May in Hastings Park Sanctuary

May in Hastings Park Sanctuary

Report and Photos by Doug Cooper

Time seems to have, both dragged and flown by in the last few months. I thought it was time to give an update on what has been happening at the sanctuary at Hastings Park, at least from my perspective. May seemed to have been the busiest month, so I’ll devote this report to that period.

Warbling Vireo ©Doug Cooper

In May this year, 60 species were reported to eBird from Hastings Park Sanctuary. I ran into more fellow birders at the sanctuary than in the past years and I was pleased to see several other birders besides me posting regularly on eBird from the sanctuary. Someone reported a Hairy Woodpecker, a species I’ve been hoping to see at the sanctuary but haven’t yet. A Spotted Sandpiper was a brief visitor. A Green Heron also was a one-day wonder, the first I’d seen at the sanctuary since 2017. Nearly all of the flycatchers that occur in the Vancouver area were reported, including Olive-sided, Willow, Hammond’s and Pacific-slope, as well as Western Wood-pewee. Three vireo species were seen: Cassin’s, Warbling and Hutton’s. Swallow numbers seemed lower than usual. The Cooper’s Hawks were seen and heard around their nest site on the east side. Warblers were also well represented – MacGillivray’s, Wilson’s, Yellow, Townsend’s, Orange-crowned, Black-throated Gray, Yellow-rumped (of both subspecies) and Common Yellowthroat were reported. Wilson’s Warblers numbers seemed particularly high, with males predominating in the first part of the month and females in the later part.

I was sorry to see the end of May and it’s flurry of avian activity.

Please see more photos by Doug Cooper taken in May. The Google album from the link below opens in a collage of photos where you can see all the photos at a glance. Click on a photo to enlarge it and then use left and right arrows to see the rest. Click on the “i” icon in the upper right hand corner to read the description of the photo.

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