October 28th, 2019: Another great morning at Queen Elizabeth Park
Fall colours are still everywhere here. And with them, plenty of migrating flocks coming through. It’s exciting to see big thrush numbers overhead now. Plus, a steady inflow of fowl (otherwise known as an “infowl”).
So I headed out to QE Park again today. Not looking for anything in particular. Just, you know, getting outside with the birds.
I spent a while with some patient Varied Thrush in a firework of a tree. I tried in vain to maneuver myself into a place where I could get clear photos, but the thrushes weren’t having it. Still, I enjoyed soaking up the almost gaudy clash of the Varied Thrushes’ bright orange-black with the bright reds and yellows of the surrounding leaves.
Only a small number of sparrows today though. And a White-crowned Sparrow caught my eye. To be sure, these guys are very common here. In fact, for me at least, they’re really THE herald of spring. I hear their song on my walk across UBC campus to work every morning once spring’s here: that soaring loooooowww hiiiiiiigh and the almost metallic warble downward after.
They’re not doing that now of course. Just chipping and feeding along the ground as usual. These sparrows will eat almost anything, depending on the season. Mostly they munch of seeds of various grasses, but they’re perfectly happy with grains or small berries (like blackberries and elderberries). In the summer, they’ll also eat lots of insects like caterpillars, wasps, and beetles.
It wasn’t particularly birdy today. But QE is truly stunning right now.