Bird Outing Report: May 21,2015

Thursday 9 birders had 28 species at Moorecroft Regional Park, Nanoose Bay, and 8 birders had 20 species at the Englishman Estuary, Plummer Road side, for a total of 39 species for the morning. Highlights included the Whimbrel and other shorebirds on the mudflats at the Englishman Estuary.

Moorecroft Regional Park, Nanoose Bay
Turkey Vulture
Glaucous-winged Gull
Rufous Hummingbird
Belted Kingfisher
Pileated Woodpecker
Hammond’s Flycatcher
Pacific-slope Flycatcher
Warbling Vireo
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Violet-green Swallow
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Brown Creeper
Pacific Wren
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Swainson’s Thrush
American Robin
Orange-crowned Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Black-throated Gray Warbler
Townsend’s Warbler
Wilson’s Warbler
Spotted Towhee
Chipping Sparrow
Song Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Western Tanager

Englishman River Estuary, Plummer Road side
Canada Goose
Mallard
Turkey Vulture
Bald Eagle
Black-bellied Plover
Killdeer
Whimbrel
Dunlin
Long-billed/Short-billed Dowitcher
Rufous Hummingbird
Pacific-slope Flycatcher
Northwestern Crow
Violet-green Swallow
American Robin
European Starling
Yellow Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Spotted Towhee
Song Sparrow
American Goldfinch

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Botany Outing Report: K’omoks Estuary, May 18, 2015

Special Plants seen: Henderson’s Checker Mallow (rare, not yet in bloom), Seaside plantain, Indian paint brush, Pretty shooting star, Meadow and straight beaked buttercup, Northern rice root, and western St. Johns wort

Camas & Paintbrush

Camas & Paintbrush

Trees: huge Sitka spruce, alder, Red Cedar, Crabapple, Mountain Ash, Black Hawthorne, Bitter Cherry

Northern Rice Root

Northern Rice Root

Shrubs: Sweet gale, Thimble Berry, Salmon Berry, Pacific Nine Bark, Twin Berry, Snowberry, Gooseberry

Pretty Shootingstar

Pretty Shootingstar

Other Plants: Sword and bracken fern, False lily of the valley, Dock, Trailing and Himalayan Blackberry, coltsfoot, Skunk Cabbage, Bald Hip Rose, Cow Parsnip, Horsetail, Bullrush, camas , Silverweed, Siberian miners lettuce, Ribwort Plantain, Seaside Arrow grass, Queen Ann’s Lace, Twisted stalk

Estuary of Flowers

Estuary of Flowers

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Botany Outing Report: Harewood Plains, May 11, 2015

Plants seen on the Harewood Plains outing on May 11:

Indian Plum, bitter cherry, Saskatoon berry , sea blush, ocean spray, salal, orange honeysuckle, vetch – common and hairy, common forget me not, arbutus, creeping blackberry, big leaf maple, rose – Nootka and bald hip, dull and tall Oregon grape, snowberry, small flower nenophilla, western buttercup, chocolate lily, Pacific sanicle, spring gold, pink twink, death camas, short and tall blue camas (with some white as well), hop clover, dove foot geranium, wild strawberry, small blue violet, birds nest fungus, Sitka columbine, lupin, cascara , flowering currant, alum root, small leafed montia, bedstraw, star flower, red huckleberry, kinnikinnick, Garry oak, yellow monkey flower, small flowered lotus, Alaska saxifrage, sword fern, herb Robert, cottonwood, thimble berry, salmonberry, pearly everlasting, tansy, nine bark.

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Bird Outing Report: Bear Creek Park, May 14, 2015

This Thursday May 14 16 birders went to Bear Creek Nature Park where we heard or saw 38 species.

Highlights include good looks at Black-headed Grosbeak, Western Tanager, Swainson’s Thrush, and Black-throated Gray Warbler, as well as nesting Red-breasted Sapsuckers.

Canada Goose
Mallard
Hooded Merganser
Common Merganser
Turkey Vulture
Bald Eagle
Rufous Hummingbird
Belted Kingfisher
Red-breasted Sapsucker
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Hammond’s Flycatcher
Pacific-slope Flycatcher
Cassin’s Vireo
Warbling Vireo
Steller’s Jay
Tree/Violet-green Swallow
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Brown Creeper
Pacific Wren
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Swainson’s Thrush
American Robin
Varied Thrush
Orange-crowned Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Yellow Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Black-throated Gray Warbler
Townsend’s Warbler
Wilson’s Warbler
Spotted Towhee
Song Sparrow
Western Tanager
Black-headed Grosbeak

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