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Around Hornby Island => Around Hornby Island ~ 2017-2018 => Topic started by: boonibarb on January 02, 2018, 07:20:47 PM

Title: Shingle Spit nest - 2018 Season
Post by: boonibarb on January 02, 2018, 07:20:47 PM

The Shingle Spit Nest is very close to where you get off the ferry that arrives at Hornby Island when you come over from Denman.
The Nest is a bit hard to spot, but you can see the Eagles coming & going & perched in Trees near the ferry.
This is a beautiful spot, overlooking Shingle Spit, a really cool formation, the waters of Lambert Channel, which run between Hornby & Denman, Denman Island itself, & an almost never-ending spectacle of wildlife including Ducks, Great Blue Herons, Eagles of all ages, Orca & even Humpback Whales, as well as Cormorants, Black Oystercatchers, you name it.

To see what happened in this territory last season, & to find links to previous seasons, click here. (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=1695.msg176059#msg176059)
Title: Re: Shingle Spit nest - 2018 Season
Post by: boonibarb on January 02, 2018, 07:51:43 PM
 
This was a sunny cold day & i thought we might get some Sun at Shingle Spit!
On our way down there, i noticed all the fabulous fresh white snow on the Trees on Mount Geoffrey, something fairly rare around here.
It looked spectacular, so i was hoping to be able to get a foto of that from the Spit.
 
december 30 2017 14:09 - snow on Mount Geoffrey
 
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4592/27677939749_7ab676b1af_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/JaNFcK)
 
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4738/27677908189_f9e3061b42_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/JaNvPB)

i was really pleased to see a Purple Martin back from migration already!
This has got to be a record.

december 30 2017 14:15 - an awfully large Purple Martin
 
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4682/39455721531_1e10883eb8_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/237yToT)
 
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4595/24589237407_ba00ec6ef0_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/DsSgB6)
 

link to my fotos page - 
 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/)
Title: Re: Shingle Spit nest - 2018 Season
Post by: boonibarb on January 02, 2018, 08:38:02 PM
 
Not sure i really would have noticed what was going on here, except for wren*s fotos she got at Phipps Point as well, of Gulls harvesting Arbutus berries!

december 30 2017 14:27 - Gulls nabbing Arbutus berries at Shingle Spit

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hju7TqgFyRk


link to my fotos page -  
 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/)
Title: Re: Shingle Spit nest - 2018 Season
Post by: auroradawn on January 03, 2018, 10:29:12 AM
Guess larger Purple Martin boxes are needed  :eclol
Title: Re: Shingle Spit nest - 2018 Season
Post by: winterwren on March 27, 2018, 09:37:57 PM
I was watching the gull near this nest today... And of course I had a good look at the nest while I was there.

Definitely some new branches added.
Crows were all around the nest, I was wondering what was going on.
And surprise! A really quick changeover of eagles.
After which the crows dispersed.
Were they hoping to steal eggs while the eagles were switching?

I can't see anyone in this photo but I'm pretty sure it was a switch I saw. The second eagle is perched on a tree nearby after what looked like a brief fishing expedition.
March 27, 2:20 pm
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/808/41064450481_8c615414e3_z.jpg) (https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/808/41064450481_60d83ae9c0_k.jpg)

Title: Re: Shingle Spit nest - 2018 Season
Post by: winterwren on March 27, 2018, 10:03:13 PM
While I was there, I said hi to the Double-crested Cormorants on the dock. They're just starting to grow their crests... Some have black ones, some white ones.

One of them has leg bands! looks like KE8?
March 27, 1:35 pm
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These ones were having a discussion about seating arrangements, resulting in one of them having to move over. Two of them are showing expanded gular (throat) pouches... Like a miniature version of a pelican's. First time I see this.

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/886/41064457391_401f5b74ae_z.jpg) (https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/886/41064457391_ebb1cf48f3_k.jpg)

Title: Re: Shingle Spit nest - 2018 Season
Post by: Tigerlady105 on March 27, 2018, 10:48:25 PM
Very nice to be able to see something for the first time, wren.     :nod2