What a wonderful morning I had at Stanley Park on Canada Day!
Near Lost Lagoon, I heard a bird calling with great insistence. After seeing and hearing two adult Red-breasted Sapsuckers earlier in this same area, I suspected a young Sapsucker. My hunch was right. I looked behind me and found a big leaf maple with six holes. Sure enough, there was a young sapsucker begging for food! It was a pleasure watching the parents feeding their young! Woodpeckers, including sapsuckers and flickers, are important in their ecosystems as they are the only animals capable of making a cavity nest. Once the birds are done raising their young, they will abandon the cavity, making it available for a secondary cavity nesting bird such as chickadee or a wood duck in the future. A great number of birds that range in size from a chickadee to an owl, depend on nests made by woodpeckers. These cavities are typically found in dead trees known as snags. That is why it is important to leave trees standing even if they're dead. What may seem like useless dead wood in your yard is actually of huge importance to biodiversity.
Following this exciting encounter, it was time to visit Lost Lagoon. A walk around Lost Lagoon resulted in the spotting of 17 species of birds. Highlights were a young clutch of Mallard ducklings, a young Wood Duck, an Anna's hummingbird flying right near me, and a Western Meadowlark! Other wildlife highlights were an abundance of dragonflies, a Swallowtail butterfly, and a cute Douglas squirrel.
Next on the list of places to visit was the Great Blue Heron Rookery. While looking at young Great Blue Herons in their rookery nests, I noticed a common city dwelling mammal. Three raccoons, one parent and two young, were occupying the same big-leaf maples as the herons. One of the raccoon didn't seem to want to leave its nice home in a broken branch. The adult displayed its amazing climbing abilities, walking down the tree with ease.
What links these encounters? Well it seems fitting that lots of the action took place in maple trees on Canada Day. How fitting!
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