|Common camas - Government House|
Anyway, the upshot is I still haven't been to see them and as I'm currently in Portland, Oregon I'll have to see if they hang around until weekend. More importantly (as far as I'm concerned anyway) a sora has been regularly calling at the same site and so I expect I'll put some time in trying to catch a glimpse of this elusive rail.
Highlights from my Langford Lake strolls included yet more Vaux's swifts hawking among a large number of drizzle-dropped swallows. All the five common hirundine species were present including a single cliff swallow and a couple of northern rough-winged swallows.
I spotted a single collared dove close to work on Friday, and a couple of hours later I saw two nearby. Boy, these things really do colonise quickly...
The following day, Saturday, wasn't a vast improvement although a Townsend's solitaire was some compensation. I even managed a couple of pics. As you can clearly see.
I was rather captivated by them. Having recently been back to Britain and being blow away by just how fabulously gorgeous common birds like goldfinches and chaffinches are, I'm re-appreciating the aesthetics of the throw-away birds on my current doorstep!
Other birds to have graced my binocs and ears in Government House lately include multiple hermit thrushes and only the second ever hairy woodpecker that I have seen in the grounds. Of course downy woodpeckers are easy to find at this location, with at least 2 breeding pairs, but I was quite surprised to one of their larger cousins here.