Monday, July 4, 2011

Long Weekend - with NEW BINS!

Rich and Lori - oh, we got new bins! Rich 10x32 Swarovski and Lori 8x30 Conquest Zeiss
Justin Lynch into a nice Rainbow Trout
We celebrated Canada Day at Nanaimo Lakes with family from the 30th June to 3rd July, Canada Day being the 1st July. We had lots of fun and it was wonderful to spend time with family and do a little birding to. Around the camp there was Yellow-rumped Warbler, Steller's Jay, Western Tanager, Willow Flycatcher, Hammond's Flycatcher, Rufous Hummingbird, MacGillivray's Warbler, White-crowned Sparrow and Chipping Sparrow to name a few. Out on the lake while fishing with my brother-in-law Justin Lynch we spotted Bald Eagle, Osprey, Purple Martin, Vaux's Swift, Tree Swallow, Barn Swallow and Violet-green Swallow. In the evening there were at least seven Common Nighthawk flying above the ridges. Seeing Common Nighthawk is always a special treat but what was better, was seeing my sister-in-law, Amanda Lynch, watching them! Never thought I would see the day that she would put binoculars around her neck! Thanks Amanda, you made my day! 


On Saturday 2nd July, Justin, Ryder, Guy, Nolan, Bell and I headed up to Green Mountain for a days hiking. It was a great trip into some really cool habitat. It took about 2 hours from where we started hiking to reach the summit. En-route we got PineSiskin, Dark-eyed Junco, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, Varied Thrush, American Robin and Olive-sided Flycatcher. The highlight of the hike was seeing my first ever Vancouver Island Marmot! It was spotted by Justin just as we made our final ascent up the bluff to the summit. This extremely rare and endangered mammal was curiously looking at us from the safety of its burrow. 

Vancouver Island Marmot

Vancouver Island Marmot
After reaching the top and handing out some serious kudos to Ryder Lynch (5 YEARS OLD) who bagged his first summit, we headed down. On our way down the bluff we spotted another two marmot and while driving back down the logging road we got a brief glimpse of a Roosevelt Elk! NTS! (not too shabby)

Nolan, Ryder, Guy, Justin and Bell

Green Mountain

The final push-Justin and Ryder pushing to the summit

View from the summit of Green Mountain

Uncle Rich and Ryder

The Green Mountain hikers
 On our final day I got to do some birding with my nephew Crofton, aged six. We got great views of a Spotted Sandpiper feeding on a rock in the river and a Common Merganser. We then had a game of Pooh Sticks from the bridge at First Lake. Thanks for a fun birding trip Crofton!

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