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Thursday, May 7, 2015

A beautiful day......

I should have done this report yesterday evening, but the same holds true for today....it is a beautiful day....


We'll start over at Harrison Bay where it was so calm and quiet.  Water levels have actually dropped slightly (and even more today) but that is due to cool nights the past few days.  With temperatures on the rise now I expect the water levels will be coming back up.


the Osprey were back at the piling....when I zoomed in I could see that the nest under construction is actually down in the piling group, not on top...there was actually another pair working on a nest on another set of pilings further out.


in fact at one point this Osprey came towards us, circled behind the trees and I thought it was going to perch when it suddenly snapped a branch off just as neat as you please and took it off to the nest.  My regret was not having my DSLR camera with me as I could have got a spectacular shot.


Still a number of Canada Goose pairs although I noticed that the numbers of them in the adjacent farm fields has dropped dramatically.  I'm still waiting to see any goslings.


It looks to me that there is a nest down in that rotten piling so maybe some goslings will be seen soon.


did see a Spotted Sandpiper though......


and the Wild Roses are coming into flower.


this European Starling was taking what looks like a beetle to it's nest....


and there is one of those White-crowned Sparrows in the same general spot we've been seeing them.


back up at my end.....


look at all the baby fish enjoying the sunshine! 


a big surprise was turning around and spotting this Ruffed Grouse sneaking across the path!


This female American Goldfinch came down for a drink....

Then in the evening.....


this male Wilson's Warbler was in the same general area, in deep shade so not a great photo!

also, not a great photo but wanted to show a rather interesting happening in the sky....


on the bottom left you can just see an Osprey with a fish, beside it is an adult Bald Eagle, intent on grabbing the fish and above both were a pair of Common Raven both going after the eagle.  It was quite the carry on!


and we'll end with a beautiful spring evening scene at the Chehalis Estuary.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Some first of the seasons....

Haven't been out with the camera for a few days now but did want to report that the 'first of the season' sightings are happening thick and fast right now....

Yesterday, May 4th....the Bullock's Orioles arrived!  So nice to hear their chatter....


this is a photo of a male taken several years ago in my former backyard.  These birds love the large poplar trees (like the ones recently destroyed) growing close to the shoreline where they build their hanging nests.

Today....


the first male Black-headed Grosbeak showed up at the feeder (this photo again taken some time ago).

and tonight.....


it was the first Spotted Sandpiper of the season...again a photo from way back when.

Of course the Brown-headed Cowbirds are back 'enforce' as well.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Pelicans!!!!

This first day of May we had some rare visitors..... American White Pelicans!  I didn't get to see them but my husband did while walking our two dogs....


he managed this 'proof they were there' photo but that was all.  They were way over close to the edge of the Harrison River.  This is just the 2nd sighting of Pelicans here that I know of, the last time was in August of  2010.


The above photo was taken at Elk Island National Park in Alberta.  I've just posted it so you can see what they look like a bit more clearly.  Pelicans are common on the prairies but there is also a population of them that nest in the Chilcotin area of our province. 


I went down later in hopes of seeing the birds for myself, but of course no such luck.  Here are the water levels....this first day of May.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Last Day of April

This last day of April, 2015 we ventured back over to Harrison Bay....really didn't want to considering what has taken place over there but with water levels once more on the rise there is really no where else to walk.


the weather was much like most of this month has been, kind of cool and showery but not too bad considering.  There isn't much in the way of beach again as this photo shows, notice the Pacific Choke Cherry tree in full flower.  There are a lot of these trees all along the dike and even left in the park, they don't grow large enough to be deemed 'dangerous' thank goodness as they are so important to the birds.


here is a closer look at the flowers.  There was no sign of the Osprey pair that we had seen on our last visit but there was activity at the Bald Eagle nest so I suspect there must be young...with the tree leafed out it is impossible to see but there was an adult flying to and fro and suspicious noises.

The most noticeable birds today were....


Gold-crowned Sparrows.  At one point there were 3 of them in one of the choke cherry trees.


this view definitely shows the 'gold' crown!  There were also still....


White-crowned Sparrow in the same area we've been seeing them all along.  I'm sure there is a nest in this spot.


I'm actually surprised at the number of Canada Geese still in the fields adjacent to the dike.  I would have thought numbers would have thinned by now.  Haven't seen any goslings yet.  Could hear Killdeer and a Common Yellowthroat today and there were a number of Starlings flying back and forth from the trees...


and here we are....the view from the campground...it would appear that the goal is a larger boat launch parking lot....


and here is what paid the price for it....the trees and the birds that used them!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Earth Day Shock

Today was Earth Day.....so imagine our shock when we drove over to Harrison Bay today....


only to discover that every single tree around the perimeter of the parking lot had been cut down!  Even here, in the area between the drive into the boat launch parking lot and the campground an area that was always, without exception, full of birds.  These pictures don't even begin to show the actual devastation!


the fact that such a thing can even be allowed to happen in what is supposed to be a park is simply beyond comprehension.  How can a place that participates and even promotes the viewing of Bald Eagles then cut down every single large tree that the birds use and require? 

I am absolutely appalled by what has taken place.


Wanted to point out the snow on the tops of the local hills.....they've had more snow this month than they got all winter.


also it appears this pair of Osprey are attempting to build a nest on this group of pilings straight out from the campground.  Hopefully they won't be too disturbed by all the recreational boat traffic that happens.


and back up at our end wanted to show that the water levels are just starting to creep up - again.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Warm again

Well the warmth is back, got to 23 degrees today....


and the water is still gone.  Actually it is where it should be about this time of the year, just that it should be creeping up to this level, not just having dropped back.  Should note that there have been Greater Yellowlegs Sandpipers out there the last few days, could barely spot them at a distance but have been able to hear them.

Walked over at Harrison Bay today as well....


was very calm with not a lot of bird activity although there were Tree Swallows flying about over head....


That dark on top of the pilings is the head of a Canada Goose, no doubt sitting on a nest.


this White-crowned Sparrow was about the only co-operative bird we met.  Will mention that the Osprey are back as well but haven't managed a picture of one yet.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Role reversal

Back in February we were saying it looked and felt like April.  Now it is April, we are getting weather and temperatures more suited to February!  It has been cooler and there has been more snow on all the surrounding hills these past few days than we've since early December.


and another thing that has happened is all that water that was here when it really shouldn't have been....


is now disappearing....at this rate we should be able to walk over to the park again in a few days....although for how long will be any bodies guess!


Yesterday we walked over at Harrison Bay, in the rain, pretty sure there is a Canada Goose nesting on the other side of that little bay in the distance and there is an Osprey building a nest on a piling in a location pretty much impossible to get a picture of.


This Gold-crowned Sparrow was in the hedgerow yesterday, not quite in full breeding colour yet.


The pair of White-crowned Sparrow were at the same location as last time we were here so I'm pretty sure this must be a pair planning to stay and nest rather than moving on.


Just arriving back for the season are the Brown-headed Cowbirds, this one being a female.