August, 2013

August 9th to 12th 2013

Our walks have been nice as usual, over the last few days at the Great Blue Heron Nature Reserve.

Beavers swam quietly past as we wandered along.

Black-headed Grosbeaks fed juveniles that looked old enough to be eating on their own.

Black-capped Chickadees are residents and a favourite of most people.

Downy Woodpeckers were seen along the paths.

Willow Flycatchers were seen in many locations.

Pied-billed Grebes were seen with one juvenile.

Great Blue Herons were easily seen.

Belted Kingfishers were seen in a few locations. The female has the “red” belt and the male is plain blue and white.

Ospreys were busy at their nest.

A Peregrine Falcon was seen perched high in an old tree.

To hear the Peregrine Falcon calling click below.

Young Wood Ducks were seen in several spots.

A Warbling Vireo was seen for a second.

A juvenile Swainson’s Thrush was seen for a fleeting moment.

A male Western Tanager was seen in full breeding colour passing through on his way to his southern wintering grounds.

We enjoyed chatting with Janet and Ann doing their bird count and Jon and Mary monitoring the Heronry nests and Rod and David on the trails.

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