<p><i>Melospiza melodia</i>, Emberizidae<br />
Maplewood Conservation Area, North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada<br />
Nikon D5100, 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6<br />
April 28, 2013</p>

Song Sparrow

Melospiza melodia, Emberizidae
Maplewood Conservation Area, North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Nikon D5100, 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6
April 28, 2013

<p><i>Hyacinthoides hispanica</i>, Asparagaceae<br />
Maplewood Conservation Area, North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada<br />
Nikon D5100, 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6<br />
April 28, 2013</p>

Spanish Bluebell

Hyacinthoides hispanica, Asparagaceae
Maplewood Conservation Area, North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Nikon D5100, 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6
April 28, 2013

<p><i>Malus</i> sp., Rosaceae<br />
Maplewood Conservation Area, North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada<br />
Nikon D5100, 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6<br />
April 28, 2013</p>

Crabapple

Malus sp., Rosaceae
Maplewood Conservation Area, North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Nikon D5100, 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6
April 28, 2013

<p><i>Armadillidium vulgare</i>, Armadillidiidae<br />
Maplewood Conservation Area, North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada<br />
Nikon D5100, 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6<br />
April 28, 2013</p>

Common Pillbug

Armadillidium vulgare, Armadillidiidae
Maplewood Conservation Area, North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Nikon D5100, 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6
April 28, 2013

<p><i>Trachemys scripta elegans</i>, Emydidae<br />
Maplewood Conservation Area, North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada<br />
Nikon D5100, 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6<br />
April 28, 2013</p>

Red-eared Slider

Trachemys scripta elegans, Emydidae
Maplewood Conservation Area, North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Nikon D5100, 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6
April 28, 2013

<p><i>Equisetum arvense</i> &amp; <i>E. telmateia</i>, Equisetaceae<br />
Maplewood Conservation Area, North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada<br />
Nikon D5100, 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6<br />
April 28, 2013</p>

Sterile Fronds of Common Horsetail & Giant Horsetail

Equisetum arvense & E. telmateia, Equisetaceae
Maplewood Conservation Area, North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Nikon D5100, 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6
April 28, 2013

<p><i>Prunus</i>, Rosaceae<br />
Maplewood Conservation Area, North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada<br />
Nikon D5100, 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6<br />
April 28, 2013</p>

Cherry

Prunus, Rosaceae
Maplewood Conservation Area, North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Nikon D5100, 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6
April 28, 2013

<p>Maplewood Conservation Area, North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada<br />
Nikon D5100, 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6<br />
May 5, 2013</p>

Maplewood Canal

Maplewood Conservation Area, North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Nikon D5100, 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6
May 5, 2013

<p><i>Pisaster ochraceus</i>, Asteriidae<br />
Maplewood Conservation Area, North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada<br />
Nikon D5100, 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6<br />
May 5, 2013</p>

'Purple" Ochre Sea Star

Pisaster ochraceus, Asteriidae
Maplewood Conservation Area, North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Nikon D5100, 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6
May 5, 2013

<p><i>Oniscus asellus</i>, Oniscidae<br />
Maplewood Conservation Area, North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada<br />
Nikon D5100, 105 mm f/2.8<br />
May 5, 2013</p>

European Sowbug

Oniscus asellus, Oniscidae
Maplewood Conservation Area, North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Nikon D5100, 105 mm f/2.8
May 5, 2013

<p><i>Cylindroiulus caeruleocinctus</i>, Julidae<br />
Maplewood Conservation Area, North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada<br />
Nikon D5100, 105 mm f/2.8<br />
May 5, 2013</p>

Millipede

Cylindroiulus caeruleocinctus, Julidae
Maplewood Conservation Area, North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Nikon D5100, 105 mm f/2.8
May 5, 2013

<p><i>Ranunculus acris</i>, Ranunculaceae<br />
Maplewood Conservation Area, North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada<br />
Nikon D5100, 105 mm f/2.8<br />
May 5, 2013</p>

Tall Buttercup

Ranunculus acris, Ranunculaceae
Maplewood Conservation Area, North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Nikon D5100, 105 mm f/2.8
May 5, 2013

<p>Elateridae<br />
Maplewood Conservation Area, North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada<br />
Nikon D5100, 105 mm f/2.8<br />
May 5, 2013</p>

Click Beetle

Elateridae
Maplewood Conservation Area, North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Nikon D5100, 105 mm f/2.8
May 5, 2013

<p><i>Ajuga reptans</i>, Lamiaceae<br />
Maplewood Conservation Area, North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada<br />
Nikon D5100, 105 mm f/2.8<br />
May 5, 2013</p>

Bugleweed

Ajuga reptans, Lamiaceae
Maplewood Conservation Area, North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Nikon D5100, 105 mm f/2.8
May 5, 2013

<p><i>Anthoxanthum odoratum</i>, Aveneae<br />
Maplewood Conservation Area, North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada<br />
Nikon D5100, 105 mm f/2.8<br />
May 5, 2013</p>

Sweet Vernal Grass

Anthoxanthum odoratum, Aveneae
Maplewood Conservation Area, North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Nikon D5100, 105 mm f/2.8
May 5, 2013

<p><i>Ardea herodias</i>, Ardeidae<br />
Maplewood Conservation Area, North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada<br />
Nikon D5100, 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6<br />
May 5, 2013</p>

Great Blue Heron Takeoff

Ardea herodias, Ardeidae
Maplewood Conservation Area, North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Nikon D5100, 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6
May 5, 2013

<p><i>Odocoileus hemionus</i>, Cervidae<br />
Maplewood Conservation Area, North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada<br />
Nikon D5100, 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6<br />
May 5, 2013</p>

Mule Deer

Odocoileus hemionus, Cervidae
Maplewood Conservation Area, North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Nikon D5100, 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6
May 5, 2013

<p><i>Carduelis pinus</i>, Fringillidae<br />
Maplewood Conservation Area, North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada<br />
Nikon D5100, 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6<br />
May 5, 2013</p>

Sleepy (Pine) Siskin

Carduelis pinus, Fringillidae
Maplewood Conservation Area, North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Nikon D5100, 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6
May 5, 2013

<p><i>Selasphorus rufus</i>, Trochilidae<br />
Maplewood Conservation Area, North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada<br />
Nikon D5100, 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6<br />
May 5, 2013</p>

Rufous Hummingbird

Selasphorus rufus, Trochilidae
Maplewood Conservation Area, North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Nikon D5100, 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6
May 5, 2013

<p>Maplewood Conservation Area, North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada<br />
Nikon D5100, 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6<br />
May 5, 2013</p>

Storage Tanks

Maplewood Conservation Area, North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Nikon D5100, 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6
May 5, 2013

<p>Maplewood Conservation Area, North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada<br />
Nikon D5100, 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6<br />
May 5, 2013</p>

Flare Stack

Maplewood Conservation Area, North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Nikon D5100, 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6
May 5, 2013

<p><i>Prunus virginiana</i>, Rosaceae<br />
Maplewood Conservation Area, North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada<br />
Nikon D5100, 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6<br />
May 5, 2013</p>

Choke Cherry

Prunus virginiana, Rosaceae
Maplewood Conservation Area, North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Nikon D5100, 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6
May 5, 2013

<p><i>Taricha granulosa</i>, Salamandridae<br />
Maplewood Conservation Area, North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada<br />
Nikon D5100, 105 mm f/2.8<br />
May 5, 2013</p>

Rough-skinned Newt

Taricha granulosa, Salamandridae
Maplewood Conservation Area, North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Nikon D5100, 105 mm f/2.8
May 5, 2013

<p><i>Zootermopsis angusticollis</i>, Termopsidae<br />
Maplewood Conservation Area, North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada<br />
Nikon D5100, 105 mm f/2.8<br />
May 5, 2013</p>

Pacific Dampwood Termite

Zootermopsis angusticollis, Termopsidae
Maplewood Conservation Area, North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Nikon D5100, 105 mm f/2.8
May 5, 2013

<p>Braconidae<br />
Maplewood Conservation Area, North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada<br />
Nikon D5100, 105 mm f/2.8<br />
May 5, 2013</p>

Braconid Wasp

Braconidae
Maplewood Conservation Area, North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Nikon D5100, 105 mm f/2.8
May 5, 2013

<p>Maplewood Conservation Area, North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada<br />
Nikon D5100, 105 mm f/2.8<br />
May 5, 2013</p>

Shore Fly

Maplewood Conservation Area, North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Nikon D5100, 105 mm f/2.8
May 5, 2013

Over the last two weekends I’ve made a couple of trips out to Maplewood Conservation Area in search of some of the spring migrants reported by the North Vancouver birders. I’m a little jealous as by the sounds of their reports they are out there almost every morning (I think I may have to do some more morning birding around SFU). Sara came along with me the first Sunday, while I saved Sean from the prospect of another botched bus trip to Maplewood this past Sunday. You can see his post from the trip here.

The birding on both days was a bit disappointing when compared with some of the reports I’ve been seeing from the area. Over the two days I saw or heard only 40 species missing most of the spring arrivals I was hoping for. Though I did see a FOY Purple Martin and California Gull. I think in future trips I will have to time my arrival to more closely coincide with sunrise.

The photography was excellent and made up for the birding especially the second trip with Sean. I photographed a bunch of newly blooming plants even braving blackberry brambles at one point. I was a bit disappointed when I did my IDs later to find out most of the plants I photographed at Maplewood were introduced. When I was out with Sean, I focused more on macro photography getting some really good bug shots. I also had good luck with vertebrates, with a bunch of bird shots, an entirely unconcerned young Mule Deer buck, a basking Red-eared Slider, and maybe the highlight of the day for me a Rough-skinned Newt (The first Caudata I’ve seen in the wild).

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