Sunday, September 26, 2010

Blustery, wet night….

Yesterday’s beautiful day was followed by a blustery night, where temperatures rose until it was 23 degrees (that’s Celsius) at 11 o’clock at night.  When the winds finally died, the rain began….

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this picture, taken in the afternoon between ‘system’s’ shows that the water levels are now creeping back up….again.

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It was pretty quiet all along the trail….the lowest of the 4 logs is now almost submerged – again.

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Just out from the log bay there were quit a few Canada Geese, some Mallards and not visible in this picture, quite a large raft of American Widgeon Ducks.

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It looked just as stormy looking south towards Chilliwack.  On the way back, at the first bay, a Killdeer flew by, at face height  and so close we ducked, with a raptor of some sort in hot pursuit!  It happened so fast I’m really not sure what the bird was…it was light gray in color, so could have been a male Northern Harrier, or even a Peregrine Falcon.  We did see two female or juvenile Northern Harrier and there were quite a few (as in about a dozen) Bald Eagles either out on the flats or soaring over head.  ‘Quite a few right now, doesn’t compare to what ‘quite a few’ will be in another 6 weeks or so ~ then ‘quite a few’ will mean several hundred!  All going as it should of course!

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