While on a brisk walk around my 'local patch' Buena Vista Park this morning, I found 5 American Goldfinch trilling away in the confines of a newly budding deciduous tree.
This is the first time I have seen this species in the Winter, and its a shame they were not present in the city a couple of weeks ago, as they would have made a fine addition to the Great Backyard Bird Count.
Still waiting to see my first Mountain Bluebirds of the year , these Yellow beauties sure made it feel like spring, despite the minus 17 degrees celsius it was outside !
Other species seen were the usuals : Black-billed Magpie, Blue Jay, Downy Woodpecker, BC-Chickadee , House Finch , Red-breasted Nuthatch , Rock Dove and House Sparrow.
Also of note , this afternoon, I went out with a friend and found 12 Canada Geese and 1 Snow Goose near the QEII Power Plant.
This is more of a 'record shot' as the bird was so high up and very small in the frame . I hope to get better one's later in the year :