Ah, but there are always some surprises, such as this Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) high up a conifer tree on the cemetery grounds. It was being pestered by a flock of crows and eventually left its perch and headed out.
The bird was a juvenile, not having its full adult feathers just yet. I've seen one such bird a year or so ago at Stanley Park. Last year I saw a total of 17 Bald Eagles. The name for this blog is taken in part from the Latin name for this fascinating bird scanning nature and the life below as it soars high up above.
At Stanley Park the water birds have long been a fascination of mine, such as the American Coot (Fulico americana) above and the Scaup below. I'm still trying to identify the latter. It could be a Greater or a Lesser Scaup and are seen in the spring and fall heading north or south during migrations. The coot, however, looks like an odd bird, more like someone took odd parts from a kit and stuck what ever together. Click on the photo and take a closer look.
Sometimes there are surprises at the park too, such as this Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) seen in the photo above.
The smaller birds are a treat for me as well, such as the junco, towhee and other birds above. The bird in the photo below appears to be a female Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceas) but I'll have to take a closer look at my bird book to make certain.