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Re: Hornby Ground Observations that Aren't Eagle Related... 2018-2019
« Reply #30 on: January 08, 2019, 09:49:13 AM »

i have been noticing HUGE flocks of Birds tittering away & flying in all together to land in the tops of the Trees where they continue tittering & what are they up to?
So i did this video one sunny day when i spotted them.
They are Pine Siskins!
& they seem to be eating the cones of the Alder Trees.


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Re: Hornby Ground Observations that Aren't Eagle Related... 2018-2019
« Reply #31 on: January 08, 2019, 11:52:59 AM »
That is really cool !!!!
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Re: Hornby Ground Observations that Aren't Eagle Related... 2018-2019
« Reply #32 on: January 08, 2019, 01:06:17 PM »
Wow sounds like a swarm .. What an expeerience


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Re: Hornby Ground Observations that Aren't Eagle Related... 2018-2019
« Reply #33 on: February 15, 2019, 08:40:28 AM »
 
i could hear this lovely quiet singing & finally spotted who it was, perched in the Sun shine & snow in my Rose bush!

february 13 2019 13:45 - male Dark-eyed Junco singing
 
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w91HkxOSxjM" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w91HkxOSxjM</a>
 

 
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Re: Hornby Ground Observations that Aren't Eagle Related... 2018-2019
« Reply #34 on: February 15, 2019, 10:53:26 AM »
 
Here are some fotos i got of this sweet fella!
 
february 13 2019 13:47 - male Dark-eyed Junco
 

 

 

 


My favourite!
 

 
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Re: Hornby Ground Observations that Aren't Eagle Related... 2018-2019
« Reply #35 on: February 15, 2019, 10:58:36 AM »
 
february 13 2019 13:48 - male Dark-eyed Junco
 

 


This one is pretty darn sweet, too.
 

 

 

 
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Re: Hornby Ground Observations that Aren't Eagle Related... 2018-2019
« Reply #36 on: February 16, 2019, 03:29:47 AM »
Awww - he is so sweet! delightful lil video Booni
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Re: Hornby Ground Observations that Aren't Eagle Related... 2018-2019
« Reply #37 on: April 03, 2019, 07:04:09 PM »
Here is a short report published by Dr. Sean Boyd, a scientist from Environment Canada, after he completed two surveys around Hornby, counting Harlequin ducks, in mid-March. Dr Boyd also was one of the speakers at Herring School on March 10.
I am grateful for the permission to share this text. Unfortunately I can't find a way to transfer the few photos.

Marine Birds and Pacific Herring Spawn in the Salish Sea
Environment and Climate Change Canada
Wildlife Research Division Field Report – Herring Spawn 2019

Overview

DFO Area 14 (see Appendix) supports the largest Pacific Herring spawn events in the region. Marine birds concentrate at these events, foraging intensively on the Herring and the eggs they deposit in shallow coastal waters. These spring pulses of energy and nutrients are likely important for some marine bird species to complete migration and they may even be used for incubation and egg production. Because of the large numbers of birds and other wildlife attracted to these events, a marine spill at this time of year could be devastating.
The number of Harlequin ducks in the Salish Sea may be declining and that could be a precursor for other marine bird species. We completed boat and ground-based surveys around Hornby and Denman Islands during February and March 2019, with a special focus on Harlequin ducks at Hornby to compare to counts from the late 1990s and early 2000s.

Harlequin ducks at Hornby
The population of Harlequin Ducks overwintering at Hornby Island in the late 1990s and early 2000s was estimated at around 500-600 birds. During the large spawn events that typically occurred in March of those years, Harlequin abundance increased to 4,000-5,000 individuals. Our 2018/19 ground and boat-based surveys indicated that the winter population is still around 500-600 birds. However, our surveys in mid-March 2019 (spawn period) found only 1150-1250 birds, which is considerably lower than the counts in the late 1990s and early 2000s.

Mixed flocks at spawn events
On 21 March 2019 we encountered a huge mixed flock of marine bird species just east of Tree Island at the north end of Denman, the site of a large spawn a week earlier. The flock was approximately 3 km long and (based on length, width, and bird density) we estimated at least 100,000 birds total! The flock consisted of 30-40% Surf Scoters, 20-30% Long-tailed Ducks, and the remaining 30-50% were Black Scoters, White-winged Scoters, Scaup, several Gull species, Bufflehead, Common Goldeneye, Black Brant etc. (the usual assemblage of egg-consumers). Our estimate of 20-30,000 Long-tailed Ducks was incredibly surprising, raising the question: Where are these birds wintering? We also saw 50,000 birds in a mixed species flock at Parksville and a 15,000 mixed flock at Collishaw Pt (on Hornby) last week. Both flocks were located at spawns from a week earlier.

Other Species
In addition to the species mentioned above we estimated up to 100,000 gulls (primarily Glaucous-winged, California, Mew, Bonaparte’s and Iceland), thousands of dabbling ducks (Mallard, Wigeon, Pintail), thousands of fish-eating birds (Common and Red-breasted Mergansers, Red-necked and Horned Grebes) and several shorebird species (Greater yellowlegs, Dunlin) foraging on the herring spawn in and around Hornby and Denman. Other species taking advantage of the spawns were Bald Eagles, California and Steller Sea Lions, and Orcas.

Future Work
Herring spawn events in DFO Area 14 are clearly important to a wide range of marine bird species. We suggest that flock sizes and species compositions should be determined via multiple air photo surveys conducted annually. We also recommend studies to investigate how selected species utilize and move between the different spawn events, and more broadly how birds move from their overwintering areas to concentrate at these events. Finally, we recommend studies investigating possible reasons for the recent decline in Harlequin duck numbers at Hornby (e.g., small herring spawns and/or recovery of spawns in other parts of the Salish Sea, decreasing survival and/or recruitment rates, increasing predation threat from Bald eagles, etc.).

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Re: Hornby Ground Observations that Aren't Eagle Related... 2018-2019
« Reply #38 on: April 03, 2019, 11:29:08 PM »
Very interesting, booni.  Thank you for sharing it with us.  Should we be cautiously optimistic that this plan will help mitigate the harm that has been and currently is being done to the herring population in the Salish Sea and the whole region?   :binocs
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Re: Hornby Ground Observations that Aren't Eagle Related... 2018-2019
« Reply #39 on: May 23, 2019, 07:21:26 AM »
 
Some sweet singing from my neighbour the Black-headed Grosbeak!  :heart
 
may 21 2019 16:18 - Black-headed Grosbeak singing
 
 
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Re: Hornby Ground Observations that Aren't Eagle Related... 2018-2019
« Reply #40 on: June 05, 2019, 08:27:23 AM »
 
We went to the Hall to have lunch with Ben & on our way out i spotted a begging youngster!
i waited to get fotos & to figure out who they were.
 
may 24 2019 13:27 - fledgling Dark-eyed Junco
 


LOVE the rubbery yellow gape!
 

 

 

 

 
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Re: Hornby Ground Observations that Aren't Eagle Related... 2018-2019
« Reply #41 on: June 05, 2019, 08:29:53 AM »
 
may 24 2019 13:28 - fledgling Dark-eyed Junco
 

 


A blurry foto, but just to show the adult who had been feeding the youngster.
 

 

 
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Re: Hornby Ground Observations that Aren't Eagle Related... 2018-2019
« Reply #42 on: June 28, 2019, 08:06:41 AM »
 
i love being at my kitchen sink looking out my big window at all the Bird activity in my yard!
i see SO MANY different Birds!
A friend asked me how a Hummingbird can bathe in my fountain so i kept my camera handy & did a little video.
There are plants & netting in the way, making the video not totally sharp, but you can get the idea.
 
june 27 2019 17:09 - Hummingbird bathing
 
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Re: Hornby Ground Observations that Aren't Eagle Related... 2018-2019
« Reply #43 on: June 29, 2019, 07:43:01 AM »
A great way to see them without scaring the birds, booni!    :eclove
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Re: Hornby Ground Observations that Aren't Eagle Related... 2018-2019
« Reply #44 on: July 07, 2019, 10:03:51 AM »
 
Here i am at my kitchen sink again, watching & maybe trying to video Birds bathing.
Usually it is just quick, & i can*t get my camera there in time, & other times i have luck.
i consider these videos to be lucky!
You usually only hear these Birds, you rarely actually see them.

july 3 2019 17:10 - Swainson*s Thrush bathing

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HrzyDFmzI5s" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HrzyDFmzI5s</a>


<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FaDeoW0oafg" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FaDeoW0oafg</a>


My neighbour was shooting a stupid pellet gun all afternoon!
You can see how the Birds react to this, at the end of the video.  :lumphammer8
i gave him the what-for about it that night when he brought over a tiny Hummingbird that his cat was batting around.  :pull
He told me he wasn*t shooting Birds, so i pointed to all the bushes in my yard & said their are Birds everywhere right now & where do you think all those stray pellets you are shooting for hours on end go?


july 3 2019 17:14 - Swainson*s Thrush bathing with Purple Finch drinking
 
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ue37UiSNmE4" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ue37UiSNmE4</a>


july 3 2019 17:23 - female Rufous Hummingbird bathing

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july 5 2019 10:39 - Swainson*s Thrush bathing

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