Sunday, January 15, 2012

Winter wonderland

It was such a beautiful day today….sunshine and snow flurries…that we went for a bit of a drive around the local area…

Snowy morning

but not before a walk…

Dark-eyed Junco in the snow

got this picture of a Dark-eyed Junco in the snow, before turning back as a hoard of kids and loose dogs (in a ‘dogs on leash at all time area’)…meant that the chance of seeing any birds would be non-existent)

Canada Geese and Mallards at Kilby

headed over to Kilby where there were lots of Canada Geese and Mallards in this corn field…

Pair of Bald Eagles at nest

It may only be mid-January, but this pair of Bald Eagles were busy working on their nest.

Canada Goose and Snow Goose

and then I spotted a Snow Goose!  This area is still part of the I.B.A. so this makes species 177 for the I.B.A. 

Snow Goose

worth another look!

Swans on the Frozen Fraser River

then it was off towards Agassiz and down along the Fraser River, this arm of which is frozen over (didn’t think it had been that cold yet!).  Those are Trumpeter Swans out on the ice.

In for a landing

while we watched another couple came in for a landing…but this was nothing compared to…

Can you say Swan?

this corn field in Agassiz.  This was maybe a quarter of the number of Trumpeter Swans that were there…

lots of Swans

here are some more pictures of them…

Swans galore

it was quite the sight to see!

Heron in the ditch

a bit further along and the sun was high lighting this Great Blue Heron

Head on shot

kind of an interesting shot as he looked right at us.

Harrison Hot Springs

a quick run into Harrison Hot Springs where there was nothing exciting but the scenery…and back home again.

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