<p>Grant Narrows, Pitt Meadows, British Columbia, Canada<br />
Nikon D5100, 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6<br />
June 30, 2013</p>

Nature Dike Trail

Grant Narrows, Pitt Meadows, British Columbia, Canada
Nikon D5100, 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6
June 30, 2013

<p>Grant Narrows, Pitt Meadows, British Columbia, Canada<br />
Nikon D5100, 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6<br />
June 30, 2013</p>

Pitt River Quarries

Grant Narrows, Pitt Meadows, British Columbia, Canada
Nikon D5100, 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6
June 30, 2013

<p><i>Melospiza melodia</i>, Emberizidae<br />
Grant Narrows, Pitt Meadows, British Columbia, Canada<br />
Nikon D5100, 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6<br />
June 30, 2013</p>

Song Sparrow

Melospiza melodia, Emberizidae
Grant Narrows, Pitt Meadows, British Columbia, Canada
Nikon D5100, 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6
June 30, 2013

<p><i>Ischnura cervula</i>, Coenagrionidae<br />
Grant Narrows, Pitt Meadows, British Columbia, Canada<br />
Nikon D5100, 105 mm f/2.8<br />
June 30, 2013</p>

Male Pacific Forktail

Ischnura cervula, Coenagrionidae
Grant Narrows, Pitt Meadows, British Columbia, Canada
Nikon D5100, 105 mm f/2.8
June 30, 2013

<p>Grant Narrows, Pitt Meadows, British Columbia, Canada<br />
Nikon D5100, 105 mm f/2.8<br />
June 30, 2013</p>

Fly

Grant Narrows, Pitt Meadows, British Columbia, Canada
Nikon D5100, 105 mm f/2.8
June 30, 2013

<p><i>Ischnura cervula</i>, Coenagrionidae<br />
Grant Narrows, Pitt Meadows, British Columbia, Canada<br />
Nikon D5100, 105 mm f/2.8<br />
June 30, 2013</p>

Female Pacific Forktail

Ischnura cervula, Coenagrionidae
Grant Narrows, Pitt Meadows, British Columbia, Canada
Nikon D5100, 105 mm f/2.8
June 30, 2013

<p><i>Enallagma boreale</i> or <i>E. cyathigerum</i>, Coenagrionidae<br />
Grant Narrows, Pitt Meadows, British Columbia, Canada<br />
Nikon D5100, 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6<br />
June 30, 2013</p>

Male Bluet

Enallagma boreale or E. cyathigerum, Coenagrionidae
Grant Narrows, Pitt Meadows, British Columbia, Canada
Nikon D5100, 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6
June 30, 2013

<p><i>Ischnura cervula</i>, Coenagrionidae<br />
Grant Narrows, Pitt Meadows, British Columbia, Canada<br />
Nikon D5100, 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6<br />
June 30, 2013</p>

Swarm of Pacific Forktail

Ischnura cervula, Coenagrionidae
Grant Narrows, Pitt Meadows, British Columbia, Canada
Nikon D5100, 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6
June 30, 2013

<p><i>Limenitis lorquini ilgae</i>, Nymphalidae<br />
Grant Narrows, Pitt Meadows, British Columbia, Canada<br />
Nikon D5100, 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6<br />
June 30, 2013</p>

Lorquin's Admiral

Limenitis lorquini ilgae, Nymphalidae
Grant Narrows, Pitt Meadows, British Columbia, Canada
Nikon D5100, 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6
June 30, 2013

<p>Grant Narrows, Pitt Meadows, British Columbia, Canada<br />
Nikon D5100, 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6<br />
June 30, 2013</p>

Katzie Marsh

Grant Narrows, Pitt Meadows, British Columbia, Canada
Nikon D5100, 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6
June 30, 2013

<p>Grant Narrows, Pitt Meadows, British Columbia, Canada<br />
Nikon D5100<br />
June 30, 2013</p>

Grant Narrows Panorama

Grant Narrows, Pitt Meadows, British Columbia, Canada
Nikon D5100
June 30, 2013

<p><i>Leucorrhinia intacta</i>, Libellulidae<br />
Grant Narrows, Pitt Meadows, British Columbia, Canada<br />
Nikon D5100, 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6<br />
June 30, 2013</p>

Dot-tailed Whiteface

Leucorrhinia intacta, Libellulidae
Grant Narrows, Pitt Meadows, British Columbia, Canada
Nikon D5100, 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6
June 30, 2013

<p><i>Nymphaea alba</i>, Nymphaeaceae<br />
Grant Narrows, Pitt Meadows, British Columbia, Canada<br />
Nikon D5100, 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6<br />
June 30, 2013</p>

European White Waterlily

Nymphaea alba, Nymphaeaceae
Grant Narrows, Pitt Meadows, British Columbia, Canada
Nikon D5100, 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6
June 30, 2013

<p>Gerridae<br />
Grant Narrows, Pitt Meadows, British Columbia, Canada<br />
Nikon D5100, 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6<br />
June 30, 2013</p>

Water Strider

Gerridae
Grant Narrows, Pitt Meadows, British Columbia, Canada
Nikon D5100, 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6
June 30, 2013

<p><i>Libellula quadrimaculata</i>, Libellulidae<br />
Grant Narrows, Pitt Meadows, British Columbia, Canada<br />
Nikon D5100, 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6<br />
June 30, 2013</p>

Four-spotted Skimmer

Libellula quadrimaculata, Libellulidae
Grant Narrows, Pitt Meadows, British Columbia, Canada
Nikon D5100, 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6
June 30, 2013

<p><i>Libellula forensis</i>, Libellulidae<br />
Grant Narrows, Pitt Meadows, British Columbia, Canada<br />
Nikon D5100, 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6<br />
June 30, 2013</p>

Eight-spotted Skimmer

Libellula forensis, Libellulidae
Grant Narrows, Pitt Meadows, British Columbia, Canada
Nikon D5100, 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6
June 30, 2013

<p><i>Hexagenia</i> sp., Ephemeridae<br />
Grant Narrows, Pitt Meadows, British Columbia, Canada<br />
Nikon D5100, 105 mm f/2.8<br />
June 30, 2013</p>

Mayfly Subimago

Hexagenia sp., Ephemeridae
Grant Narrows, Pitt Meadows, British Columbia, Canada
Nikon D5100, 105 mm f/2.8
June 30, 2013

<p><i>Zonotrichia leucophrys</i>, Emberizidae<br />
Grant Narrows, Pitt Meadows, British Columbia, Canada<br />
Nikon D5100, 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6<br />
June 30, 2013</p>

White-crowned Sparrow

Zonotrichia leucophrys, Emberizidae
Grant Narrows, Pitt Meadows, British Columbia, Canada
Nikon D5100, 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6
June 30, 2013

<p>Grant Narrows, Pitt Meadows, British Columbia, Canada<br />
Nikon D5100, 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6<br />
June 30, 2013</p>

Female Common Merganser & her Chicks

Grant Narrows, Pitt Meadows, British Columbia, Canada
Nikon D5100, 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6
June 30, 2013

<p><i>Malva moschata</i>, Malvaceae<br />
Grant Narrows, Pitt Meadows, British Columbia, Canada<br />
Nikon D5100, 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6<br />
June 30, 2013</p>

Musk-mallow

Malva moschata, Malvaceae
Grant Narrows, Pitt Meadows, British Columbia, Canada
Nikon D5100, 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6
June 30, 2013

<p><i>Petrochelidon pyrrhonota</i>, Hirundinidae<br />
Grant Narrows, Pitt Meadows, British Columbia, Canada<br />
Nikon D5100, 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6<br />
June 30, 2013</p>

Cliff Swallow Nest

Petrochelidon pyrrhonota, Hirundinidae
Grant Narrows, Pitt Meadows, British Columbia, Canada
Nikon D5100, 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6
June 30, 2013

<p><i>Pachydiplax longipennis</i>, Libellulidae<br />
Grant Narrows, Pitt Meadows, British Columbia, Canada<br />
Nikon D5100, 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6<br />
July 13, 2013</p>

Male Blue Dasher

Pachydiplax longipennis, Libellulidae
Grant Narrows, Pitt Meadows, British Columbia, Canada
Nikon D5100, 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6
July 13, 2013

<p>Grant Narrows, Pitt Meadows, British Columbia, Canada<br />
Nikon D5100, 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6<br />
July 13, 2013</p>

Fireweed Ditch

Grant Narrows, Pitt Meadows, British Columbia, Canada
Nikon D5100, 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6
July 13, 2013

<p>Grant Narrows, Pitt Meadows, British Columbia, Canada<br />
Nikon D5100, 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6<br />
July 13, 2013</p>

Riverside Dike Trail

Grant Narrows, Pitt Meadows, British Columbia, Canada
Nikon D5100, 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6
July 13, 2013

<p>Grant Narrows, Pitt Meadows, British Columbia, Canada<br />
Nikon D5100, 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6<br />
July 13, 2013</p>

Widgeon Creek Valley

Grant Narrows, Pitt Meadows, British Columbia, Canada
Nikon D5100, 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6
July 13, 2013

<p>Grant Narrows, Pitt Meadows, British Columbia, Canada<br />
Nikon D5100, 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6<br />
July 13, 2013</p>

Raven Peak

Grant Narrows, Pitt Meadows, British Columbia, Canada
Nikon D5100, 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6
July 13, 2013

<p><i>Aeshna canadensis</i>, Aeshnidae<br />
Grant Narrows, Pitt Meadows, British Columbia, Canada<br />
Nikon D5100, 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6<br />
July 13, 2013</p>

Male Canada Darner

Aeshna canadensis, Aeshnidae
Grant Narrows, Pitt Meadows, British Columbia, Canada
Nikon D5100, 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6
July 13, 2013

<p>Grant Narrows, Pitt Meadows, British Columbia, Canada<br />
Nikon D5100, 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6<br />
July 13, 2013</p>

Katzie Sunset

Grant Narrows, Pitt Meadows, British Columbia, Canada
Nikon D5100, 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6
July 13, 2013

While the sightings are a bit stale now, I took a couple of trips out to Grant Narrows at the end of June and the start of July. On my first trip I walked the full circuit of the Nature Dike Trail. I was lucky enough to see and record a calling Least Flycatcher about 1.5 km from the trailhead. I also spent a good hour and a half chasing down Yellow Warblers hoping to see an American Redstart. It was only later I found out I was looking on the wrong Dike Trail. On Katzie Marsh I was able to make out a pair of Sandhill Cranes and one group of two Mute Swans (lifer!, if you don’t count the ones in Lost Lagoon) and another group of three Trumpeter Swans. I also saw hundreds of Cliff Swallows in the midst of nest construction on the Pitt Lake Trail Viewing Tower. Unfortunately, I have since learned that this colony did not successfully establish this year.

On my second trip I headed southwest along the dike trail before doubling back to the Pitt Lake Trail Viewing Tower. At Catbird Slough I only counted seven Grey Catbirds well below some of the high counts reported in June. I was rewarded with good views of a male American Redstart on this trip now that I was looking in the right spot. As an added bonus I was lucky enough to see my first Black Swift (lifer!) on the walk back along the dike. On my second trip to the viewing tower there was a bonanza of aquatic mammals with a three River Otters swimming by in Pitt Lake and a single Muskrat foraging on the other side of the dike in Katzie Marsh

As you may have already surmised from previous photos of the week, I was truly impressed by the Odonate fauna of Grant Narrows. Over the two trips I saw and photographed 7 different species with most of those species being new to me. The highlights for me were the huge number of Pacific Forktails, the hawking Eight-spotted Skimmers, and a really striking Blue Dasher male.


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