December, 2017

December 16th to 20th 2017

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

We watched in amazement while a Beaver struggled with a long stick with branches. It was trying to extricate it from a tangle of grass. We were impressed to see how hard the Beaver worked until the branch finally broke free. It dragged the branch down the slough to its larder passing another Beaver and several Mallards before resting near the Mallards.

Click below to see a short video of an American Beaver.

Hundreds of Cackling Geese flew over Sumas Mountain into the fields near the Heronry.

Double-crested Cormorants were seen every day.

Brown Creepers were seen in the Salwein Creek forest.

Fox Sparrows were seen along the way.

Pied-billed Grebes were seen in a few areas.

A Great Blue Heron seems to enjoy watching the Salwein Creek for spawning Salmon.

Steller’s Jays were seen in the Salwein Creek forest.

Dark-eyed Juncos were seen as usual.

A few Lincoln’s Sparrows were seen in the distance.

Mallards were seen as usual.

A male Hooded Merganser paddled along in the lagoon one morning.

Wood Ducks were seen along the way.

December 16 Rain 39F (3.8C) Afternoon 44.5F (6.9)
December 17 Rain 40F (4.4C) Afternoon 45F (7.2C)
December 18 Cloudy 45F (7.2C) Afternoon 48F (8.8C)
December 19 Rain/Snow 34F (1.1C) Afternoon 35.2F (1.7C)
December 20 Clear 32F (0C) Afternoon 37.4F (3C)

We enjoyed chatting with Dick in the Rotary Interpretive Centre and Warner, Liz and Gordon with Boomer, Charlie with Jack, Alyson with Chesney, Orla, Terry L., as well as Orson on the trails.

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