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August, 2013


August 17th & 18th 2013

The last few days have been full of activity while we wandered along on our walks at the Great Blue Heron Nature Reserve.

Beavers swam along with their tails floating behind them.

Downy Woodpeckers love Red Osier Dogwood Berries; we saw both male and female enjoying a snack from the shrubs.

Hairy Woodpeckers were seen nearby.

Pied-billed Grebes were seen in the distance.

Juvenile Black-headed Grosbeaks were seen chasing after adults.

A Red-tailed Hawk peered down at us from a high perch. As soon as it landed, all the other birds went quiet.

Juvenile Great Blue Herons were seen at the edges of water fishing. Most of them were catching tiny minnows and dragonflies.

A Hutton’s Vireo was seen hidden in a shrub at the Salwein Creek Loop.

A juvenile Eastern Kingbird was found at the far end of the dyke road past the Heronry. It did a wonderful job of posing in several locations for us.

Male Belted Kingfishers were seen on both days.

A MacGillivray’s Warbler hopped out of a shrub for three seconds and back into the depths of the shrub to be hidden from sight.

At the same time, an Orange-crowned Warbler hopped out to check out a Red Osier Dogwood for insects.

The Ospreys are still busy fixing their nest for next year. They have been adding large sticks and hay from the neighbouring farm field to the nest for several days now.

A Peregrine Falcon was seen in its favourite tree at the far end of the dyke road past the Heronry and the Osprey nest.

Adult and juvenile Song Sparrows were seen along the paths.

A Western Tanager was seen perched on a snag near the pathway.

A juvenile Towhee played with a dead leaf for awhile.

Warbling Vireos were seen in several locations.

A Turkey Vulture eyed us up at the Salwein Creek Loop from several different perches.

Adult and juvenile Cedar Waxwings were found in several locations.

We always see Wood Ducks somewhere on our walk. It will be autumn before the males come into their lovely breeding colours again.

Yellow Warblers were seen hopping through the trees and shrubs in the distance.

We waved to Bonnie as she was opening the Rotary Interpretive Centre when we were leaving one morning.

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