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Reifel CBC - December 27 2011

Posted by birder on Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Yesterday, (December 27 2011) I participated in the Christmas Bird Count at the George C. Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary (part of the ladner count). I had to leave at lunch so I missed part of the fun but I still had a great time.

We started counting and came across the Pileated Woodpecker that has been at Reifel for a few months now.
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He was buisy working on a tree stump not to far from the trail. We countinued walking and came to the blue tower. From the top of the tower, Russell Cannings who was leading the count set up his scope and lots of us got to see birds that were very far away. He saw many birds in the scope that including a Red-throated Loon, Pacific Loons, and some of us got to see a Eurasian Widgeon through the scope. It was cool! During this time many Vriginia Rails called and we got a few glimses at an American Bittern flying. A few Red-winged Blackbirds soon joined us at the top of the tower providing some photos.
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We continued walking and came across lots of Song Sparrows, and a few other songbirds. The Sandhill Cranes were also present. Nine of them were hanging by the path as we walked by.
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In the distance after passing the cranes, we could se a Rough-leged Hawk, some harriers, and a few Bald Eagles. Here is a photo of a young eagle with a harrier flying past him.
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We countinued walking in the inner trails, and saw many species of ducks. These included Northern Shovelers and Ring-necked Ducks.
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Watching the ducks in a tree was a single Red-tailed Hawk.
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We walked a bit more and soon I had to go. I stopped when I was leaving the Island to take some photos of a field of Snow Geese and around 10 Trumpeter Swans. Here are some of the photos I took at this time:
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Here are some other photos that I took during the count.
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