August, 2013

August 24th & 25th 2013

We love to get out into nature for a walk every day. We find the Great Blue Heron Nature Reserve an excellent place to walk.

Juvenile Black-headed Grosbeaks glowed in the morning sun, some with berry juice on their faces.

Black-throated Gray Warblers were seen searching for food; the Great Blue Heron Nature Reserve is a rest stop for them on their way south for winter.

Downy Woodpeckers hang from Red Osier Dogwood branches amazing us with their agility.

Northern Red-shafted Flickers perched on dead tree branches with the red shafts of their tails glowing in the sun.

Willow Flycatchers are a summer resident and always fun to watch.

Green Herons are also a summer resident but harder to see than most birds. They blend into their surroundings and are often overlooked. We have seen people walking dogs past them without seeing them and without making the Green Heron leave its fishing hole.

Great Blue Herons were seen as usual. The young have mostly left the nests now and are often seen at the edges of the water.

We have seen quite a few Belted Kingfishers this month.

Hooded Mergansers are starting to return for the winter. The males are very similar to the females at this time of year but the gold eye is a good identifier of a male.

Song Sparrows are a resident all year long; they are a very hardy little bird to be able to take all our variations in weather.

Swainson’s Thrushes are difficult to find, they are a summer resident with incredible voices. This one is a juvenile.

Red-eyed and Warbling Vireos are passing through our area at the moment. They use the Great Blue Heron Nature Reserve and other similar areas as a rest stop on their migration south.

Cedar Waxwings nest at the Great Blue Heron Nature Reserve and will soon head south for the winter.

Yellow Warblers can be found during summer and into autumn migration.

We enjoyed a chat with Rod on the trail and Val and Gordon at the Rotary Interpretive Gift Shop.

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