Left the house at around 6:30am and decided to check out Camosun bog in Point Grey first as i'm always looking for Hutton's Vireo and Townsend's Warbler but as has been the story the last 3 or 4 times i've visited, i've left without a shot, maybe i'm in the wrong area, i don't know, sure is a nice spot though..
Next, i was off to Iona to waste some time before Nikon opened and i could retrieve my "evil" flash unit that was repaired and ready to go.
in the inner ponds i decided to wait out some Blue-winged teal, laying
down on some kinda-yucky ground wasn't fun, but at least it was soft
got lucky aned a few started to drift my way, super skitish bird, i
know if i was standing up there was no way they would come close like
the small group of teal was a curious fella, who my suspicions tell me
might be a Blue-winged teal X Northern Shoveler mix, it was in with the
teal acting just like them while another group of shoveler swam in the
distance, all by themselves.
Looking through my guide-book i notice
that early fall shoveler males have a similar cresent mark on their
cheek but seeing one this early? does that make sense?
i don't know, interesting bird though.
later on i came across some birds on a wire, Purple martins to be exact.
and even a White-crowned sparrow taking a break, hey, even birds need to chill sometimes.