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December, 2017


December 21st to 24th 2017

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

Friendly little Black-capped Chickadees are not hard to find at this time of year.

Mount Cheam and Lady Peak are easily seen from the entrance to the Great Blue Heron Nature Reserve.

Buffleheads were seen as usual.

Double-crested Cormorants are seen on most days at this time of year.

A Bald Eagle flew overhead.

A Fox Sparrow was seen in blackberries.

Gadwalls and American Wigeons were seen on the lagoon.

Golden-crowned Sparrows were seen along the trails.

A few Great Blue Herons were seen.

House Finches were seen in blackberries.

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

Dark-eyed Juncos were seen in several areas.

A Belted Kingfisher was seen in the Salwein Creek.

Three Raccoons were seen on the far side of the North Lagoon.

We saw a Red-tailed Hawk tagged by the people at the Vancouver airport. They have a program where they capture raptors at the Vancouver airport. They tag and release them past Chilliwack in order to prevent air collisions with them. It serves a two-fold purpose, protecting our air traffic and the birds. Nearby in the same tree was another Red-tailed Hawk without a tag.

Song Sparrows were seen as usual.

Spotted Towhees were seen in the Salwein Creek forest.

Weather
December 21 Cloudy 27F (-2.7C) Afternoon 34.3F (1.2C)
December 22 Cloudy 35F (1.6C) Afternoon 34.2F (1.2C)
December 23 Clear/Windy 26F (-3.3C) Wind Chill 22F (-5.5C) Afternoon 30F (-1.1C)
December 24 Cloudy/Windy 27F (-2.7C) Wind Chill 23F (-5C) Afternoon 30F (-1.1C)

Neal, Brian, Brenda with Finnegan, Liz and Gordon with Boomer, Reg, Kathy with Tula, Sandra with Elsa, Jasmine and Shadow, Janet and Hazel doing a bird count for the Great Blue Heron Nature Society, Frank, Charlie with Jack, Neal, as well as Karl on the trails.

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