I figured I would try and get up super early to beat the dog walkers and maybe see a Long-eared Owl or something exciting.
Well I forgot in Vancouver, no matter how early you get somewhere, there's gonna be someone else there first. Nevertheless I still went exploring, and it really is amazing habitat. I don't know why it wasn't turned into a bird sanctuary, its not like it would matter anyways, Off leash dogs seem to be at every other bird sanctuary anyways.
I found a Great Horned Owl dozing at sunrise, the light was pretty terrible for any great shots, but still nothing beats the excitement of finding an owl hidden in the trees.
I got accosted by a couple greyhounds, which wasn't the worst experience, because they are really the only dog I like, afterwards I went to the end of 72nd to look for the Palm Warbler that had been reported, I walked in between the pump house and 72nd st 3 times. There were plenty of Yellow rumps, flycatching the shrubs bordering the dyke, but no Palm Warbler. I had brief looks at 2 Orange-crowned Warblers as well.
It was definitely a day for raptors though, I had a Kestrel, Peregrine Falcon, Snowy, Short-eared, and Great Horned Owls. As well as Rough-legged, Coopers, Red-tailed hawks.
Not a bad day at all.
Here's my ebird list.