Strathcona Wilderness Institute

Weekend Birds

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Another sunny warm day at Paradise Meadows! and the list of bird sightings is steadily increasing .

Whiskey Jack

Whiskey Jack

Whiskey Jacks are everywhere – one bird even flew into the Centre building ! but left without incident. Several Steller’s Jays were a bit too quick to photograph well.

Steller's Jay

Steller’s Jay

Many visitors asked which bird was giving a series of whistling notes, at different pitches – the answer is the Varied Thrush! There seemed to be quite a few of these usually shy birds around.

Varied Thrush

Varied Thrush

At the edge of the Big Pond we saw two Spotted Sandpipers , and a visitor reported a Red-breasted Sapsucker. A Barrow’s Goldeneye was photographed in the meadow ponds. We actually saw a Black Bear in the morning on the road up the hill, about 1/4 of the way up.

New flowering plants in the meadows include the first Jeffrey’s shootingstar and fern-leaved goldthread.

Several hikers completed the Helen Mackenzie Loop & reported some snow, but no difficulty finding the trail. Visitors today came from the across Canada, the US, Germany & Ireland! In spite of the warm weather, tea & coffee was appreciated in the Centre.

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