February, 2013

February 20th to 25th 2013

We took our usual walks at the Great Blue Heron Nature Reserve this week. The weather has been very wet but not too cold this year.

Black-capped Chickadees are a friendly little bird easily found along the way.

Steller’s Jays were seen in the Salwein Creek forest area.

American Robins are now easily found.

Dark-eyed Juncos were seen along the paths.

Song Sparrows are easily found along the paths.

A Fox Sparrow was seen foraging in a blackberry bush.

We kept finding a small flock of around ten Golden-crowned Sparrows in different areas on our walks.

Spotted Towhees were seen in large numbers.

The resident Bald Eagles were seen as usual at this time of year.

A small Hawk was seen overlooking the Salwein Creek one rainy morning.

The female American Kestrel was seen hunting near Sinclair Road.

Double-crested Cormorants are still around but not as many as before.

Canada Geese were seen in the slough under the Heronry.

Mallards were seen every day.

American Wigeon were seen on both lagoons.

Wood Ducks were seen every day.

We saw a few Green-winged Teal in the slough on our walk to the Heronry.

A male Common Merganser was seen below the Heronry.

Hooded Mergansers were seen below the Heronry.

Two males and a female Gadwall were seen in the slough below the Heronry.

We stopped in at the Rotary Interpretive Centre for nice visits with Jean, Bev and Mair. We also enjoyed chatting with Anne, Frank, Rod and John.

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