Friday, July 29, 2011

Vancouver Island, Canada - day three

Anna's Hummingbird

Lots more action on our final full day on Vancouver Island included pit-stops at many beautiful (and a few absurd) places along the east coast of the island. Birding however was pretty much confined to a couple of hours in the evening at the comically (but bell-ringingly) named Buttertubs Marsh*, a (sub)urban reserve with a good mix of habitats fringing a freshwater wetland.

Violet-green Swallows, at nest hole and with mouthful of damselflies

Marsh Wren and American Mink

Spotted Towhee

Northern Flicker (red-shafted ssp.)

Bewick's Wren

Wood Ducks

Rufous Hummingbird

Pied-billed Grebe on the nest

and from the ferry crossing the following morning - way, way out in the sound, several high-flying Rufous Hummingbirds migrating back onto mainland North America

(*the interpretation board reminded me that 'Buttertubs' is a Yorkshire expression, from when farmers used potholes to keep butter cool en route to market.)

Thanks again to the wonderful Dave and Susan for a great few days on the island.