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Name American Bittern
Species Botaurus lentiginosus
Size 25ins 63cms   Wingspan 45ins  1.14M
What to look for Head pointing up, obvious stripes
Female same
Where to find it In rushes at lake edge.  Seldom seen.
When Not in summer
Name Anna's Hummingbird
Species Calypte anna
Size 4ins 10cms
What to look for Bright green back. Very long bill. Male black throat that flashes iridescent red. Quick darting flight, also hovers to feed. Males perch on exposed branches, Feb to May and again in Oct.
Female green back, speckled throat with small red patch.
Where to find it Mainly near Nature House, but almost anywhere.
When Year round - Nest here
Name Anna's Hummingbird
Species Calypte anna
Size 4ins 10cms
What to look for Bright green back. Very long bill. Male black throat that flashes iridescent red. Quick darting flight, also hovers to feed. Males perch on exposed branches, Feb to May and again in Oct.
Female green back, speckled throat with small red patch.
Where to find it Mainly near Nature House, but almost anywhere.
When Year round - Nest here
Name Barred Owl
Species Strix varia
Size 17ins 43cms. Wingspan 44ins 1.1M
What to look for Large plump and brown. Brown stripes on belly, with bars across below face. Brown eyes.
Female same
Where to find it In thick woods,both deciduous and evergreen. Sits close to trunk. Usually 3 to 6 Metres up.
When Early fall to late spring.
Name Bewick's Wren
Species Thryomanes bewickii
Size 5.5ins 14cms
What to look for Very active, brown, cocked tail, white eyebrow, long bill.
Female same
Where to find it Almost anywhere
When Nests here
Name Bushtit
Species psaltriparus minimus
Size 3.5ins 9cms
What to look for Tiny brown -grey bird, round body and long tail. Often lands on twigs upside-down.
Female light eye.
Where to find it Anywhere. Straggling flocks most of the year
When Year-round. Nests visible as 8 inch hanging socks, April onward. Pairs of birds active around nests if you stay 6 metres away
Name Cedar Waxwing
Species Bombycilla cedrorum
Size 5.75ins 15cms
What to look for Dark back, yellowish belly, raccoon mask, pointed crest. Sits very erect
Female same.
Where to find it Often perched in groups on bare trees. Forest and tall shrubs.
When May through Sept. Rare otherwise. Some nesting here.
Name Chestnut-backed chickadee
Species Poecile rufescens
Size 4.25ins 11cms
What to look for Black cap, white cheeks, Chestnut back and sides, white below.
Female same.
Where to find it Almost anywhere except rushes.
When Year round. Nests here in tree cavities.
Name Common Merganser
Species Mergus merganser
Size 18ins 40cms, Wingspan 37ins 86cms
What to look for Very dark head and back, white sides, long slim bill
Female brown head, dark grey back, lighter sides
Where to find it On lake
When October through March, most common December and January
Name Cooper's Hawk
Species Accipter cooperii
Size 16ins 41cms Great size range, female can be 30% larger than male.
What to look for Sits quite upright. Hooked bill. Dark head and back, banded narrow tail, rounded end. In flight, several flaps and a glide, unless soaring.
Female same.
Where to find it Perched almost anywhere. Most often on the wing.
When All year, November through April, common. Uncommon rest of year.
Name Double-crested Cormorant
Species Phalacrocorax auritus
Size 33ins 84cms
What to look for Mature, all black with orange throat pouch. Sits erectly or with wings spread. Neck crooked in flight This is the only cormorant that comes inland.
Female same.
Immature - black with pale belly.
Where to find it On water, edges and raft. Swims partly submerged.
When Common year round, but less so in May.
Name Golden-crowned Kinglet
Species Regulus satrapa
Size 3.5ins 9cms
What to look for Tiny, very active. Dark above, light gray below, dark wings with two wingbars. White eyebrow, gold crown with red.
Female same, but no red
Where to find it Usually in conifers and less often in tall shrubs
When Common November through March. less common in shoulder seasons, none June, July and August.
Name Hooded Merganser
Species Lophdytes cucullatus
Size 13ins 33cms.
What to look for Dark back, neck and face, very small bill. Large white cockade, which will be lowered when diving, reddish side, but black stripe on white near neck.
Female brown and gray, large brown crest.
Where to find it On lake
When Fairly common most of year, but less in May and June.
Name Hooded Merganser
Species Lophdytes cucullatus
Size 13ins 33cms.
What to look for Dark back, neck and face, very small bill. Large white cockade, which will be lowered when diving, reddish side, but black stripe on white near neck.
Female brown and gray, large brown crest.
Where to find it On lake
When Fairly common most of year, but less in May and June.
Name House Finch
Species carpodacus mexicanus
Size 6ins 15cms
What to look for Bright red crown and breast, brown back, brown striped belly.
Female gray-brown, with striped breast.
Where to find it Feeds on ground and feeders, perches in shrubs and on tree tops.
When Common year round.
Name Mallard
Species Anas platyrynchus
Size 24ins 61cms
What to look for Most of the year Green head, green-yellow bill, chestnut breast. Midsummer to early fall, plumage like female, bill yellow-green.
Female brown-streaked, whitish tail, bill orange on sides.
Where to find it On lake and boardwalk, very tame.
When Year round, from a few to several dozen. Ducklings from March through May.
Name Marsh Wren
Species Cistothorus palustris
Size 5ins 13cms
What to look for Mostly brown, extremely cocked tail. Loud scolding chatter.
Female same.
Where to find it In rushes or close by. Globe-shaped nests about six inches high, with bullrush fluff on exterior.
When Fairly common year round, but secretive except in breeding season.
Name Osprey
Species Pandion haliaetus
Size 22ins 55cms Wingspan 54ins 138cms
What to look for Mostly white below, dark above. Dark eye-stripe and white cap are distinctive. Conspicuous crook in wings, black patch at 'elbows'. Flaps more than glides, except at altitude.
Where to find it On the wing. Occasionally hunts for fish.
When Occasional, but not in Midwinter.
Name Red-breasted Nuthatch.
Species Sitta Canadensis
Size 4.5ins 12cms
What to look for Gray back, black cap, white face with black eyeline, rusty below.
Female gray cap, underparts less vivid.
Where to find it On trunks and large branches, always goes down.
When Uncommon May through September, not here rest of year.
Name Red-winged Blackbird
Species Agelaius phoeniceus
Size 7.25ins 18.5cms
What to look for All black, red wing-patch,lower edge yellow (not always visible).
Female brown, streaked breast, light eyebrow.
Where to find it Rushes and shrubs, sometimes high on exposed branches. Feeding on the boardwalk.
When Year round
Name21 Spotted Towhee
Species Pipilo maculates
Size 7.5ins 18cms
What to look for Black cape, rufous sides, white belly. black back with white spots.
Female same except fewer spots.
Where to find it Often on ground, but up singing in spring.
When Year round.
Name Tree Swallow
Species Tachycineta bicolor
Size 5ins 12.5cms
What to look for Iridescent blue back, blue cap straight across below eye, whitebelow.
Female same, except may have brownish forehead.
Where to find it On the wing, erratic flight catching insects.
When Occasional April through June, Common July and August.
Name Violet-green Swallow
Species Tachycineta thalassina
Size 4.75ins 12cms
What to look for - Violet-green back, dark wings, very white belly. Face shows white behind and above eye. Shows white rump when turning.
Female may be drab, but not necessarily.
Where to find it On the wing
When common March through August, a few in September.
Name Yellow-rumped warbler
Species Dendroica coronata
Size 4.75ins 12cms
What to look for Fairly dark, but yellow rump, yellow side patches, narrow yellow crown.
Female drabber.
Where to find it Usually in shrubs near water.
When Year round, but commonest in April and May.
Photograph © Ted Ardley