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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Holden Creek and Nanaimo Estuary

American Goldfinch

Not much to report from Holden Creek; a flock of distant peeps (presumed Least Sandpiper) that got put up by a Red-tailed Hawk. That was it for shorebirds though I did enjoy watching swallows hawking over the farm fields including; Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Barn Swallow, Tree Swallow, Violet-green Swallow and Cliff Swallow. Other species noted were Bushtit, White-crowned Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Cedar Waxwing, Belted Kingfisher, Savannah Sparrow, House Finch and American Goldfinch.

Birds of note at the estuary was a Merlin that was hunting close to the car park and took a Violet-green Swallow right above me! And a female Northern Harrier seen from the look-out tower.

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