June, 2009

June 16th to 18th 2009

We had three lovely walks over the past three days at the Great Blue Heron Nature Reserve.

We love watching the Red-winged Blackbirds; the males are so prominent with their jet black feathers accented with brilliant red shoulder patches. The females are very clever; we have seen them gather a sheaf of grass together so that the grass would be strong enough to hold them up while they are eating.

Adult Black-capped Chickadees are being followed by their young fledglings; they are learning the ways of the forest from the adults.

Two Crows were busy with each other; they spent a long time on the wires near the South Lagoon, while they chatted and preened.

A male and female Downy Woodpecker joined the Black-capped Chickadees in teaching their young fledglings the best spots to hunt for food.

A Northern Red-shafted Flicker stopped on a snag before heading off into the forest.

American Goldfinches are often seen now. The male in these photos doesn’t have the complete black cap that they sport.

A male Black-headed Grosbeak is a common sight high in the upper canopy of the Salwein Creek area.

Willow Flycatchers are readily spotted in various areas where we wander.

A Great Blue Heron is also a very common find behind the East Bird Blind.

We saw a few female Mallards with young ducklings.

The female Common Mergansers are dedicated to their young ducklings.

Cottontail Rabbits are becoming more aware of possible threats, they are still easy to find along the paths.

American Robins and their fledglings are the most plentiful sightings and well as the most vocal of the birds at the moment.

Song Sparrows are nesting now; they are one of the sweetest singers of birds.

We saw a pair of Squirrels courting near a newly built Squirrel nest.

Cedar Waxwings are starting to get their nests ready. We often see them off in the distance as they dance through the berry shrubs.

There are several female Wood Ducks with ducklings; we have seen them on both lagoons.

One of the hardest birds for us to find and get a photo of is a Rufous Hummingbird in the wild. It is much easier to get a photo near a feeder. Here is one from the forest that was willing to rest and pose for awhile.

We enjoyed visits with Ivy, Leon, Barb, Val, Janet, Scott, Leona, Kym, Mike, Orson, Eileen and Muriel while we were visiting the Great Blue Heron Reserve over the last three days.

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