Strathcona Wilderness Institute

Summer Birds & Flowers

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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.

Big Pond

Big Pond

Other birds seen & heard in the meadows/ lake loop included:

Mallard
Barrow’s Goldeneye
Sooty Grouse
Spotted Sandpiper
Red-breasted Sapsucker
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Olive-sided Flycatcher
Hammond’s Flycatcher
Pacific-slope Flycatcher
Gray Jay
Steller’s Jay
Common Raven
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Pacific Wren
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Hermit Thrush
American Robin
Varied Thrush
Orange-crowned Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Song Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Red Crossbill

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.

King Gentian

King Gentian

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!

Sitka Burnet

Sitka Burnet

King gentian, Sitka burnet, and Menzies’ burnet are typically the last flowers to bloom of the year in the meadows.

Menzies' Burnet

Menzies’ Burnet

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.

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