Members of the CV Nature birding group had an outing to Lake Helen Mackenzie yesterday. A terrific find was the sound of a Virginia Rail in the Big Pond on the Centennial Trail, the first I have ever heard in the meadows.
Other birds seen & heard in the meadows/ lake loop included:
Several other species including Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Swainson’s Thrush, and Fox Sparrow were heard at a roadside stop at 800m elevation, outside the Park. Unfortunately the elusive Three-toed Woodpecker reported a few days ago near the Lake Helen Mackenzie campsite was not found.
Many flowers in the meadows are at least 6 weeks ahead of ‘normal’ with some of the autumn flowers already starting to bloom – ahead of some of the late summer flowers!
King gentian, Sitka burnet, and Menzies’ burnet are typically the last flowers to bloom of the year in the meadows.
There will be a Nature Walk featuring Summer Birds & Flowers on Sunday June 28 – meet at 9 a.m. at the Wilderness Centre at the Paradise Meadows trailhead for this 2 hr. walk.