January was raptor month. Golden Eagles were at Boundary Bay and Sumas Prairie. Northern Pygmy Owls were causing a commotion in Chilliwack as was a Long-eared Owl at Boundary Bay. Gyrfalcons were in Sumas Prairie and at Viterra grain terminal in Vancouver. Here are some of them and few more.
|This Golden Eagle was on one of his favourite perches at Boundary Bay|
|It took off to inspect a flock of ducks.|
|Here it approaches the ducks which scatter for the water filled ditch. For some reason the water is safer than dry land.|
|One mallard was late taking off and barely escaped.|
|This is a another Golden Eagle in Sumas Prairie. It was a cloudy day which made getting detail difficult.|
|A Brewers Blackbird flies by a Rusty Blackbird near Fooks Rd. Abbotsford.|
|A Gyrfalcon appears to be shrieking but is actually regurgitating. Do you know there is such a word as gurgitating?|
|This Gyrfalcon was taken on a different day but I believe it is the same bird as above.|
|This very dark hawk is a dark morph Redtail. I had some help identifying this one. It was quite small so probably a male.|
|Northern Pygmy Owl in Chilliwack. The following pictures are the same bird taken in different lighting conditions.|
|This Long-eared Owl was well hidden along a dike.|
|A Coyote appeared to be planting potatoes in Sumas Prairie.|
|Bald Eagle also in Sumas Prairie.|
|Belted Kingfisher tossing back a "Sardine" from a ditch in Sumas Prairie.|
We are off to California this weekend thanks to our nephew who has a cottage in wine country. The next blog will record the experience.
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