August, 2013

August 2, 2013

We enjoyed our walk at the Great Blue Heron Nature Reserve this morning.

Eurasian Collared Doves are an introduced species and used to be difficult to find. Now, they have established themselves to our climate and are easily seen anywhere in the area.

A Downy Woodpecker and Willow Flycatcher were seen hunting insects in the same area.

A Hairy Woodpecker was seen near the area where the Downy Woodpecker was hunting. The Hairy Woodpecker has a longer beak than the Downy Woodpecker and the Downy Woodpecker has black stripes on the white tail feathers where the Hairy Woodpecker has plain white tail feathers.

A Northern Red-shafted Flicker was enjoying a feast of Red Osier Dogwood Berries.

A Green Heron was perched on a branch on the opposite side of the water’s edge.

Great Blue Herons were easily found on our walk.

American Robins were seen. Adults have the lovely rufous red breast while the juveniles sport a spotted breast.

A Sandpiper was seen checking out logs in the water for insects. The Spotted Sandpiper is migrating through our area to a Southern destination for winter.

Wood Ducks were seen in several locations.

Cedar Waxwings were found in a nearby shrub.

We enjoyed a chat with Janet and Ann doing a bird count for the Great Blue Heron Nature Reserve Society and Jon and Mary doing monitoring of the Great Blue Herons Nests for the Great Blue Heron Nature Reserve Society and Holly from the Greendale Pottery and Country Guest House. Holly is a talented artist and her guest house and garden are beautiful. Here is a link to her website: http://www.greendalepotteryandcountryguesthouse.com/index.htm

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