So much to see at the Reifel Bird Sanctuary

Finally, after many attempts, we had found some time to visit the George C. Reifel Bird Sanctuary in Delta. And we were so lucky with the weather. Though it was quite cold, the sun and the excitement to see so many birds kept us warm.

While walking along the many beautiful paths, we encountered so many ducks in and out of the water, heard a lot of birds singing, saw some of them, too, and discovered some sandhill cranes hiding in the marsh.

One of the many amazing moments was when red-breasted nuthatches, black-capped chickadees and even the larger red-winged blackbirds ate some bird seeds right out of our hands.

After we had seen sandhill cranes hiding in the grass, we were pleasantly surprised to see them wade through the water and come out of it right in front of us. That was such an amazing experience to see those large birds up close.

And to top all this, we saw a flock of what seemed to be several hundreds of lesser snow geese fly by and land in the marshlands a bit further away. That was such an impressive sight!

We had a fantastic day, and we will definitely be back – hopefully next spring when we might get to see the ducklings.

We’ve been to O.W.L.

Together with Leanne (Susannah had to work and, unfortunately, couldn’t make it) we went to Delta where O.W.L.’s Annual Summer Open House invited everybody interested in their facilities and work. O.W.L. (Orphaned Wildlife Rehabilitation Society) specializes in birds of prey, also known as raptors, and Leanne loves owls; so this was the perfect place to finally see some of them. Even the weather showed its sunny side so that we had a great time exploring all the facilities there.

We first of all had a look at the birds, living permanently there, among them bald and golden eagles, hawks, falcons, and owls (!), before getting to know O.W.L.’s facilities.
My favourite ones definitely were the snowy owls, especially Piggy who made different faces.

Norm and his helicopter were present, too, as he helps a lot in rescuing animals not only for O.W.L. but also for the Vancouver Aquarium.

At 1 pm it was time to see two juvenile bald eagles being released by founding director Bev Day and her husband. That was really exciting!

After having had some (late) lunch, we all wanted to have another closer look at those cute snowy owls before going home again.

Back in Vancouver, we said goodbye to Leanne and were on our way home to Burnaby when we spontaneously decided to head back to the Vancouver Aquarium for an hour or two before closing time…

(to be continued…)