YNC Outing: Nature House Miracle Beach, June 25th 2016, 2pm

Hello Families,

Our next Explorer Day will be on Saturday, June 25, 2:00-3:30 pm and we will meet at the Nature House of Miracle Beach Provincial Park. We will be exploring the sandy beach at low tide.

Children may like to wade in the tide pools so please wear footwear that can get wet and shorts. If it’s a cooler day pants and gumboots will be fine. Bring a snack and water bottle and don’t forget the sunscreen and hats!

Directions from Courtenay/Comox: Allow 30 minutes driving time. Go north on the old hwy. Pass the Black Creek store and turn right on Miracle Beach Drive across from the mini golf. Go straight down Miracle Beach Drive and enter the park. Cross the Black Creek bridge and turn left at the junction, then left again into the north parking lot (there are 2 big parking lots) and park by the nature house.

We look forward to seeing you on the 25th,

Regards,

Jarrett Krentzel, Jocie Brooks, Rene Jorgensen,Volunteer leaders
Comox Valley NatureKids
The Nature Exploration Club for Familieswww.naturekidsbc.ca
Facebook: NatureKidsBC
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Bird Outing Report: Cumberland Marsh, June 16,2016

Thursday June 16th, birds were active and singing at Cumberland Marsh. Six birders enjoyed a pleasant, sunny morning and found 36 species. Highlights included great looks at Black-headed Grosbeak (pair), Black-throated Gray Warbler (pair), and Band-tailed Pigeon.

Mallard
Turkey Vulture
Band-tailed Pigeon
Eurasian Collared-Dove
Rufous Hummingbird
Red-breasted Sapsucker
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Willow Flycatcher
Hammond’s Flycatcher
Pacific-slope Flycatcher
Cassin’s Vireo
Warbling Vireo
Common Raven
Violet-green Swallow
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Brown Creeper
Marsh Wren
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Swainson’s Thrush
American Robin
Cedar Waxwing
Orange-crowned Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Yellow Warbler
Black-throated Gray Warbler
Townsend’s Warbler
Chipping Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Spotted Towhee
Black-headed Grosbeak
Red-winged Blackbird
Purple Finch
Red Crossbill
American Goldfinch

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Bird Outing Report: One-Spot Trail, June 9,2016

Thursday June 9th, the showers held off and four birders enjoyed a pleasant morning on the One Spot Trail. The birds were quite active and we found 30 species, but no particular highlights.

Ruffed Grouse
Bald Eagle
Red-breasted Sapsucker
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Hammond’s Flycatcher
Pacific-slope Flycatcher
Cassin’s Vireo
Warbling Vireo
Barn Swallow
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Pacific Wren
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Swainson’s Thrush
American Robin
European Starling
Cedar Waxwing
Orange-crowned Warbler
Yellow Warbler
Townsend’s Warbler
Chipping Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Spotted Towhee
Western Tanager
Black-headed Grosbeak
Brown-headed Cowbird
Purple Finch
Red Crossbill

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Bird Outing Report: Wildwood Marsh & Forest, June 2,2016

Seven birders went to Wildwood Swamp and Wildwood Forest this morning. Highlights were several Wood Ducks, one Pied-billed Grebe, a heard-only MacGillivray’s Warbler and a seen-singing Willow Flycatcher.

28 species were noted:

Wood Duck
Mallard
Hooded Merganser
Pied-billed Grebe
Turkey Vulture
Bald Eagle
Killdeer
Red-breasted Sapsucker
Willow Flycatcher
Pacific-slope Flycatcher
Cassin’s Vireo
Warbling Vireo
Steller’s Jay
Common Raven
Violet-green Swallow
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Pacific Wren
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Swainson’s Thrush
American Robin
Varied Thrush
European Starling
Orange-crowned Warbler
MacGillivray’s Warbler
Yellow Warbler
Wilson’s Warbler
Spotted Towhee
Song Sparrow
Red-winged Blackbird

American Bullfrog (heard well out in the swamp)

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