Wilson’s Warbler, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada by Barbara Levy

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Last May, I stayed in Vancouver for two weeks during the Covid-19 pandemic and so, it was wonderful to be able to spend most of my days down by the pond in Jericho Beach Park — my favourite birdwatching patch in the city.

After arriving in town, I walked straight to the park and by the water’s edge was met by the sweetest warblers (who I always look forward to seeing in the Spring), who were flitting through the thickets and reeds like tiny, bright yellow sprites, landing right at my feet at times, and then, popping up a few seconds later to perch on a low branch where they would sing a quick hello.

At one point, I was photographing a Yellow-rumped warbler when this friendly Wilson’s warbler, with his striking black cap, perched for a few seconds just in front of me. These very active warblers are almost constantly on the move catching insects so, I felt very lucky to have caught this little fellow, who seemed to be smiling, telling me that everything was going to be okay. What a heart-warming experience to have had during this very challenging time!

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