January, 2018

January 28th to 31st 2018

We enjoyed our usual walks at the Great Blue Heron Nature Reserve in Chilliwack, British Columbia, Canada. We have had the heaviest rain for a couple of days. The weather people are calling it an atmospheric river. The term originates from two MIT researchers (Reginald Newell and Yong Zhu) in the early 1990s. Atmospheric Rivers are usually several thousand kilometres long and very narrow (only a few hundred kilometres wide). Wikipedia states that one of these can carry a greater amount of water than the Amazon River. It certainly is a good description of the rain we have had falling. The Lagoons are filling to capacity.

A Double-crested Cormorant caught a huge catfish and swallowed it whole in less than a minute.

Pied-billed Grebes and Mallards were also seen.

Gadwalls paddled quietly along the slough.

Golden-crowned Sparrows were seen in blackberry shrubs.

Canada Geese were seen developing their territories for the upcoming nesting season.

Hooded Mergansers were seen pair-bonding in the distance.

Steller’s Jays were seen in the forest.

American Robins were seen on the Discovery Trail.

Trumpeter Swans flew over our heads.

Gray Squirrels were seen in the forest.

Great Blue Herons are being seen more often.

Wood Ducks were seen as usual.

We took a drive past a few farms where we saw hundreds of Trumpeter Swans and Northern Pintails.

Great Blue Herons were seen in many areas of the farmlands as well.

January 28 Heavy Rain (atmospheric river) 38.7F (3.7C) Afternoon 40.1F (4.5C)
January 29 Heavy Rain (atmospheric river) 41.7F (5.3C) Afternoon 43.3F (6.2C)
January 30 Cloudy 41F (5C) Afternoon 44.2F (6.7C)
January 31 Cloudy 38F (3.3C) Afternoon 41.7F (5.3C)

We enjoyed seeing Charlie with Jack, Alyson with Chesney, Elan and Kara with Lady, Brenda with Finnegan, as well as Sue on the trails. We also enjoyed a nice visit with Jean, Bev and Bonnie in the Rotary Interpretive Centre Gift Shop.

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