August, 2013

August 26th & 28th 2013

The Great Blue Heron Nature Reserve always has something interesting to see while we are on our daily walks.

We have been very lucky seeing Beavers lately. One fellow was eating something at the edge of the bank across the water from us while another was collecting leaves to take home to its den. Most of the time when we see a Beaver, their head will be sleek from water but we found one which has kept its head dry.

Juvenile Black-headed Grosbeaks have an exotic look to them with their pretty colour.

One morning when we looked at the Cattail marsh in the distance, we wondered why there were so many cattails where there were none yesterday. When we looked through our cameras we saw that the dark “cattails” were really a huge flock of Red-winged Blackbirds. As we watched, they would fly up in flocks over and over again. There were hundreds of them flying out of the marsh and past us on the road.

A Bewick’s Wren stretched up to catch an insect one dark morning.

A couple of Brown Creepers were seen blending into their surroundings on two different days.

Eurasian Collared Doves are a now often seen bird.

Downy Woodpeckers were seen doing their acrobatics near and on Red Osier Dogwood shrubs.

Northern Red-shafted Flickers were also seen on the Red Osier Dogwoods.

Hairy Woodpeckers were nearby.

Dainty little Willow Flycatchers were seen as usual.

Great Blue Herons blended into the banks along the edges of the water.

Two female Rufous Hummingbirds were seen one morning.

Belted Kingfishers were busy along the edges of water. To watch them dive head first into the water and come out unscathed is cause for wonder.

A Ruby-crowned Kinglet paused for a second in its incessant search for food.

One of the Ospreys had a nice catch for breakfast.

A Purple Finch was also enjoying Red Osier Dogwood berries; they are not often seen on our walks.

Song Sparrows are always fun to photograph.

A Western Tanager was happily eating a Hawthorn Haw.

Wood Ducks were seen as usual. The males are starting to get more colour in their feathers.

Yellow Warblers were seen in the distance in Red Osier Dogwoods.

We had a nice chat with Leona, Jon and Mary and waved to Jean as she was opening the Rotary Interpretive Centre when we were leaving the parking lot.

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