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Apr 5, 2024 14:08:11   #
Umnak Loc: Mount Vernon, Wa.
 
One of our short excursions in Canada included this fantastic sanctuary.
We were able to see so many kinds of wildlife in a very easy walk/hike.
Mallards, Wood Ducks, Canada Geese, Herons, Belted Kingfishers(spotted but so far across the water), Robins and a myriad of other little birds that call this place home.
Frogs, Salamanders, and snakes are all a part of this ecosystem that is well preserved and protected from development by us humans!! YAY!!!

White King Salmon spawn around here. With meat that looks more like tuna than pacific salmon, they are still tasty in my opinion.
Locals aren't all too fond of this species as they push the Coho(silvers) out of holes and make it difficult to target the very tasty Coho's.
April is not the time to find any spawning salmon as it's just a little early for spring kings(Chinook) and way too late for the fall spawn.

It is, however, the beginning of GBH nesting season. The trail that passes under the multitude of nests for these majestic birds is closed to humans from March to July to allow them to hatch, fledge and raise their young without a bunch of people getting too close and manipulating behaviors/harming the young birds. Hence the pictures from across the way... Overcast most of the day unfortunately but it sure was a fun walk!
Rob

1. Northern Flicker atop the metal roof.
1. Northern Flicker atop the metal roof....
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2. Relaxed pose
2. Relaxed pose...
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3. Hey, Ladies check me out!
3. Hey, Ladies check me out!...
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4. "She's checking out my butt!!"
4.  "She's checking out my butt!!"...
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5. Not just another pretty face:-)!
5. Not just another pretty face:-)!...
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6. While these non-poisonous Garter snakes would gladly eat a frog, this one better think twice about a meal this size!!
6. While these non-poisonous Garter snakes would g...
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7. I will gladly put all of you on my menu!! HaHa!!
7. I will gladly put all of you on my menu!!  HaHa...
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8. Full flaps with gear down...
8. Full flaps with gear down......
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10. 50+ nests here this year. They have had years with more than 200 nests in the last 40 years according to signage! Love the bright and vibrant new greeens!
10. 50+ nests here this year.  They have had years...
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Apr 5, 2024 14:19:08   #
UTMike Loc: South Jordan, UT
 
Excellent set, Rob!

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Apr 5, 2024 14:21:53   #
Curmudgeon Loc: SE Arizona
 
Wonderful set. With all the beautiful photos I like the Garder Snake best

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Apr 5, 2024 15:38:20   #
NMGal Loc: NE NM
 
Enjoyed these.

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Apr 5, 2024 15:48:04   #
kpmac Loc: Ragley, La
 
Nice set.

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Apr 5, 2024 15:53:05   #
Retired CPO Loc: Travel full time in an RV
 
I like them all, Rob! There isn't a bird around prettier than a male Wood Duck, IMHO!

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Apr 5, 2024 18:30:59   #
joecichjr Loc: Chicago S. Suburbs, Illinois, USA
 
Umnak wrote:
One of our short excursions in Canada included this fantastic sanctuary.
We were able to see so many kinds of wildlife in a very easy walk/hike.
Mallards, Wood Ducks, Canada Geese, Herons, Belted Kingfishers(spotted but so far across the water), Robins and a myriad of other little birds that call this place home.
Frogs, Salamanders, and snakes are all a part of this ecosystem that is well preserved and protected from development by us humans!! YAY!!!

White King Salmon spawn around here. With meat that looks more like tuna than pacific salmon, they are still tasty in my opinion.
Locals aren't all too fond of this species as they push the Coho(silvers) out of holes and make it difficult to target the very tasty Coho's.
April is not the time to find any spawning salmon as it's just a little early for spring kings(Chinook) and way too late for the fall spawn.

It is, however, the beginning of GBH nesting season. The trail that passes under the multitude of nests for these majestic birds is closed to humans from March to July to allow them to hatch, fledge and raise their young without a bunch of people getting too close and manipulating behaviors/harming the young birds. Hence the pictures from across the way... Overcast most of the day unfortunately but it sure was a fun walk!
Rob
One of our short excursions in Canada included thi... (show quote)


Lovely shots, Umnak 🥇🥇🥇

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Apr 5, 2024 19:25:07   #
Manglesphoto Loc: 70 miles south of St.Louis
 
Umnak wrote:
One of our short excursions in Canada included this fantastic sanctuary.
We were able to see so many kinds of wildlife in a very easy walk/hike.
Mallards, Wood Ducks, Canada Geese, Herons, Belted Kingfishers(spotted but so far across the water), Robins and a myriad of other little birds that call this place home.
Frogs, Salamanders, and snakes are all a part of this ecosystem that is well preserved and protected from development by us humans!! YAY!!!

White King Salmon spawn around here. With meat that looks more like tuna than pacific salmon, they are still tasty in my opinion.
Locals aren't all too fond of this species as they push the Coho(silvers) out of holes and make it difficult to target the very tasty Coho's.
April is not the time to find any spawning salmon as it's just a little early for spring kings(Chinook) and way too late for the fall spawn.

It is, however, the beginning of GBH nesting season. The trail that passes under the multitude of nests for these majestic birds is closed to humans from March to July to allow them to hatch, fledge and raise their young without a bunch of people getting too close and manipulating behaviors/harming the young birds. Hence the pictures from across the way... Overcast most of the day unfortunately but it sure was a fun walk!
Rob
One of our short excursions in Canada included thi... (show quote)



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Apr 6, 2024 06:11:42   #
tcthome Loc: NJ
 

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Apr 6, 2024 08:24:25   #
ecobin Loc: Paoli, PA
 
Excellent shots!

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Apr 6, 2024 09:18:01   #
jdtonkinson Loc: Red Wing, MN
 
Great varied set

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Apr 6, 2024 13:11:08   #
joemcl1
 
A fine set and thanks for posting.

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Apr 6, 2024 22:31:15   #
Umnak Loc: Mount Vernon, Wa.
 
UTMike wrote:
Excellent set, Rob!


Thanks so much, Mike!

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Apr 6, 2024 22:33:11   #
Umnak Loc: Mount Vernon, Wa.
 
Curmudgeon wrote:
Wonderful set. With all the beautiful photos I like the Garder Snake best


Thanks, Jack! I like that photo but have to admit something. I have an unreasonable fear of snakes. If I am not surprised by them, I can stand my ground for pictures.
However, when surprised, I scream like a little girl and evacuate the area...

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Apr 6, 2024 22:33:43   #
Umnak Loc: Mount Vernon, Wa.
 
NMGal wrote:
Enjoyed these.


Glad to hear that!!

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