Victoria-Surrey BC Canada
Big Year Day 11
Big Year Total: 293
Coded birds: 13
Cool animals: Bobcat, Harbor seal
Miles driven. 4450
Hours at sea: 4
Miles walked 26
states/ prov. birded:6
I brought this traveling sideshow called my Bad Weather Big Year to Victoria BC to see something called a Redwing, a European thrush more commonly seen around Viking ruins in Norway and Denmark, but for some strange reason, one likes holly trees on the west cost of North America in Victoria. I think this is only the second west coast appearance of this thrush, and so it is a really good bird.
I was going to call this blog..Oh Canada! and do some parody of their national anthem, and tell Canada stories and I have many. My favorite golf course is north of Vancouver (Furry Creek), a great nude beach is in BC, my favorite restaurants are in BC, and the only 4 NHL games I've ever watched in person is watching the Orcas in GM Place in Vancouver. My first grizzly bear chase--Vancouver, my first bed bug attack--BC, my first chase by thugs--BC...I have too many stories, way too many stories. But this is about birds...I guess...? I'll save the stories for next time.
I met up with Jim, "I feel Good" Brown, or as he is known in the birding circuit, "Arvid" and we landed late in BC. We woke up the 9th and immediately went to the Redwing stakeout which since this bird has been about for a while was a bit muted. We met a nice couple from Texas and we started the wait. Unlike some stakeouts this was an active one, only 4 of us and so we had work at it. It took 20 minutes before the thrush was located and 15 before it came out and all 4 of us noticed it. I shot a wonderful picture to get lifer #720.
Shortly afterwards at bird #248, my Canada Goose free Big Year record was broken, I finally spotted one, well more than one. You try to see 250 species of birds without seeing a Canada goose, it isn't easy, but it was a FOY bird, #249, Canada Goose.
watch your cats...and stay away from the circus