Recent photos from my escapades with fox kits and birds this past week

This week I have been back in Vancouver and the birding has been good. The first day I get back from Arizona Bridget Spencer found a Redwing. Since then a steady stream of local rarities have occurred from a Red-naped Sapsucker to House Wren to Sage Thrashers to a Hudsonian Godwit (photo below) and Northern Mockingbird. I was able to see most except for the Sapsucker and Mockingbird and a Solitary Sandiper  that got flushed. In addition to the rarities I have been enjoying local finding some perched Violet-green Swallows, a Yellow-headed Blacbird and getting close to a Cinnamon Teal drake that wasn't scared of me (most are flighty!). Also I did my annual fox trip and got to see some cute kits including a whitish one. However the black kits are my favourite. It's may now and summer is around the corner I posted a photo here of the adult Red Fox and you can see he was molting from his winter to summer coat. I saw him catch a rabbit for his baby too, the true circle of life. They are such beautiful animals. Soon I will be off shooting Loons with their chicks  but first next week is our Young Birder Tofino Pelagic, I love this time of year.

Thanks for taking a look!

Black variant Red Fox Kit - Photos: Melissa Hafting

Adult Red Fox - Photo: Melissa Hafting

Silver variant adult Red Fox with rabbit - Photo: Melissa Hafting

Silver variant adult Red Fox with rabbit - Photo: Melissa Hafting

Male Cinnamon Teal in Richmond - Photo: Melissa Hafting

Male Yellow-headed Blackbird in Richmond - Photo: Melissa Hafting

Violet-green Swallows in Delta - Photo: Melissa Hafting

Hudsonian Godwit at Reifel - Photo: Melissa Hafting


  1. Beautiful photos the fox kits are adorable

  2. Viktor VandereykMay 7, 2018 at 12:33 PM

    Beautiful collection of shots!! Sounds like you had some great times!!

  3. thank you both very sweet of you to comment.


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