George C. Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary

Raincouver has been living up to its nickname with what feels like weeks and weeks of non-stop downpour. I’m on holiday right now and while my intention was to spend my days hidden in a blanket fort surrounded by chocolate wrappers, waking to sunshine and blue skies had me running out the door.

To take advantage of the gorgeous, albeit cool, weather my boyfriend and I bundled up and set off to visit the George C. Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary in Delta. The area includes managed wetlands, marshes and dikes, and lots of birds.

What we saw today mostly consisted of loons and adorable little chickadees, but we also spotted various other birds during our walk. The scenery was lovely and we both loved hearing the birdsong.

Loons greedily inhaling the birdseed we’d thrown.
One of many sweet little chickadees that I literally had eating out of my hand. What can I say? I’ve got the special touch.
Canadian Geese terrify me. I could tell that this guy is plotting my death. I didn’t stick around to let it happen.
We came across a few “bird blinds”; small buildings to watch birds through little windows without them seeing you. Basically, they turn you into creepy bird stalkers.
I fell in love with this beautiful Wood Duck. You’d think for such an interesting looking bird it would have a more exotic sounding name.

If you’re interested in seeing the rest of my photos from this afternoon, you can check them out here. Included are a few short video clips of birds eating from our hands!

– Marla

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We’re Marla and Stephanie, two friends separated by a 12 hour drive but not much else. We love to travel. We also love food.

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