Apr. 9, 2004

Hi Everybody,

Equality - it's just the right thing to do. We featured the male Rufous 2 weeks ago. Now it's time to showcase the elegant and exquisite female. I was also fortunate to get another Deep Bay outing with Bob Flemming searching for grebes. Unfortunately, we only found Red-necked Grebes, but it was a magnificent sunny day and I did get a few good pictures.


RUFOUS INVASION - Apr. 8th - After the arrival of my first male on Mar. 20 and females on Mar. 23, there are now at least 10 females and 3 males using my 3 feeders.

Last month I came to old Deep Bay
On a calm and peaceful sunny day,
And with some birding camera luck
I caught the soul of King Eider Duck.

So I'm back again looking for more
What else can I shoot for my encore?
I'm truly excited would you believe?
As I now present the Red-necked Grebe.

CLEARED FOR TAKE-OFF - Believe it or not, the best shot of the day came on my last click just as we were returning to the Deep Bay harbour. It was the closest we had come to a Red-necked Grebe all day and the angle of the sun was perfect!


RED-NECKED GREBES and Cormorants were the most common birds we saw. Other sightings included 2 Marbled Murrulets, 4 Pigeon Guillemots, 20 Common Mergansers, 8 Harlequin Ducks, 17 Common Loons, and 4 Pacific Loons. Overall, the number of birds was extremely low for this area.

READY TO PARTY - With a little rouge and a new hairstyle, the Pelagic Cormorant is out to impress a mate.

CHROME ISLAND CORMORANTS - A small colony of Double-crested, Pelagic, and Brandt's Cormorants inhabit Chrome Island. Can you identify the 3 species?

First summer Common Loon.

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