Thursday, June 5, 2014

Cheam Wetlands Birding area June 4 2014

     Cheam Wetlands are about 20 kilometres east of Chilliwack, British Columbia.  It is interesting in that a great landslide once came down Mt. Cheam and formed a huge depression called Cheam Lake.  The slide also brought down large quantities of limestone.  This limestone, mixed with mud and called "marl", was mined for fertilizer.  The area is now a great place for wildlife such as bear, deer, bobcats and birds.  Following are some fauna I have seen here over the last 10 years or so.  Much appreciation to Carlo Giavanella for identifying the flowers and butterfly.

Mt. Cheam from Cheam Wetlands

Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)

Bullock's Oriole

Dian didn't know Garter Snakes emit an odor similar to feces when she picked this one up.

Canada Goose was on a nest and the picture was taken from the bridge above.

Marsh Wren
Salmon Berry flower.

Western Cottontail
Willow Flycatcher
Solitary Sandpiper
Yellow Flag.  A species of Iris introduced and considered a pest.
Ring-necked Duck
Oxeye Daisy

Gray Catbird

Yellow Pond Lily
Downy Woodpecker
Western Tiger Swallowtail
Cheam Wetlands are a great place for a leisurely walk and you never know what might show up.

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