Squamish Estuary Bird Count – April 2016

Happy Spring to all Birds and Birders!

The Squamish Estuary Monthly Bird Count will be held on Sunday, April 10, 2016.  We will meet at 7:00 a.m., as we are starting our new spring and summer starting time.

Please meet at the Howe Sound Inn, at the south end of Cleveland Avenue.  There, we will chat a bit about birds that we expect to see, and we will form four groups to go out and cover the estuary.  The count takes at least four hours, so bring some water and a little snack. Most of us return to the Howe Sound Inn at around noon, where we tally our results, and share lunch together. We hope to see you there!

Recent Sightings

This time of year brings some new sights and sounds from a migrating bird population.  Chris Dale and/or others have seen the following birds recently:

Northern Goshawk (1) – Site A
Mountain Bluebird (@8) – North Field or East Marsh
Savannah Sparrow (several) – grasslands in estuary
Turkey Vulture (@4) – along the highway
Red Crossbill (fairly large flock) – North Field 2

Marcia Danielson has noted these species:

Ruby-crowned Kinglet (quite a few, passing through)
Killdeer – busy building nests in various locations
Tree Swallow and Violet-green Swallow – also building nests
Yellow-rumped Warbler – quite commonly heard now in the forests