It was a pleasant afternoon and a larger crowd than expected when I arrived at Reifel to help out this afternoon. I started off checking the outer ponds for shorebirds, but found nothing out of the ordinary.
While checking the east dyke trail my attention was drawn to the slough on the Alaksen National Wildlife Area (north) side by a call. After watching the waters edge for a short while I finally got a brief glimpse of a Northern Waterthrush. There have been two recently in the sanctuary and several elsewhere in the lower mainland of late.
Later while back out at the southwest field discussing yellowlegs and dowitchers with one member of a group, another asked “What’s this?”
Much to my delight I responded “A Green Heron”.
For most in the group, and others that subsequently passed by, it was the first time they had seen a Green Heron.
This particular bird has been frequenting this area for a couple of days now. It made my afternoon as it has been a while since I have photographed one.