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Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Quick walk at Harrison Bay

Managed a quick walk between rain showers at Harrison Bay today.


not much of anything around.  The only item of note was....


the Bald Eagle pair back at the nest.  Seems they have been working on it as it looks a lot more substantial now than it did the last time we checked it. While this one worked...


the other perched nearby.  There was also a very vocal....


Northwestern Crow nearby.

On the water only saw a trio of Mallard and a couple of loons way out plus a handful of gulls including this one...


not sure what it is...possibly a Western Glaucous Wing hybrid?  not sure.


Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Activity picking up

Due to both the weather forecast predicting rain moving in, and the fact had a lot of chores to do in town, we walked over to the park earlier than we normally do....


could tell there were a lot more birds out there today than there had been....


this young one was perched on the broken off piling....

Could see some were perched in various trees along the foreshore as well...


then at the log bay there was a lot of activity.  The number of gulls has been surprising low compared to other years, but this Glaucous-wing was busy sharing with the eagles.


that log out there was the site of a lot of activity...notice the Canada Geese way out there.


there are also lots of ducks out there...these were just a few that took flight when an eagle spooked them.


this guy posed nicely the whole time we, and several other morning dog walkers were there.


Saturday, October 12, 2019

Finally....

Yesterday was a beautiful day, but not a lot to be seen...


this gull, which I think is a Glaucous-wing/Western hybrid, was at the log bay...


and the little family of young Hooded Merganser were just off the grasslands, but that was about it.

Today was a cloudy gray day....but for the first time this year, you could hear...


Bald Eagle activity out on the flats.


here is another view, this one showing lots of Mallard in the foreground as well.

Back to the park....


see that lovely young Cottonwood tree to the right in this picture, which is taken from the viewing platform....


well it is going to be a miracle if it is still standing after this winter....Beaver have obviously been at work!


the path itself was quite busy with American Robins, Spotted Towhee and Song Sparrows.


Showers, and very quiet at the log bay except for....


a male Hairy Woodpecker on the post in the corner.  Twice an eagle flew past, so close you could hear the wings, but neither stayed around.


Thursday, October 10, 2019

Sunshine, Salmon, but where are the eagles?

The last couple of days have been beautiful and sunny....


chilly though, with frost both mornings.

Yesterday....


we walked over at Harrison Bay where there was a real brisk wind blowing down the river, consequently, not much of anything to be seen although we did notice a fair number of robins still, although no where near the numbers that had been there the day before.

Not a single eagle to be seen or heard.

Today we stayed here at the estuary....


there were a number of Salmon right in the log bay...


here are just a couple of them.  Nice to see the numbers slowly climbing, but as for eagles, a grand total of two were seen and that was after watching for close to an hour.

In fact it was very quiet for birds today...


this Spotted Towhee cooperated for a picture but that was about it.

There were a number of heron flying about and probably a hundred & fifty geese, but they were way out.  A few Mallard and Hooded Merganser were in close.  Nice to see the ducks showing up again.  Am wondering when the first Swans might arrive with the crazy weather wouldn't be surprised if they were here a little earlier than normal.


saw this Meadowhawk on our way home....and that was about it.

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Robins!

What an interesting day.....


a nasty little weather system moved through and when it was gone we had snow half way down all the mountains, even the low ones!

Ventured over to Harrison Bay for a walk and first thing we noticed...


was this field was absolutely alive with....


American Robins!  Had to be well over a hundred of them.  Never have we seen that many robins this time of the year, in fact 'normally' we don't really expect to see any robins this time of the year and of course they are eating anything in sight.


there were also a few Varied Thrush mixed in which makes one wonder what the Varied Thrush will eat this winter with fruiting trees and shrubs pretty well picked over already.


there were also lots of smaller birds in the bushes, including several what appear to be young Gold-crowned Sparrow....


lots of Spotted Towhee....


and Song Sparrow....

also spotted this....


Yellow-rump Warbler.


We've seen a number of Northern Flicker every time we walk there lately, today this female posed for a few minutes on a fence post.  Also saw a female Downy Woodpecker.

As for seasonal birds....they seemed to be rather lacking.  Didn't see or even hear a single eagle.


there were a few Glaucous-wing Gulls, like this guy but not many, of course there are lots of boats running up and down the river right now so not likely to see many water birds while there is so much disturbance.

There was a Northern Harrier coursing over the fields and...


this young Red-tail Hawk was spotted trying to dry out.


Sunday, October 6, 2019

Salmon!

Set out today, same time as yesterday.....


even more Canada Geese out there today....note the boat in the background....this one comes down the Harrison River from the lake for eagle viewing.


see those ripples in the far corner of the first bay?  There were a pair of Salmon spawning there - first ones of the season....


this dead one was floating off of the log bay an also saw a few live ones swimming in the area so that is good news, they are starting to arrive.


there were several American Goldfinch in that shrub....didn't manage a picture, but there was also a....


male Hairy Woodpecker....(males have red on the back of the head, females don't)


just for fun zoomed in for a close up.

There were a couple of robins and this....


young White-crowned Sparrow in the same area.  

A sure sign of fall....


is the Woolly Bear Caterpillar...Folklore says you can tell how hard a winter it will be by the width of the orange strip....probably as accurate as any other means of predicting weather!

Saturday, October 5, 2019

Testing the new camera

My trusty everyday camera, the Canon Powershot finally died.  Ended up replacing it with a Nikon Coolpix with 60 x optical zoom.  Since it finally stopped raining, thought I'd give it a try today.


So here is the estuary...note the dark spot out there across the water....


and there it is...with a Great Blue Heron on it.  


First bay....looked for Salmon, couldn't see any yet, but there are geese out there...probably about 200 of them...


Here are some of the Canada Geese...


Bald Eagle in one of the 'eagle' trees by the viewing platform.


no sign of salmon at the log bay yet either.


Happy to find a few King's Cup Gentian in flower in the grasslands.  They'd been under water for so long I wasn't sure if they'd flower or not.


this evening spotted something out there in the water.....


turned out to be a young Hooded Merganser.