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Counting Day

Once a month we count the wildfowl on the reserve and also on the other lakes in the area to get an idea of how many there are and so how populations are fairing. 582 more words


A pair of drake Northern Shovelers working along the bank of the pond at the bird sanctuary.


October at Mt Eccles

Beyond the cratered lake the water table is full,
hollows and lava tunnels overflow,
every surface reflecting the woods.

On lava, cool and solidified,
the Blackwood’s furrowed trunks… 64 more words



The winter bird diversity is starting to take over in Yamhill County.  I did see a couple dozen Barn Swallows today but they’ll soon vanish from view. 326 more words


Seeing the Light

I frequently include moths in this blog and this is because we regularly run a moth trap at Blashford Lakes, but it is also an important part of the species recording program on the reserve. 351 more words

Northern Shoveler [Anas clypeata] ~ 2016 #44

I did miss last Monday’s post as I took the Victoria Day weekend off from blogging. It was a good weekend consisting of a little bird watching (including finding a new spot, admiring ducklings/goslings and finding a lifer!), house cleaning, organizing the past few months’ pictures (an important task which I’ve fallen behind), playing video games (ie- Minecraft with my son) and (after my son went to bed) binge watching Season 5 of Game of Thrones. 178 more words

British Columbia


Spring Canyon has 4 ponds of differnt sizes, a half-mile long slough and acres and acres of wetlands. This spring has been one of the best for birds there since I started birding nearly 5 years ago. 18 more words