Frenchman's Bar.

Yesterday I took the dogs to Frenchman's Bar Park in Vancouver for some mutt-tiring and easy birding.  It's a very similar park to Kelley Point, but with far fewer people and dogs (and far fewer dudes looking for lovin in the parking lot).

Scaup on the move

My first task was to run the dogs around on the beach to drain their energy.  A log floating downstream caught Ralph's eye and he stood up like a proper bear cub to make sure it wasn't an animal.

Once they seemed tired we began to walk around the woods, looking for birds.  Varied Thrushes scattered too fast, but this Pacific Wren popped up to peek at us.

This park is great for sparrows and I can almost always find a White-throated lurking...

Though the most abundant sparrow in winter is the Golden-crowned...

In the field next to the playground dozens of robins were poking around, looking for worms.

I tried to coax Jake into this tree hole for a photo, but he did not trust it.  Understandable.

It was a peaceful trip to the park, complete with snow flurries and zero gunshots.  Winning.  Good times!!


  1. Nice post, although it leads me to believe that there may be stories about dudes looking for loving and gunshots.

  2. Love the Ralph shot, he appears to be a slightly less furry version of my Huck, I do believe Ralph would like the Warrior Rock Lighthouse Trail on Sauvie as well. No problems like K Point.

  3. Nice GC Sparrows on the fence. They are photogenic birds. I always enjoy the posts with mutt pics.

  4. Yeah, you references a very interesting anecdote there about lonely dudes on the beach park.
    Your photos are typically gorgeous, but I want to hear more about the other stuff too.

    This has led to a realization--if you could incorporate birding into harlequin romance novels, you'd make a fortune!

  5. Cute shot of the wren and I love your beautiful dog. Great outing and photos, Jen! Happy Birding!

  6. Ralph is really a stand up guy, ha!, HOW CUTE HE IS, and smart too!!
    Love the little wren, and the Goldens---I saw a couple robins in the yard today is that a sign of spring? I hope so!

  7. Always enjoy your posts and pix - and now I discover (thanks to Dawn H) that you have a fb page too. Awesome - one of these days we'll accidently be in the same spot and actually meet!


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