Sechelt Marsh has a winding trail around a small pond with a smaller island in the middle. The pond is fed by both fresh and tidal water, offering a rich habitat, and an abundance of ducks, mostly Mallards and other common species is usually present. The island offers a level of protection to new arrivals, and many rarer ducks have appeared including Canvasback, both the Redhead & Tufted Duck,and Blue-winged & Cinnamon Teal. Green Heron and Gray Catbird have also occurred.
The winding loop passes through trees and bushes surrounding the Marsh and can be good for a wide variety of passerines at any season. Recently, this has been the most reliable location for Black-capped Chickadees which are presently colonizing the Sunshine Coast. A White-throated Sparrow was seen several times this past winter (2011) Porpoise Bay, which is adjacent contains many species of waterbirds in winter, and the mud flat at the head of the bay is good, at low tide, for shorebirds in the summer and fall.
I always enjoy making several loops around the Marsh, both for the exercise as well as the opportunity to see something I may have missed.
Sechelt Marsh is located just north of the town centre at Porpoise Bay. More information about birding on the Sunshine Coast can be found at http://www.sunshinecoastnature.com/
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