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.