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:
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.
Black-throated Gray Warbler
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
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.