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The Sunday bird walk went to Buttertubs Marsh in Nanaimo. The morning was cloudy with calm winds. An American coot was spotted near the reeds not far from shore. Two Virginia Rails were heard. A Northern Harrier flew overhead being chased by a Brewer’s Blackbird. Violet-green Swallows, Tree Swallows, Northern Rough-winged Swallows and Barn Swallows were flying low over the water all morning. We spotted Yellow-rumped Warblers, a Orange-crowned Warbler and several Common Yellow-throats were seen and heard.
The Tuesday bird walk went to Springwood Park in Parksville. The morning started with rain showers but finished with sunshine and clear skies. An Orange-crowned Warbler greeted us at the start of the walk. Several Yellow-rumped Warblers were seen during the morning. Both Anna's Hummingbird and Rufous Hummingbirds were seen throughout the morning. Six Turkey Vultures were seen soaring high overhead. Six Trumpeter Swans and a Tundra Swan were feeding in the field near Church Road. A Red-tailed Hawk was seen perched high up in a tall conifer tree. A Cooper’s Hawk flew past quickly. Two Great Horned Owls were perched in the forest giving us great views at the end of the walk.
Great Horned Owl
Orange-crowned Warbler: Ralph Hocken Photo:
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