy young Coopers hawk with a full crop
all captured birds are weighed
Paul demonstrates the “photographer’s grip”
Many winter birds are re-captures, including this Song Sparrow
Jeremiah supervises a volunteer learning net extraction
it is harder than it looks!
Several strategies can be used for effective extraction
Tools of the trade