Birds and other natural aspects of Rotary Marsh
Jan 10, 2017
I have seen about 90 species of bird at the Rotary Marshes, and some of the species of note include : Green Heron - this October-November, Red-breasted Merganser - September-October, American Dipper - January, Least Flycatcher - this October-November, Lucy's Warbler *first Okanagan Valley record ever - this November, and many others.
Rotary Marsh is an excellent fusion manmade/natural wetland near downtown Kelowna. It is home to 100 species of bird, dozens of species of natural plants, and 5 species of mammal. The marsh hosts nesting habitat for Mallard, American Coot, Gadwall, Hooded Merganser, Green-winged Teal, and other ducks, as well as Marsh Wren, Song Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, Great Blue Heron, Osprey, and House Finch.
Migrating birds like the secluded ponds bordering the lake and tons of species of bay ducks migrate along the lakeside, 5 species of grebe, and both regularly occuring swan species. In the ponds, ducks like Ring-necked, both scaup species, three merganser species, three species of teal, American Wigeon, and more stop and feed there in spring and fall. American Tree, White-crowned, Savannah, and other sparrows migrate through the bushy habitat. The introduced Russian Olive trees are host one of Kelowna's only wintering population of Yellow-rumped Warbler.