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General News · 9th May 2014
CIMAS - Gina
Well, we were very lucky weather-wise on Saturday the day of the Museum's Spring Migration Bird Count! We even had some sun in the morning and the rain held off until we were driving home! We spotted a total of 66 species during the day - the same number as last year.

Unfortunately, we missed a Yellow-headed Blackbird which was sighted before and after the count day, as well as a Gold Finch and a Chipping Sparrow a few days before. A Barred Owl and Bewick's Wren showed themselves the morning after the count in the clear-cut by Bartholomew. A Blue Grouse was heard hooting before the day too. Oh well - maybe next year!

We really enjoyed having our lunch at the Gorge Harbour picnic tables - there were birds all around us as we ate! Had a very close look at a pair of Warbling Vireos and Brown Creepers climbing a nearby Maple. Also interestingly enough - we saw a pair of MacGillivray's Warblers on Seavista Road - in the same location we had spotted them in 2011. They like that location!

Thanks to everyone who participated - and hope to see you on the Christmas Bird Count in mid-December.

Happy birding!

Nancy Kendel

Photos by Jurek
See attachment below for species count
Look, who is there!
Look, who is there!
At Linnaea
At Linnaea
Verifying species
Verifying species
See! Up there!
See! Up there!