Mar. 25, 2004
(As the weatherman is promising rain for the rest of the week, here's my Mar. 29 installment.) Ducks and Gulls by the thousands off Qualicum Beach - quite a sight! If you're lucky or good, you can find a Slaty-backed, Glaucous, or Iceland Gull and a King Eider Duck. Being neither lucky nor good, I got cross-eyed, neck-strained, and totally frustrated last Tue. (Mar. 23) searching the flocks (with binoculars) so it was a pleasant break to retreat to the Morningstar ponds to look for newly-arrived spring migrants. I was not disappointed as there was an abundance of Yellow-rumped Warblers and assorted swallows.
PERPETUAL MOTION - The beautiful Yellow-rumped Warbler's rhythmic flight from tree-over-water-to-tree was fun to watch but a challenge to photograph.
HUNTING BREAK - Despite their seemingly effortless fly-catching flights over the Morningstar ponds, the Violet-green and Tree Swallows needed to rest occasionally.
RUFOUS ARRIVALS - Like everyone else, I was anxiously awaiting my first Rufous. The flamboyant tangerine orange male arrived on Mar. 20th while the exquisite irridescent lime females followed on Mar. 23rd.
YEAR ROUND FAVORITES
PRETTY IN PINK - The diminutive Bushtit was enjoying the beauty of the Japanese Plum blossums at Fairwinds while probing for lunch.
BARRY'S FLICKER - The handsome Northern Flicker was caught in the act of sneaking up to Barry Kerr's frontyard suet basket in Nanoose.
MAKE-OVER TIME - 'Tis the time of year for the Qualicum Beach Bonaparte to change its hairstyle.
GUESS WHAT THE DOWNY IS DOING? - You're right! Its sneaking up to Doug Harris' suet basket in Garry Oaks.