West coast lifer number one

Vancouver – Not a birding day, but a short after lunch stroll to the harbour to watch float planes take tourists for trips netted a nice Pigeon Guillemot swimming by the harbour wall. Sibley says they are rather uncommon so I was somewhat pleased to catch it so easily.

Other than that, the main ornithological news is that male House Sparrows out here seem to be much more strikingly coloured than their Quebec counterparts with a sharp edge to the chest patch and most impressively terracotta coloured brown head stripe. They are as keen to help you clear up the crumbs from dinner as anywhere else on the planet.

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