Anyway, today we checked Reifiel Migratory Bird Sanctuary in the morning. Nice to see lots of buteos along the road by the airport, including a lingering rough-leg. At Reifel the conditions were tough with a very strong wind, so we ended up seeing rather few birds. There were about 80 Short-billed Dowitchers, 30 Least Sandpiper and two Greater Yellowlegs. A Merlin was hunting over the mudflats. Among the terrestrial migrants we had only one Wilson's Warbler and a Cliff Swallow.
So, from here it gets dirty. If you are North American and by accident have read the blog through to here, now it's time to close this tab. Due to the lack of migrants, either because there were none or because the wind was so hard, I focused on some of the commonest birds of Vancouver. They might turn some UK or Euro birders on, who knows.
Great Blue Heron
Wood Duck portrait
In the evening Amir and I gave a talk to Nature Vancouver. We had a great turnout, and I enjoyed the good vibes of the bird community here. I had a good time - I hope the audience too.