Spent this morning at the arboretum with Chris leading a workshop and field trip centred around winter birding.  We started with C’s excellent presentation about how birds survive in the cold (lots of pictures – always holds their attention) followed by me on actually finding the birds and how to use your camera to take record shots to supplement your notebook.  We had expected about ten people (htose were the pre-signups) and with the freezing rain that started the day thought some of those would not come out but the hall was filled with 25 really keen people all eager to learn about winter birds and how to take pictures of them.

By the time the lecture part had finished, the freezing rain was over and we went out for a walk birding was a bit sparse – only to be expected – but amongst the numerous and ever present BCChickadees we found a big flock of Robins, Cedar Waxwings, Nuthatches, Pileated Woodpeckers and the rest of the usual gang.  nothing exciting but it was noice to be outside looking at birds and hopefully these keen new people will all join BPQ and become avid birders as time passes.

Cedar Waxwings

Female Northern Cardinal lurking behind too many twigs

Black-capped Chickadee

American Robin

Fungus on tree - species not determined but "architecturally interesting" for all that

Part of the study group