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Title: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related 2009-2010
Post by: boonibarb on November 10, 2009, 02:30:21 PM
This is where people can post fotos & observations of things around Hornby that aren*t eagle-related.
Title: Possible Arrowhead?
Post by: boonibarb on November 10, 2009, 02:31:19 PM
possible arrowhead? - july 29 2009

i found this on The Bench Trail of Mount Geoffrey Provincial Park.
It may just be a chip of stone, but doesn*t the point on the left side look like it may have been worked by a human hand into an arrow point?


(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2709/4086747351_cae48354ae.jpg) (http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2709/4086747351_cae48354ae_b.jpg)
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: boonibarb on November 19, 2009, 07:04:31 AM
We lost a very special person yesterday morning...  :eccry

http://www.timescolonist.com/news/Police+investigate+death+young+Hornby+Island+musician/2239984/story.html
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: Tigerlady105 on November 19, 2009, 07:45:04 AM
Booni, that is a tragic story.  I'm so sorry that she lost her life.  Her parents must be devastated.  Did you know her?
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: boonibarb on November 19, 2009, 06:26:21 PM
Yes, everyone knew Pest. She was a much beloved person...
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: madrona on November 19, 2009, 07:32:55 PM
Local CTV and CBC stations carried the story.  So sad.  :sad And so close to home for Barb and Doug and Sheila. You have my sympathies.  The whole of Hornby Island seems to be in mourning. 

Here's a link to CTV Vancouver coverage at 6 o'clock:  http://www.ctvbc.ctv.ca/servlet/an/local/CTVNews/20091119/bc_hornby_death_091119/20091119/?hub=BritishColumbiaHome (http://www.ctvbc.ctv.ca/servlet/an/local/CTVNews/20091119/bc_hornby_death_091119/20091119/?hub=BritishColumbiaHome)
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: Raptorman on November 19, 2009, 07:55:56 PM
I'm sorry for your loss Booni  :sad
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: Donnae on November 19, 2009, 10:32:10 PM
Oh Booni, I am so sorry for your loss and for the residents of Hornby and her parents. Such a tragic story. Deepest sympathy to you all. :ecsad
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: cercis on November 19, 2009, 11:11:26 PM
Booni, I'm so sorry you and Doug and Sheila and your whole community had to experience this tragic loss.   :sad 
Hold each other close.
(http://bestsmileys.com/hugging/6.gif)
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: BBE on November 20, 2009, 12:13:10 AM
Booni, I was sorry to hear about Tempest on the news. I thought it likely that you knew her; as Hornby is such a close-knit community.

From my readings she was a well liked and a multi talented young soul.  My sympathy to you, her parents, Doug, Sheila and the entire community.  Her memory will live on.  :pray2
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: cobbler39 on November 20, 2009, 03:43:26 AM
Heartbreaking. Booni, so sorry to hear this news. My sympathies to all on Hornby Island. Living on a small Island myself, I know how everyone on your Island is affected. .
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: boonibarb on November 20, 2009, 08:09:12 AM
Hi everyone, thanks for your words. This has devastated the whole island community. Everwhere you go people are reeling. But there*s lots of support, including from you all, so thank you.  :heart
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: boonibarb on November 20, 2009, 04:59:16 PM
Link to Bob Cain*s foto blog where he has posted a gorgeous foto of a barred owl!

http://www.rcainphoto.com/blog/ (http://www.rcainphoto.com/blog/)

http://www.rcainphoto.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/HPIM1281-owl.jpg (http://www.rcainphoto.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/HPIM1281-owl.jpg)

(http://www.rcainphoto.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/HPIM1281-owl.jpg) (http://www.rcainphoto.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/HPIM1281-owl.jpg)
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: cobbler39 on November 22, 2009, 07:51:44 AM
Booni, that little guy is about as close to perfection as one can get. :nod2.
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: Cawatcher on November 22, 2009, 08:07:54 AM
 :ecsmile boonie; are there many owls on hornby?
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: boonibarb on November 22, 2009, 04:01:40 PM
i don*t know about many, but we do have owls.
That Great Horned Owl was really special to see.
i hear of Barred Owls a lot, & there was once a Snowy Owl that was dive bombing peoples*s heads & knocking off their hats when they were walking thru Helliwell Provincial Park!
Click on this link to Doug*s map to see where Helliwell is.
On the map it is St. Johns Point.

Doug*s map of the Hornby nests (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=38.msg1074#msg1074)

Last monday i was out in the near dark on my bike & saw a large light coloured bird fly up from the road to the hydro line.
It was too dark to see much more than a silouette, but it was an owl!
To me it*s a special occasion to see an owl.
Title: apple juice
Post by: boonibarb on November 23, 2009, 08:27:31 AM
Another fun foto from Bob Cain*s foto blog.
http://www.rcainphoto.com/blog/
My apple juice supplier!
http://www.rcainphoto.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/012826-gayelle.jpg

Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: Raptorman on November 23, 2009, 12:25:53 PM
There's a good article in Doug's book about a seagul named "George" and the cormerants that he hangs out with on the big rock that can be seen from the camera. When I was there I got to meet "George and the Rock Group"
I took this photo of them. It was shot at the end of my zoom without a tripod and It's not very good. Maybe Booni can share some more photos of George  :ecwink

(http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z94/ScooterTrash_album/George-1.jpg)

The photo was taken Friday, November 06 at 10:09AM
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: boonibarb on November 23, 2009, 07:45:28 PM
Great foto!!
Yeah, Raptorman, i would LOVE to photograph George & his Rock Group the Cormorants one day!
i*ll have to remember to go to the beach more often & see if i can spot them.

One day recently i was down at Ford Cove Marina.
There is a float out there where they raft boats up to & where the sailing dinghies for the sailing school are stored during the summer.
It has no boats on it now.
The floating deck was COVERED with cormorants & basking seals!
What a foto op THAT would have been!
i hope to get down there & catch them with my camera one day too.
(SO much to photograph, SO little time...)
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: Donnae on November 24, 2009, 12:42:02 AM
Thanks Raptor, nice to meet George and all his friends.
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: madrona on November 24, 2009, 05:18:46 PM
Another Hornby Island news story just surfaced on Global TV Early Newsand CTV News at Six:

http://www.ctvbc.ctv.ca/servlet/an/local/CTVNews/20091124/bc_hornby_survivor_091124/20091124/?hub=BritishColumbiaHome

http://www.globaltvbc.com/video/index.html  Choose - News Hour (4th down) - Survival Story

Quote
A Regina man who waited days for help after falling and breaking his pelvis ...<snip> ... spent three days shouting for help after the six-metre plunge in late October on Hornby Island, located between the B.C. mainland and Vancouver Island.

CTV's News at Six: 

http://www.ctvbc.ctv.ca/servlet/an/local/CTVNews/20080124/BC_Vid_Newscast_080124/20080205/?hub=BritishColumbiaHome
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: Blue on November 24, 2009, 07:33:06 PM
It seems that there is lots of drama on little Hornby Island.

Title: Great Blue Heron on Little Tribune Beach
Post by: boonibarb on November 29, 2009, 06:43:56 PM
It was a beautiful sunny day after what felt like months of pouring rain.
i didn*t have my *good* camera on me when i visited Little Tribune Beach & spotted a Great Blue Heron!
The reflection of the rocks in the water & the Canada Geese in the background add to the setting.
Great Blue Heron on Little Tribune Beach november 26 2009


(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2786/4146040118_ef636c9816.jpg) (http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2786/4146040118_ef636c9816_b.jpg)
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: BBE on November 30, 2009, 11:55:49 PM
Beautiful Blue Heron and mirror like water. Even the logs look blue  :nod2
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: Cawatcher on December 01, 2009, 08:41:45 AM
oonie I looks like summer!
Title: The Hornby Co-Op in the c*mas spirit
Post by: boonibarb on December 18, 2009, 09:51:33 AM
Anne asked for a foto of the Hornby Co-Op.
i*ve been wondering how to do this, as it is a bit of a sprawling place.
Then yesterday i went to work & there it was, the foto i*d been wondering how i would do!
This is the Co-Op store, which has hardware & a post office as well as food & clothing, plus the GasBar.

The Hornby Co-Op in the c*mas spirit december 17 2009


(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2643/4194881915_64e8e6934b.jpg) (http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2643/4194881915_0793fd9604_o.jpg)
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: birdvoyer on December 18, 2009, 11:27:06 AM
Boonib, isn't it funny how that happens? Suddenly, there it was and you knew when you saw it. Great picture. Kind of reminds me of the little area in W VA that I am from...the country store has everything.

Is the gas really $9.99? If so, ouch!

Thanks for sharing.  :heart
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: madrona on December 18, 2009, 12:06:28 PM
I had looked for co-op pictures too, Barb.  The best one I found on the web had a car parked there.  I am glad that you found this opportunity to get a picture that shows it all, without the usual activity that goes on there.   :biggrin6

Bird - the price of gas would be 99.9 cents per litre!  :sad  But it has been much higher here. It was 98.9 in Nanaimo yesterday, so I'm impressed that it wasn't more on Hornby! 
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: Rajame on December 18, 2009, 12:22:00 PM
And Madrona?

It is 99.9 cents Canadian right?
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: Anne on December 18, 2009, 01:42:41 PM
BooniBarb: Thank you so very much. I click on your photo and up came a larger version.
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: BBE on December 18, 2009, 06:39:41 PM
Booni, love the photo of the co-op.  Takes me back to my youth in a small village. As teenagers we'd stop there for hot chocolate after skating on an outdoor skating rink. in -38 - 40 C.  (-40C = -40F).  :ecsmile

Rajame - yes 99.9 cents / per liter (litre) - which are larger or smaller than US liters.
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: boonibarb on December 19, 2009, 09:06:33 AM
BooniBarb: Thank you so very much. I click on your photo and up came a larger version.

& if you click the larger version, you*ll get an even larger version!
Most of the fotos i post are clickable at least twice.
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: Anne on December 19, 2009, 09:29:00 AM
Thanks Booni...I clicked once again. The co-op for some reason has two large containers for ice.
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: boonibarb on December 19, 2009, 10:14:03 AM
Yeah, that*s the gas bar that the ice machines are next to.
We get lotsa tourists in the summer & they want their ice!
You can buy ice in the co-op, too.
Title: Pacific Tree Frog Development in my Garden
Post by: boonibarb on February 01, 2010, 10:56:20 AM
i have a man made creek that runs thru my yard & drains the excess water out to the roadside ditches & to the ocean.
A lot of people on Hornby do.
This creek attracts Pacific Tree Frogs every spring.
i LOVE hearing them & watching them.
The season starts with one or two males, croaking back & forth, then turns into a chorus, as more & more males come to the creek & join in.
Listen to the sound they make.
i LOVE it.
It puts me to sleep every night for weeks.
(You may need to give the video time to load.
It is just sound in the dark, so you*ll just see dark.)


Listen to the frogs in my creek in the dark
Wednesday, April 22 2009 (http://www.hancockwildlife.org/mediagallery/media.php?f=0&sort=0&s=20090422085839896)


The frog season coincided nicely with my getting my first digital camera!
i had a lot of fun taking fotos & figuring out how to use my new camera.
i started playing with macro, which is really fun, because when you look at the fotos on the computer, you see WAY more than you can see with just your eye.
Here are frog eggs.
i look along the creek for congregations of little bubbles.
i don*t see anything with my eye, but look what you can see in the foto!

(all of my fotos can be clicked on & then clicked on again to get the large & highly magnified size.)

Frog eggs in my creek
Friday, April 17 2009


(http://www.hancockwildlife.org/mediagallery/mediaobjects/orig/0/0_2009_04170009.jpg) (http://www.hancockwildlife.org/mediagallery/mediaobjects/orig/0/0_2009_04170009.jpg)

After a bit of time, this is what those black dots turn into - the beginning of tadpoles!

may 9 2007 - frog eggs developing in my creek


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Next the tadpoles are swimming free!
They have a large body & then a tail.

may 30 2007 - tadpoles/pollywogs in my creek


(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2700/4314701263_3de1377280.jpg) (http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2700/4314701263_40062c81da_o.jpg)
Title: Pacific Tree Frog Development in my Garden
Post by: boonibarb on February 01, 2010, 11:27:03 AM
Here is another foto of them, after they have gotten quite a bit bigger.
Their colour is changing, too.

june 27 2007 - tadpoles changing colour in my creek


(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4016/4314696951_0127cd8e18.jpg) (http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4016/4314696951_0127cd8e18_b.jpg)

june 27 2007 - some of the tadpoles have legs developing now

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4007/4314692107_f882162959.jpg) (http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4007/4314692107_f882162959_b.jpg)

My creek starts to dry up as summer approaches.
When the tadpoles are collecting in the shallow puddles of water remaining, i scoop them out into a bucket & pour them into my rain barrels & water lily containers i have in my garden.
They are all at differing stages of development.
Some have only tails, some have legs & tails.

july 13 2007 - close up of tadpole with tail & legs


(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4006/4315415956_5d5ecfddff.jpg) (http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4006/4315415956_f314e4c45c_o.jpg)
Title: Pacific Tree Frog Development in my Garden
Post by: boonibarb on February 01, 2010, 11:45:50 AM
This is a clump of developing tadpoles in my rain barrel.
They love hanging out on top of the screen & at the top of the water level, in the sun & warmth.
One has a big smile on his face!

july 6 2007 - tadpoles turning into frogs in my rain barrel


(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4019/4314709181_135bf6858d.jpg) (http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4019/4314709181_5abbde904a_o.jpg)

The frogs*s colouring begins to change to look more like a tree frog.
Some are brown like this, some are more green.
You can also see mosquite larvae, which i was thinking the tadpoles eat, but they don*t.
They seem to eat the algae that grows on the sides of the barrels, & on the water lilies.
When they are frogs, they will eat the mosquite larvae.

july 10 2007 - tadpole becoming a tree frog


(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4015/4315402086_a522331ea9.jpg) (http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4015/4315402086_ae5f1f18fd_o.jpg)

july 10 2007 - tadpole now looking a lot like a frog

(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2775/4315399412_edce08cc40.jpg) (http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2775/4315399412_361c801258_o.jpg)
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: passerine on February 01, 2010, 12:20:42 PM
Very  8) Booni, what kind of digital?
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: boonibarb on February 01, 2010, 02:45:40 PM
This was my Fuji FinePix S5200.
The camera i had first, before i upgraded last june.
Title: Pacific Tree Frog Development in my Garden
Post by: boonibarb on February 01, 2010, 07:45:14 PM
& here is an adult frog.
i don*t know how to tell if this is a male or female.
They look gigantic in the foto, but they are only about 1" long.

may 11 2007 - adult frog on a water iris in my creek


(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2733/4314669595_ffa191b48a.jpg) (http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2733/4314669595_dbd6838c76_o.jpg)
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: Tigerlady105 on February 02, 2010, 12:58:06 AM
Boooni, this whole series of photos and your comments are sooooo interesting!  Teachers who are teaching about science will love to use them with their students!   :eclove  It will be nice to be able to refer them to this thread so they can see what's here.  
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: Cawatcher on February 02, 2010, 04:06:34 PM
ok booni pllleeese tell me the frog are "Not" growing in your rain catch basin   hmmmm?????
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: boonibarb on February 02, 2010, 06:50:56 PM
They are not, cali, i have 50 gallon rain barrels that catch some of the overflow from the roof, & they contain my water lilies & the frogs.
The cisterns for my house water are separate, & waaaaay bigger.
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: Blue on February 02, 2010, 08:08:17 PM
Nice chronological frog story, booni.  I really enjoyed it as those little critters inhabit my garden too.  Thanks for posting it.

Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: beans on February 03, 2010, 08:31:19 PM
This video makes me want to visit Hornby Island!

(http://i52.photobucket.com/albums/g38/jeaniesa_2006/Hornby%20Island/HornbyIsland.jpg)

Jody's Ride to Hornby School (http://www.youtube.com/user/HornbyIslandSchool#p/a/u/0/s31sDQONyCQ)
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: boonibarb on February 03, 2010, 09:12:03 PM
That was FANTASTIC beans!
i recognized a lot of those people, & most of the places in that video.
How*d you find that???
It was so lush & green when those clips were taken.
They*re trying to attract students & families to the island.
There are barely enough kids to keep the island school open.
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: beans on February 03, 2010, 10:43:46 PM
I was watching an eagle video on YT, and this one was a related video.  I just happened to click on it.  It's very special.  What a wonderful place for children. :)
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: boonibarb on February 06, 2010, 06:13:59 PM
The Hornby Island Co-Op is very generous towards the community, providing jobs for many locals, supporting local growers & producers, donating money to local causes, & every month they put on an art show.
December january is traditionally the Group Show, & anyone can enter.
February is the annual Quilters Guild Show, which i really look forward to.
The Co-Op has just been freshly painted, & the soft light coming thru the skylights shows the quilts perfectly.
The quilts do wonders for the acoustics in the store.

february 3 2010 - Hornby Island Co-Op annual quilt show

These quilts are hanging over the entryway doors.


(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4043/4336277652_212b1aee16.jpg) (http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4043/4336277652_51e9dde781_o.jpg)

These quilts are under the skylights, running the length of the store, above the isles.

(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2741/4336277664_c9c7e39ae0.jpg) (http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2741/4336277664_7996af6b86_o.jpg)

This one is on the back wall, by the stairs going up to the admin department

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4038/4336277672_b74ce99923.jpg) (http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4038/4336277672_dd09cb3e6f_o.jpg)

These are running the length of the isles, under the skylights, on the left side of the store

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4053/4336277676_bdf8c4b6b4_b.jpg) (http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4053/4336277676_bdf8c4b6b4_b.jpg)
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: boonibarb on February 06, 2010, 06:37:57 PM
So, spring starts early on Hornby.
It is one of the reasons i love it here so much.
Seems it is just after christmas that the daffodils start to pop up.
i found these in my front yard, they brought me instant cheer!

february 3 2010 - snowdrops


(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4051/4336525536_5654e4c154.jpg) (http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4051/4336525536_5654e4c154_b.jpg)

When i walked by these, i thought they were the first crocuses to open in my garden.
But then i took a closer look.
Irises!
Crocus sized irises!
i have no idea where they came from, but they sure are beautiful.


(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4029/4336525546_43523176e5.jpg) (http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4029/4336525546_43523176e5_b.jpg)

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4048/4336525554_8516948fb6.jpg) (http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4048/4336525554_8516948fb6_b.jpg)

When i went out to my ducks, i checked the duck house to see if anyone*s been laying eggs.
i found four!
Eagle eggs can*t be long off, once duck eggs start appearing!


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Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: Blue on February 06, 2010, 06:38:38 PM
What a lot of quilts, considering the population of Hornby Island.  

Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: boonibarb on February 06, 2010, 06:40:52 PM
There is a huge & enthusiastic group of quilters here.
They have an annual quilt show, that they present in a garden field in august.
It is magnificent, every year.
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: NancyM on February 06, 2010, 07:09:22 PM
Quilts, snowdrops, irises, and duck eggs! Who could ask for anything more!?

thanks, booni! :eclove
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: fol-di-rol on February 06, 2010, 08:38:37 PM
Booni - I loved seeing all those quilts in the Co-op store - what a great show!
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: Rajame on February 06, 2010, 11:18:24 PM
Thank you Booni!  Once again we are graced by your eye and talents. 

Big hugs! 
Rajame  :heart
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: Tigerlady105 on February 07, 2010, 05:28:49 AM
Booni, you've given us so many wonderful reasons why I'd luv to live on Hornby Island, too.  The community feeling alone is enough to make me want to be there!  The quilts are especially nice...lots of creative and talented people!   It must be fun to see what 'pops up' in your garden.   :ecsmile
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: Cawatcher on February 07, 2010, 09:27:56 AM
Beautiful quilts! thank you for sharing booni :-)
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: Doug on February 07, 2010, 10:39:48 AM
In Boonibarb's first photo of the quilts, my favourite is the one on the lower left hand side.  It's such a bold use of colours encompassing ever-changing patterns.  It is amazing the variety of ways quilting can be done.  But I guess that's true of any art form.

Every month or two there is a change of local art on the walls of our Co-op Store.  Sometimes paintings, sometimes photography or whatever.  It adds great interest to shopping.
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: luvthebirds on February 07, 2010, 03:22:48 PM
In the last quilt picture there is a quilt (2nd from the left) that looks like one my grandmother made for me oh so many moons ago.  Thanks for the memory, Booni. :biggrin3
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: Raptorman on February 24, 2010, 03:18:53 PM

When i went out to my ducks, i checked the duck house to see if anyone*s been laying eggs.
i found four!
Eagle eggs can*t be long off, once duck eggs start appearing!


(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2798/4336525560_d9c50a0aef.jpg) (http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2798/4336525560_d9c50a0aef_b.jpg)

Did you get baby ducks Booni?
I'd love to see some pictures of them!
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: boonibarb on February 25, 2010, 09:21:52 AM
No baby ducks yet Raptorman.
i*ll tell you what i*ve learned about duck eggs.
The ducks haven*t been laying eggs for quite a few months.
This is normal for free range ducks & chickens.
They don*t lay much, or at all, during the dark winter, unless you give them artificial light.
Once the days get longer, they start laying eggs again.
First they lay them & then leave them.
i have a duck house that they make a nest in the sawdust in & then lay their eggs & cover them up to hide them.
At some point, maybe in about a month, like the eagles, they lay eggs & then start to sit on them to keep them warm.
There are no ducklings until the mum sits on the eggs for four weeks.
In the meantime, two of my ducks are each laying one egg a day.
They are fertile eggs, as there are also two males, but the eggs don*t develop until they are kept warm steadily by the mum for 28 days.
She is called *broody*, when she starts sitting on the eggs.
Last year i had two mums sitting on two separate  clutches of eggs, & ended up with ten ducklings.

Here is a foto from last year of the first ducklings just after they emerged from their eggs.


(http://www.hancockwildlife.org/mediagallery/mediaobjects/disp/3/3_2009_05110040.jpg) (http://www.hancockwildlife.org/mediagallery/mediaobjects/disp/3/3_2009_05110040.jpg)

& another foto.

(http://www.hancockwildlife.org/mediagallery/mediaobjects/disp/b/b_2009_05120126.jpg) (http://www.hancockwildlife.org/mediagallery/mediaobjects/disp/b/b_2009_05120126.jpg)

& this is a video of all six ducklings having a bath.
They LOVE the water.
It looks like the video is high speed, but this is just how fast they move!
You may need to give the video some time to load before it will play.


video - click here (http://www.hancockwildlife.org/mediagallery/media.php?f=0&sort=0&s=20090516115404629)


Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: Cawatcher on February 25, 2010, 10:30:53 AM
awww bonni they are sooo cute!  :ecsmile
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: Raptorman on February 25, 2010, 06:21:28 PM
Thank you SO much for the update Booni :)

If those pictures don't make ya smile I don't know what will  :ecsmile
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: luvthebirds on February 25, 2010, 08:23:42 PM
Sure made me smile, Raptor.  :biggrin3  Thanks, Booni.  Oh, I really, really, really want some duckies. :nod2
Title: ducks & ducklings
Post by: boonibarb on February 26, 2010, 08:48:19 AM
So, i just realized something this morning when i was flipping through my calendar book.
This year i found the first duck eggs on february 3.
i think they started laying february 2, as i found four eggs, & they are laying two a day.
i just discovered that last year, 2009, my first duck eggs were found march 1.
So this year, the ducks are laying eggs 28 days earlier!
i wonder if the eagles will be different in their laying times this year too???
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: Doug on February 26, 2010, 02:28:16 PM
Sheila and I are also thinking the eagles may lay their eggs earlier this year.  I'm a bit conservative, guessing March 21st (5 days earlier than their averaage date of March 26).  Sheila is guessing March 16th (10 days earlier).
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: baysis on February 26, 2010, 02:39:33 PM
Wonder who I should back, Doug?  You or Sheila?!  Congratulations on your (?) first video clip that Raptorman posted - extremely steady hands even when holding an umbrella?  It sure looks as though it is raining hard with you
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: luvthebirds on February 26, 2010, 03:00:29 PM
Doug/Booni:  Has your winter been milder than usual?  Warmer?  Just wondering why so early for the ducks and possibly for the Eagles.  Have your spring flowers/bulbs and such appeared earier than usual?  I thought that amount of daylight played a big part in plants'/animals' schedules, but assume that would not be any different!  :puzzled2  Will be interesting to see if Eagles do lay early (they seemed to have begun mating early).
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: boonibarb on February 26, 2010, 03:01:38 PM
luv, this has been a VERY mild winter.
& the garden is DEFINITELY coming out early this year.
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: passerine on February 27, 2010, 08:36:50 AM
There's been an 8.8 earthquake in Santiago Chile this morning with collapsed buildings. There is a Tsunami advisory warning for coastal BC which would be closer to me than Hornby but a little after 3:00 pm today Hornby time there may be a fluctuations in the waves hitting the beaches there. The sirens are going off in Hawaii ours here in Port Alberni are not right now. The waves are travelling at 500 miles a hour anyone close to the water, beware.
http://www.timescolonist.com/news/Tsunami+advisory+coastal/2622090/story.html

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/huge-quake-hits-chile-tsunami-threatens-pacific/article1483835/
Quote
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Hawaii issued a tsunami warning that included the Philippines, Taiwan, Indonesia, and many island nations in the Pacific.

A lower-level advisory that a tsunami was possible was issued for northern Pacific locations, including the U.S. West Coast and Alaska.

A tsunami advisory was issued for the coast of California and an Alaskan coastal area from Kodiak to Attu islands.An advisory means there may be strong currents, but that widespread inundation is not expected to occur. Jordan Scott, a spokesman for the California Office of Emergency Management, said the state was monitoring the situation and that it's up to local communities to prepare. If a tsunami hits the West Coast, the first waves would reach La Jolla near San Diego, according to the West Coast and Alaska Tsunami Warning Center.

“Sea-level readings confirm that a tsunami has been generated which could cause widespread damage,” the centre said in a bulletin after the magnitude-8.8 quake. “Authorities should take appropriate action to respond to this threat.”
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: Rajame on February 27, 2010, 01:57:37 PM
Praying for this planet Earth and the people and animals.   :heart
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: Raptorman on March 06, 2010, 04:14:04 PM
I found a video of a diver swimming with the sea lyons at Hornby Island:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zVfmLaluGjw
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: Rajame on March 06, 2010, 04:25:07 PM
Thank you Raptor!

Looks like the sea lions had the upper hand a few times.  Makes me NOT want to swim in the waters there - fish poop and decay and sea lions Oh My!!

 :eclol
Rajame  :heart
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: Raptorman on March 06, 2010, 05:50:32 PM
If you click on the video while it's playing it will break out into a new window and you can see several other videos of divers swimming with the sea lions at Hornby Island.
They look very playful and inquisitive  :ecsmile
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: BBE on March 06, 2010, 06:05:38 PM
The videos of the sea lions are wonderful.  They are so big, graceful under water and playful - at times.  There are several other videos of them; accessible through the link above.
Title: Osprey
Post by: boonibarb on March 07, 2010, 08:53:39 AM
Last august, this lovely young(?) osprey was just hanging out on the roof of a house near Tribune Bay.
My friend took these two fotos of the beautiful bird.
Then they realized something was wrong, so they captured the bird & brought him into the bird rescue place in town.
Unfortunately, my friend never checked back to hear how this one was doing.
i hope he survived & was released!

august 2009 - Osprey1

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4018/4413502785_62e7506a36.jpg) (http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4018/4413502785_a4d36a185f_o.jpg)

august 2009 - Osprey2

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4003/4413502791_fd98668b0f.jpg) (http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4003/4413502791_b82ee2b780_o.jpg)

Thank you Paul for the fotos!!!    :biggrin6
Title: ant hill
Post by: boonibarb on March 07, 2010, 09:43:26 AM
This is a video of an ant hill that is near my home.
i find these things fascinating, but they make me itchy!   :eceek


(http://i565.photobucket.com/albums/ss97/boonibarb/Hornby/th_2009_05160001.jpg) (http://s565.photobucket.com/albums/ss97/boonibarb/Hornby/?action=view&current=2009_05160001.flv)
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: Gustival on March 08, 2010, 03:25:05 PM
Here are some pictures that i have taken lately of the herring run and the animals that we have around here that really show up once the herring spawn occurs. Sorry for the blurry sea lion video, uploaded the wrong one by accident and am going to correct it soon.

http://picasaweb.google.com/gustival/HerringSeason1010HornbyIsland# (http://picasaweb.google.com/gustival/HerringSeason1010HornbyIsland#)
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: Rajame on March 08, 2010, 05:19:11 PM
Gustival, It is so good to see you here!  I missed you. 

I hope you have fun here on the forum.  Thank you for your slideshow of the herring.  Shall we assume you were in the kyack?

See you at the window of the Hornby Nest and Chat.  Yay you!  Rajame  :heart
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: passerine on March 08, 2010, 05:58:49 PM
Judging from the amount of roe on the kelp, it appears to be a pretty good year. Thanks for the pics Gustival.
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: Tigerlady105 on March 09, 2010, 01:03:14 AM
Welcome to the forum, Gustival.  I really enjoyed looking at your pictures of the Herring roe time and the sea lion video.  Thanks for sharing them with us.  Please keep posting your photos and videos here.  They will help to 'round out' what we are learning about Hornby Island and it's place in British Columbia.    :eclove
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: bruner on March 09, 2010, 05:22:28 AM
Gustival:

Thanks for sharing your video with us.  Wonderful views and sounds.   :clap

bruner
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: BBE on March 09, 2010, 05:09:19 PM
Booni, the photos of the Osprey are so beautiful. Please thank Paul for sharing them with you, for us.

Hello Gustival, lovely to 'see' you again.  Your photo are wonderful.  Hornby Island has such a diverse population of fish, birds, sea lions etc.  Those who live there see so many aspects of nature that we who live in cities don't see on a regular basis.

Thanks to both of you for sharing your photos and knowledge with us.  :ecsmile
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: Gustival on March 09, 2010, 08:13:54 PM
Actually, the person in the kayak is someone, I don't know who, that paddled over with a bunch of others from Denman Island the day that we were hanging out at Heron Rocks. They came right by where we were sitting and looking at the sea lions and I could not resist taking some pictures of them. I have only been in a kayak once and that was years ago when I was a teen. I would love to go sometime again though. It is a bit hard with a toddler/young child. I have many other pictures of Hornby as well and might add links to them at some future time. Have to sort through them and sort them out before I upload them.
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: Rajame on March 09, 2010, 09:06:20 PM
Thank you.  It is good to know how that all came together.  Great video.   :heart
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: boonibarb on March 10, 2010, 07:03:35 AM
Hornby Island*s Bob Cain has a lovely foto of a chickadee using a swallow nest on his foto blog.

(http://www.rcainphoto.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/000606-chickadee.jpg) (http://www.rcainphoto.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/000606-chickadee.jpg)

Bob Cain*s Hornby foto blog - click here (http://www.rcainphoto.com/blog/)

Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: boonibarb on March 10, 2010, 07:23:31 AM
i*m uploading my videos to YouTube now so that you get a bit of a foto of what the video is about in my post.
Here is my first effort!   :biggrin6


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9OIsp6KRlDQ
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: Raptorman on March 10, 2010, 01:37:24 PM
Yay Booni!

Dooki looks really happy!  :ecsmile
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: Tigerlady105 on March 10, 2010, 02:25:19 PM
Nice job, Booni!  This is going to be fun!   :ecsmile
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: boonibarb on March 18, 2010, 07:24:44 AM
march 17 2010 8:48 am - a heron & seagulls on Tribune Bay beach

For typos!!


(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4001/4442577797_a988068361.jpg) (http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4001/4442577797_1084650e98_o.jpg)
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: boonibarb on March 18, 2010, 08:08:23 AM
Video - march 17 2010 08:50am - a heron in amoungst the seagulls on Tribune Bay

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tCweHNBQx1A
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: typoscount2 on March 18, 2010, 05:27:39 PM
ohhhh sooooo prettty booni !!

how cool is that yesterday i swore one of the ravens sounded beleagered with larengitus lol bet i was hearing that lovely bird 
thanks for the photo  and how lucky are you to be able to find that bird just down the street from you ,
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: boonibarb on March 23, 2010, 08:13:50 AM
Our local photographer, Bob Cain, has done a nice video of the seagulls on Tribune Bay!

click here for Bob Cain*s daily foto blog (http://www.rcainphoto.com/blog/)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2vBXBFzcFqU
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: Tigerlady105 on March 23, 2010, 03:53:10 PM
Thanks for posting Bob Cain's lovely video, Booni.  It is very artistic-looking, with the soft colors.   :ecsmile
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: NancyM on March 23, 2010, 03:59:14 PM
Oh, I do like Bob Cain's video - and the other photos of his that you have linked to .... thanks, booni (and Bob!)
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: BBE on March 24, 2010, 03:47:22 PM
Booni, please thank Bob for his beautiful photos / videos.
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: boonibarb on March 24, 2010, 06:31:44 PM
BBE, if you go to Bob Cain*s foto blog, each foto has a comment section underneath.
You could comment on any foto or video that you like!
He would love that.
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: boonibarb on March 27, 2010, 10:04:59 AM
Yesterday i heard some interesting bird calls going on & on  & flying around my front yard.
i thought it was a Pileated Woodpecker, by the sound, but it was Red Shafted Flickers!
There were maybe 4 or five of them, & they landed on the power lines across the street & were kinda dancing with each other.
So i got out my camera.
Pictures to follow.
Once they left, i realized there was a Pine Siskin only feet away from me, cheeky thing, collecting up Dooki*s hair to use for their nest!
Look at that cheeky little shiny black eye!

march 26 2010 - Pine Siskin gathering Dooki*s hairs for their nest

(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2747/4467584238_6d5ee37749.jpg) (http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2747/4467584238_2a32a5635c_o.jpg)

VIDEO - march 26 2010 - Pine Siskin gathers Dooki*s hair for their nest


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cugI_kHMBcU
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: Rajame on March 27, 2010, 10:15:51 AM
Booni,

We were talking about that in the chat a few days back.  Great nature video.  To see it with our eyes makes it even more real.

Thank you for your great work!
Rajame  :heart
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: Tigerlady105 on March 27, 2010, 02:05:38 PM
Booni, Dooki must be so pleased that his hair is used to help line birds' nests!  Of course, that is if the birds don't take it from him directly!   :eclol

Thanks for sharing what you see with us...it's very nice to see real life happening...  :eclove
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: boonibarb on March 27, 2010, 03:48:37 PM
Okay, here are the Flickers i spotted that got me to set my camera up to catch them.
i decided to turn the fotos into an animated series, as i couldn*t chose what the best one was.
Look at the gorgeous red(salmon) colouring of them!
At first, it is two females, then a male joins them.
The male has a red stripe on his cheek, a malar stripe i think it*s called?

Click it for the larger size.

march 26 2010 Red Shafted (Northern) Flickers - mating display?


(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2701/4467591875_614d8bb559_o.gif) (http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2701/4467591875_614d8bb559_o.gif)
Title: A Hawk or a Falcon?
Post by: boonibarb on March 28, 2010, 09:23:14 AM
Amoung the 14 eagles i saw soaring over my house on friday, was this other bird, that i thought was an immature, but it definitely is not.
Any guesses as to what this bird is???

march 26 2010 - hawk?


(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4019/4469635159_67d57031fe_o.jpg) (http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4019/4469635159_67d57031fe_o.jpg)
Title: Pacific Tree Frogs in my Creek
Post by: boonibarb on March 28, 2010, 09:49:36 AM
So, the frogs have returned once again to my creek!
i*ll have to get a video of the sounds they make, especially in the evening!
It is a HUGE sound.
i was peeking into my creek in the sunlight, to see if i could find any frogs.
i can HEAR them, but when i get close, they go quiet, so it is really hard to spot them.
Then the water moved & i spotted these two!!

march 26 2010 - Pacific Tree frogs playing leap frog in my creek

(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2764/4470448816_e121f15009.jpg) (http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2764/4470448816_e121f15009_b.jpg)

Next i went looking for their eggs.
They weren*t far away!

march 26 2010 - Pacific Tree Frog eggs in my creek

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4071/4470448824_5e1d64dcd2.jpg) (http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4071/4470448824_5e1d64dcd2_b.jpg)

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4056/4470448830_aa66186e9a.jpg) (http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4056/4470448830_aa66186e9a_b.jpg)

(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2777/4470448834_d97065b58f.jpg) (http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2777/4470448834_d97065b58f_b.jpg)

march 26 2010 - a smiley Pacific Tree Frog in my creek

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4044/4469682433_b395b60455.jpg) (http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4044/4469682433_c89def0eee_o.jpg)

Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: Rajame on March 28, 2010, 10:18:22 AM
Woohoo is right Booni!  You have your own world and egosystem there!  Sweet!  :heart
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: passerine on March 28, 2010, 11:43:50 AM
Cute the Siskins gathering up nesting material, Dooki spreads the love. :mhihi When Siskins frequent bird feeders people have to be extra extra careful the area & feeders are kept clean because Pine Siskins easily get salmonella then will spread it if the other birds come in contact with their poop.

Love the Flicker animation too, cool. Booni have you checked the flicker nest we found last year :question

eta the hawk doesn't go bigger, be easier to id if it did.
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: boonibarb on March 28, 2010, 02:14:56 PM
passerine, i*ll make a note to check that Flicker nest next time i*m by there, thanks for reminding me!

& that hawk was a long way up, that was as close to it as i could get.
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: smallwingedone on March 28, 2010, 04:24:50 PM
very nice...you are so lucky booni...enjoy your creek
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: Tigerlady105 on March 28, 2010, 04:43:08 PM
Cute the Siskins gathering up nesting material, Dooki spreads the love. :mhihi When Siskins frequent bird feeders people have to be extra extra careful the area & feeders are kept clean because Pine Siskins easily get salmonella then will spread it if the other birds come in contact with their poop.

Love the Flicker animation too, cool. Booni have you checked the flicker nest we found last year :question

eta the hawk doesn't go bigger, be easier to id if it did.

Do the Pine Siskins get salmonella more easily than other birds?  Is there valid research that shows that they do?  I'd like to see it if there is. :puzzled2  Otherwise, most birds would spread it in a similar way.
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: passerine on March 28, 2010, 07:31:27 PM
Actually there has been a lot of research on salmonella in songbirds, Pine siskins are an irruptive species & are especially susceptible because they are small, tend to feed a lot on the ground and are usually in large groups.

Publication from B.C. Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food http://bcfo.ca/publications/bcbirds-articles/vol_03/Bowes-1993.pdf

http://www.wildtales.org/blog1.php/2009/04/06/alert-salmonella-suspected-in-pets-with

http://www.birdforum.net/archive/index.php/t-134036.html`

Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: Tigerlady105 on March 29, 2010, 12:55:51 AM
Actually there has been a lot of research on salmonella in songbirds, Pine siskins are an irruptive species & are especially susceptible because they are small, tend to feed a lot on the ground and are usually in large groups.

Publication from B.C. Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food http://bcfo.ca/publications/bcbirds-articles/vol_03/Bowes-1993.pdf

http://www.wildtales.org/blog1.php/2009/04/06/alert-salmonella-suspected-in-pets-with

http://www.birdforum.net/archive/index.php/t-134036.html`

Thank you for posting that information, Passerine.  I read it and appreciate that you provided some answers to my questions.   :eclove   There are good suggestions on that page about preventing further spread of the organisms that cause the infection.

Several years ago, I found two dead birds on my patio for the first time, on two different days.  It was when West Nile Virus first was found in our area and I called the number that was publicized so that the birds could be removed and tested.  Workers came to get them the same day!  I didn't get a report about the outcome, but it was the first time I had seen any dead birds in my neighborhood.
Title: Dooki*s b*day walk
Post by: boonibarb on April 03, 2010, 08:03:14 PM
Wednesday was Dooki*s 9th b*day, so i took him for a nice walk on the Katimavik Trail, which is a lovely trail that goes from the main road to Big Tribune Bay.
i made little video clips of him, then strung them together using Windows Movie Maker, a first for me!!


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Ho34DiOF10
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: luvthebirds on April 03, 2010, 09:33:28 PM
Oh, Booni.  That video movie of Dooki was so nice!!!   I can hardly wait to meet Dooki in person and to walk that lovely trail as well! :biggrin6
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: madrona on April 03, 2010, 10:00:30 PM
That brought a big smile to my face Booni!  What a nice walk we had with Dooki.  Whenever I miss taking my dog for a walk I'll come here and get Dooki and take him for a lovely walk through the woods.   :ecwink  Thanks so much for sharing. 
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: Raptorman on April 03, 2010, 10:53:13 PM
 :biggrin3
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: Rajame on April 03, 2010, 10:58:31 PM
The video is beautiful Booni, and so are you!  :heart
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: Doug on April 04, 2010, 08:30:21 AM
I really enjoyed the video.  It reflects the good feelings we all have about trails and especially the pleasure that Dooki gets from a walk in the woods.  Beautifully done.
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: baysis on April 04, 2010, 09:37:43 AM
delightful video Booni - and for a 63 year old, Dooki's looking pretty good!  Love that white tip on his tail! 
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: smallwingedone on April 04, 2010, 12:37:01 PM
Wonderful video ....it looks like you both enjoyed the walk.....may many more walks come for Dooki..Happy Birthday
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: BBE on April 04, 2010, 10:20:01 PM
Booni, thanks for sharing Dooki's Birthday walk with us. He is handsome dog , well cared for and loved.  Many more happy years Dooki.

Good for you making your first video. Once we get the hang of it - it's a breeze doing one.
Title: Dooki
Post by: boonibarb on April 05, 2010, 09:51:01 AM
Another Dooki moment.
Here he is, helping me to do a house check!

april 1 2010 - another Dooki moment


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yuCFBKaNhJY
Title: Pacific Tree Frog Development in my Garden
Post by: boonibarb on April 05, 2010, 09:54:01 AM
april 3 2010 08:50pm - listen to the tree fogs in the dark

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YhROdAX1mYc
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: Tigerlady105 on April 05, 2010, 01:53:48 PM
Booni, I love watching your videos!  The walk with Dooki on his 9th birthday is wonderful and I know that I'll watch it again and again...it's almost like being out there with both of you!   :heart

The forest and trails make me want to go there and enjoy the smells and sounds, along with seeing the beautiful trees and plants as we walk along (and Dooki runs)!   :ecsmile
Title: Search & Rescue Helicopter
Post by: boonibarb on April 09, 2010, 10:07:39 PM
This one is for Raptorman!!  :biggrin3

april 9 2010 15:25 - Search & Rescue Helicopter flying over my house


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Title: Birds in my birdfeeder
Post by: boonibarb on April 09, 2010, 10:17:07 PM
april 9 2010 - male purple finch

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april 9 2010 male & female purple finch

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april 9 2010 - male & females purple finches

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rufous sided towhee

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male purple finch

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female house finch

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rufous sided towhee

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Title: Birds in my birdfeeder
Post by: boonibarb on April 09, 2010, 11:00:00 PM
male house finch

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male purple finch

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female & male purple finch

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male purple finch

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oregon junco

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fox sparrow

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male rufous sided towhee

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male oregon junco

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Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: smallwingedone on April 10, 2010, 08:24:53 PM
i just got my first pictures (and saw) a purple finch recently...your pictures are beautiful ..they are so close... the other birds are amazing as well. Thank you for sharing them.
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: Gustival on April 22, 2010, 02:56:52 PM
Here is a link to a slideshow of images of Hornby Island that I placed on my mom's website. http://www.freewebs.com/countryretreat/islandimages.html
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: passerine on April 22, 2010, 09:59:07 PM
Enjoyed the slideshow, nice photos of Hornby thanks gustival. :ecsmile
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: Rajame on April 22, 2010, 10:38:10 PM
Thank you Gustival! Lovely.
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: Donnae on April 22, 2010, 11:06:10 PM
Nice photos Gustival, I really enjoyed them--- thank you
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: BBE on April 23, 2010, 12:20:39 AM
Gustival, thanks for the slide show; beautiful photos of a lovely area.  How long did it take for you get the photo of the Canada Geese all lined up in a row ?
Title: young deer
Post by: boonibarb on April 23, 2010, 08:50:51 AM
There is a place where i work every week that always has deer grazing through the yard.
When i spotted them this week, i had my camera in the van!
Went & got it, set it up, got this one foto, then the deer bounded off!
What the heck?
Why did they do that?  :puzzled2
They*re practically tame at this spot.
i looked over my shoulder & who did i see standing there, sleepy eyed?
Dooki!
He had come out from under the deck where he was sleeping to see what i was doing!!!
He did this twice to me.
The second time it was a larger deer with a young one.
i just set my camera up & off they jumped.
Looked over my shoulder, look who was there spoiling my foto op again!
Oh well, got this one foto, anyway.

april 22 2010 - young deer in friend*s yard


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Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: Cawatcher on April 23, 2010, 09:12:52 AM
   lol  booni! What kind of deer do you have on hornby?
Title: ravens in my yard
Post by: boonibarb on April 23, 2010, 09:22:37 AM
White Tail Deer cali?

i have heard a raven*s nest far in my back yard every year around this time.
You can hear the chicks!
At first the sound is quiet, but it quickly gets very noisy!!!
i always think of dinosaurs & pterodactyls when i hear them.

i had been seeing these ravens as a pair, but just over a month ago, i started seeing them only one at a time.
At the time, i surmised in the webcam nest thread that since i was seeing only one at a time, the other must be sitting on eggs!
This was just before Mum laid her two eggs.

Yesterday was the first time i saw TWO ravens again.
As i watched, the one higher in the tree kept looking to the right, which is where i believe the nest is.
The one lower down spent almost the whole time preening.
Then the uppermost one flew off, back to the nest i suppose!

i am thinking these two have now hatched their eggs, & were taking a brief break from the nest.
i will keep my ears open for the sounds of the chicks now!

(p.s. - i have to work on my photographic skills a bit with ravens.
With all that black, it is hard to see their details!
p.p.s. - i think these are the ravens that are stealing my duck eggs!
i gotta get out there early to get the eggs before they do, & sometimes i just don*t care, they can have one, they have mouths to feed.)

april 22 2010 - pair of ravens in the tree in my back yard

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You can see that the remaining raven is also looking to the right.
They departed shortly after their mate did.

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Title: Violet-Green Swallows in my yard
Post by: boonibarb on April 23, 2010, 10:40:03 AM
i started building this house where i live now 8 years ago.
A dream come true!!!
My neighbour gave me a bird house.
Not knowing ANYTHING at all about it, i hung it in the peak of my roof over my woodshed outside my bedroom window next to my chimney on the east side of the house.
i was ASTOUNDED when swallows moved in my first spring here!!  :eceek

The next year, i saw them checking out the nest box again, then i didn*t see them for a long time.
That day they chattered away at me from my power line where they like to hang out.
i SWEAR they were talking to me!
It got me thinking....
i remembered something i*d heard saying that if you didn*t clean out the box after they left for the year, they wouldn*t use it the next year.
Darn, i missed my chance!
So i climbed up there & cleaned out the box & re-hung it.
Not a day later, they were back & using the box!
i swear they told me to do that!
These gorgeous birds use this house every year & to me bring a blessing upon my house & yard.
They spend a lot of time zipping around, catching bugs for themselves & to feed the chicks.

They showed up again this year in march, which to me seemed really early.
But i don*t know if that*s true.

Saw this fella hanging out in the sun on my birthday, & was able to set up my camera in my bedroom window & get a foto of him out there not feet away from me!
Look how cute he is, & i love his colouring!!

april 11 2010 - swallow in my yard

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animated set of fotos.

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In this video, i think this is the female, who i found hanging out on the bird house yesterday morning!
It was a sunny morning, & i think they like that.
At the end of this video, you hear the crack of my house heating up in the sun & it scares the swallow away!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mMVghehWuBM

Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: passerine on April 23, 2010, 01:45:39 PM
You did good on capturing a pics of your raven pair. I miss mine, never was able to get a good picture of them or their kids in 6 years. Your ravens look sleek, shiny & healthy, it helps having the great nutrition they get from the duck eggs. :ecsmile

I thought the swallows were here earlier than usual too, their wonderful to have, doesn't get any better for insect control.
Put a couple boxes up here, didn't get any takers yet.
They were talking to you Barb, they seem extra aware of their surroundings.

Pictures of the pair from last year, pretty sweet looking out the door.

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Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: smallwingedone on April 23, 2010, 02:18:03 PM
beautiful slide show and pictures of the wildlife and eagles  thanks everyone for sharing
Title: Violet-Green Swallows in my yard
Post by: boonibarb on April 23, 2010, 07:15:41 PM
Those are sweet fotos passerine!
LOVE the one of Mum peeking out the hole.
My hole in my nest box is quite a bit bigger than that.

These are fotos of the female in the video above.
Her colouring isn*t quite as brilliant as the male*s.

april 22 2010 - female violet - green swallow on nest box in my yard

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Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: BBE on April 23, 2010, 07:59:26 PM
Passerine and Booni, the Violet-green Swallows have such a vibrant colour and are so beautiful. You are both so lucky to see the variety of birds on Vancouver Island.

Even though Booni warned us that the birds were scared away by "the crack of her house heating up", I jumped.   :eclol   
Title: Violet-Green Swallows in my yard
Post by: boonibarb on May 02, 2010, 07:24:34 PM
The swallows seem to love a sunny day!
i hear them chittering away, high up in the sky, zipping around after bugs.
Then they land on my wires.
Today they were checking out the bird house again!
First, the female flew in with a stick.
Then the male zipped by & greeted her, while she watched him!

april 30 2010 - female and male swallows and house - animated - click foto then click all sizes


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Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: winterwren on May 12, 2010, 03:05:30 AM
The flowers are in full bloom at Grassy Point, a beautiful seaside meadow near the nest... I went there last Sunday and took a few pictures. You can click on the pictures to make them larger.


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Those blue flowers are called common camas or blue camas, or rice-root. (Camassia quamash)
Rice-root because the starchy bulbs are edible (though hard to digest unless they are cooked for a very very long time). The camas meadows used to be passed on from family to family and tended carefully in pre-colonial times, when carbohydrates were not so available as they are today.


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Now here's where it gets complicated... Among these hundreds of blue camas, occasionally you find a white one. The white ones are called... death camas. They are very toxic. The plant of the death camas looks identical to the blue camas, except when in bloom... So there was only one safe time to harvest rice-root for food.

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Lots of other flowers are blooming at the same time as the camas. The yellow ones are western buttercups (Ranunculus occidentalis) and the red ones among the camas are wild sorrel.

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I've heard this one be called "consumption plant" - probably Lomatium nudicaule, a member of the carrot family.

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Field chickweed (Cerastium arvenses) in white; its velvety-leaf cousin, Cerastium tomentosum, is often seen in ornamental gardens. The wild delphiniums behind them are Delphinium mesziesii - mimiature delphiniums with full-sized blossoms.

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good night!
Winter wren

Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: Blue on May 12, 2010, 06:52:53 AM
Thankyou so much, winterwren, for the photos of the wildflowers at Grassy Point.  It is wonderful to see them thriving in an unspoiled area.
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: NancyM on May 12, 2010, 02:59:02 PM
Beautiful pictures and very interesting information, winterwren!  Thank you for posting them here.
Title: Violet-Green Swallows in my yard
Post by: boonibarb on May 12, 2010, 07:17:19 PM
may 6 2010 09:51 - male swallow calling out

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Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: Cawatcher on May 12, 2010, 07:23:01 PM
Beautiful booni! He is singing "The Hills are alive, with the sound of nature"!  :grouphug2
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: winterwren on May 25, 2010, 10:27:48 PM
Last week I spent time on the water... The bays on both sides of Lambert Channel were full of tiny forage fishes. When I first spotted them, there were two different schools crossing each other: the unknown little fishes in the picture (about 10 cm long) and some sand lances or needlefish. By the time I got my camera the needlefish had gone... :(
One evening i saw some larger fish with a salmonid shape, maybe 25 cm long at about 2 or 4 metres down, below the forage fishes. I'm told there are juvenile cohos in the channel at this time of year.

Forage fishes are of crucial importance to the whole ecosystem. We see the Hornby eagles bring in some of the larger ones (herring and sand lances) to the nest. The smaller ones are food for predator fish like salmon and cod; these in turn feed the larger predators.

Does anyone know what these fish are? I'd love to find out.

(Note: click on pictures to see them full size!)


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Here's a close-up of those little fishes. There seems to be a fatter one on the right - possibly a pile perch, one of the regular inhabitants of this bay. The light reflects on him through tiny ripples and gives him stylish stripes!

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A few minutes after I took those pictures, birds started to show up in the bay. At first I thought they were terns; not so: they're bonaparte gulls - tern-like in flight and smaller than our common glaucous-winged gulls. Nice orange feet, too! They stayed there until sundown, feasting on the little fish.

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I like how you can see all the wing primaries on this one, plus their reflection on the water. The bonaparte gull is flying away from us:

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Here's someone else who feeds on small forage fishes. A pair of pigeon guillemots were my morning visitors all week. They came at dawn, so the light was difficult to work with. Here's one of them. Love their feet too!

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And another morning visitor feeding on forage fishes: a harbour seal.

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Good night!
Wren

Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: Rajame on May 25, 2010, 10:35:04 PM
Fabulous Wren! Just a great story. I was right there with you... well until you asked what fish type. My first thought was, "Shark!" I am sure I am correct! NOT. Seriously, thank you for the tour. Just thrilling. Rajame  :heart
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: Donnae on May 25, 2010, 11:45:11 PM
thanks winterwren, nice pics and I have never seen that kind of gull or pigeon, neat. Love the seal too!!! So nice to be at a place to see this!!!
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: passerine on May 26, 2010, 08:08:52 AM
That's one classy fish with his stylish stripes. :giggle Pure guess with no research----Sticklefish, dunno.

The Bonaparte's are very elegant, you don't see them at landfills. They eat bugs, fish, tadpoles etc. they capture insects in flight.
http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Bonapartes_Gull/id

Thanks winterwren for sharing, great pics & story.  :ecsmile
Title: Robin
Post by: boonibarb on May 26, 2010, 08:24:21 PM
i spotted this female robin in my garden, so i did a little video through my window.
You can hear the rain dripping.
i started the video because it looked like the robin had a nice sized crop!
Then she did some preening & showed us her brood patch!
Then she does nice right & left wing stretches.

may 18 2010 2:12pm


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G4IpBHZM5Yg
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: luvthebirds on May 26, 2010, 08:27:21 PM
Booni, would love to see the robin video. :nod2  Will you please check your utube link as it says "invalid."  :sad   Thanks, Booni.


ETA:  Thanks, booni.  Refreshed page, and there it was... nice video.  :ecwink
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: fol-di-rol on May 26, 2010, 08:41:32 PM
 
Hi Booni: 

I also did a little video of a female robin through my window - for a cousin from England who doesn't believe this is a robin:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hpn1l7RKjrc

(sorry about the sound track - the news was on TV at the time)
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: boonibarb on May 26, 2010, 09:02:45 PM

Fun doing video, hey fol?? !!
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: NancyM on May 26, 2010, 09:04:16 PM
Nice videos, booni and foldi!  (our robins are just not the same as English robins - those are much cuter)/
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: fol-di-rol on May 26, 2010, 09:08:03 PM
Sorry - that robin video of mine should have gone to "Your Photos and Stories" not "Hornby Ground Obs."     :eccry
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: winterwren on May 29, 2010, 08:52:10 PM
Thanks everyone for your comments on my posting.
The pigeon guillemot is not a pigeon, it's an alcid, same family as murres and puffins. I guess the 'pigeon' part works as an adjective, as in 'pigeon-like in size and shape.'
They're exceedingly endearing birds with their bright red webbed feet, and their habit of dipping their head underwater while swimming, the better to spot the small fishes they feed on. I waited for them excitedly every morning of my week on the water.

Passerine: the only sticklefish I know is more often known as stickleback, a freshwater species known for its rapid evolution into different subspecies in small isolated lakes... Web search for an ocean species turned up nothing, but that doesn't mean much...
I've been looking for a better book on Pacific fishes, no luck yet... Suggestions?

Wren
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: Blue on May 29, 2010, 10:58:04 PM
I love your informative posts, wren.

We do have stickleback here.  They are common in coastal marine waters throughout the Northern Hemisphere.  The little fish in your photos look longer than a stickleback and also have a dorsal fin.  The stickleback has three spines on the dorsal.

I am familiar with the prehistoric benthic and limnetic species pairs of stickleback in landlocked lakes that are descended from the Threespine Stickleback.

eta:  Your fish look like smelts. 
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: winterwren on May 30, 2010, 01:04:05 PM
Thank you for the information, Blue!
Smelts are high on the list of common forage fishes in this area. So that's probably what these are... Cool! I'm always excited when I learn about new critters.
Surf smelts are supposed to grow to 9 inches long... so these would have been juveniles?

Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: Blue on May 30, 2010, 02:21:10 PM
I don't know much about the smelts except that when I was growing up, we always went down to the beach on a wintery night when there was a big orange 'November moon' in the sky.  It was the only time of year the fish came in.  My Dad had all of us kids in gumboots and we waded into the waves with buckets and scooped them up. 

Back at the house, we would take the heads off with a spoon.  The fish were about 6 inches long on average and didn't need cleaning otherwise.  Then they would get dipped in egg, rolled in soda cracker crumbs, and fried in butter.  Eating was the best part - a plateful of little tender fish with a crunchy buttery coating, lemon and salt. 

I think they are one of the few feeder fish allowed as a catch.

I remember on one such excursion, the beach was crawling with Chinese people from Chinatown in Nanaimo.  It was quite an experience for a child to hear them jabbering in Chinese and excitedly scooping the smelts into gunny sacks with rakes - and of course, the big yellow moon reflecting acrosss the water.

Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: bruner on June 05, 2010, 04:54:56 AM
My trip to Hornby Island May 14, 2010

First ferry took us to Denman Island
(http://i874.photobucket.com/albums/ab305/ve1guesswho/14-May-10%20Bruner%20visits%20Hornby%20Island/P1020498.jpg)

Such beauty
(http://i874.photobucket.com/albums/ab305/ve1guesswho/14-May-10%20Bruner%20visits%20Hornby%20Island/P1020495.jpg)

Lots of crossings to the two islands
(http://i874.photobucket.com/albums/ab305/ve1guesswho/14-May-10%20Bruner%20visits%20Hornby%20Island/P1020493.jpg)

Do you see the deer?
(http://i874.photobucket.com/albums/ab305/ve1guesswho/14-May-10%20Bruner%20visits%20Hornby%20Island/P1020491.jpg)

booni capturing photos in Doug and Sheila's yard
(http://i874.photobucket.com/albums/ab305/ve1guesswho/14-May-10%20Bruner%20visits%20Hornby%20Island/P1020490.jpg)

Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: bruner on June 05, 2010, 04:56:15 AM
Quite the view Doug and Sheila have!
(http://i874.photobucket.com/albums/ab305/ve1guesswho/14-May-10%20Bruner%20visits%20Hornby%20Island/P1020489.jpg)


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Inside Doug and Sheila's house
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Another view inside their home
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I think this is "dinner" rock
(http://i874.photobucket.com/albums/ab305/ve1guesswho/14-May-10%20Bruner%20visits%20Hornby%20Island/P1020485.jpg)

Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: bruner on June 05, 2010, 04:56:54 AM
(http://i874.photobucket.com/albums/ab305/ve1guesswho/14-May-10%20Bruner%20visits%20Hornby%20Island/P1020484.jpg)

Dookie (booni's dog)
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Bruner gets to wave the flag!
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Quite the technical set up Doug has!
(http://i874.photobucket.com/albums/ab305/ve1guesswho/14-May-10%20Bruner%20visits%20Hornby%20Island/P1020477.jpg)

Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: bruner on June 05, 2010, 04:57:22 AM
Sheila is so sweet
(http://i874.photobucket.com/albums/ab305/ve1guesswho/14-May-10%20Bruner%20visits%20Hornby%20Island/P1020476.jpg)

boonibarb
(http://i874.photobucket.com/albums/ab305/ve1guesswho/14-May-10%20Bruner%20visits%20Hornby%20Island/P1020475.jpg)

Dookie
(http://i874.photobucket.com/albums/ab305/ve1guesswho/14-May-10%20Bruner%20visits%20Hornby%20Island/P1020474.jpg)

booni and her camera
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Is it Mom or is it Dad?
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Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: bruner on June 05, 2010, 04:58:16 AM
The famous "blue roofed house"
(http://i874.photobucket.com/albums/ab305/ve1guesswho/14-May-10%20Bruner%20visits%20Hornby%20Island/P1020471.jpg)

This is a view I finally got to see in person!
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Sheila treated us to coffee & cookies
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Dookie is a cross between a Newfoundland dog and a German Shepherd
(http://i874.photobucket.com/albums/ab305/ve1guesswho/14-May-10%20Bruner%20visits%20Hornby%20Island/P1020467.jpg)

Doug with my husband and my brother-in-law
(http://i874.photobucket.com/albums/ab305/ve1guesswho/14-May-10%20Bruner%20visits%20Hornby%20Island/P1020466.jpg)
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: bruner on June 05, 2010, 11:24:56 AM
The nest and cam are in the center, just to the left a bit.
(http://i874.photobucket.com/albums/ab305/ve1guesswho/14-May-10%20Bruner%20visits%20Hornby%20Island/P1020465.jpg)

(http://i874.photobucket.com/albums/ab305/ve1guesswho/14-May-10%20Bruner%20visits%20Hornby%20Island/P1020462.jpg)

(http://i874.photobucket.com/albums/ab305/ve1guesswho/14-May-10%20Bruner%20visits%20Hornby%20Island/P1020458.jpg)

Denman Island Sign
(http://i874.photobucket.com/albums/ab305/ve1guesswho/14-May-10%20Bruner%20visits%20Hornby%20Island/P1020457.jpg)

All pictures posted with permission.
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: birdvoyer on June 05, 2010, 12:24:36 PM
Oh, Blue, what a special rememberance. At the time, you probably could not imagine what memories this activity would evoke in later years. My sisters and I have some of these and we never tire sharing them over and over. Simple pleasures.  :eclove

(don't know about taking heads off with a spoon...eeewww)
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: Blue on June 05, 2010, 12:40:02 PM
birdvoyer

The heads came off the tender little fish easily with a spoon.  In retrospect, maybe my parents didn't think it was a good idea for half a dozen little kids to be using knives late at night.   :eclol  We got to stay up late on these occasions - also for excursions for clams and oysters as the low tides occur during the night in winter.

Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: Laurad on June 06, 2010, 01:25:16 AM
Thank you for reposting the pictures bruner - so much nicer having them spaced out and also with captions. What a lovely time you all had. Did you stay on Hornby Island overnight or was it a day visit?
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: Tigerlady105 on June 06, 2010, 02:40:49 PM
Bruner, thank you for sharing your photos with us!  We all were so excited to see you waving the flag from Doug and Sheila's yard!  It must have been very nice to get together in person!   :eclove
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: emc on June 08, 2010, 09:23:50 PM
Thank you so much for sharing your trip and photos with us.  It makes us smile to see Hornby and our friends there, feathered and otherwise. :)
Title: Raven being dive bombed by crows i n my back yard
Post by: boonibarb on June 08, 2010, 10:10:10 PM
june 8 2010 - 15:13 - raven in my back yard being chased away by crows

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Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: baysis on June 09, 2010, 09:30:49 AM
Bruner - thank you so much for posting those lovely pictures from your Hornby visit. It is really good to see Sheila & Doug - means a lot to me way over here!  :ecsmile
Title: Great Blue Heron at Ford Cove
Post by: boonibarb on June 10, 2010, 09:05:56 PM
So, i had to drive down to Ford Cove, which i never do, because it seems so far away.
It is such a lovely spot to spend time.
i didn*t bring my camera, because i was in a hurry & the weather was cloudy & rainy.
When i was done what i needed to do there, i headed back to my van.
i heard an eagle!
& they were very close by!
Turns out they were in a tree, right above my van, in the parking lot looking over the Cove & the docks there.
& they were SO CLOSE to me!
If i had brought my camera, i would have had some amazing close ups!  :Jaisigh
So, next day, when i got called back to Ford Cove, i brought my camera.
Of course, no eagle in sight.
But i DID spot a Great Blue Heron in the shallows at the shore.
So i figured i may as well try photographing them!
He was catching bright green snakey looking things, then trying to swallow them while the snakies squiggled all over the place.
Here he is with a snakie thing.

may 30 2010 14:42 - Great Blue Heron at Ford Cove

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i realized that if i hiked down to the end of the dock, i would have a WAY better view of him.
So hike down i did.
He obliged me by flying closer!  :eceek

Great Blue Heron - animated - click foto then all sizes to view

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Click foto then click again to see the heron up close.

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Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: Tigerlady105 on June 11, 2010, 01:11:55 AM
He's a beauty, Booni!  One of my favorite birds and it's so nice to see him as he goes about getting food.  Thank you for posting these wonderful photos and the animated sequence.   :eclove
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: typoscount2 on June 11, 2010, 09:38:06 AM
booooni , those are breathtaking, can see his/her eyes 
 how lucky to be able to capture  such sights

thankyou for sharing these
and all the others too

oh did it crawk as it took off??? lol those sounds always startle me :eclol
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: boonibarb on June 13, 2010, 08:28:54 AM
No krawking, unfortunately, typos.
Hopefully next time!

Our local photographer, Bob Cain, has posted a lovely video that shows an owl & robin sounds & a hummingbird!


Click here to see Bob*s foto blog page with the owl. (http://www.rcainphoto.com/blog/2010/06/13/the-owl-and-the-hummingbird/#comments)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J9eJJvHq6dU
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: birdvoyer on June 13, 2010, 09:10:44 AM
What a beautiful owl! Mother Nature sure is a talented artist.  :eclove

Thanks boonib and Bob.
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: Tigerlady105 on June 13, 2010, 11:52:20 AM
Booni, that is a gorgeous owl.  Thank you for posting the video so we can see it, too.  It's a good thing that birds don't get motion-sickness...the branches were moving the owl around and it didn't look like a very windy day.  :ecsmile
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: Cawatcher on June 13, 2010, 11:54:13 AM
Magnificent!! Yes Nature is the best artist!
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: winterwren on June 13, 2010, 07:54:53 PM
Ok, I'm pretty sure this is a barred owl (can anyone confirm?) -- in which case the robins loudly calling all around are no coincidence. According to my dear old friend John Wier, deceased last year, the robins are always hassling the barred owls -- or is it the other way around? He said that if you hear a big commotion of robins, look closely because that's where you will spot the barred owl. Maybe the owl attacks the robins' nest? Could be, because it looks like the robins just fledged en masse (lots of disoriented birds on the road... I'm driving slowly ! :)  ) -- so when Bob took the video, the robins would still have had chicks on the nest.

Does anyone know more about this?

I've had a barred owl in my area (near Phoenix's nest), but I only saw it once, in flight at dawn; I identified it by sound. Only heard it at night.

Thanks so much for posting that video Booni! another thread to the tapestry... All of it so beautiful.

Good night!
Wren
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: Cawatcher on June 13, 2010, 08:04:16 PM
 :ecsmile just googled winteren You were right On!! 
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barred_Owl
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: Tigerlady105 on June 14, 2010, 02:59:14 AM
Winterwren, several years ago I saw a Barred Owl in a tree at the edge of a large pond (almost a lake) at my brother's place in Bellingham, WA.  It was during the day and a long way from where we were standing inside the house, but it looked just like those pictures in the Wikipedia article that Cawatcher posted.   :nod2

It was thrilling to see one in the wild. Something that I don't get to do in the big city...   
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: winterwren on June 20, 2010, 08:56:51 PM
Doug's video of this afternoon reminded me that I had some pictures from the summit of Mount Geoffrey for you... Doug's video showed the Bench Trail, about two thirds of the way up the mountain. These pictures are from higher up. So the view stretches over Denman Island, all the way to Deep Bay on Vancouver Island. You can see the Hornby ferry, just about to leave Denman Island, in the bottom right of the picture.

The bird in the middle of the photo is a turkey vulture. There are lots of them along the Mt Geoffrey escarpment. From the Summit Trail, you can see them from above!

Denman Island, Fanny Bay and a vulture, May 22 2010 (click all pictures to see larger version)

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People sometimes confuse the turkey vultures with bald eagles. From a distance they look similar, especially when seen in silhouette. But the vulture's head is smaller and well tucked into the shoulders when the bird is in flight. Also, the vulture's wings, when seen head-on, look like a very shallow 'V', or dihedral, while the eagle's wings are on a straight plane. The flight is different too: vultures seem to make lots of small corrections while they glide, giving their flight an unsteady quality. Eagles seem a lot steadier.

Turkey vulture seen from above, May 22 2010; note the angle of the wings, upturned into a dihedral:

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Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: Donnae on June 20, 2010, 09:58:04 PM
great pics winterwren!!!! It is sooooo beautiful there --sigh!!!! Thanks for posting those !!!
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: lookylo on June 20, 2010, 10:05:25 PM
Lovely photos winterwren!  :ecsmile
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: fol-di-rol on June 25, 2010, 05:06:37 PM
FOL-DI-ROL’S  WEEK ON HORNBY ISLAND


Wednesday, June 16.  

The 10:15 am ferry from Tsawwassen to Duke Point got me to Nanaimo around 12:15.  Traffic was stop-and-start until past Nanaimo, then it was easy driving the rest of the way.  Stopped off in Parksville for some lunch, then on to Buckley Bay where I caught the 3 pm ferry to Denman Island, and it is just a short drive across Denman to the Hornby Island ferry.  Grassy Point is a fair distance from the ferry, and I took a couple of breaks en route to admire the scenery and to get my bearings, and then drove to Grassy Point Guest House, arriving around 4:30 pm.

A fuchsia bush by the kitchen door greeted me with hummingbirds and bees:
(http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1203/4733265479_c64fe595df.jpg)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BXJmI6Ih0MI

and within a few minutes of sitting on the patio outside my bedroom, a family of deer ambled across the grass.  Mom was quite oblivious to my presence, but her two youngsters quickly went pronking away across the split rail fences.  All of them came back later, and made frequent appearances throughout my stay.  

(http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1394/4733195791_3e4310877a.jpg)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ku5hyBBdtsQ

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FewYgAJNoB8

In my room there was a clock on the wall with a scene of Hornby Island on it, but when I looked at it more closely I realized it didn’t show the time of day, but rather the number of hours to the next high or low tide.  Then I realized that time on Hornby Island should be measured not by our human timetables, but by the rise and fall of the tides, and the random comings and goings of the birds and animals.    

(http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1423/4733906710_c6bee91356.jpg)

After dinner Boonibarb and I had a long telephone chat and arranged to meet on Friday.  Booni told me that LTB had waved the flag at Doug and Sheila’s earlier.
Went for a walk in the evening to see if I could find The Nest – actually no more than a few short steps from where I was staying at Grassy Point Guest House.  Up close to the nest tree there is very little to be seen from the ground.  From the road I admired all the wonderful flowers in the Carricks’ garden.
Sat outside to watch the colourful sunset.  

(http://i447.photobucket.com/albums/qq195/pb_swmbo/Hornby%20Island%20visit%20%20June%202010/SunsetatGrassyPoint2.jpg)

Thursday, June 17.  

On my way out in the morning I happened to meet up with a couple walking on the road nearby.  Their faces looked familiar – of course it was Doug and Sheila!  They invited me over for a visit that afternoon.
Drove to the Co-op Store, and found a café with wifi and got my computer connected to spend a few minutes on the chat, and discovered that someone had already reported a “foldi sighting” on Hornby!  It was lovely to be greeted by so many friends – lots were surprised as I had never mentioned that I was planning to be spending some time here.
 
Later that morning Winterwren invited me over to see her lovely garden, and then she drove LTB and me to see Nest #4, Phipps Point Nest, and Shingle Spit Nest.  

In the afternoon I was shown the Command Centre and had a lovely visit with Sheila and Doug.  Then I had my own flag-waving session.  

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZyX-bT4Zbus

During my visit Mom and Dad both came and sat in the Peters’ Tree, and I was able to see them through the skylight.  

What a day!   Wooohooo.

Friday, June 18
Spent a few minutes on the chat in the morning.  
In the afternoon Booni took Winterwren and me to Ford Cove where we visited several active nests.  Walked on the beach a little way while Booni and Winter took pictures.  Interesting sandstone formations.  

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Saturday, June 19
Walked on the beach – lovely early morning light.  

(http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1075/4733854658_97d5f9fa8f.jpg)

Visited the Cardboard House bakery and loaded up with interesting bread and yummy pastries.  Just as well they aren’t open every day!

(http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1243/4733833048_67a518edb4.jpg)

Saturday is Farmers’ Market day – many colourful stalls, lots of pottery, jewellery, paintings, carvings, flowers, herbs and vegetables.  

Some days it may look like I didn’t do very much – and that is probably exactly what I did – not very much.  Lots of reading on the patio;  lots of walking on the beach;  lots of just dreaming.  


Fishing boat:
(http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1236/4733849792_b00406436c.jpg)

cruise ships:
(http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1047/4733849456_e70f63b036.jpg)

(http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1187/4733200745_60874bafaf.jpg)

purple starfish:

(http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1021/4733902146_f91310fb9f.jpg)

beach monster (actually only about 2˝ inches long - but sure could move fast on all those legs!)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s-00G_Wx6Bo

Sunday, June 20
This was the day of excitement over the seal carcass washing up on the beach – I must have phoned Booni half a dozen times when there were multiple eagles there, but by the time she came with her camera it was just ravens feeding.  There were two adult eagles, two sub-adults and a juvie all at one time, and another adult also made an appearance during the day.  All seemed to get along without any aggression – there was plenty of food for all.

(http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1243/4733184833_d398555b8b.jpg)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ICKxZay2Ls

With a picnic lunch, I drove to Helliwell Park and walked the trail loop, taking my time, and resting on every available bench along the way.  Only saw one eagle and didn’t spot any nests.  A family of hairy woodpeckers were spiralling up a tall tree in the wooded area, but I didn’t get my camera quickly enough to catch them  (:ecsad)

(http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1025/4733226183_1f514bfc76.jpg)


In the afternoon Booni invited me over to see her house and garden (and Dooki, of course).  Saw the ducks and all the pollywogs in the stream and the rain barrel.  

(http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1218/4733831004_f52a61bbc7.jpg)

The evening was again an exciting time at the beach and although the light was fading, Booni got some great pictures of 4 or 5 eagles.

Monday, June 21
Explored the Co-op basement – it is like an Aladdin’s cave down there, with an amazing assortment of merchandise.

In the evening the eagles were again feeding on what was left of the seal carcass.  Two adults and one juvie – one (mom) in the tree to the left of the Guest House, and one adult (?dad) cozying up to the juvie – maybe this was dad and Hope having a little reunion???

(http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1369/4733203311_220af28a12.jpg)

Tuesday, June 22
Booni invited me to join her group of Fabricators for their regular Tuesday meeting.  There were weavers, spinners, knitters, and one other quilter besides myself, so it was a most enjoyable morning.  

Back to Jan’s Café in the afternoon for another chat session – the place was full of people at this time of day, and I had forgotten to turn down the volume on my computer, so it was a bit startling when Mom Hornby let rip with one of her alert cries – ooops!  There was some explaining to do but everyone thought it was hilarious.

Late afternoon Booni and I went to visit one of the artists’ studios – not open in the off-season except by appointment, so I called ahead and had a very pleasant visit with Adan Crane at his stained glass studio.  I had seen some of his work around the island, and I ended up buying a gorgeous scene of Tribune Beach, so I have a wonderful souvenir of my visit.  When the panel is in place in my window I will post a picture on the forum.  It may take a while.  

Wednesday, June 23
All good things must come to an end, and I was sad to have to leave.  I caught the 11 am ferry to Denman, and then almost missed the ferry from Denman to Buckley Bay – last but one car on (phew!)

Took the scenic Oceanside route from Buckley Bay, and after several phone calls to Madrona, finally met up with her at the Parksville Visitor Centre.  She took me to see “her” eagle nest – one of the closest and most visible I have seen.  There was some question whether there were 2 or 3 eaglets on the nest, but we only saw 2.

Visited Madrona’s lovely waterfront home, and had a tour of the extensive gardens – woodland glades, water fountain garden, sun-drenched patios – it has it all.  What a lot of work, but how very rewarding.  Madrona made a delicious lunch – all my favourite things, ending with dessert of fresh berries and some of the lemon yogurt that I’m told is AJL’s favourite.  Mine too, I don’t buy any other since I discovered that one.  

Caught the 5:45 ferry from Duke Point to Tsawwassen, and was home by about 8:30 pm.
 
Now I’m ready to plan my next trip to Hornby Island (September maybe?)
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: Rajame on June 25, 2010, 06:45:25 PM
Dear dear Fol-di-rol,

I just sat back an enjoyed every word and picture and adventure with you. I think if it was chocolate, I savored every inch! Thank you for sharing your Hornby Island Visit and your time with Madrona, Wren, Booni, Doug, Shelia and Mom and Dad.

Hugs,
Rajame  :heart
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: amcderm904 on June 25, 2010, 06:47:24 PM
Foldi - thanks for the beautiful narative of your visit on Hornby Island - I felt like I was there with you.  Makes me want to visit too.   :ecsmile
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: Doug on June 25, 2010, 09:10:42 PM
Wow Fol-di-roh,  an excellent description of your trip to Hornby - complete with pictures and descriptive dialogue.  You seemed to have enjoyed your visit.  We enjoyed having you here.
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: Donnae on June 25, 2010, 10:51:31 PM
Oh Foldi, wonder job describing your trip and the photos and videos are just fabulous to see. Felt like I was there, love that purple starfish!!! never seen one of those before. Sounds like a trip I would love to make!!!!!!! Trouble is I might not want to leave :nod2

Thanks for sharing----- just loved it :heart :biggrin3
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: AJL on June 25, 2010, 11:35:44 PM
Foldi, thank you for sharing your memories of your Hornby visit. I felt like I was there with you (I wish).  :eclove

You, Madrona, Only and I are united in yogurt, whoohooo! (Only_an_Egg recommended it - a woman of taste!)
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: Tigerlady105 on June 26, 2010, 12:55:28 AM
Foldi, your trip to Hornby looks wonderful!  Your descriptions of what you did and the pictures are so interesting...I felt as if I was right there with you!  (Sure wish that it could be true!)   :nod2

The Purple Starfish is a first...didn't know there are any that color...and I see that you made a puzzle with it, too!     We're all seeing and learning so much together this way.  

Hope you get to go again soon!   :eclove

Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: lookylo on June 26, 2010, 09:12:23 AM
Foldi thank you so much for sharing your trip. I feel relaxed just watching and reading your journal!
glad you had a good time.   :heartLookyLo
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: Cawatcher on June 27, 2010, 09:48:15 AM
 :biggrin3 What a wonderful experience Foldi!! thankyou soooo much for sharing it with us!  :eclove
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: Blue on June 27, 2010, 12:29:59 PM
Foldi

Thanks so much for sharing your Hornby holiday with us.   :eclove

I notice the picture between the Bakery and the fishing boat does not load - it is a red X

I tried to fix the picture and noticed that the link doesn't have the size.  Putting that in only gives a blank square the size of your other pics.   :puzzled2  You will probably have to reload the picture to Flickr.

NOTE:

Might I suggest that for series of pictures like this (there are 23, including videos) and the ones that bruner posted previously, that they be posted with no more than five (5) pictures per post.  (bruner reposted hers to do that.)  Putting too many pics in one post can seriously bog down the page from loading, especially for some folks with slower connections.
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: fol-di-rol on June 27, 2010, 02:51:37 PM
Foldi


I notice the picture between the Bakery and the fishing boat does not load - it is a red X

I tried to fix the picture and noticed that the link doesn't have the size.  Putting that in only gives a blank square the size of your other pics.   :puzzled2  You will probably have to reload the picture to Flickr.

NOTE:

Might I suggest that for series of pictures like this (there are 23, including videos) and the ones that bruner posted previously, that they be posted with no more than five (5) pictures per post.  (bruner reposted hers to do that.)  Putting too many pics in one post can seriously bog down the page from loading, especially for some folks with slower connections.

Hello Blue:

Many thanks for your comments.  I had no idea it would be a problem putting so many pictures and videos in one item - but I can see your point.  Do you want me to split it up now?  If so, I don't really know how to do it.

By the way, there WAS no picture between the Cardboard House bakery and the Fishing Boat, so I don't know why there was a red X appearing, and as far as I can see I have left nothing out from my notes. 

I guess I got a little too enthusiastic about putting in all the details - and even then I only used about a quarter of the pictures I took.

Sorry, and it won't happen again.

fol-di-rol
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: Blue on June 27, 2010, 05:03:43 PM
Not to worry, foldi.  So long as there isn't another long post of pics on the same page, it should be OK.

Would you like me to remove that red X?  It looks like it is pic number 1098

You did such a lovely job of telling your story.  I have been to Hornby and it was just like having another visit.   :ecsmile
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: fol-di-rol on June 27, 2010, 05:16:27 PM
Not to worry, foldi.  So long as there isn't another long post of pics on the same page, it should be OK.

Would you like me to remove that red X?  It looks like it is pic number 1098

You did such a lovely job of telling your story.  I have been to Hornby and it was just like having another visit.   :ecsmile

hi Blue:

I don't see any red X, but by all means remove it if you are seeing it - there is no picture or red X there when I am viewing the story.

fol-di-rol
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: Donnae on June 27, 2010, 10:35:08 PM
Just to let you know that I have NO red X either!!!! All looks great at this end.
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: BBE on June 28, 2010, 12:13:43 PM
Fol-di-rol, thank you so much for sharing your wonderful visit to Hornby Island with us.  You certainly covered the island. How cool that Booni and winterwren accompanied you. I am positive you also had a wonderful time with Doug and Sheila.

There is so much to see there. The old, the new, the colours, the shoreline, the trees and of course so many eagles besides Mum, Dad and Phoenix.

I too have fond memories of a visit there last year with friends. We also lunched at the Cardboard Bakery; at one of the picnic benches that overlook the beautiful flower garden.

 :eclove
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: Punkinhead on June 30, 2010, 07:01:28 AM
Fol-di-rol thank you so much for your wonderful post on your recent trip to Hornby!!  You should be an author as your writings, photos and videos had me totally enthralled like a great book!!  I must say I am a bit envious of your wonderful vacation, lol, but I am glad you had such a fabulous and relaxing trip and got to meet so many of our wonderful chatters!!  I hope some day to do the same...     :biggrin6
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: NancyM on June 30, 2010, 01:19:35 PM
Foldi, what marvelous pictures of your trip to Hornby ... it sounds like it was a magical week.  Thanks so much for sharing your trip with us (I can't even imagine a B&B a few steps from "our" nest).
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: winterwren on July 01, 2010, 12:12:37 PM
Foldi, what a treat to see my neighbourhood through other eyes. It opens mine to things I take for granted and hardly notice, like the purple starfish! While this is, to me, the most beautiful picture of the set (the purple jewel-like against the green seaweed and green stones...), the eagle picture from June 21, of a parent cozying up with an immature eagle, is definitely the most interesting!

I'm wondering if you would consider re-posting it in the "ground observations" thread so it gets the scrutiny and discussion it deserves. Maybe the Great Brains could confirm what we're seeing? Mom sitting so close to last year's offspring...?  This is sweet beyond words.

There's a "tutorials' thread with instructions for posting clickable pictures, making the original size available.... I've found the instructions easy to follow... hint, hint...  :ecsmile

love
Wren
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: luvthebirds on July 02, 2010, 05:08:02 PM
Thanks for the trip log and photos Fol!!!   (And I am so glad we got to visit with you on Hornby for a while.  :biggrin3)
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: NancyM on July 02, 2010, 06:36:09 PM
F the eagle picture from June 21, of a parent cozying up with an immature eagle, is definitely the most interesting!


I definitely love that picture the most, too ...  :eclove
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: fol-di-rol on July 02, 2010, 09:20:28 PM
Thanks for the suggestion Winterwren - I have cropped some of the pictures I took of the 2 adults and one immature/juvie that were feeding at Grassy Point the evening after the seal carcass washed ashore.  The ravens were feeding on the seal at that point, and the light wasn't great - plus I don't have a camera like Booni's.  Nevertheless you may be able to pick out some detail - it was fortunate I still have them on my camera, as I have lost access to all my Flickr photostream for the past few days. 

As you suggest, I will post them to the Ground Observations thread.

I have tried over and over to make clickable links but so far it has eluded me - something I must be missing in spite of having studied the tutorial very carefully!

(Yes, the starfish is my favourite too).

fol-di-rol
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: winterwren on July 02, 2010, 11:18:43 PM
Meanwhile, on the water... the seagulls are still sitting on eggs.

At work this week, I was able to get close to this nest for a few minutes at every high tide.

Note the live grasses around the nest! Over the years, nesting materials have composted, allowing grass seeds from more recent bedding to sprout and grow. The seagulls have started a tiny ecosystem on these creosote pilings... Thus, perhaps, do soil and vegetation start on rocky islets.
(clickable pictures!)

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4122/4756056481_24e9127b05.jpg) (http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4122/4756056481_24e9127b05_b.jpg)

What kind of seagulls? That's always a difficult question here, because the larger species of seagulls all interbreed, and you're just as likely to see a hybrid as anything else.
The one on the piling has wing-tips almost as light as the rest of his wings, and dark irises, which would make him a glaucous-winged gull, or a close hybrid. The one on the nest (possibly the female, as she seems a smidgeon smaller, with a more delicate head and neck) is definitely a hybrid: the eyes of a glaucous-winged, but slightly darker wing-tips.

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4077/4756696956_425b6d9666.jpg) (http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4077/4756696956_425b6d9666_b.jpg)

I kept hoping to see a switch, but didn't. Light-Wings was on the nest one morning, Dark-Wings the rest of  of the time. A few times I saw her settling herself on the eggs - the same snuggling-down rocking as the eagles, but much more rapid. Then one day she stood up for a while! It was a warm day, and she had been panting, just like the eagles. Maybe the eggs needed a little cooling too? So I was able to get a peek!

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4120/4756059689_a709ac087f.jpg) (http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4120/4756059689_a709ac087f_b.jpg)


And, one evening, I found the nest briefly vacated! In the dusky light, here they were, at last in full view: three beautiful eggs!

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4123/4756057273_cb9e1b2501.jpg) (http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4123/4756057273_cb9e1b2501_b.jpg)



Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: lookylo on July 03, 2010, 09:02:10 AM
Thank you for posting the pics winterwren, Beautiful. :ecsmile
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: boonibarb on July 03, 2010, 07:04:16 PM


LOVELY wren!
When*s the teleconverter come in???  :mhihi
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: winterwren on July 03, 2010, 08:59:19 PM
No teleconverter here, Booni! That is still in the future... meanwhile I'm still dependent on finding ways to get physically close.... the patience of the hunter, and a good strong dose of good luck!

Wren
Title: Barred Owl
Post by: boonibarb on July 08, 2010, 05:34:56 AM

Seems our local photographer, Bob Cain, is seeing his Barred Owl again!

Click here for Bob*s foto blog (http://www.rcainphoto.com/blog/2010/07/07/that-owl-again/#comments)
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: birdvoyer on July 08, 2010, 07:04:22 AM
Thanks, boonib, for posting that link. I just love the colors in that photo. The owl is beautiful too.    :eclove
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: luvthebirds on July 13, 2010, 08:28:00 PM
Many of you know that I, along with Mr. LTB and our dear Blackie, recently had the pleasure of visiting Hornby Island.  :biggrin6   I will try to get a few pictures in here of the Island and areas around the nest beach.  Note that pictures from Shingle Spit, Nest #4, Phipp's Pt. Nest, Tribune Bay and Helliwell Park have been posted in their respective threads.

Here is a taste of our Hornby visit:

We were camped at Oyster River on Vancouver Island before heading to Buckley Bay for the ferries to Hornby.  I pick up the adventure at Buckely Bay.

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4138/4756180968_5c92da84ef.jpg)
The Denman ferry approaches

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4079/4756180806_f66b778691.jpg)
Here comes the ferry for Denman!!

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Denman Island dock sign from ferry

From Denman, one drive across the island to get to the Hornby ferry at Gravelly Bay.  Along the road we heard several eagles.... and got our first look at Honrby, up close and looming ahead.

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4102/4756181974_674180e4cc.jpg)
HORNBY ISLAND!!!!!

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Hornby Island from the Denman road

continued in next post
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: luvthebirds on July 13, 2010, 08:47:39 PM
Continuation of trip to Hornby Island.

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4074/4756182342_6ae95173ef.jpg)
Gravelly Bay....the Hornby ferry will be here soon!

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4077/4756182708_3da938c3e6.jpg)
Hornby is getting closer!!!

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We are on Hornby Island!! This is the Thatch PUb. It was closed until dinner time on the day we arrived.

Once on the Island we drove across to our campground at Tribune Bay.

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Mr. ltb backs into campsite at Tribune Bay Camp

Once we got the jigga all set and spent a little time getting Blackie comfy....I could no longer resist and we headed toward Grassy Point and the nest beach.


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Grassy Point!!!! Tow car parked at Grassy Point.
Photo is clickable to larger size.


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Grassy Point.
Clickable photo.

more to follow...





Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: luvthebirds on July 13, 2010, 09:08:34 PM
More around Hornby Island, June 15, 2010, afternoon.


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More at Grassy Point.

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Low tide, Grassy Point to HIdden Bay


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Low tide, note the Big Rock in distance.
Photo is clickable.

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4143/4756186024_55b5fd11c0.jpg)
Some Canada Geese browsing near Grassy Point


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More of the Canada Geese....see Big Rock behind them.
Clickable photo.

more to come.......
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: boonibarb on July 13, 2010, 09:40:04 PM

Today we were visited by auroradawn & mr. auroradawn!
They had a peek at my garden  & house, then we went to look at the nest!
Phoenix was on the prow, drowsing.
Next we visited Doug & he made us tea!
Then time was running out, so we waved the flag!



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LW4KR2SXIJo
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: Rajame on July 14, 2010, 12:07:14 AM
Luvthebirds, Mr Raj and I just sat here and read your notes and looked at the pictures and then Auroradawn and Booni and Chris and Doug it was so good to see the video! What a fantastic experience. I just love it all. Thank you thank you thank you! Rajame  :heart
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: bruner on July 14, 2010, 12:27:08 PM
Ahhhh....what memories the video brings back.  I almost felt like I was there again!    :mhihi   Auroa & Mr. aurora, great job.  You are now both members of the Hornby Island Flag Waving Society (HIFLS)!  So nice to Doug and also Dooki who was keeping an eye on things and to hear booni's laugh!  Did I hear Sheila too?  Thought I did.

Great video.

"bruner"
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: winterwren on July 18, 2010, 02:37:44 PM
A week and a half ago, early in the morning, I went up to the Bench Trail to look for eagle nests.
One thing I've learned about bird-watching adventures: it's very rare that you find what you expect to find... It's all about opening your eyes and ears wide and taking in whatever is happening here.

So, as I got to the edge of the bluffs, here's what I heard...
click here to view video (http://www.flickr.com/photos/30093534@N02/4805538912/)

Yes, peregrine falcons! They are nesting on the bluffs, just below the trail. Doug has already posted a story about this nest ... here (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=296.msg16201#msg16201)

I biked a little further on the trail... until I heard one of the peregrines again... loud! right above me!!!
So I backtracked on tiptoe until I found the tree that one was perching on... (clickable picture)

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4076/4774583871_50986fd279.jpg) (http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4076/4774583871_50986fd279_b.jpg)

I sat for a while watching... Hearing also some fainter calls from below. Chicks on the nest? Then I realised that when I heard the loud calls, this one's mouth and throat weren't moving... so it meant there was a second falcon in the tree, hidden from view!
I tiptoed around some more but I guess I made them nervous... they took off southwards.

So I got on my bike again, feeling ever so lucky, and resuming my mission of finding out about eagles' nests in the area.... Every so often, I peeked over the edge of the cliff, looking for telltale perch trees, as Booni has taught me to do, and listening for screeps... So at one point I peeked over... and saw this!!! BOTH peregrines, on another one of their lookout trees.

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4141/4775220796_24d7d5b7b1.jpg) (http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4141/4775220796_24d7d5b7b1_b.jpg)

I watched and took photographs for a good little while... then left these beautiful, rare birds in peace on their perch.

I had spent over an hour in the area... getting closer to nap time for the eagles. I saw no sign of occupation around the old peek-down nest at the mid-point of the bench. I could not even find the nest tree anymore, though I recognised the perch tree. Many trees around there came down in the big storms a few winters ago.

So no eagles on this trip... You NEVER know what you're going to find!!!  :ecwink

Wren
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: passerine on July 18, 2010, 03:01:46 PM
Lucky you,  8) their nest must be near by, wonder how many chicks they have. Be fun to look for the nest in winter when there's less foliage. 
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: winterwren on July 18, 2010, 06:38:01 PM
Yesterday I saw 3 peregrines flying around in the area. Both adults and a young one? Do they fly as a family?
Wren
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: passerine on July 18, 2010, 10:27:51 PM
I'm no expert on Peregrines but i'm pretty sure they do, i would think to train the young one.  :dunno  I've seen adults pair up to get a prey.
Did you get any more photos?
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: Wolphie on July 20, 2010, 07:58:38 AM
Yesterday I saw 3 peregrines flying around in the area. Both adults and a young one? Do they fly as a family?
Wren


Peregrines will often train their young to hunt and kill. Sometimes, the parents will catch a small bird, but not kill it. They'll fly over with it to the young falcon.. and release it for the young to try catching/killing.

Some may not wish to see.. but I find it a fascinating part of nature.

http://www.wqed.org/birdblog/2010/07/05/lessons-for-life/



Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: winterwren on July 20, 2010, 11:13:34 AM
Wolphie, thank you for your answer and the link to the magnificent picture of peregrines! I feel so lucky to have seen them with my own eyes, and I'm grateful for any information that will help me understand what I see.
Wren
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: winterwren on July 20, 2010, 10:02:46 PM
When I went back to work a week and a half ago, I was excited to see what were the news of the seagull nest I had been observing. The nest can only be seen at high tide, and that week the high tides were in the afternoon... So I had to wait a long time to have a peek.
I could see that the parents were acting pretty territorial, so that was a good sign!

When I finally could have a peek, at first all I could see was a pile of tawny stuff, like fake leopard fur... then one of the chicks got up, and this is what I saw!
Seagull nest, July 9 2010. (clickable photo!)

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4094/4811597418_d40ec05a03.jpg) (http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4094/4811597418_d40ec05a03_b.jpg)

I don't know how old the chicks were, but I don't think the spotted down lasts much more than a week, so they must have been brand-new!
I noticed that there were only 2 chicks to be seen, and there had been 3 eggs, so something must have happened there.
Seagull chick, closer up...

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4141/4810974383_facb0c629f.jpg) (http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4141/4810974383_facb0c629f_b.jpg)

I kept an eye on that nest all week. With afternoon tides, the light was not as good for photos... also the mom was very intent on keeping these chicks out of my view, so I only came near once in a while. Then I sat very quiet for a few minutes before taking pictures, so they'd get used to me. Mom seagull got a little more relaxed... She almost took a nap once, in a perfect seagull yoga pose...

Seagull yoga: on one foot, beak buried in mantle feathers... but she's still got an eye on me!

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4115/4810976091_757e951eeb.jpg) (http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4115/4810976091_757e951eeb_b.jpg)
There are eagles nesting somewhere nearby. This location, actually, seems to be the transition between 2 territories, so quite a few times I saw two pairs of eagles arguing in mid-air. But also one of those eagles made regular dives for the nest and Mom and Dad Seagull had to take flight to chase it away.

That eagle must have been successful at least once, because later in the week there was only one seagull chick left.  :ecsad This is what usually happens at this nest. The parents start with 3 or 4 eggs, and only one chick reaches the 'meeper' stage.*
Once again I'm reminded that I can't get hung up on the good-guy/bad-guy narratives when I observe nature...
July 13 2010: one chick left. Mom is panting to cool herself down and keeps the chick in her shadow.

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4117/4810976935_2db9c59388.jpg) (http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4117/4810976935_2db9c59388_b.jpg)

(*A "meeper" is what the crew I work with calls a teenaged seagull, from fledging age through most of the first winter. It follows its parents everywhere, head and neck flattened into the Feed Me position, and goes "Meeeeiiiiip! Meeeeiiiiiip!" VERY loud all day long.)  :biggrin3
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: boonibarb on July 21, 2010, 06:24:36 AM


Wow winterwren!
This is lovely to see!
i*ve never seen a Seagull chick before!!
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: passerine on July 21, 2010, 11:04:16 AM
Awwww sooo cute, i've never seen a seagull chick that young either. My fingers are crossed for this ones safety.
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: boonibarb on July 27, 2010, 05:44:19 AM


Here is a lovely foto of Hornby, taken from Denman i believe, at the Gravelly Bay terminal for the ferry, by our local photographer Bob Cain!



Click here for foto blog (http://www.rcainphoto.com/blog/2010/07/26/panarama/#respond)
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: winterwren on July 30, 2010, 12:41:25 AM
Back at work on the 22nd of July... I await high tide with trepidation. Has the last seagull chick survived the week?

There he is! Vocal too, peeping and starting to make some slightly seagull-like sounds.

Seagull chick at about 2 1/2 weeks... clickable photos.

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4103/4843137274_392390873c.jpg) (http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4103/4843137274_392390873c_b.jpg)

Look how goofy he looks. He's like three birds pasted together: his head still has its leopard spots; his body has grown a whole lot and is showing its light-grey second down, with just a hint of new feathers visible; his feet are almost full size. I think he's adorable. :heart

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4132/4842521013_62476f082d.jpg) (http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4132/4842521013_62476f082d_b.jpg)

Four days later, there are morning tides at last, so I can take advantage of the better light. We're starting to see the true feathers now.
Seagull chick, July 26

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Next day... a better look at the new feathers. Remember when we could just about sit down and watch Phoenix's feathers grow?
The seagull chick is now walking about on the beams of the wing-wall, ducking neatly under the chains. (Nice full crop, too.)
Seagull chick, July 27

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Later on that day, I heard some peeping, but not from the nest... The seagull parents were circling and calling... I looked to where their attention was... and found, far below me, almost 30 metres from the nest... This!

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Yikes! That chick had become too adventurous and had fallen from the nest into the water! Fortunately he could swim. But he stood in the water on a rising tide, with no easy landing, and he looked all wet.

Well, I was told I'm supposed to become a bird rescuer, so I figured this must be the next lesson! I climbed down the rocks and scooped up that little one. I tucked him under my arm and climbed back up. I had been told that the parents would attack me, but they didn't. They flew near but did not touch me.
Then another crew member helped me re-nest that chick. We used a cloth shopping bag to pass that little one up a ladder and back to the nest. Hoping he wouldn't fall in the drink again.

This happens almost every year, you know... I was thinking about why. Seagulls like to nest on man-made structures, but their natural environment is rocky islets, where there is a lot of room for the chicks to walk around. I don't think seagulls nest on cliffs. Fortunately, the chicks seem to be tough enough to survive a fall of several metres into the water with no apparent injury.

The next day was the last day of my work week... I was happy to see that chick still safely in the nest. One day at a time...

Wren

Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: boonibarb on July 30, 2010, 06:38:32 AM


What a wonderful report wren!!!   :eclove
i*ve never seen a seagull chick before.
GREAT fotos!!
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: lookylo on July 30, 2010, 06:48:01 AM
Winterwren, I enjoyed the photos of the chick and your story very much.  :ecsmile
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: gzebear on July 30, 2010, 06:52:49 AM
good work wren! sounds like fun .... seagull chicks are so cute!
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: passerine on July 30, 2010, 08:48:38 AM
Yay you, winterwren for saving the adorable little bundle. :heart I hope you get a chance to go check on him one more time.
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: emc on July 30, 2010, 11:42:14 AM
I live on the coast and see immature sea gulls all the time, but have never seen a tiny chick before.  Wonder where they nest?  The tiny one's spotting is sooo cute!  Good job for another rescue well done!  Isn't it  interesting that the parent birds seem to know that you're helping them and do not attack. :eclove
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: Tigerlady105 on July 30, 2010, 11:47:05 AM
Wren, the cute seagull chick is one lucky little gull, to have you be there at just the right time!  HEART in action!  :heart  I hope you'll get to see him/her again...Soon this little one will be off to fly further and enjoy it more. :ecsmile
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: emc on July 30, 2010, 12:48:15 PM
The birds seeming to know you're helping reminds me of an incident my Mom had with a mockingbird.
Mom put out bird food and other occasional scraps on a board feeder.  Her feeder board was popular and Mom and Dad didn't let any neighborhood cats in their yard.  If they saw one, they'd run outside and say "scat cat". And the cat would leave.  Well the parent mockingbird noticed this and would call out what sounded like "cat, cat" if it saw a cat in the yard during nesting time. Mom or Dad would hear and run out and scare the cat away.
One day, the mockingbird parent was calling "cat,cat".  Mom went out, but didn't see any cats.  The mockingbird kept up the call,  "cat, cat".  Mom couldn't figure out what was wrong with this bird.  Finally, the parent bird leapt on top of a bush, nodded it's head down calling "cat, cat" .
Awww the cat was hiding under the bush. Lol
The cat got scared away by Mom and the yard went back to being  peaceful.
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: winterwren on July 30, 2010, 01:06:23 PM
EMC, what a great story!!!

Seagulls nest on isolated, rocky islets, the kind of treeless rocks most people pass by without a second glance. But they also like man-made structures. For years, there was a nest on top of the ferry dock gantry - about 35 feet up! The chicks kept falling off that one. One of the mates on the ferry became notorious for climbing the gantry ladder at all times of day, regardless of sailing schedules, to re-nest the chicks. Somehow the chicks seemed uninjured by their unscheduled flight. But I was glad when those seagulls moved their nest elsewhere.

The chicks are hard to spot because they wear camo, but also because their mom tells them to hide out of view whenever anyone approaches. To photograph this nest, I took advantage of the fact that seagulls can recognise and remember human faces. So I sat near that nest for a few minutes each day, whenever I could find a break in my work duties and the tide was high enough to bring it into view. The parents got used to me and were a bit less defensive. This may also have helped when I had to retrieve the chick from the water.
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: gzebear on July 30, 2010, 02:00:58 PM
I don't normally feed seagulls but one day an immature gull came closeby while I was eating lunch so I threw it a few crumbs of bread. It took them, then walked away and spit them out. I thought that was strange. So I threw a few more crumbs, and it did the same thing. When I looked closer, I saw a piece of fishline hanging from its mouth. I went home and got a net. The gull didn't fly away but let me capture it. I took it to the animal hospital where they anesthetized it for ten seconds, long enough to get the hook out. Then I took it back to the harbor and let it go. For the rest of the summer, it kept me company on my lunch break, even though I never fed it again. It just stood on the end of a piling and we 'talked'.
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: Blue on July 30, 2010, 02:27:40 PM
gzebear - thanks for the nice success story. 
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: emc on July 30, 2010, 03:41:18 PM
Awwww gzebear: a very thankful gull.  You were very observant and saved a life. :eclove
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: Thumper66 on July 30, 2010, 07:35:14 PM
Wren, your photos of the seagull chick are wonderful...she is so cute!  And, so very lucky that you were there to retrieve and put her back in the nest.  You've made them so real by allowing us to look through your camera lens with you.  Thanks a million!
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: Tigerlady105 on July 30, 2010, 08:06:22 PM
Gzebear, what a lovely story.  Birds and other animals know a lot more than most people give them credit for.    :ecsmile
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: boonibarb on August 02, 2010, 08:59:40 PM

i was at work when i noticed these three birds hopping about on the grass.
So i went & got my camera!

july 29 2010 12:21 - White Crowned Sparrows feed their Fledgling


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9uss1Yt83Q0
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: luvthebirds on August 02, 2010, 09:29:11 PM
I have some more photos from my trip to Hornby to share.  I have been reticent to post due to Phoenix's passing, but feel now may be the appropriate time.

These photos were taken on the afternoon of June 15, 2010 about 4:50 pm. We just had to see the eagles and the special places like Grassy Point and the nest beach, nest, et al!  The photos are clickable to larger size.


(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4079/4755446355_22a15f9c61.jpg) (http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4079/4755446355_22a15f9c61_b.jpg)

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4080/4756085872_9d7a3ed2e4.jpg) (http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4080/4756085872_9d7a3ed2e4_b.jpg)


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The photos above were taken on the nest beach.  There was a low tide.  These were taken by mr. ltb, I think.  Although we did find ourselves playing "I want to take the picture" a lot with our camera while on Hornby.  :eclol


More to follow.....





Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: emc on August 02, 2010, 09:42:11 PM
Fantastic pictures , whichever one of you took them . Lol
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: Tigerlady105 on August 02, 2010, 10:03:25 PM
Lovely photos, Luv!  It would be fun to walk around there at low tide like that and see what was left behind until the tide comes back in.  (Look but don't touch!)   :eclove

I see the makings of some new puzzles!   :eclol  Can't wait to see more!!!
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: Donnae on August 02, 2010, 10:19:10 PM
Great pics Luv and yes I am looking forward to seeing more too.
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: luvthebirds on August 02, 2010, 10:23:23 PM
More of the photos from the late afternoon of June 15, 2010 from the Nest Beach/Grassy Point area. Photos are clickable.

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Looking toward Hidden Bay from Nest Beach


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Scenery along the shoreline in the Nest Beach area.


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(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4135/4756087096_236d8ffa98.jpg) (http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4135/4756087096_236d8ffa98_b.jpg)
More of the shoreline.  Large bird (eagle? seagull?) in picture.

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4078/4755448651_83b380e0c2.jpg) (http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4078/4755448651_83b380e0c2_b.jpg)


Mr. ltb took these, guess he was enjoying the trees.  :ecwink
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: Tigerlady105 on August 02, 2010, 11:22:45 PM
Amazing!!!  I never thought we'd be able to see the BACK side of Big Rock!   :eclol 
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: luvthebirds on August 02, 2010, 11:38:25 PM
Tiger, on the day we arrived on Hornby it was an exceptionally low tide!  Big Rock was definitely out in the open.  There was also a lot of driftwood, seaweed, and many interesting rocks exposed.

Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: luvthebirds on August 02, 2010, 11:48:59 PM
June 15, 2010, late afternoon (about 5:30pm).  Great Blue Heron fishes off of the nest beach.  And catches dinner!  Photos are clickable.
(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4075/4756090956_264222cc4b.jpg) (http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4075/4756090956_264222cc4b_b.jpg)

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This one clicks to very large size.

btw, at Tribune Bay when the tide was rushing in, we saw a heron "surfing" in the water.  In the moving water, in up above its knees.  :eclol

More of the Big Rock, exposed by low tide.

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Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: luvthebirds on August 03, 2010, 12:21:30 AM
More from the late afternoon of June 15, 2010.  Grassy Point/Nest Beach areas.  Photos are clickable.


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Some Canada geese share some time with us.


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Harlequin Ducks, Grassy Point shoreline.
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This one is clickable very large.


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And so we left Grassy Point.....  


Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: Tigerlady105 on August 03, 2010, 01:01:46 AM
Luv, this is such a treat to be able to look at your pictures enlarged and see details we would miss otherwise. :nod2   I especially like the Great Blue Heron with his catch!   :eclove  It would make a lovely watercolor painting with the reflections in the water.  The first clickable picture showed an eagle.
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: luvthebirds on August 03, 2010, 01:18:03 AM
Tiger.  Did you see the eagle in the one I couldn't id and said seagull(?).  Or were you referring to a different photo (they are all clickables)?  I thought the bird too large for a seagull, but could not be certain if it was an eagle.  During that afternoon, Mom/Dad had to deal with some other eagles in their area and did a bit of chasing.  Didn't realize that mr. ltb (that was one of his, I believe) may have captured an eagle in flight! :eceek  Although, I really could not tell 100% from the photo.  :puzzled2

Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: Tigerlady105 on August 03, 2010, 01:29:14 AM
Luv, it's Reply #250, the first photo that you see below this post...low tide and lots of land, grass, big logs and Canada Geese.   :nod2  When I clicked on it, the photo was a lovely one of Dad leaving a tree.  (I really like that picture of Dad!)
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: luvthebirds on August 03, 2010, 01:59:52 AM
 :blush  Thanks Tiger.  It is corrected now.  However, do you have any ideas who/what we might have caught in the other photo with the unidentified bird it flight? 
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: Tigerlady105 on August 03, 2010, 03:51:12 AM
Luv, I'm not sure which photo and bird you mean.  Could you please either give me a link to that photo or tell me which thread and Reply # it is posted on?     :eclove

You might ask Ajl or someone else who knows a lot more about birds than I do!   :nod2
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: boonibarb on August 03, 2010, 06:29:12 AM


luv, looked like a seagull to me.
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: Blue on August 03, 2010, 07:13:45 AM
Definitely a seagull flying in front of the trees, luv. 

(In that series of pics, you have posted the same pic twice.)

Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: luvthebirds on August 03, 2010, 08:18:02 AM
ty Blue and Booni.  I originally had posted "Seagull".  Then Tiger had mentioned eagle, however that was not the photo she was referrring to as I had misposted a url on the geeese clickable.  :eclol

Tiger, the photo is the fifth of the six photos of the scenery by the nest beach in reply #246. 

Blue, I don't see the dulplicate you mentioned.  :puzzled2  Although I was sleepy when posting, so maybe I am just not seeing it?
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: Rajame on August 03, 2010, 08:41:19 AM
Thank you again Luv for taking us with you to Hornby Island. I can feel the air and it is lovely.  :heart
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: Donnae on August 03, 2010, 09:06:17 AM
Thanks Luv, it is almost as good as being there. We are all getting to know Hornby very well.
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: Blue on August 03, 2010, 09:40:40 AM
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Blue, I don't see the dulplicate you mentioned.  :puzzled2  Although I was sleepy when posting, so maybe I am just not seeing it?

Doesn't really matter, luv.  In Post 246, the second and third pics are the same - Scenery along the shoreline.

Nice to visit Hornby again.   :nod2
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: Tigerlady105 on August 03, 2010, 01:06:36 PM
I agree with Booni and Blue.  I see a seagull in Reply 246, Luv...it has white wings.  The clickable feature is very nice to allow us to get a closer look, isn't it!  :eclove
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: Maria dB on August 03, 2010, 02:55:23 PM
Super fotos Luv. A holiday you will always remember in detail.Thanks for sharing. :eclove
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: luvthebirds on August 05, 2010, 05:05:50 PM
On June 17, 2010, we returned to the Nest Beach/Grassy Point.  We caught a couple of shot of Canada Geese over the water shortly after they took off from the beach.

Photos are clickable.

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4122/4756675488_166b91b941.jpg) (http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4122/4756675488_166b91b941_b.jpg)

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4138/4756675666_4632c015d3.jpg) (http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4138/4756675666_4632c015d3_b.jpg)

While we were on the beach, Dad was in the Peters' Tree keeping us company.  :eclove
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: BBE on August 13, 2010, 05:15:53 PM
From the Aug. 12 evening Hotspots. Meteor Showers over Doug and Sheila's. Best viewed on 'Full Screen' and with minimal lighting.  

ETA: 08/13/10 at 7:06 pm.  The 'Hotspots' may have be a prank. I am checking with Doug.

Later still at 8:49 pm.  Doug kindly replied to my message .
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I had just bought a new battery for our flashlight and flashed it up at the camera - for simulated shooting stars.  Sheila and I sat out on our deck for half an hour and only saw 2 meteorites, 2 satelites, 2 airplanes and 1 bat  -  not that impressive.   Doug

 :blush
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: boonibarb on August 14, 2010, 07:03:58 AM


july 13 2010 - Doug opens the quilt box from UPS

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jdBOCnxUd2A

july 13 2010 - Doug opens the quilt box while Sheila talks in the background

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9a2onMZ37zA

Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: boonibarb on August 14, 2010, 07:28:17 AM


Sheila & Doug received this lovely card painted by amazedbyeagles.
They wanted me to show you all how lovely it is.

(http://i565.photobucket.com/albums/ss97/boonibarb/Hornby/2010_08130004.jpg) (http://i565.photobucket.com/albums/ss97/boonibarb/Hornby/2010_08130004.jpg)
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: baysis on August 14, 2010, 07:57:25 AM
wonderful - perfect for the guest room?!
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: catrou66 on August 14, 2010, 08:02:34 AM
Wow! Amazed by Amazed talent! It's beautiful  :eclove
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: RMB on August 14, 2010, 08:28:28 AM
Thank you for sharing that moment with us! It was just about like being right there with you, opening that gift. You both are so dear to us, and we are so happy that you finally got the quilt! It is so beautiful! And that card! Amazed did a beautiful job, I would imagine that there will soon be a frame around it... We love you and thank you for all you have done to share beautiful Hornby island and its magnificent eagles with all of us!
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: Tigerlady105 on August 14, 2010, 09:44:13 AM
The lovely watercolor painting that Amazed created is truly a work of art!   Bravo!!   :clap   :eclove  It's a wonderful gift all by itself.   :nod2
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: BBE on August 14, 2010, 10:04:11 AM
Booni, thanks for picking up the parcel, Canada Post's newest employee ?   Amazed, your card is so beautiful and moving to see. You are very talented.

Thanks to all who made this all possible.   :heart

Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: Rajame on August 14, 2010, 10:13:50 AM
There has been a lot of good hearted teasing but I want to thank the sender. She and her husband went through a lot of pain and heartache and teasing only for UPS to hold the quilt hostage and customs take their pound of flesh.  :heart

But of course, at the end of the day, our Angel Booni, picked up the box and got it delivered. Otherwise who knows what UPS could have done with it!  :nope
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: Laurad on August 14, 2010, 10:36:05 AM

july 13 2010 - Doug opens the quilt box from UPS

july 13 2010 - Doug opens the quilt box while Sheila talks in the background


I'm completely confused.. I kept thinking I was a month behind and knew nothing of this wonderful gift and presentation, then I wondered.. could boonibarb have made a mistake and meant 13th August??  :puzzled2
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: Tigerlady105 on August 14, 2010, 12:01:07 PM
Yes, Laura, you aren't a month behind...Looks like our Ms. Booni is.   :eclol   :eclove
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: boonibarb on August 14, 2010, 08:29:52 PM


Oops!
i am now OFFICIALLY a month behind...   :puzzled2
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: BBE on August 14, 2010, 08:35:38 PM
Booni wants to stop the year from speeding by so quickly  :question  OR make sure we stay on our toes  :eclol.  I am sure she will 'modify' herself and become a month older   :rotf1
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: emc on August 14, 2010, 08:38:54 PM
Baysis is laying claim for the guest room..  :ecwink

Love that.  :biggrin3
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: Rajame on August 14, 2010, 09:39:54 PM
Booni,

Take your time. You deserve a rest and creativity and many hugs. You bring me to the island with you and Dooki every time.

Thank you you!
Rajame  :heart
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: OpieK on August 15, 2010, 03:43:56 PM
Thank you Booni for the video of the box opening.  Loved the smile on Doug's face when he pulled out the quilt.  Amazed, the card is exquisite.  Thank you Doug and Sheila for opening my eyes and heart to Phoenix, Mom and Dad Hornby.
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: Laurad on August 15, 2010, 05:56:43 PM

Oops!
i am now OFFICIALLY a month behind...   :puzzled2


Thank goodness it was you and not me..  :eclol I thought I had missed all the fun and excitement and that it had all happened one month ago!  :eceek :ecnono

It was a great presentation of a wonderful quilt and he looked so elegant wearing it  :eclol
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: MaggiesMom on August 16, 2010, 02:53:05 PM
What fun to watch the videos of the quilt arrival - after all that anxiety over the package's whereabouts!  Cheers to snookums and Mr. S for all the work that went into getting the quilt to Hornby!  And applause to fol-di-rol who made the beauty in the first place!
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: winterwren on September 11, 2010, 01:03:02 PM
Time to catch up on some posts... sorry for the delay; August on Hornby Island being what it is...

I'm pretty sure it was Booni who asked the question: are starfish edible?

Let's ask this breakfasting seagull... (click photos if you dare!)
August 13, 7:56 am.
(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4133/4978606904_ee81c02cd3_z.jpg) (http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4133/4978606904_ee81c02cd3_b.jpg)


7:57
(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4092/4978605162_55af6b78bd_z.jpg) (http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4092/4978605162_55af6b78bd_b.jpg)


(Ack... uck...)
(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4089/4978603546_845c284981_z.jpg) (http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4089/4978603546_845c284981_b.jpg)


7:58
(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4150/4978601990_517726d996_z.jpg) (http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4150/4978601990_517726d996_b.jpg)


8:04  (Ggggk...)
(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4133/4977993487_0621fbfec0_z.jpg) (http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4133/4977993487_0621fbfec0_b.jpg)


8:08
(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4089/4977991085_274359af81_z.jpg) (http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4089/4977991085_274359af81_b.jpg)


8:10 --Oops! I have to get back to work... he'll get it down the hatch eventually... enjoy your meal, Seagull!
(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4133/4978596100_0dab349151_z.jpg) (http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4133/4978596100_0dab349151_b.jpg)

Are starfish edible?
Nope... It's just that nobody has told the seagulls yet.
 :biggrin3
Wren


Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: emc on September 11, 2010, 01:34:31 PM
 :eclol Seagulls will eat or attempt to eat anything!
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: Faerie Gardener on September 11, 2010, 02:19:10 PM
Wren, I love the sound effects!    :rotf1
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: Blue on September 11, 2010, 02:29:06 PM
I have a seagull who is a bit more of a connoisseur. It brings the starfish to the birds' water dish on the deck and rinses it with fresh water as it pushes it down. (Will try and find a picture of it.) Perhaps he prefers the saltwater rinsed off?
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: Tigerlady105 on September 11, 2010, 03:45:08 PM
Blue, Maybe "your" seagull is on a low-sodium diet and his mate nags him about it.   :chuckle

Wren, that's a great series of the seagull trying to get that sea star* down!   :eclol

*newer term for starfish that scientists are using
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: NancyM on September 11, 2010, 04:40:30 PM
GREAT pictures, wren, thanks!

Some species of starfish are venomous but others are edible (by humans!)  They are sold by street vendors in China, for example.  (Did I see this on Amazing Race?)


35 -second video

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9IVs2KaLLL0

Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: birdvoyer on September 11, 2010, 05:01:55 PM
Not possible Nancy...


...when would you have had time to have watched it?
  :ecrolleyes
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: boonibarb on September 11, 2010, 05:27:48 PM


Wren, that was HEElarious!  :eclol
Sounds effects & all.
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: Blue on September 11, 2010, 06:12:05 PM
I have a seagull who is a bit more of a connoisseur. It brings the starfish to the birds' water dish on the deck and rinses it with fresh water as it pushes it down.


Freshwater dip:

(http://img38.imageshack.us/img38/7007/img0802gull.jpg) (http://img38.imageshack.us/i/img0802gull.jpg/)

Only four legs left on the starfish but must rinse it again!  :eclol

(http://img521.imageshack.us/img521/2672/img0809rinse.jpg) (http://img521.imageshack.us/i/img0809rinse.jpg/)



Loved your story, Wren!
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: Tigerlady105 on September 11, 2010, 07:04:02 PM
Laughing out loud at the seagull washing its dinner.   :eclol
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: winterwren on September 11, 2010, 07:07:34 PM
Too funny, Blue! Looks like he's helping himself to some dipping sauce...

Tigerlady: Sea-star it is, then, thank you. (It's not a fish after all...)

 :biggrin3
Wren
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: emc on September 11, 2010, 07:20:05 PM
Part Raccoon eh? Rinsing it's dinner.  lol
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: NancyM on September 11, 2010, 08:16:41 PM
even scientists still call them starfish .... (assuming that you consider marine biologists to be scientists  :puzzled2)
Title: Purple Martins
Post by: boonibarb on September 11, 2010, 09:04:39 PM
In early august, i took dinghy sailing lessons down at Ford Cove.
This way i am FORCED to take time off from work, & to spend some time on the water & in the sun.
It is LOVELY down at Ford Cove.
One thing i love about Ford Cove in the summer is hearing & seeing the Purple Martins there.
They make a very distinctive chirping sound.
i was determined to get fotos of them this summer.
However, i didn*t manage to get down there with my good camera.
Next summer i will!!
i brought my less good camera with me this day because i wanted to show you the lovely seals with their pups, basking on the rocks of Ford Cove in the sun, as we sailed by in our dinghy.
i was convinced at the last minute by the instructor to leave my camera behind, as she had found both her camera & cellphone in the salt water in the bottom of the guide boat the day before!  :eceek
After class was done, i decided i would at least capture some video of the Purple Martins.
In the first bit of the video, you see one perched atop the special nesting boxes that were made to encourage them to thrive & breed there.
You can also see, in the lower box, another bird moving in the doorway, possibly a nestling?
Then you see a clip of the remote operated sailing dinghies that were being raced that day.
There was no wind for our dinghies, but there was plenty for these little hand built models.
You can also hear the Purple Martins in the background.
The next clips show the birds hanging out at the top of the mast of a sailboat.
One clip shows a bird spinning around on the telltale at the top of another mast.
Tell me this bird isn*t getting a thrill out of the telltale spinning around, the way it does!  :eclove

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rgIsBg3bLmQ

A few weeks after this video, i was getting out of my van in my driveway when i heard a familiar sound.
Purple Martins???
At my house?
i looked up, & waaaaaay up in the sky, there was a pair, flying around.
Even though they were a long ways away, i could hear them, loud & clear!
Then another week or so later, i heard the distinctive sound once again, this time when i was on the grounds of the Co op, first thing in the morning.
The Purple Martins were perched in two trees, in the campground next to the Co op.
i didn*t know that they went anywhere, other than Ford Cove!
i was sure glad to hear them again!

i saw this eagle way out on the rocks near Ford Cove.
Look how big the bird is, even though they are so far away!
You can also see the smoke from the BC fires, in the distance.
You are looking at Denman Island, across the water here.
i just noticed that on the same rocks with the eagle, there are also basking seals visible!
Especially if you look on the rocks to the right of the one the eagle is standing on.

august 15 2010 3:03pm - an eagle perched on the rocks of Ford Cove

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4152/4981099439_e3815017d6_o.jpg) (http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4152/4981099439_e3815017d6_o.jpg)

Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: Tigerlady105 on September 11, 2010, 09:11:04 PM
Certainly marine biologists are scientists... :ecsmile

I was stating what we were told at the Univ. of Santa Cruz marine biology lab on the California coast near Santa Cruz when I went there for three days for a workshop.   :ecsmile   As always, its a matter of choice... certainly I meant no offense. :eclove

 :heart
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: Blue on September 11, 2010, 09:20:21 PM
Lovely video, booni and beautiful pic of the eagle out on the rocks. So glad you have a healthy population of Purple Martins there.
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: NancyM on September 11, 2010, 09:27:48 PM
no offense taken, tigerlady  :biggrin6


terrific video, booni - thanks!! :eclove
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: Thumper66 on September 11, 2010, 11:13:08 PM
Thank you, Booni, for your entertaining video of the Purple Martens.  That one was having a hay day on the weather vane.  I truly enjoy your videos and narration, and always learn so much from you.   
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: Tigerlady105 on September 11, 2010, 11:36:36 PM
It looks as if at least one Purple Martin knows how to have fun...like a kid on a playground!   :eclol  Thank you for sharing your videos and telling about your sailing days, Booni.   :eclove
Title: Towhee fledgling with Dad
Post by: boonibarb on September 12, 2010, 10:04:47 AM

i have at least two nests of Rufous Sided Towhees in my yard.
They seem to be here year round, & they love my birdfeeder.
This year i noticed the distinctive sound the young ones make, which you can hear in this video.
i noticed this fledgling on my birdfeeder, being fed by Dad!

august 13 2010 - Rufous-Sided Towhee Dad feeding fledgling on my birdfeeder


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VYksOhqbFBE
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: Tigerlady105 on September 12, 2010, 10:20:42 AM
Good for Dad Towhee.  He's a handsome bird!   :eclove
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: Blue on September 12, 2010, 01:21:08 PM
I don't think that young towhee was being fed. It looked like the behavior of an immature going after the parent to be fed but the adult is avoiding its advances. I think Dad is training it to be independant and get its own food.

Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren*t Eagle Related
Post by: madrona on September 12, 2010, 02:05:13 PM
Neat video, booni!  I love the towhees, and we see them here in large numbers.  They really love digging around under the ground cover - our cotoneaster and ceanothus hedge, as well as under the broom which we are slowly replacing with other things like cotoneaster.  Their calls are very recognizable to me now that I am so much more bird aware.   :ecwink

I know you and I have discussed the kind of towhees we have here on the west coast, a couple of times.  I think the rufous-sided and spotted towhees are one and the same here?  I just read this interesting piece about identifying one:  http://scienceblogs.com/grrlscientist/2008/12/todays_mystery_bird_for_you_to_101.php

Here is Cornell's All About Birds Spotted Towhee Id:  http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Spotted_Towhee/id#similar
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related
Post by: passerine on September 19, 2010, 10:51:13 AM
Booni thanks for your fledging Towhee video. :heart I've been watching the two Towhees hatched here this season & their breasts are starting to get the rufous color but their eyes still aren't red, be interesting to see when this takes place.

Towhee's always hang out in pairs or by themselves within a certain vincinity, other than when the young hang with the parents, from my observations. Sometimes there may be four but it's unusual.
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related
Post by: maggiemoo on September 24, 2010, 07:57:37 AM
Booni, so sorry for the loss of your friend, Tempest. She seems to have been a spirited and loving person. I watched the news clip you posted and was touched by the sadness.
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related 2009-2010
Post by: wildkitten on April 23, 2011, 12:14:10 PM
Oh Foldi, thank you for sharing the island with us!  It looks as if you had the perfect time!!!  I so wish I could join all of the nesters this year!  How awesome to see all of that splendor in person!