Wednesday, 25 August 2010

Playing catch-up

Just a brief round-up of the very few birds I've seen in the past couple of days or so...

Sunday: went out to Englishman River Falls with Jenny. Pretty birdless out there, but a really great spot nonetheless. Dropped by at Rathtrevor on our way back, and it was good to see numerous Bonaparte's gulls - we just don't see them in any numbers down in Nanaimo. Also, mew and California gulls, and a handful of least and 2 western sandpipers here.

Monday: A post-work visit to the Nanaimo River estuary was notable only for the mosquitoes. 3 cedar waxwings flew through, a merlin was hunting along the big hedge and 9 least sandpipers were dashing around over the marsh. Just 2 killdeer and a mute swan on the river itself.

Tuesday: Jen and I did our walk around Hemer Park in the evening. It seems many of the breeding migrants have totally cleared out now, we hardly heard or saw a thing.
My first post-breeding American wigeon of the autumn were seen, with 3 birds dropping in from high, onto the pool. Two adults and a juv.

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