Monday, July 4, 2011

Atlas work in south Nanaimo

Spotted Sandpiper
Today I joined Guy and Donna Monty on one of their atlas squares in south Nanaimo. We had a wonderful morning with lots of highlights including a Cooper's Hawk nest with three downy young, a Red-eyed Vireo (target bird), a new Osprey nest; with one adult on the nest and the other close by. A breeding site for Northern Rough-winged Swallow, in a low river bank and a Glaucous-winged Gull nest, on the roof at the pulp mill. Best of all was a brood of Spotted Sandpiper. We noticed an agitated adult bird and after a little searching discovered a brood of four recently hatched chicks!
Spotted Sandpiper young

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