2016 June Reifel Bird Sanctuary

GSB_Canada-1339-20160604_Vancouver (1)April was the last time we visited the George C. Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary on Westham Island at the mouth of the Fraser river, and we were hoping to see the results of all the pairing up and mating that went on during spring. The 300 ha sanctuary was in general a lot quieter than in the spring but still well worth a visit (over 300 species of birds have been sighted at the sanctuary over the years so there is always a lot to see).  One of the highlights was the sighting of a juvenile Sandhill Crane (apparently they are known as “colts”) – so far this year there has only been one successful hatching amongst the small Sandhill Crane colony. There were also lots of juvenile ducks and geese (many of the adult ducks were molting and looked a bit scruffy). A few shots of the day can be seen by clicking this link, or the photo above.