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October, 2017


October 24th to 27th 2017

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

The surrounding scenery was full of beautiful leaves.

A mixed flock of Cackling Geese, Canada Geese and Greater White-fronted Geese was seen in the marsh at the far end of the road past the Heronry as well as in the farm field next to the Heronry.

A little Cottontail Rabbit was seen in the dark forest.

Nearby, a flock of Ruby-crowned Kinglets were seen.

A flock of Bush Tits were seen in the distance.

The resident Bald Eagles were renovating their nest.

A surprise Bull Frog sat at the side of the South Lagoon.

Nearby, a Lincoln’s Sparrow popped out of the blackberries.

We saw a lot of waterfowl:

Mallards

Ring-necked Ducks

Northern Shovelers

Pied-billed Grebe

Green-winged Teal

Wood Ducks

Fox Sparrows and Golden-crowned Sparrows were seen.

House Finches are often seen.

Anna’s Hummingbirds are a resident.

Dark-eyed Juncos visit the Great Blue Heron Nature Reserve in the winter months.

A couple of Belted Kingfishers were seen chasing each other. One of them kept splashing into the water over and over again in an attempt to catch something. We saw one perched in its regular fishing spot as well.

Weather
October 24 Clear 43F (6.1C) Afternoon 69.1F (20.6C)
October 25 Rain 49F (9.4C) Afternoon 56F 13.3C)
October 26 Clear 48F (8.8C) Afternoon 66.6F (19.2C)
October 27 Clear/Windy 53F (11.6C) Afternoon 72.1F (22.2C)

We enjoyed seeing to Alyson with Chesney, Mary and Wilma, Jenny and Bill, Warner, Irwin with Gigi, Den and Lisa with Marshall, Charlie with Jack, Denise with Summer, Elan with Lady, Graham, as well as Janet, Karen, Ann and Hazel doing a bird count for the Great Blue Heron Nature Society during our walks. We also enjoyed chatting with Valerie, Linda and Allison in the Rotary Interpretive Centre Gift Shop.

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