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Re: Ground Observations 2018-2019
« Reply #195 on: April 04, 2019, 11:16:29 AM »
 
Next day we find Em at Grassy Point.
 
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Re: Ground Observations 2018-2019
« Reply #196 on: April 04, 2019, 11:22:59 AM »
 
There had been a small Herring Spawn from Grassy Point to the right to almost Tralee.
It was so faint you didn*t even see it from the shore.
But the Mew Gulls knew.
 
march 18 2019 11:53 - Mew Gull
 

 

 


On our way to check out Hidden Beach we find Em at the Nest!

march 18 2019 12:01 - male Eagle on the close up cam box
 

 

 
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Re: Ground Observations 2018-2019
« Reply #197 on: April 04, 2019, 05:24:19 PM »
Awesome photos as always Booni. Thanks  :heart
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Re: Ground Observations 2018-2019
« Reply #198 on: April 04, 2019, 06:10:51 PM »
 
Here we are, back at Grassy Point, this is a video of who was making a lot of the sounds that we hear on the cam during Herring spawn time.
Love all the different sounds they make.
 
march 18 2019 11:35 - Mew Gulls
 
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YSy5-m05KIg" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YSy5-m05KIg</a>

This lone Mew Gull seems to be eating the Herring roe stuck to some sea weed.
 
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qdDMw3d0hIc" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qdDMw3d0hIc</a>

Next we went to Hidden Beach, because there seemed to be fish boats coming in there.
Yup.
Here they are, setting their gill nets, which are fine filament nets that catch the Herrings* gills as they swim through to get to shore to spawn.  :lumphammer8

march 18 2019 12:06 - setting gill net
 
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ES-QLRLsySg" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ES-QLRLsySg</a>

& here they are reeling the net back in.
You can see they have caught very few Herring.
There are so few in the net they don*t even bother beating the net to get them out & to drop down in the boat, they just roll them onto the reel, still alive.  :gaah
They did this from right to left, all the way around the far corner that we can see from the cam to the left, & then they went away.
They were just testing & there weren*t enough Herring for them to bother leaving the nets for any longer.

march 18 2019 13:32 - gill net being rolled in
 
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZKKIgDjuQhs" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZKKIgDjuQhs</a>
 
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Re: Ground Observations 2018-2019
« Reply #199 on: April 05, 2019, 07:47:08 PM »
 
There was a teeny weeny Herring spawn at Grassy Point.
We went down late in the afternoon & you could see Herring jumping out of the water & groups of them splashing to the shore.
Put a few little videos together into one to show you.

march 18 2019 16:53 - Herring jumping during spawn

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xfESwik-Jcw" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xfESwik-Jcw</a>

Now THIS is what i call a sustainable Herring fishery!
 
march 18 2019 18:56 - fellas fishing for Herring
 

 

 
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Re: Ground Observations 2018-2019
« Reply #200 on: April 05, 2019, 08:57:43 PM »
Fantastic of th Herring you even got some clearing the water!!

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Re: Ground Observations 2018-2019
« Reply #201 on: April 06, 2019, 09:12:50 AM »
 
On our driveby we find the male Eagle & Em snoozing in the Sun!
 
march 20 2019 12:06 - male & Em in The Babysitting Tree
 

 


You can see his curlicue lip in this one.
 


At the same time, there was this Eagle, nearby, in the territory.
 
march 20 2019 12:08 - Eagle in mishi*s Tree
 

 
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Re: Ground Observations 2018-2019
« Reply #202 on: April 07, 2019, 09:44:50 AM »
 
It was late & we were at Grassy Point waiting for the Moon to rise.
i never did see it.
Think i had the time wrong.
But the light was lovely & there were lovely Birds to watch in the meantime.
 
march 20 2019 18:26 - flock of Lesser Scaup flying
 


In breeding plumage, i believe.

march 20 2019 18:41 - Common Loon
 

 

 

 

 
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Re: Ground Observations 2018-2019
« Reply #203 on: April 07, 2019, 07:01:34 PM »
This is big Thank You, to our Grounds Observation Team on Hornby Island boonibarb and winterwren.. Last month I was able to spend a couple weeks on Hornby and saw a minute amount of time and effort  put into our enjoyment here in the forum. 
 this is just a minute a glimpse in what they do on a daily basis. We see the results but not them..

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Re: Ground Observations 2018-2019
« Reply #204 on: April 07, 2019, 08:13:47 PM »
Cali  :heart , thank you so much for this beautiful collection! I've been looking forward to your photos after watching how perfectly you fit into the ground observations team!

Booni, to answer your question, those flying ducks in your most recent post don't look like mergansers... Both Common and Red-breasted Mergansers have a distinct white wing patch, not a band all along the wing.

I believe this is something more unusual.

I had to search through the book but my best guess is that these are Scaups. We don't often see them here, but at this time of year they do show up in nice big flocks like this, and a few days earlier I had seen some at Collishaw Point. I'm told that most of our scaups are Lesser Scaups. Not that I would be able to tell the difference in a reliable way.

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Re: Ground Observations 2018-2019
« Reply #205 on: April 07, 2019, 08:35:40 PM »
YW wren I am thinking saw  greater scaups one day  look a lot like a golden eye?

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Re: Ground Observations 2018-2019
« Reply #206 on: April 08, 2019, 11:13:28 AM »
 
On a driveby by myself now, cali has left, i spot the male at Grassy Point!
 
march 25 2019 15:32 - male Eagle on The His & Hers Tree
 

 

 

 

 

 
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Re: Ground Observations 2018-2019
« Reply #207 on: April 08, 2019, 08:24:54 PM »
YW wren I am thinking saw  greater scaups one day  look a lot like a golden eye?

Yes Cali, the scaups (both kinds)can blend pretty easily with the Goldeneyes; they're roughly the same size and they hang out in the same kinds of areas too. Here's a mixed flock (Common Goldeneyes, and scaups, not sure which kind) at Collishaw point while you were around.
Goldeneyes on the left, mostly Scaups on the right.
Most of the year we don't see the Scaups here, though, so it's always special to catch sight of them during herring season and at migration times.
Collishaw Point, March 7. Click to enlarge.



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Re: Ground Observations 2018-2019
« Reply #208 on: April 09, 2019, 05:17:36 AM »
Thanks! look like cousins!

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Re: Ground Observations 2018-2019
« Reply #209 on: April 09, 2019, 04:37:34 PM »
Wonderful scene, winterwren!    :hearts2
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