July 2017

July 7th & 8th 2017

We enjoyed our usual walks at the Great Blue Heron Nature Reserve in Chilliwack, British Columbia, Canada.

A few Willow Flycatchers were seen along the trails.

An American Robin had a nice collection of nesting material.

The resident Bald Eagle was being bothered by Northwestern Crows while its chick was sitting on a branch near the Heronry.

A few Cedar Waxwings and a male Hairy Woodpecker were seen along the way.

Common Yellowthroats were seen as well.

A Red-eared Slider Turtle was attempting to dig a nest in the road but the gravel was too dense so it decided to use the side of the bank instead.

Click below to see the Red-eared Slider Turtle.

Juvenile Song Sparrows were seen near the entrance gate.

River Otters were seen in the distance.

Most of the Great Blue Herons have fledged and the nests stand empty waiting until next spring to hold new chicks again.

Click below to see the Great Blue Herons.

Sometimes, the young Great Blue Herons will stray too close to the Osprey’s nest. When they do, the Ospreys chase them away with great gusto. The Ospreys are still adding nesting material while the chicks are growing quickly.

An Eastern Kingbird looked off into the distance near the Osprey nest.

The American Kestrel’s young look almost ready to fledge.

July 07 Clear 58F (14.4C) Afternoon 80F (26.6C)
July 08 Clear 55F (12.7C) Afternoon 85F (29.4C)

We enjoyed talking to Charlie with Jack, Terry with Bogie, Kathy with Tula, Sandra with Izzy, Frank, Karen, Hazel and Janet doing a bird count for the Great Blue Heron Nature Society, Amanda, Jody and Barry, Gordon and Dick, Leona and Warner, as well as Jill, Scott, Rachel with Manny on the trails.

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