Just another day in the park...

I went to Stanley Park yesterday and had a great time. It has been one of my favourite places since childhood. So many beautiful birds abounded on that sunny first day of March. I photographed Barrow's Goldeneyes off the Seawall, went to Beaver Lake where I got to feed my Chickadees. There I saw a Red-breasted Sapsucker, Pileated Woodpeckers, Brown Creepers, Spotted Towhees. The Chestnut-backed and Black-capped Chickadees would not stop begging for food in their cute manner.They flew on my leg, camera, head, hand and lens. I am so at peace at this place. I got to see some River Otters, a Bald Eagle and several Wilson's Snipe and a Virginia Rail running across the path. Pacific Wrens, Golden-crowned Kinglets and Red-breasted Nuthatches filled the forest with song. In the pond there was Wood Ducks, Gadwall, Green-winged Teal, Buffleheads, Hooded-Mergansers and those handsome Mallards.

I was most happy yesterday, getting a decent Red-naped Sapsucker shot! Woodpeckers are not my forte as they are so hard to photograph with their heads always moving.

Soon the Barrow's will be gone to breed and I will miss them. Here is a bit from my day.

Male Varied Thrush in Stanley Park - Photo: Melissa Hafting

Red-breasted Sapsucker in Stanley Park - Photo: Melissa Hafting

Black-capped Chickadee in Stanley Park - Photos: Melissa Hafting

Green-winged Teal Drake - Photo: Melissa Hafting

Mallard Drake at Stanley Park - Photo: Melissa Hafting

Female Barrow's Goldeneye in Stanley Park - Photo: Melissa Hafting
Male Barrow's Goldeneye - Photo: Melissa Hafting

Harlequin Ducks - Photo: Melissa Hafting


  1. Those are some gorgeous photos!!! glad you had a great day!

  2. Sounds like a beautiful day wish I was there with you

  3. Lovely day, especially love the shot of the Common Goldeneye, great lively pose. It keeps saying my Open ID Credentials could not be verified so I'll try Anonymoous

    1. who are you though anon? lol thanks :) the goldeneyes are actually barrow's they look very similar to common :)

  4. Wow those are some beautiful shots, great colours on the thrush. I love Stanley Park, it is so nice having an island of forest right in the city.

    1. me too else thank goodness this green space was saved


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