Bird Outing Report: Wildwood Marsh & One Spot Trail,May 31,2017

This morning five birders went to Wildwood Marsh and the far north end of One Spot Trail. Highlights were a Pied-billed Grebe, baby Wood Ducks and a Red-breasted Sapsucker entering the nest, all at the Swamp; and at least four singing Black-headed Grosbeaks along the One Spot, with good views of one or two.

We found 26 species at each location, for a combined total of 39:

Wood Duck
Mallard
Pied-billed Grebe
Turkey Vulture
Bald Eagle
Red-tailed Hawk
Killdeer
Rufous Hummingbird
Red-breasted Sapsucker
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Willow Flycatcher
Hammond’s Flycatcher
Pacific-slope Flycatcher
Warbling Vireo
Common Raven
Tree Swallow
Violet-green Swallow
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Bewick’s Wren
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Swainson’s Thrush
American Robin
European Starling
Orange-crowned Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Yellow Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Townsend’s Warbler
Wilson’s Warbler
Spotted Towhee
Song Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Western Tanager
Black-headed Grosbeak
Red-winged Blackbird
Purple Finch

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Bird Outing Report: Bear Creek Park, May 25, 2017

Today, May 25th, twelve birders spent a sunny morning at Bear Creek Nature Park and found 30 species. Birds were active and abundant with many individuals heard and seen.

Common Merganser
Turkey Vulture
Bald Eagle
Rufous Hummingbird
Belted Kingfisher
Red-breasted Sapsucker
Downy Woodpecker
Pileated Woodpecker
Western Wood-Pewee
Hammond’s Flycatcher
Pacific-slope Flycatcher
Warbling Vireo
Common Raven
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Pacific Wren
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Swainson’s Thrush
American Robin
Orange-crowned Warbler
MacGillivray’s Warbler
Yellow Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Black-throated Gray Warbler
Townsend’s Warbler
Wilson’s Warbler
Song Sparrow
Spotted Towhee
Western Tanager
Black-headed Grosbeak
Pine Siskin

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Upcoming Walk: Saturday June 3rd 2017, Cumberland Woods

Saturday June 3rd; Cumberland Woods

Loys will lead a walk into the Cumberland Forest around Coal Creek Historic Park. This is the site of two of the Dunsmuir Coal Mines. It is an easy walk, with wide trails passing wetlands and remains of the old mine workings. Meet at Harmston Rd to car pool, or at Jumbo’s cabin on Comox Lake Road (watch for the large interpretative sign on the left.

A brochure is here: https://cumberland.ca/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/CoalCreek.Park_.Layout.-FINAL.pdf

A brief history of the area is here:  https://cumberland.ca/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/Chinatown.Layout.FINAL_.pdf

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Upcoming Walk: Sunday May 28th 2017, Puntledge River from Comox Dam

Today’s walk explores the south side of the Puntledge river downstream for about 2 km. This side of the river is much less visited then the north side, which BC Hydro has developed for hikers, bikers and picnic users. The walk is an easy downhill stroll on the way out following the turns in the river on well-maintained paths and trails.

A wide range of birds visit the forest, and many shade loving plants line the trails.

http://comoxvalleynaturalist.bc.ca/nature-viewing-guide/6-comox-lakepuntledge-river-area/upper-puntledge-river/

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