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March, 2012


March 13th to 19th 2012
Great Blue Heron Nature Reserve

We had nice walks over the last week at the Great Blue Heron Nature Reserve.

Black-capped Chickadees seem to be very abundant this year.

Bufflehead Ducks were seen every day.

The Red-winged Blackbirds are now singing and there are a lot of them present.

Double-crested Cormorants were seen every day at the North Lagoon; it snowed on the 17th.

A Downy Woodpecker was seen at the Salwein Creek Loop area.

Bald Eagles were seen every day.

Northern Red-shafted Flickers were seen.

A Hairy Woodpecker was seen at the Salwein Creek Loop area.

Common Goldeneye Ducks were seen at the Salwein Creek.

Pied-billed Grebes were at the East Bird Blind.

The Great Blue Herons had another set-back with cold winds and snow. They sought cover in the marsh behind the new Centre Bird Blind. When we first got there, we saw about 30 and there were over 60 of them there by the time we left. One of them caught a Rough-skinned Newt.

Dark-eyed Juncos were fluffed up in the cold winds.

Mallards were seen near the East Bird Blind.

Four Common Mergansers were seen at the Salwein Creek one morning.

Hooded Mergansers were near the East Bird Blind.

A River Otter showed us its fish at the Salwein Creek with some snow on the ground. Another two River Otters popped up on a log sending a Double-crested Cormorant flying off to another log. After time out on the log, they caught fish and swam up closer to us.

Purple Finches were at the bird feeding station that the Wild Birds Unlimited Store has put up near the Rotary Interpretive Centre.

American Robins were seen as usual.

Song Sparrows are singing now to attract mates and defend their territories at the Salwein Creek Mash area.

Wood Ducks are seen in trees looking for nesting sites as well as behind the East Bird Blind.

We were lucky to find a Red-breasted Sapsucker near the East Bird Blind on the 16th.

We stopped in at the Rotary Interpretive Centre for nice visits with Val, Janet, Barb, Mike, Mary, Orson, Christine, Scott, Marcia and John. We had nice visits on the trails with Rod, Bob, Louise, Sandy and Ryan and we were very happy to have a visit with Jesse who had taken us on the tour of his classroom at Timothy Christian School at the beginning of the month.

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