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Re: Hornby Ground Observations that Aren't Eagle Related... 2018-2019
« Reply #15 on: October 27, 2018, 01:13:25 AM »
All of these Hummingbird photos are very nice, booni!  One is the newest puzzle on the forum.    :nod2
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Re: Hornby Ground Observations that Aren't Eagle Related... 2018-2019
« Reply #16 on: November 14, 2018, 10:04:16 AM »
 
Look at this cool stuff i found growing beside the walking path overlooking the ferry & Denman!
You gotta click this one then click it again to see all the little details.
There are lovely black/grey dilly balls & also yellow ones in amongst the hairs!
 
november 12 2018 14:18 - 
 


i have pictures somewhere that i haven*t been able to find yet of a Bird & it had looked to me like they had a tick embedded on their face!
i wasn*t sure if this actually happened so i looked it up & found lots of pictures of Birds with ticks on their faces, yuck.
Then yesterday i spotted a pair of Varied Thrushes rustling around in the wet leaves & one of them has a tick on their face!

november 13 2018 09:52 - Varied Thrush
 

 

 


& then a picture from a while ago from my other camera that is kind of pretty.
Do you know who this is wren?
i took this foto down at Ford Cove.

september 18 2018 14:36 - Shiner Perch
 

 
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Re: Hornby Ground Observations that Aren't Eagle Related... 2018-2019
« Reply #17 on: November 15, 2018, 06:16:48 AM »
Hahaha I looked at that one with the dilly balls for the longest time on your flickr.. I thought there was a critter or bird in thee  :mhihi lov the varied thrush waiting for it's calls :)

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Re: Hornby Ground Observations that Aren't Eagle Related... 2018-2019
« Reply #18 on: November 15, 2018, 11:37:26 AM »
This is a Shiner Perch. We can see just a little bit of the golden and darker vertical stripes on its side. They like to hug steep rocky shores and will often congregate near docks also. The golden edging on the scales catches the light and makes them look like small jewels.




& then a picture from a while ago from my other camera that is kind of pretty.
Do you know who this is wren?
i took this foto down at Ford Cove.

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Re: Hornby Ground Observations that Aren't Eagle Related... 2018-2019
« Reply #19 on: November 15, 2018, 05:45:13 PM »

Thanks wren!
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Re: Hornby Ground Observations that Aren't Eagle Related... 2018-2019
« Reply #20 on: November 17, 2018, 09:21:37 AM »

i*ve been hearing the familiar wingbeats of a Band-tailed Pigeon!
They love the black oil sunflower seed in my feeders, but are very skitty with any movement on my part.
This morning it finally clicked that i don*t usually hear them this time of year.
They arrive in the spring & i believe they nest nearby & then they are gone.
So this is interesting!
Usually they migrate south by now.
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Re: Hornby Ground Observations that Aren't Eagle Related... 2018-2019
« Reply #21 on: November 17, 2018, 07:36:02 PM »
Interesting, booni.  Wonder why?    :puzzled2
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Re: Hornby Ground Observations that Aren't Eagle Related... 2018-2019
« Reply #22 on: November 23, 2018, 06:52:41 PM »
Might you be getting Eurasian Collared-doves? They are related, and make that same sound as they take off. They are here year-round and their numbers are increasing. The thing is, I really don't know if they're interested in bird feeders.
Just a thought.

The Comox Valley checklist shows Band-tailed Pigeons as rare from mid-October to late March.

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Re: Hornby Ground Observations that Aren't Eagle Related... 2018-2019
« Reply #23 on: November 29, 2018, 05:49:30 PM »

Oh, hmmmm, food for thought wren!
i*ll keep a better eye out with this in mind.
i have heard those here, but wasn*t thinking of them.
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Re: Hornby Ground Observations that Aren't Eagle Related... 2018-2019
« Reply #24 on: December 01, 2018, 11:28:18 AM »
 
Okay, these aren*t the sharpest fotos, but i was at work & couldn*t take the time to make sure i got good ones.
Wish i could have, though.
So, these will have to do.
 
november 24 2018 11:02 - male Pileated Woodpecker
 

 

 

 
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Re: Hornby Ground Observations that Aren't Eagle Related... 2018-2019
« Reply #25 on: December 02, 2018, 02:37:51 AM »
Looks like he is about to tap our his Morse Code :whistle

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Re: Hornby Ground Observations that Aren't Eagle Related... 2018-2019
« Reply #26 on: December 02, 2018, 07:42:16 PM »
Very nice woodpecker photos, booni!
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Re: Hornby Ground Observations that Aren't Eagle Related... 2018-2019
« Reply #27 on: December 06, 2018, 10:05:45 AM »
 
i do a monthly, last week of the month, Beached Bird Survey of Phipps Point.
i have to go south a kilometer, then north a kilometer, or the other way around, all on the same day.
i*m nervous to do this alone, i am afraid of falling, the beaches are so slippery this time of year & there are a lot of logs & seaweed, too.
So a friend goes with me.
& Otto, of course.
We are to walk the highest wrack line & look for dead sea Birds.
Fortunately, we almost never find any.
This all got started because i*d found a dead Barred Owl & reported it.
Somehow i got passed on to the woman who organizes the volunteers to do the BBSs.
If there is anybody to find, Otto finds them.
Once it was a Great Blue Heron, & once the wing of a Scoter.
On our walks we pick up plastic & beach garbage.
My friend was determined to remove fish netting that was wrapped around the root of a Tree.
There was a hunk that was just not going to come off without being cut off, & the tide was coming in, so we had to leave it.
So i went back a few days later to remove it.
There are all these fresh water runoffs down the cliffs from the road ditches above.
With the high tide, sea Birds gather to bathe at the bases of them.
On this day, there was a big flock of Black Oystercatchers!
i only got these two fotos before an Eagle flew over & scared them all away.
i would have liked more time to get better fotos, they are not as sharp as i would like, but what the heck.
 
december 4 2018 11:50 - Black Oystercatchers
 


You can see food in the bill here, no idea what it is.
 

 

 
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Re: Hornby Ground Observations that Aren't Eagle Related... 2018-2019
« Reply #28 on: December 26, 2018, 10:47:09 AM »
 
i was invited to do the christmas Bird count on Hornby this year!
i got to go along with two women who*d done it before & i brought a friend who, like me, was keen to learn.
i had to be out the door by 9:15, & had fretted about being able to do that in time.
So, when i was wide awake, listening to the big wind & rain at 6:15 am, i got up & at *em.
Good thing, too, as i was able to make my coffee & oats & get my computer tasks done before the hydro went out around 7:45.
Next thing to fret about was were we still on?
It was sure pouring & blowing hard out there.
wren had said we were on as of 6:30 am, & i*d written to another counter who said we were on no matter the weather, so off we went.
My friend joined Otto & i in the car & we drove over to Nest # 6/7 Savoie Road, a fabulous spot.
We started in the house.
The fire was going, we could start counting through the windows to start with!
When it eased a bit out there, & to get going so we*d have time to do it all, we headed out.
Me in my poncho with my camera under it under my arm, one woman with a scope & her Bird book, another woman with binocs & a Bird book, & a fourth woman with binocs.
It was so exhilarating out there!
There was a fresh water stream collecting from the drenched & flooded Cow field & pouring over the high cliff, the Wind was pushing the Trees & us around, the waves were thumping the high bank.
It seemed there were no Birds to count, but the more you looked, & you had to really look, the more you saw.
We were supposed to count inland Birds as well as the ones on the shores & the water.
There sure weren*t a lot of them to be seen.
It would blow & pour, & then the Sun would come out.
At first there were just single Birds, or a small group out on the water, but as we got to the far edge of our count area, there were rocks that weren*t covered by crashing waves yet & there there were Birds.
It was hard to get good fotos, with the distance & the pouring rain, but my camera came in handy for helping to identify the Birds we were spotting.

This lovely group of Oystercatchers were nice & close, & even though it was raining, as you can see in the fotos, the Sun also came out a bit to light them up.

december 20 2018 10:08 - Black Oystercatchers
 


Love how the one has their eye cocked at the sky here.
& those rubbery pink legs are really something.
 


This drenched Eagle has a bit of a full crop & was the reason the Oystercatchers all flew off elsewhere.
 


On our way back to the house we were trying really hard to find land Birds.
Above the wind & rain we could hear tittering high up in the Trees, so we were trying to get our eye on who those Birds were so that we could add them to our count sheet.
We weren*t seeing them, only hearing them, but suddenly something caught my eye.
i thought it was a leaf falling straight down, soaking wet & blown off by the wind but then the leaf landed at the bottom of the Tree & started spiraling upwards!
Brown Creepers!
As we watched & watched we counted seven of them.
Usually you are lucky to see one.
 


Then the Sun would come out & there*d be a Rainbow!
 


We were covering two count areas that day, so we all headed down to the next place, Niner territory.
Even with a foto we were having a tough time figuring out whether this Loon was Common or Pacific.
Common was the final decision.


 


We were all invited to a potluck lunch in Phipps Point territory!
On our way there, i was SURE i saw three Trumpeter Swans flying along the bank, looking like they were coming in to land.
Then i saw Canada Geese & began to doubt my sighting til i talked to the counter who was driving behind me & she*d seen them too.

The fella hosting the lunch told us of a strange white Bird he*d been seeing on the ground at the Bird feeder out there.
i was watching the whole time, but was never able to see this Bird.
From his pictures, they looked like a leucistic Fox Sparrow!

This foto is through rain & the window.

december 20 2018 12:18 - male Purple Finch
 


Lunch was two fabulous home made soups, warm cheese biscuits, a cheese & cracker platter, ginger snaps & fresh fruit biscuits.
Outside was still pouring & blowing & now the Wind was coming from another direction.
The hydro was still off.
There were outages everywhere.
What a way to spend the day!
 
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Re: Hornby Ground Observations that Aren't Eagle Related... 2018-2019
« Reply #29 on: December 26, 2018, 09:56:15 PM »
Thank you for the very interesting report and photos of your day counting birds, booni.   :nod2

I could picture i my mind what you saw.
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