Tuesday 3 April 2012

The Listening Bridge

After a long winter Campbell Valley Regional Park is coming back to life. Many of the resident birds are finding life much easier as caddis and other fly hatches have been occurring throughout the day. Even the song sparrows are busy feeding at the water's edge where close-by, Mallards and Ring-necked ducks are pairing up and preparing to bring their broods into the world.
Along the Little River Loop Trail a Pileated woodpecker is drumming on a snag, a Cooper's hawk glides overhead letting out a terrifying screech, below every songbird scatters and hides in the deep undergrowth, even the Douglas squirrels, wary of the danger run for cover. For minutes nothing stirs, not a sound can be heard, eventually the raptor takes off, slowly the birds return to The Listening Bridge

Black-capped chickadee

Chestnut-backed chickadee

Douglas squirrel

Fox sparrow

Oregon junco

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