April, 2018

April 9th & 10th 2018

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

Red-winged Blackbirds were seen along the trails.

Common Mergansers were seen in the water.

Black-capped Chickadees were seen in the Salwein Creek Loop forest.

Song Sparrows were seen in the Salwein Creek Loop forest.

Northern Flickers were seen along the way.

Fox Sparrows were seen at the far end of the road past the Heronry.

Golden-crowned Sparrows were seen in the parking lot.

Canada Geese were seen in many areas.

Green-winged Teals were seen in the slough near the Heronry.

The Great Blue Heron colony is doing well.

Mallards were seen in many areas.

An American Kestrel was seen in the distance on the overhead wires.

A little Mink was seen swimming in the distance.

A Pileated Woodpecker was seen near the Heronry.

Ring-necked Ducks were seen near the Heronry.

American Robins were seen in many areas.

Two Tree Swallows had a water wrestling match which lasted for over ten minutes. They eventually tired each other out and sat together recovering on a log.

Click below to see a video of Tree Swallows wrestling.

Other Tree Swallows were checking out nesting holes or perching near a good nesting site.

Wood Ducks paddled past us or rested on logs.

A few male Common Yellowthroats have returned from their southern winter retreats.

April 09 Cloudy 47F (8.3C) Afternoon 63.5F (17.5C)
April 10 Rain/Windy 49F (9.4C) Afternoon 49.6F (9.7C)

We always enjoy talking to Charlie with Jack, Terry with Bogie, Ann and Kevin, Bob, Denise with Summer, Alyson with Chesney, Frank and Corrie as well as Mary and Wilma on the trails. We had a nice visit with Camille, Valerie, Barb, Dick and Travis in the Rotary Interpretive Centre Gift Shop.

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