Sunday, 11 October 2015

Thanksgiving Day Hike

Today I took Amanda to the Cowichan Lake trail, a popular location for accessing the fishing runs along the Cowichan river.  Our goal was to find some amphibians, mainly salamanders but we would be happy with toads and frogs.  Sadly, we were only able to find a couple western red-back salamanders (Plethodon vehiculum).

We arrived at the trail a bit later in the day and the forest was not particularly  birdy.  There where many Golden-Crowned Kinglets (Regulus satrapa) and Chestnut-backed Chickadee (Poecile rufescens) to be heard and seen.

However, we were fortunate enough to get good looks at this Varied Thrush (Ixoreus naevius), despite it being somewhat camera shy.

Other birds seen on this trip included:

Pacific Wren
Belted Kingfisher
Pileated Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Common Raven
Great Blue Heron
American Robin
Brown Creeper

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