<p><i>Aesculus hippocastanum</i>, Sapindaceae<br />
Burnaby Mountain Conservation Area, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada<br />
Nikon D5100, 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6<br />
May 20, 2013</p>

Horse-chestnut

Aesculus hippocastanum, Sapindaceae
Burnaby Mountain Conservation Area, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada
Nikon D5100, 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6
May 20, 2013

<p><i>Aesculus hippocastanum</i>, Sapindaceae<br />
Burnaby Mountain Conservation Area, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada<br />
Nikon D5100, 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6<br />
May 20, 2013</p>

Horse-chestnut

Aesculus hippocastanum, Sapindaceae
Burnaby Mountain Conservation Area, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada
Nikon D5100, 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6
May 20, 2013

<p><i>Cardellina pusilla</i>, Parulidae<br />
Burnaby Mountain Conservation Area, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada<br />
Nikon D5100, 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6<br />
May 20, 2013</p>

Wilson's Warbler

Cardellina pusilla, Parulidae
Burnaby Mountain Conservation Area, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada
Nikon D5100, 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6
May 20, 2013

<p><i>Tiarella trifoliata</i>, Saxifragaceae<br />
Burnaby Mountain Conservation Area, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada<br />
Nikon D5100, 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6<br />
May 20, 2013</p>

Threeleaf Foamflower

Tiarella trifoliata, Saxifragaceae
Burnaby Mountain Conservation Area, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada
Nikon D5100, 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6
May 20, 2013

<p><i>Claytonia sibirica</i>, Montiaceae<br />
Burnaby Mountain Conservation Area, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada<br />
Nikon D5100, 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6<br />
May 20, 2013</p>

Siberian Miner's Lettuce

Claytonia sibirica, Montiaceae
Burnaby Mountain Conservation Area, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada
Nikon D5100, 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6
May 20, 2013

<p><i>Luzula parviflora</i>, Juncaceae<br />
Burnaby Mountain Conservation Area, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada<br />
Nikon D5100, 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6<br />
May 20, 2013</p>

Small-flowered Woodrush

Luzula parviflora, Juncaceae
Burnaby Mountain Conservation Area, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada
Nikon D5100, 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6
May 20, 2013

<p><i>Dicentra formosa</i>, Fumariaceae<br />
Burnaby Mountain Conservation Area, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada<br />
Nikon D5100, 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6<br />
May 20, 2013</p>

Pacific Bleeding Heart

Dicentra formosa, Fumariaceae
Burnaby Mountain Conservation Area, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada
Nikon D5100, 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6
May 20, 2013

<p><i>Tellima grandiflora</i>, Saxifragaceae<br />
Burnaby Mountain Conservation Area, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada<br />
Nikon D5100, 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6<br />
May 20, 2013</p>

Fragrant Fringecup

Tellima grandiflora, Saxifragaceae
Burnaby Mountain Conservation Area, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada
Nikon D5100, 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6
May 20, 2013

<p>Burnaby Mountain Conservation Area, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada<br />
Nikon D5100, 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6<br />
May 20, 2013</p>

Trail Marker

Burnaby Mountain Conservation Area, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada
Nikon D5100, 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6
May 20, 2013

<p><i>Smilacina racemosa</i>, Asparagaceae<br />
Burnaby Mountain Conservation Area, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada<br />
Nikon D5100, 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6<br />
May 20, 2013</p>

False Solomon's-seal

Smilacina racemosa, Asparagaceae
Burnaby Mountain Conservation Area, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada
Nikon D5100, 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6
May 20, 2013

<p><i>Acer circinatum</i>, Aceraceae<br />
Burnaby Mountain Conservation Area, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada<br />
Nikon D5100, 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6<br />
May 20, 2013</p>

Vine Maple

Acer circinatum, Aceraceae
Burnaby Mountain Conservation Area, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada
Nikon D5100, 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6
May 20, 2013

<p><i>Galium triflorum</i>, Rubiaceae<br />
Burnaby Mountain Conservation Area, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada<br />
Nikon D5100, 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6<br />
May 20, 2013</p>

Sweet-Scented Bedstraw

Galium triflorum, Rubiaceae
Burnaby Mountain Conservation Area, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada
Nikon D5100, 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6
May 20, 2013

<p><i>Ranunculus uncinatus</i>, Ranunculaceae<br />
Burnaby Mountain Conservation Area, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada<br />
Nikon D5100, 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6<br />
May 20, 2013</p>

Woodland Buttercup

Ranunculus uncinatus, Ranunculaceae
Burnaby Mountain Conservation Area, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada
Nikon D5100, 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6
May 20, 2013

<p><i>Veronica peregrina</i>, Plantaginaceae<br />
Burnaby Mountain Conservation Area, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada<br />
Nikon D5100, 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6<br />
May 20, 2013</p>

American Speedwell

Veronica peregrina, Plantaginaceae
Burnaby Mountain Conservation Area, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada
Nikon D5100, 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6
May 20, 2013

<p><i>Geum macrophyllum</i>, Rosaceae<br />
Burnaby Mountain Conservation Area, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada<br />
Nikon D5100, 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6<br />
May 20, 2013</p>

Large-leaved Yellow Avens

Geum macrophyllum, Rosaceae
Burnaby Mountain Conservation Area, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada
Nikon D5100, 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6
May 20, 2013

<p><i>Trientalis borealis</i>, Primulaceae<br />
Burnaby Mountain Conservation Area, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada<br />
Nikon D5100, 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6<br />
May 20, 2013</p>

Northern Starflower

Trientalis borealis, Primulaceae
Burnaby Mountain Conservation Area, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada
Nikon D5100, 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6
May 20, 2013

<p><i>Geranium robertianum</i>, Geraniaceae<br />
Burnaby Mountain Conservation Area, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada<br />
Nikon D5100, 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6<br />
May 20, 2013</p>

Robert's Geranium

Geranium robertianum, Geraniaceae
Burnaby Mountain Conservation Area, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada
Nikon D5100, 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6
May 20, 2013

<p><i>Dendragapus fuliginosus</i>, Phasianidae<br />
Burnaby Mountain Conservation Area, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada<br />
Nikon D5100, 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6<br />
May 20, 2013</p>

Sooty Grouse

Dendragapus fuliginosus, Phasianidae
Burnaby Mountain Conservation Area, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada
Nikon D5100, 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6
May 20, 2013

<p><i>Rubus parviflorus</i>, Rosaceae<br />
Burnaby Mountain Conservation Area, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada<br />
Nikon D5100, 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6<br />
May 20, 2013</p>

Thimbleberry

Rubus parviflorus, Rosaceae
Burnaby Mountain Conservation Area, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada
Nikon D5100, 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6
May 20, 2013

<p><i>Disporum trachycarpum</i>, Colchicaceae<br />
Burnaby Mountain Conservation Area, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada<br />
Nikon D5100, 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6<br />
May 20, 2013</p>

Fairy Bells

Disporum trachycarpum, Colchicaceae
Burnaby Mountain Conservation Area, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada
Nikon D5100, 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6
May 20, 2013

<p><i>Ranunculus repens</i>, Ranunculaceae<br />
Burnaby Mountain Conservation Area, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada<br />
Nikon D5100, 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6<br />
May 20, 2013</p>

Creeping Buttercup

Ranunculus repens, Ranunculaceae
Burnaby Mountain Conservation Area, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada
Nikon D5100, 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6
May 20, 2013

<p><i>Pipilo maculatus</i>, Emberizidae<br />
Burnaby Mountain Conservation Area, Port Moody, British Columbia, Canada<br />
Nikon D5100, 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6<br />
June 16, 2013</p>

Spotted Towhee

Pipilo maculatus, Emberizidae
Burnaby Mountain Conservation Area, Port Moody, British Columbia, Canada
Nikon D5100, 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6
June 16, 2013

<p><i>Dendragapus fuliginosus</i>, Phasianidae<br />
Burnaby Mountain Conservation Area, Port Moody, British Columbia, Canada<br />
Nikon D5100, 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6<br />
June 16, 2013</p>

Sooty Grouse Chick

Dendragapus fuliginosus, Phasianidae
Burnaby Mountain Conservation Area, Port Moody, British Columbia, Canada
Nikon D5100, 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6
June 16, 2013

<p><i>Dendragapus fuliginosus</i>, Phasianidae<br />
Burnaby Mountain Conservation Area, Port Moody, British Columbia, Canada<br />
Nikon D5100, 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6<br />
June 16, 2013</p>

Sooty Grouse Hen

Dendragapus fuliginosus, Phasianidae
Burnaby Mountain Conservation Area, Port Moody, British Columbia, Canada
Nikon D5100, 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6
June 16, 2013

<p><i>Hieracium aurantiacum</i>, Asteraceae<br />
Burnaby Mountain Conservation Area, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada<br />
Nikon D5100, 105 mm f/2.8<br />
June 16, 2013</p>

Orange Hawkweed

Hieracium aurantiacum, Asteraceae
Burnaby Mountain Conservation Area, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada
Nikon D5100, 105 mm f/2.8
June 16, 2013

<p><i>Hieracium lachenalii</i>, Asteraceae<br />
Burnaby Mountain Conservation Area, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada<br />
Nikon D5100, 105 mm f/2.8<br />
June 16, 2013</p>

Common Hawkweed

Hieracium lachenalii, Asteraceae
Burnaby Mountain Conservation Area, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada
Nikon D5100, 105 mm f/2.8
June 16, 2013

<p><i>Culiseta incidens</i>, Culicidae<br />
Burnaby Mountain Conservation Area, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada<br />
Nikon D5100, 105 mm f/2.8<br />
June 16, 2013</p>

Cool Weather Mosquito

Culiseta incidens, Culicidae
Burnaby Mountain Conservation Area, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada
Nikon D5100, 105 mm f/2.8
June 16, 2013

<p><i>Lasioglossum</i> sp., Halictidae<br />
Burnaby Mountain Conservation Area, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada<br />
Nikon D5100, 105 mm f/2.8<br />
June 16, 2013</p>

Sweat Bee

Lasioglossum sp., Halictidae
Burnaby Mountain Conservation Area, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada
Nikon D5100, 105 mm f/2.8
June 16, 2013

<p><i>Anthoxanthum odoratum</i>, Aveneae<br />
Burnaby Mountain Conservation Area, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada<br />
Nikon D5100, 105 mm f/2.8<br />
June 16, 2013</p>

Sweet Vernal Grass

Anthoxanthum odoratum, Aveneae
Burnaby Mountain Conservation Area, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada
Nikon D5100, 105 mm f/2.8
June 16, 2013

<p><i>Plateumaris</i> sp., Chrysomelidae<br />
Burnaby Mountain Conservation Area, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada<br />
Nikon D5100, 105 mm f/2.8<br />
June 16, 2013</p>

Aquatic Leaf Beetle

Plateumaris sp., Chrysomelidae
Burnaby Mountain Conservation Area, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada
Nikon D5100, 105 mm f/2.8
June 16, 2013

<p><i>Dactylis glomerata</i>, Poeae<br />
Burnaby Mountain Conservation Area, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada<br />
Nikon D5100, 105 mm f/2.8<br />
June 16, 2013</p>

Orchard Grass

Dactylis glomerata, Poeae
Burnaby Mountain Conservation Area, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada
Nikon D5100, 105 mm f/2.8
June 16, 2013

<p><i>Bellis perennis</i>, Asteraceae<br />
Burnaby Mountain Conservation Area, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada<br />
Nikon D5100, 105 mm f/2.8<br />
June 16, 2013</p>

English Daisy

Bellis perennis, Asteraceae
Burnaby Mountain Conservation Area, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada
Nikon D5100, 105 mm f/2.8
June 16, 2013

<p><i>Veronica officinalis</i>, Plantaginaceae<br />
Burnaby Mountain Conservation Area, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada<br />
Nikon D5100, 105 mm f/2.8<br />
June 16, 2013</p>

Common Speedwell

Veronica officinalis, Plantaginaceae
Burnaby Mountain Conservation Area, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada
Nikon D5100, 105 mm f/2.8
June 16, 2013

<p>Burnaby Mountain Conservation Area, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada<br />
Nikon D5100, 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6<br />
June 16, 2013</p>

Ainu Skyline

Burnaby Mountain Conservation Area, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada
Nikon D5100, 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6
June 16, 2013

<p><i>Rubus ursinus</i>, Rosaceae<br />
Burnaby Mountain Conservation Area, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada<br />
Nikon D5100, 105 mm f/2.8<br />
June 16, 2013</p>

Trailing Blackberry

Rubus ursinus, Rosaceae
Burnaby Mountain Conservation Area, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada
Nikon D5100, 105 mm f/2.8
June 16, 2013

<p><i>Theridion</i> sp., Theridiidae<br />
Burnaby Mountain Conservation Area, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada<br />
Nikon D5100, 105 mm f/2.8<br />
June 16, 2013</p>

Cobweb Spider

Theridion sp., Theridiidae
Burnaby Mountain Conservation Area, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada
Nikon D5100, 105 mm f/2.8
June 16, 2013

<p><i>Vaccinium parvifolium</i>, Ericaceae<br />
Burnaby Mountain Conservation Area, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada<br />
Nikon D5100, 105 mm f/2.8<br />
June 16, 2013</p>

Red Huckleberry

Vaccinium parvifolium, Ericaceae
Burnaby Mountain Conservation Area, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada
Nikon D5100, 105 mm f/2.8
June 16, 2013

<p><i>Philaenus spumarius</i>, Cercopidae<br />
Burnaby Mountain Conservation Area, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada<br />
Nikon D5100, 105 mm f/2.8<br />
June 16, 2013</p>

Meadow Spittlebug Nymph

Philaenus spumarius, Cercopidae
Burnaby Mountain Conservation Area, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada
Nikon D5100, 105 mm f/2.8
June 16, 2013

<p><i>Aphis sambuci</i>, Aphididae<br />
&amp; <i>Lasius pallitarsis</i>, Formicidae<br />
Burnaby Mountain Conservation Area, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada<br />
Nikon D5100, 105 mm f/2.8<br />
June 16, 2013</p>

Ant Collecting Honeydew

Aphis sambuci, Aphididae
& Lasius pallitarsis, Formicidae
Burnaby Mountain Conservation Area, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada
Nikon D5100, 105 mm f/2.8
June 16, 2013

<p><i>Bombus</i> sp., Apidae<br />
Burnaby Mountain Conservation Area, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada<br />
Nikon D5100, 105 mm f/2.8<br />
June 16, 2013</p>

Bumble Bee Drone

Bombus sp., Apidae
Burnaby Mountain Conservation Area, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada
Nikon D5100, 105 mm f/2.8
June 16, 2013

<p><i>Athous</i> sp., Elateridae<br />
Burnaby Mountain Conservation Area, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada<br />
Nikon D5100, 105 mm f/2.8<br />
June 16, 2013</p>

Click Beetle

Athous sp., Elateridae
Burnaby Mountain Conservation Area, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada
Nikon D5100, 105 mm f/2.8
June 16, 2013

This post is a composite of two recent outings to Burnaby Mountain Conservation Area where I went searching for breeding forest birds for my year list. For both trips I focused on the area near Horizons.

On my first trip I started out from the lab at SFU and followed the Trans Canada Trail towards Horizons. There was a flurry of activity as I descended the first hill down to the trail with a pair of Black-throated Grey Warblers (lifer!) and numerous Wilson’s Warblers flitting through the understory. There were also Yellow-rumped Warblers, a Pacific-slope Flycatcher (another lifer!) and a Swainson’s Thrush singing nearby. I spent more than an hour birding and photographing this small section of trail but I do have a tendency to stall about 10 meters into a nature walk. A tendency I share with most field botanists.

After I finally got going down the trail I did end up with a few more notable sightings including a Red-breasted Sapsucker and a Varied Thrush. I also was able to photograph a few interesting wildflowers like Fragrant Fringecup and Northern Starflower. Near a small playground east of Horizons I heard the hooting of a male Sooty Grouse. I followed the hooting back to a clump of dense Hemlock and after staking out the Hemlocks I was able to get my first view of Sooty Grouse and a passable picture. I then turned back and followed my trail to SFU with only a few new sightings along the way. Over the course of the walk I covered 3.6 km over 4 hours and saw or heard 23 bird species.

On my more recent trip I found that the morning chorus had changed considerably over the four weeks. I arrived earlier in the morning and started from Horizons parking lot. I spent longer here (6.5 hours) and covered more ground (6.4 km) on this outing. I took a meandering path first heading east along the Trans Canada Trail, then south along the Trans Canada Trail, and then north-west along Pandora Trail. I found a good diversity of forest passerines, adding Olive-sided Flycatcher, Hammond’s Flycatcher, Western Wood-Pewee, Red-eyed Vireo and Warbling Vireo to my year list for Metro Vancouver. The birding highlight was probably coming upon a Sooty Grouse hen and her chicks. Unfortunately for the hen, she was separated from her chicks by a series of dogs, which she chased down the trail until they were well out of sight of her chicks. I did later see the hen calling to her chicks after she returned from chasing the dogs so hopefully she was reunited with her whole brood.

On this outing I had the foresight to bring my my macro lens and was able to put it to good use on a few plants and a variety of insects during my meanderings about the park. I did even know there was such a thing as an Aquatic Leaf Beetle. I also need to acknowledge Sean for his help identifying this Cool Weather Mosquito.

All in all Burnaby Mountain was a great area for breeding forest birds. I was able to add 10 species to my year list over the two outings. Makes me consider getting up at the crack of dawn to bird my way up the mountain but then I remember my how long it took me to walk to Horizons. I’d be lucky to get in by noon… sigh!


  • Tony Blake June 30, 2013, 10:29 am

    Nice work. I really appreciate the fact that you identify everything. So many spp. have an unmistakable family resemblance to the one’s we see in Alberta but they still quite distinct. At least you know which chapter to go to in the field guides.

    Reply
    • ajblake June 30, 2013, 5:39 pm

      Between the XID key and BC’s ILLUSTRATED Flora I found the IDing pretty easy. Except for the roses, the roses here are a mess.

      Reply

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