Cottonwood Snow in June

The thick leaves of the Black Cottonwood (Populus balsamifera ssp. trichocarpa) are heart-shaped and somewhat waxy in texture. Along the rivers on the east coast of Vancouver Island Black Cottonwood (Populus balsamifera ssp. trichocarpa) is now producing seed. In fact, there is so much Cottonwood fluff in the air at times that it seems like it is snowing beside the …

Cedar Waxwings Along the Courtenay River

Flocks of Cedar Waxwings are feeding on the berries of Black Twinberry. Note the white undertail coverts that differentiate this bird from the Bohemian Waxwing. Over the last couple of days I’ve noticed Cedar Waxwings along the Courtenay River during my regular nature walks to the Courtenay Airpark with the kids. There seems to be several flocks working the Black …