Queen Elizabeth Park: January 17th 2013

There had been a Northern Goshawk reported recently at Queen Elizabeth Park, which I hoped to photograph. I was also hoping that the Pine Grosbeaks that had been frequenting the park would be around for a few pictures as well. Unfortunately I couldn’t locate either species; in fact I found the level of activity around the tennis courts and lawn bowling area to be quite low. Atop a Douglas Fir on the northeast side of the hill I found a possible explanation; a Merlin. Perhaps with the Northern Goshawk, and now this guy around, most of the other birds were keeping a low profile.

The pond just north of the Bloedel Conservatory was almost completely iced over; just a solitary female mallard was present on the small patch of water. Nearby, however, I came across a Red-breasted Sapsucker. It was just off the path on a tree that was obviously well frequented by this species as it had the characteristic ladder of sap wells drilled along its trunk. The bird seemed quite oblivious to my presence or that of other people as they walked by, it just carried on about its business.

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