Greater Vancouver, Lower Fraser Valley, Chilliwack, Hope, Lytton, Whistler, Squamish, Powell River, Howe Sound
By Janet
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A birding round of Burnaby Lake is worthwhile right now. Yesterday we noted 53 species, but the real pleasure was in hearing song and being able to spot the singers. Warblers were plentiful from the sports field on the south side, past the rowing pavilion, and on east into the hemlock/cedar/spruce forest. Singing and visible were: Audubon and Myrtle Yellow-rumps, Black-throated Greys, Common Yellowthroats, and Orange-crowned. We heard Wilsons. Mixed into the chorus were Purple Finch, American Goldfinch, Pine Siskin, Song/ Golden-crowned/and White-crowned Sparrows, Ruby-crowned Kinglets, and very vocal Tree Swallows. Rufous Hummingbirds swooped and sounded right above my red pack. What a joy!

Of interest on the north side of the lake were two differently coloured male Pileated Woodpeckers. One was quite a light brown - perhaps a first year adult?

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Also a Band-tailed Pigeon, and at Piper Spit, a rather tame Yellow-headed Blackbird. Cowbirds are about as well.

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The Bald Eagles are vocal around and on their ever larger nest.

Birding the lower trails and powerline of Mount Seymour is a complete contrast. Entering the forest on the Hyannis connector today, Townsend's Warblers and Pacific-slope Flycatchers were singing. The Townsend's were singing three variations while the Pacific-slopes were doing their slurred call and little metallic pips. These two are bedrock singers of north shore spring/summer hiking to me and today felt like opening night at the opera. Their sounds intertwined with Varied Thrush whistles and of course the bubbly babbles of Pacific Wrens and tiny trumpeting calls of Red-breasted Nuthatches. Every so often Brown Creepers injected a few high notes or Common Ravens their deep comments.

It's worth walking some of the Powerline trail for its bushy habitat. Today Orange-crowned Warblers, Hummingbirds, Chestnut-backed Chickadees, Ruby-crowned Kinglets and Pacific Slope Flycatchers were easily seen. Some of the bush isn't fully leafed out yet, making spotting a little easier.

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Red-breasted Sapsuckers and Hairy Woodpeckers are finishing their nest holes

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and Sooty Grouse are hooting higher on the mountain and very high in trees! (The picnic site parking area between kilometer 4 and 5 of the road is a good starting point for the grouse.)

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Happy Birding! Janet (and Bryan) King
East Vancouver
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