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May 2019


May 16th & 17th 2019

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

The lower parking lot has beautiful Clematis draped over the fence, while Ninebark is blooming along the trails.

European Starlings were feeding nestlings in an old snag.

A few House Finches were seen nearby.

Tree Swallows were seen as usual.

A Peregrine Falcon soared over a few ducks in the slough.

A Turkey Vulture made a pass over the farm field.

A juvenile Red-tailed Hawk, tagged by the YVR Raptor Program, landed in a tree in the distance trying to escape being mobbed by crows. The information given us about this bird is 5X was captured at YVR on 28 January 2019 and released in Chilliwack the next day. Clearly it is a juvenile hatched in 2018. Our sighting is the fourth of this bird - all previous sightings have been in the Great Blue Heron Nature Reserve as well. The YVR Raptor Program captures hawks at Vancouver airport. They tag and release them many miles away from the airport in order to avoid collision with aircraft. It is a valuable service to keep both air passengers and hawks safe.

The Bald Eagles are busy with their little chick.

The Heronry was noisy and very active. The adults were fishing for their demanding chicks.

A Beaver paddled up to the shore for a grooming session.

Wood Ducks and ducklings were seen in many areas.

A Cassin’s Vireo was seen in the distance.

American Robins were seen in a few areas.

American Goldfinches were seen in the distance.

A female Western Tanager was seen along the way.

A male Common Yellowthroat sang.

Cedar Waxwings were seen in a few locations.

Weather
May 16 Cloudy 54F (12C) Afternoon 72F (22C)
May 17 Rain 53F (12C) Afternoon 65F (18C)

It was nice to see Charlie with Jack, Terry with Bogie, Beverly with Mogli and Sampson, Christa, Alyson and Randy with Chesney, Frank and Corrie, Cathy with Tula, Leona during our walk.

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