Birding in British Columbia

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 Post subject: Re: Beacon Hill Park happenings
PostPosted: Jan 16 7:31 am 
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Jan 12_2018 a Merlin flew out of the bushes, over Dallas Rd, up over the flagpole and into BHPk. Wasn't able to relocate it in the Park but did see one under the cedar enclave beside the Bandstand last year eating prey.


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 Post subject: Re: Beacon Hill Park happenings
PostPosted: Jan 22 4:06 pm 
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Jan 22_2018-took a walk through Owl territory between rain storms. found Barred Rascal Pete hunting (a loudly chirping robin gave him away), Josie the Mom Barred
was up in the bandstand cedars snoozing, the Bald Eagle flew onto the totem. A soaring Red-tailed Hawk was being chased by seagulls. found an Anna's nest under construction.
Jan 20-saw Barred Mr & Goldie and a Cooper's Hawk hunting on Heywood.


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 Post subject: Re: Beacon Hill Park happenings
PostPosted: Feb 05 11:46 am 
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Feb 4_2018 Sunday. a 12 degree day feeling like 9 with cold West winds 39-50km, still toque weather but warm enough for the white Winter Moths to start hatching. saw one flitting about a bush. the birds will love them.
-the first bunch of Daffodils is in full bloom in the little meadow across from Mile 0. (if you're looking to send a photo to your prairie friends.) Cherry trees are out.
-a squirrel was heading up a pine across from Beacon Drive-In with a mouthful of green grasses and leaves, feathering its nest.
-herons have returned to the Park, ready for nest building (usually in March, we'll see if it starts in Feb this year)
-in SEW, Dad Barred Owl was sleeping in his favourite pine tree, sheltered from the wind. spotted the Campfire Barred a couple days ago, a few trees distant from her usual spot, Mom Josie is behind the Bandstand off and on.
-lots of Mallards, Wigeons and a couple pair of Hooded Mergansers on the ponds
-the Bald Eagles are always present either on the totem in SEW or at the nest


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