The past weekend I was overjoyed when everyone in my family said yes to my suggestion of visiting the Reifel Bird Sanctuary on Westham Island. This is a beautiful area of protected wetlands in Ladner, BC where the Fraser River meets the Pacific ocean. 280 species of birds have been spotted there, so I was anticipating some spectacular photo opportunities.
At the entrance I immediately was taken with my first bird encounter. Ducks and lots of them. I bought a little bag of seed for each of my daughters. These boisterous birds are used to being hand fed.
Walking along the trail, more ducks appeared ahead, ready to be fed.
And then... more ducks.
I could hear other birds, I knew they were somewhere out there, but...
Leaving the gift shop, we were again accosted by ducks. I didn't like the shifty look about them. They were moving closer...
Quickly, we made our escape off the island away from those swarming ducks!
The lesson to be learned, the best time to see a variety of birds at the Sanctuary (without a good pair of binoculars) is the spring (nesting time) or winter, when a lot of species have migrated there. Or right now... if you just love ducks.