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August, 2013


August 19th to 21st 2013

We always enjoy seeing the wildlife during our walks at the Great Blue Heron Nature Reserve.

A Beaver swam past us one morning and shook itself several times before diving into its den. We saw more on the other two days.

Black-throated Gray Warblers tested our ability to keep up while they bounced around the shrubs.

A flock of Bushtits were seen one morning.

Downy Woodpeckers were seen hanging from Red Osier Dogwoods while they grabbed berries to eat.

Eurasian Collared Doves are now quite often seen around the area.

Willow Flycatchers were seen as usual.

Pied-billed Grebes were seen fishing.

Adult and juvenile Great Blue Herons were seen. The young Great Blue Herons are often very unsteady when moving from one location to another but it doesn’t take them long to become graceful like the adults.

Belted Kingfishers have a very distinctive call which can tell us where we will find them next. We saw several over the last few days.

A Western Tanager was seen along the edge of a trail.

Off in the distance, a Swainson’s Thrush was perched on an open branch.

Red-eyed Vireos and Warbling Vireos were seen checking out every leaf and twig for something edible.

Common Yellowthroats were seen along the way.

A White-crowned Sparrow perched on Yarrow flowers checking for insects, amazingly enough the flower was strong enough to hold the bird without tipping.

We enjoyed chats with Janet, Jon, Mary, John, Dean, Rod and Leona on the trails.

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