Post by birder1942 on Jun 14, 2021 13:34:28 GMT -8
This morning I took a run through Willband and heard what sounded like a chat "chattering" away at the southern part of the park, near the houses. I decided to explore and I found it singing in a lightly leafed tree near the south entrance to the park. There was no one else and I wanted confirmation from another birder so I phoned John Gordon and he he phoned me back an hour or so later to see he had also found it. John Vooys There was also an Osprey and the continuing swan.
Post by nickinthegarden on Jun 14, 2021 18:40:32 GMT -8
I went by later this afternoon and heard it with Larry. There is also a Bullock's Oriole in the area which can be a little confusing but the sound is definately the Chat. There were also a couple Vaux Swifts up quite high.
Post by nickinthegarden on Jun 15, 2021 8:46:16 GMT -8
Out just after 6:00 a.m. and the Yellow-breasted Chat was very vocal. I had trouble getting my eye on him but discovered he was quite a distance from any trail but still in the same general area as yesterday. He was prominently perched on top of some willows until he was briefly swooped by a Dove. He retreated inside the bush but came out later but lower down but very loud and vocal for most of the time I was there. Bins or scope needed or a long telephoto lens. When I went to leave a pair of Green Herons flew out of the trees at the far south end of the park in the same area as the Chat and then flew over the marsh and then landed in Willband West marsh.
Chat continues as of 840 today. Singing constantly. It took me 45 minutes to lay eyes on it though. I had no luck near the southwest pond but did have luck on the new path right behind the houses on the very south end of Willband.
Wonderful captures! If it was still in the same area I saw it those are very good captures, crops and all.
Thanks Nick! I think where I was initially is likely where you were. I was on the south edge of the southwest pond, near the new bridge. I could easily hear it but it was across the long grass singing from some willows quite a distance away. I eventually decided to go south of where it was along the new path through the wooded area just behind the houses. There's a small lookout with a wooden fence overlooking a swampy area, which was the south end of where it was singing. I hung out there for awhile and with some pishing and squeaking it eventually briefly showed itself. I was happy to get a look and I was pretty happy with how the photos turned out too!
The Chat was present around noon today. I parked on Hazelwood and entered the park from the south entrance. It was easy to hear and I was able to see it off in the smaller-leaved tree as previously described.
Post by nickinthegarden on Jun 20, 2021 7:23:35 GMT -8
Between 6 and 7 a.m. Sunday morning was very chatty and well back in the bushes. One of the Green Herons was barely visible fishing on the south side of the south pond. An Osprey grabbed a fish and headed south, southwest towards the industrial park just of the Highway and Maclure, not likely the Matsqui Trail Park Ospreys.