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Around Hornby Island => Around Hornby Island ~ 2011-2012 => Topic started by: winterwren on October 12, 2011, 09:44:21 PM

Title: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: winterwren on October 12, 2011, 09:44:21 PM
This topic is where people can post photos and videos and observations of things around Hornby that are not eagle related.

It all adds up to a bit more background on the ecosystem that our eagles live in and the interconnected plants and animals that live in it.

To see last year's Ground Observations that are Not Eagle Related, click Here! (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=541.msg32666#msg32666)

Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: winterwren on October 12, 2011, 10:11:44 PM
The waters around Hornby Island are home to many overwintering birds, who start arriving at the end of their nesting season.

I saw the first loons on August 12.
Today at Shingle Spit I spotted some more of the winter regulars... Scoters!

We last saw them in April in This post. (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=541.msg52306#msg52306)  
They were away to their nesting grounds all summer.
And now they're back...

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The regulars of Shingle Spit had been down in numbers to half a dozen; but they must have had a good breeding season because there were about 20 scoters today.

At the back of the bay I heard a rattling call and spotted this little fellow.

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Belted Kingfishers do nest on Hornby, but they don't use this bay as nesting grounds anymore, so I had not seen any here for a while. Now His Royal Highness is here for the winter.


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 :ecsmile


Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: Donnae on October 12, 2011, 10:17:46 PM
Love the kingfisher Wren, have never seen one or the scoters either... you have some neat birds and duck there including the harliquin (sp) ducks. Really love the kingfisher though, so pretty. Thanks for sharing

Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: blackster1 on October 13, 2011, 09:40:49 AM
Our scoters have arrived as well to join the grebes, cormorants and kingfishers.  It looks like a good year so far for our bayducks
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: winterwren on October 13, 2011, 12:26:12 PM
Blackster, I saw your grebe pictures Here! (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=476.msg75742#msg75742)  Well done! For years, I've been trying to get close enough to the local grebes for good pictures; no luck yet (though with my nice new telephoto lens I might now stand a chance).

I love this time of year, watching the winter birds returning, and seeing the new young tagging along.

Thanks also for the conclusion of the Heron story in the same thread.  :heart


Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: blackster1 on October 13, 2011, 02:41:12 PM
Wren I was using my new telephoto lens 100 to 400mm as practice for our trip to Antartica.  We leave Sun until Nov 8 so I will be absent for awhile.  You will really get tired of penguin pictures when I start posting.
Title: Merlin
Post by: boonibarb on October 13, 2011, 06:26:14 PM

After Mum left the Peters*s Tree, i realized this little fella was hanging out on the branch where she had been!
A Merlin perhaps?

october 11 2011 10:30 - Merlin in the Peters*s Tree - 191-72

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october 11 2011 10:30 - Merlin in the Peters*s Tree - 191-87

Wow, smaller birds move SO FAST compared to Eagles!
i totally missed this guy*s departure, with my camera.


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Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: Tigerlady105 on October 14, 2011, 12:04:41 AM
This thread is so interesting.  It's nice to see and learn about the other wildlife in the area!
Title: Great Blue Heron
Post by: boonibarb on October 16, 2011, 07:41:58 PM

We got to Buckley Bay a bit early for the ferry so were waiting in line.
i spotted this bird right away!
Don*t they usually have a little sort of frond on the top of their heads & sort of shaggy loose feathers on their breast?
Is that a seasonal, or a male/female thing?
i guess those shaggy feathers are there in the large version of the foto, they just aren*t *deployed*.
& what is the red thing on the right *shoulder* of the wing?


october 12 2011 14:53 - Great Blue Heron at Buckley Bay - 192-2


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Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: mishikeenhquay on October 16, 2011, 07:48:50 PM
a poop shot maybe??  lol
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: Tigerlady105 on October 16, 2011, 07:56:04 PM
Booni, maybe this is a seasonal difference.  I don't know enough about them to say. When I've seen them in the wild, the GB heron's have has the head feathers that go back and are very pretty.  That's a nice photo!
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: winterwren on October 16, 2011, 09:08:06 PM

Booni, I'm looking at Sibley, and it looks like maybe this one is in transition between 1st year plumage and adult plumage. The neck is still a bit dark and there are less shaggy feathers on the breast.
I have seen adults with the black head plumes and breast plumes lying flat, too, depending on what they are doing...
Adults and young both have some reddish feathers right at the shoulder and at the base of the alula; this looks like the colour for a young one; the adults show some black feathers around there also - another reason why I think this one is in transition between juvenile and adult plumage.
The gob of red is the right colour and position to be some of the red feathers, but it looks like the wrong shape. It looks like a gob.  So I don't know what is going on.

Here is your own (beautiful, amazing, one of my faves!) post  from 2010 with photos of an adult heron. You can see where the red tracks to on open wings. Look at the last few pictures.
Click here to view. (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=37.msg14894#msg14894)
In those (fabulous) photos, the head plumes are laying flat too.


Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: winterwren on October 16, 2011, 09:27:28 PM

I mentioned elsewhere that I've been trying to photograph grebes for years, without success.

Today I was working on the water... and I had my good camera... and I saw TWO KINDS!!!!
 
:biggrin6

I'm soooo excited.

Look look look!!!

Red-necked Grebe. Not very often seen here. An adult, still in nuptial plumage, but the colour has worn out.

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The early-morning light made all sorts of lovely colours on the water... Lucky lucky little Wrennie!

And THEN,

A few hours later...

Really close...

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I thought these were Western Grebes, but they're not. Now that I can have a good look, I see that it is a Horned Grebe.

Click to look at the large size: there is a little pale ring around the pupil, inside the red eye.
And grebes have beautiful lobed toes instead of webbed feet. The feet are set far back on the body, like a loon's.
This is an adult in winter plumage.
These are the grebes we usually see around here.

And here this beautiful visitor is preparing to dive...

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Gone!

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:hearts2

Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: Rajame on October 16, 2011, 11:28:28 PM
Fabulous! That rocks!

:hearts2
Title: Great Blue Heron
Post by: boonibarb on October 29, 2011, 10:36:32 AM

i had to go to Ford Cove to fill up my drinking water bottles.
i always love going to Ford Cove.
It is so beautiful & there is always something interesting to see!
Right now they are working on our ferry docks, so there is no ferry between Hornby & Denman.
There is only a foot passenger shuttle boat between Denman & Hornby for two weeks, landing at Ford Cove.
So i wanted to see what this looked like, happening.
Of course my eye wandered, waiting for the boat to arrive, watching the ferry crew & the locals interacting.
i spotted a Great Blue Heron standing on the breakwater rocks, very close to the dock.
So i rushed down the dock back to my van to get my camera!

Slide Show - october 25 2011 13:01 - Great Blue Heron at Ford Cove


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Title: Great Blue Heron
Post by: boonibarb on October 29, 2011, 10:53:54 AM

He*s got a fluffy stuck to the tip of his beak!
Must*ve been preening.
Is he a young one?
i see no loop on top of his head?
& the breast feathers are kind of dark/mottled?

october 25 2011 13:01 - Great Blue Heron - 193-18


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Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: Donnae on October 29, 2011, 11:12:14 AM
beautiful pic booni!!!!
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: winterwren on October 29, 2011, 11:41:14 AM
Yesterday it was my turn to spend time at Ford Cove. After a stormy morning, the sky cleared and the water became an Impressionist painting, reflecting the green and orange trees on the shore.

A young Double-crested cormorant is fishing inside the painting...
Click on the picture: he has blue eyes!

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Diving...

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Gone.

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Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: winterwren on October 29, 2011, 12:45:17 PM
Shortly before I took the photos of the cormorant, I spotted some splashing in the same little bay... I put my lens on the scene and realised what I was seeing... A seal, playing with a stick!

The light was very low, so I had to use high ISO values. Still, you can see what is going on.

I'll show you the stick first... then the rest of the action makes more sense. This branch is maybe 3 1/2 feet long.

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The bay is full of orange reflections from the autumn trees.

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He's really playing!

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:ecsmile

Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: emc on October 29, 2011, 12:50:39 PM
How fun! Great pics wren.  :biggrin6
Title: Re: Great Blue Heron
Post by: winterwren on October 29, 2011, 05:54:30 PM
I've been trying to learn more about herons, since Booni started posting those beautiful pictures she took of them recently.

Sibley tells us that the young herons don't have a white stripe on top of their head. Their whole crown is a dark blue-grey.

It seems to me that the long feathers at the back of the adults' heads only stand out some of the time. Maybe when they are dry? or when they want to display?

So, I looked back at some pictures I took on October 25. I was watching two herons who seemed to be vying for territory. One landed in a small bay, and a minute later another one landed almost right on top of the first one and displaced him or her. This happened a few times. I was thinking that the second heron must be an adult, chasing a youngster from established territory... But, armed with my new knowledge, I'm now finding out that both were young herons, in their first year of life.

Look at the dark crown, with no white.
Gravelly Bay, October 25 2011

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This is my only photo that shows both herons. The one who seemed to win the contest is at the top of the rock. This one also has an all-dark crown.

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Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: boonibarb on October 29, 2011, 06:34:41 PM

Wow wrennie, the colour of the water in those fotos of the Cormorant & Seal is truly amazing!!
What a fun thing, to capture a Seal playing like that.
&, i have NEVER seen a Cormorant swimming or fishing, only flying, or, mostly, perching!
Title: Great Blue Heron
Post by: boonibarb on October 29, 2011, 06:42:23 PM

october 25 2011 13:03 - Great Blue Heron takes off - 193-36

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Title: Great Blue Heron
Post by: boonibarb on October 29, 2011, 07:02:01 PM

i find the feet interesting!
Kind of like an Eagle*s toes on the underside.

october 25 2011 13:03 - Great Blue Heron takes off - 193-38


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Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: winterwren on October 29, 2011, 07:48:11 PM
Amazing catches, those photos, Booni!

I love watching herons take off. It always seems to be contrary to the laws of physics. Those last 2 photos translate that very well.


 :heart
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: boonibarb on October 29, 2011, 10:13:22 PM

i forgot to mention!
What is that thing between the upper legs of the Heron??
The folded NECK, of COURSE!!  :mhihi
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: winterwren on November 01, 2011, 12:27:22 PM
I mentioned in This posting (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=637.msg78911#msg78911) that I would soon have to buckle down and learn my shorebirds...

The next lesson came yesterday, near Grassy Point, just after Dad Hornby took off from the Peters' tree.

This is what I saw!

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The whole flock flew as one, and it's only when I looked at the photos on my computer that I realised that two species were flying together, rising and falling and wheeling as if they shared one mind.
The larger bird I think is a Greater Yellowlegs. The smaller ones I had narrowed down to Western or Semipalmated Sandpipers from the dark bill and legs, and the plumage pattern; Western also has a longer bill that is slightly down-curved, and indeed we can see this on this picture... So Western Sandpiper it is!


We see most of the flock here, as they come in for a landing. I counted 4 Yellowlegs and 18 Sandpipers. One of the Sandpipers is off the frame to our right.

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Click on this not-very-clear picture to see the next surprise: to the left of the Yellowlegs, hidden in plain sight, are two Black Turnstones!

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And now the Turnstones - I'm counting six in this picture - are taking off with some of the Sandpipers, and once again they fly as one.

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Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: Tigerlady105 on November 01, 2011, 01:59:25 PM
Wren and Booni, I'm trying to catchup here and enjoying your great photos and reports very much!   :thumbup:

Wren, it's interesting that the two species of birds flew as one group together, including turning.  They must have a similar communication signal to be able to do that. 

Booni, I've seen photos of many GB Herons and they don't always have the back-facing head feathers sticking out.  Sometimes those feathers aren't noticeable in photos, apparently.  I don't know if they are seen better in person when that happens.  (Another clue for on-the-spot observers to checkout!)   :eclove
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: passerine on November 01, 2011, 03:54:12 PM
As much as I love Eagles this is my favorite topic in Around Hornby, love all the varieties. Know what mean Wren about the Black Turnstones they are indeed hidden in plain sight.
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: winterwren on November 01, 2011, 09:02:37 PM
When I spotted the shorebirds in flight, I was busy watching this boat, just off the underwater ledge near Big Rock.
This is a gillnetter, fishing for chum salmon.
There was another boat near Grassy Point.
Booni mentioned that she saw several gillnetters near Ford Cove.

This boat didn't seem to be catching much. Maybe 3 or 4 fish on that set. They moved further offshore after picking up their net.
Click on this picture, and you'll see a salmon in the net just off the stern.

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A better view of the stern. You can see how the net comes over a roller and then gets spooled onto a rotating drum. The main working area is between the roller and the drum.

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Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: joyofdogs on November 02, 2011, 07:41:48 AM
I LOVE this thread. 

Here's an addendum to your post Wren.  When Maj, Mishi and I went to Goose Spit in Comox on Monday to pick up the injured duck we could see a whole long line of fishing boats as we looked south toward Hornby. Barb, the security guard (there is a Canadian forces base at the end of the spit) who had called about the duck, told us they were chum fishing.  I understand there was a small opening for the chum fishery. Joyofdogs
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: winterwren on November 02, 2011, 07:25:07 PM
Thanks for the added information, Joy!

Today I talked with someone who is involved in that fishery. He said that the fish are abundant but smaller than usual. He also said that the fishery closed today but will probably open again next Monday and Tuesday.
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: sparkie on November 03, 2011, 05:15:50 AM
I hope you all had a wonderful day   :thumbup:
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: winterwren on November 09, 2011, 01:02:38 AM
November 2, 2011
I spotted this cormorant swimming in the Cove. The bay was full of little feed fishes, with small rockfish hanging out below them near the bottom, and a few birds venturing near the dock, drawn by that feast.
I'm wondering if this is a Brandt's Cormorant. Pelagics have a thinner bill and look muddy when their feathers are wet. The pale feathers on the cheek of this one also indicate a Brandt's.

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Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: winterwren on November 09, 2011, 01:15:07 AM
On the same morning, I saw these two Horned Grebes. I think they are both adults. The one on the left looks greyer at the base of the head, but I think it's because his feathers are puffed out. His neck is tucked in and looks thicker.
I've seen young of last summer hanging out with adults, both here and across the water at Gravelly Bay, so that is a possibility also.

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Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: winterwren on November 09, 2011, 02:27:25 AM
Now, this one is a Pelagic Cormorant for sure.
Note the thin bill and flattened head.
Cormorants don't have waterproof feathers; that is why they spend so much time drying themselves with their wings open. Pelagics look somewhat muddy when wet, especially the youngsters. Click on the picture and you'll see it: brownish feathers, brownish bill, brownish eyes.
The long tail trails in the water. It is not always visible, but when it is, it's a positive identifier. Most seabirds have short tails.
Gravelly Bay, November 3 2011

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Many seabirds arc out of the water as they dive, to give themselves momentum. This cormorant's head is already underwater to our right; the pointy bits at the top are the wings, and the long, downturned tail is to our left.

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Lunch time! Pelagic cormorant emerges with a fish, his long neck like a periscope.

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The fish could be a small herring, surf smelt or anchovy. All three have forked tails and occur in these waters.
The cormorant tosses his prey to line it up for swallowing. Don't lose it, kiddo.

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Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: Tigerlady105 on November 09, 2011, 02:39:54 AM
Wren, I wonder why the Cormorants don't have waterproof feathers, since they are a seabird?  I didn't know that they don't have the same protection that ducks and other birds do.   :puzzled2

In China, many fishermen use the Cormorants to dive down and bring up fish which are then taken from the birds and the fish are sold.
Title: Helliwell Park
Post by: boonibarb on November 09, 2011, 08:27:26 AM

Mishi & i took Dooki for a walk in Helliwell Park on a lovely day!
i have a new little camera i was trying out.   :hearts2

november 3 2011 15:30 - Dooki in Helliwell

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Cool moss in Helliwell

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Conglomerate rock bluffs of Helliwell

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Dooki on the edge

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Mishi on the edge

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Mishi the photographer and Dooki

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Dooki on Mishi*s shoulder

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sunlight on the water

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the grassy cliffs of Tribune Bay

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Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: Cawatcher on November 09, 2011, 08:34:36 AM
 :heart :heart :heart :heart :heart :heart :eclove
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: Donnae on November 09, 2011, 08:35:30 AM


Beautiful pics booni... sigh wish I was there!!!! What a gorgeous place.

Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: ccfan on November 09, 2011, 06:49:18 PM
Ditto what Cali said!!!!! :thumbup:
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: Rajame on November 09, 2011, 07:43:06 PM
Oh Booni,

Those pictures are like velvet - so beautiful and those cuties Dooki and Mishi rock the world too!

I stopped Mr Raj in his tracks. He is not easily impressed... but he said, ok ask her the type of camera. I want that one. If you wouldn't mind sharing with me in a PM that would be great. If we are treading on the personal side, we totally understand.

Sending hugs,
Rajame

:hearts
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: amazedbyeagles on November 10, 2011, 09:14:18 AM
WOWEE!!!  Love the heron photos!  We used to have blue herons where I lived in Connecticut, and the flock would land high in oak trees!!!!  They are such lanky, elegant birds!  Thanks for the fabulous photos, boonie!  And the pictures of the seal playing with a stick are hilarious!  How much fun to see such antics!  Thanks so much for sharing!!  :eclove
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: winterwren on November 11, 2011, 06:50:47 PM
On November 4 I was mostly working on the edge of a little bay, where I was able to watch the grebes again.

This is a juvenile Horned Grebe for sure. He has some grey on his neck, where the adults are all white.

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He's dipping his beak in the water... in a moment his whole head will be submerged.

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A lot of seabirds do this... They swim around with their head underwater, looking for prey. Swans look particularly goofy when they do that... their head and neck disappear completely, and you just see a body floating along.

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And then he dives just like the cormorants do: a little jump forward and up, and he's gone... (nice view of his yellow legs here.)

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Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: winterwren on November 11, 2011, 07:31:28 PM
"Grebes have some of the most elaborate, stereotyped, and captivating courtship displays of all birds. The different phases of their displays correspond to the progressive stages of breeding: pair-bond formation, selection of nest site, territory establishment and maintenance, copulation, incubation and chick-rearing. Some theories hold that the most intensive displays, as seen in the Western and Clark's Grebes, have their origin in the management of aggression, and that the reciprocity in postures and initiative between the sexes relates not just to pair-bonding but also to conflicts between males. "

The Sibley Guide to Bird Life and Behaviour,
Edited by Chris Elphick, John B Dinning, jr, and David Allen Sibley, p. 131

I'm not sure what the following interaction is about. It involves an adult and a youngster of last summer. This young one will breed next summer, or the summer after. So, is this an adult telling an offspring to get lost, or an older male putting an up-and-coming rival in his place? Certainly the young grebe had been fishing on his own, and, as I had the good luck of seeing a bit later, catching good-sized prey.

Here is the first picture... The adult approaches the youngster, who had been fishing and minding his own business; the adult has his feathers all puffed up to make himself look big. Of course to our human eyes he looks even cuter.  :heart
November 4, 12:03:27
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The youngster stands his ground...
12:03:28
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Questioning authority? The youngster adopts what Sibley calls "the penguin posture."  :eclol
12:03:30
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The next move happens very fast. In the last picture, the adult is already winding up for his lunge. One second later he has rushed the young one from his position.
12:03:31
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Click on the picture and look closely: the adult has a feather stuck to his beak!
We can see the whole shaft of the feather... is it just stuck to his beak, or is he holding on to some of the barbs? Regardless, there has been physical contact.

And now I'd better break off and put the rest in a different post, otherwise this one will be too long... To be continued!  :ecsmile
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: Tigerlady105 on November 11, 2011, 07:59:12 PM
Wren, your photos and explanations are sooooo interesting!  I'm enjoying being introduced to new species and learning about them, along with seeing the actual interactions in the pictures.   :thumbup:
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: winterwren on November 11, 2011, 08:37:05 PM
Grebe antics, part 2!

12:03:33. The adult has made his point and peace returns.
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I've been scanning those photos, trying to figure out where the feather has gone. I don't see it floating anywhere. Then I read Sibley again, and found out that it's possible that the adult ate it!

"Another peculiarity of grebe biology, (...) is the birds' regular ingestion of large numbers of their own feathers, mostly taken from the belly and flanks. The feathers may protect the stomach from puncture by indigestible parts of the grebe's prey and prevent hard items from entering the intestines. They also provide the base material of regurgitated pellets that contain undigested material such as fish bones. Pellet-casting has the additional benefit of removing parasites from the digestive tract." (op. cit. p. 131)

12:03:37
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The adult is still all puffed up, but he seems to have won the day. Whatever there was to win...
12:03:45
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Maybe.
12:03:46 "Phthbtbbtbtttt!!!"
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"Those kids nowadays... No respect!"
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 :eclol

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Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: Tigerlady105 on November 12, 2011, 03:10:45 AM
I'm still trying to figure out what the adult won?!   :eclol  Was it a lesson in who is dominant?  That I can understand.  

The fish are all around and there isn't a tree or a hill to mark the exact territory lines in the water.   :mhihi
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: winterwren on November 12, 2011, 07:52:20 AM
I'm with you, Tigerlady: I have no idea what was gained here. Especially given that, when I returned two days later, it was still the young grebe who fished in the bay.

And with resounding success!
November 6, 10:58:45
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Catching lunch is only half of the battle, though... The other half is getting it down the hatch!
10:59:05
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(The fish looks like what we would generically call a bullhead... and could be any number of things. I'll look it up in a bit.)


The mighty hunter, who himself weighs in at less than a pound, tries different grips... And that involves dipping his head and the fish in the water a few times.
10:59:12
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It even involves letting go of the fish!
10:59:18
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But finally and by miracle, our hero manages the impossible!
10:59:30
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 :biggrin3

Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: Donnae on November 12, 2011, 08:44:32 AM
Photos are fantastic Wren... ty
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: Blue on November 12, 2011, 09:06:58 AM
Great series of photos, Wren - and commentary.  :nod2
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: winterwren on November 12, 2011, 09:18:25 AM
On November 7, a pod of orcas came out to greet Mishi as she crossed the channel to go to Shredder Helliwell's release.
I was on shore, but the water taxi's skipper called me on the radio, and I got my camera out. I was able to get these two photos. The whales are over half a mile away!

The water taxi guy, who often works on whale-watching tours, thought that they are a pod of transient whales. Transients eat sea mammals, and travel in smaller groups than residents, who are fish eaters.

Looks like two adult females and a young one in this picture.

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Here, one female and a young one. If the creamy colour is accurate and not an artifact of the photo, it would mean that the little one is very young. I'm not sure at what age they lose the creamy-yellow colour.

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Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: joyofdogs on November 12, 2011, 09:26:52 AM
WOW! Thank you.
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: ccfan on November 12, 2011, 12:46:07 PM
Thank You!
I am learning so much from your pictures and narratives. :heart
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: NancyM on November 12, 2011, 02:27:12 PM
 :ty  Wren!  I love the sequence of grebe pictures - well done!

and interesting to learn about the difference in diet between the transient and resident orcas.
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: Tigerlady105 on November 12, 2011, 02:54:00 PM
Wren, your sequence of Young Grebe Tries to Eat Big Fish is delightful!  Thank you for posting it here with your comments.  I'm glad that he/she stayed around, since at the moment there seems to be fish for more than one Grebe!   :eclol

Yes, the transient orcas eat all kinds of sea mammals, including other whale species, while the resident pods J, K, and L eat salmon as their preferred food.  Some times the salmon are available and other times they really have to search.  Several years ago I was on a whale-watching trip out of Anacortes, WA, and one of the resident pods was widely dispersed, all in a long line, searching for salmon.  They weren't having much luck right then.  They were staying low in the water and not breaching or doing anything but looking for the salmon right then.

ETA: If I remember correctly, hippos and whales are related species.  I think that's what we learned on the WildEarth Djuma game safaris some time ago.  That may not be orcas. (Could be Humpbacks or another whale species.)   I'll have to check that out.
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: mishikeenhquay on November 12, 2011, 04:45:31 PM

Gitchi Miigwetch for the Orca pictures Wren!!  We could not get any from the boat...he would not let us outside the little cabin area....sigh...What an incredible treat that was!!!  I am so glad that the boat driver called you and told you all to look!!  It WAS funny though that when we reached the dock...there was no one there to tie up the boat...you were all on the banks taking pictures!!!
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: wildkitten on November 12, 2011, 04:55:23 PM

WOW!!!!!!!   i love whales!
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: ccfan on November 12, 2011, 05:00:11 PM
ROFL Mishi, I guess that's island life and how wonderful!
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: mishikeenhquay on November 13, 2011, 04:44:20 PM
When building the Medicine Wheel....which I will post as part of "the Journey"  woman that I had met earlier in the week came down and watched for a bit.  She asked several questions about what we were doing and why.  She soon left, but came back when we had finished and asked if she could take some pictures.  She came to the wheel each morning....checking on it....standing "with" it.  Each day we talked about why we had built it and what it symbolized.  She asked if she could write a blog about it.  This is what she wrote:



The blog I wrote below is about a medicine wheel built by a wonderful native woman (Mishi) that I met last week. Since my original post, part of the medicine wheel had been damaged. Mishi repaired and has since, along with other members of the community, added to this medicine wheel. On Thursday Mishi had to leave this island and return home, we will miss her, but she's promised to return.

 
The Medicine Wheel



On a small island where I live in the Northern Gulf Islands, I met a native woman by the name of Mishi, visiting from Massachusetts. She introduced me to the pair of Eagles who have a nest just behind my house. They are the most extraordinary creature, and I’ve always been fascinated by them. On Saturday Mishi, along with her friend, built a medicine wheel on the beach in front of my home.

A medicine wheel is a physical manifestation of spiritual energy. The circle of life appears like a wheel as seen in the photo’s I’ve included in this blog. Spiritual energy using all the elemental forces, calling in the four directions. It is a wheel of protection allowing us to use surrounding energy and gathered into a focal point to commune with “Spirit—all elemental forces.”

 
Mishi was guided to build this medicine circle, in this specific spot on the beach. As she said to me “it wanted to be up here.” She listened and constructed using the materials provided by the land. Each rock, each stick had a specific spot and purpose. Everything was blessed, and smudged with Sage. The construction took all morning.  

The wheel was constructed using the four directions. East, the rock color is yellow which is a new beginning, the rising sun, air, flight and springtime. South the rock is red, which symbolizes youth, fire, passion the time of the Summer. West rock is black, adult hood, the fall season, setting sun, water and emotions. North is white, which is the end of the cycle, purity and wisdom, earth, wintertime--a time to stop and listen. Then begin again in the East, yellow, new beginning. The circle of life.
 

Rock placement was not easy. Mishi and her sister scrounged the beach for hours seeking the right colored rocks, and the beach wood needed to construct the medicine wheel. Every stone is smudged with sage. Tobacco was provided in an offering for the rocks. Mishi listened to each rock—stone, to tell its proper placement. Some fit some didn’t. Several times during construction, the two women, were interrupted by the pair of Eagles who live here. The Eagles watched from their tree overlooking the beach. The murder of ravens and the sea lion, the otters in the Ocean all made their presence known. They knew why she was here to build this circle. In that spot. And why now. But did we?

The center of the circle is the pure heart, spirit. Everything extends from the circle and everything comes together in the middle.

This medicine wheel was created and blessed for Truth, Honesty and Healing. What’s amazing is why it had to be here? A place in need of healing?

I love Native American culture, and I felt truly blessed to have this medicine wheel on the beach in front of my home where I can visit every morning.


Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: Tigerlady105 on November 13, 2011, 10:16:42 PM
Mishi, what a wonderful way to know that the woman who wrote the blog not only was curious about what you were doing, but also that she values, respects and honors the purposes of the Medicine Wheel and will be there to watch out for it, along with Mom and Dad.  Thank you for sharing her blog posts about it with us.   :heart
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: ccfan on November 14, 2011, 10:54:18 AM
That is truly beautiful...
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: basenjimom on November 14, 2011, 03:47:10 PM
no words...speechless.... 
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: winterwren on November 14, 2011, 08:35:58 PM
November 7. Still watching the ocean whenever my work duties allowed.

That day the bay saw a new guest... A Red-necked Grebe in first-winter plumage.

(Click here (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=949.msg78233#msg78233) to see a photo of an adult Red-necked Grebe.)

This one was swimming around inside Gravelly Bay, where all the boats and people were. Grebes do go there from time to time, but they don't stick around for long. A few minutes, yes. Not two hours. Also this one was preening a lot, but not diving or feeding. It's only when I uploaded the photos that I was able to confirmed what I already feared.
You can already see that there is something different with the other side of his head.

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Meanwhile, look at the beautiful foot with lobed toes!

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He turns around... Yep, sure enough.
I don't know what caused this. Propeller injury? Narrow escape from predator?
There is a small lesion on the neck too. I worry most about his eye. Though on some of the shots you can see it at least moves.

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His preening movements are easy, fluid and symmetrical, so I'm guessing, and hoping, that the injuries are only on the surface.
Look again at that beautiful foot, counterbalancing his body as he preens.  :heart

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Preening yoga...
I figure you can't do that with broken bones or deep muscular injuries.

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Look at how deep his down is... Deep enough to bury one's beak in it. (Or is it a bill?)

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After two hours in the shelter of the bay, this beautiful visitor swam away and, although I watched for him, I never saw him again.


Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: Tigerlady105 on November 14, 2011, 09:29:21 PM
Wren, I hope that whatever happened to the Grebe is superficial!  Thank you for staying with him/her and showing us that he seems to be functioning.
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: Donnae on November 14, 2011, 10:26:38 PM
me too tiger, thanks Wren for the photos and watch that beautiful bird to make sure it was safe and functional.
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: Donnae on November 14, 2011, 10:29:39 PM
Mishi, that beautiful blog brought tears to my eyes... how wonderfully written by the lady.... thank you so much for sharing and telling the story of a medicine wheel... truly beautiful !!!!
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: winterwren on November 15, 2011, 05:15:07 PM
November 14. I'm watching the Belcarra nest, hoping to see the builders in action... and I hear a hammering noise in a tree nearby...
...Where I surprise another kind of builder: a pileated woodpecker.

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Close up...

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Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: basenjimom on November 17, 2011, 03:56:22 PM
Mishi,
Does the blogger that refers to your 'sister'  mean our beloved  :heart Boonie?  or did you really have a sister in tow?   Sisters "of the heart" mean soooo much!!!  They are heartfelt sisters indeed.
   
http://lorhainneeckhart.blogspot.com/2011/11/medicine-wheel.html?zx=fcb1cee24c42594c
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: mishikeenhquay on November 17, 2011, 06:17:49 PM
Basen
She was referring to Boonibarb.  LOL  I think we might have been "acting" like sisters at some point!
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: Cawatcher on November 17, 2011, 06:30:57 PM
Winterwren Love the pileated!!! ty!!
Title: Great Blue Heron
Post by: boonibarb on November 20, 2011, 03:28:16 PM

Mishi & i were on the beach on a small bay in the territory of Nest #16-19.
This Heron had flown up from the beach & landed in the top of a tree nearby.
All of a sudden he re-appeared!

november 1 2011 11:56 - Great Blue Heron - 195-18

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He seemed to just stand there relaxing for quite a while, neck all tucked in.
i couldn*t believe he was there, so close to us!

november 1 2011 11:58 - Great Blue Heron - 195-28

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Then he took off!

november 1 2011 1159 - Great Blue Heron - 195-33

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But only to land a short distance away & hang out again on one leg!
Where is the second leg?

november 1 2011 1221 - Great Blue Heron - 195-36


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Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: mishikeenhquay on November 20, 2011, 03:31:20 PM
Can I come back now?  Please??
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: ccfan on November 20, 2011, 03:41:57 PM
Mishi, Pack me in your suitcase, PLEASE!
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: joyofdogs on November 20, 2011, 04:45:02 PM
Booni those heron photos are stunning.  Mishi and ccfan I think you should get to Hornby ASAP.  I'll join you.  Love Joy
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: Donnae on November 20, 2011, 04:58:58 PM
And don't forget to pick me up!!!!!! Fabulous pics Booni!!!
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: margie467 on November 20, 2011, 05:16:55 PM
beautiful pictures and very educational .Thank you so much .I will be back here lots lol :biggrin6
Title: Trumpeter Swans
Post by: boonibarb on November 20, 2011, 06:15:14 PM

Mishi & i made a trip to check out Nest #24.
While we were there, we heard honking that was a bit like the Canada Geese, but different.
We looked up as the flock of big honking birds flew over our heads.
They were very white with long necks stretched out in front of them, not curled in like a Great Blue Heron.
There were quite a few of them!
Afterwards, we did a little trip to Little Tribune Bay.
There were two of the big white birds there on the calm water.
Trumpeter Swans!
If you zoom in, the one on the right has a fluffy on their bill!

november 4 2011 14:39 - Trumpeter Swans - 195-46

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i LOVE the blush of reddy orange next to their bills & down their long necks!

november 4 2011 14:41 - Trumpeter Swans - 195-53

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Way out in the water was a boat.
i like the effect of the way the water on the horizon looks!
Be sure to zoom in.
You can see someone on deck watching us!

november 4 2011 14:57 - Fish boat - 195-60

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One of the swans was napping while the other kept watch.
Then both of them were napping!

november 4 2011 14:59 - Trumpeter Swans - 195-63

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Title: Trumpeter Swans
Post by: boonibarb on November 20, 2011, 06:26:25 PM

Suddenly there was that not-quite-like-Canada-Geese honking again!
A flock of three more Trumpeter Swans was flying over!

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There were three of them!
& they were coming in for a landing!
Look at their feet!  :mhihi

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Title: Trumpeter Swans
Post by: boonibarb on November 20, 2011, 06:36:30 PM

Here is one landing on the water.

Slide Show - november 4 15:02 2011 - Trumpeter Swan coming in for a landing


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Title: Trumpeter Swans
Post by: boonibarb on November 20, 2011, 06:43:22 PM

november 4 2011 15:02 - Trumpeter Swans - 195-72

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Title: Trumpeter Swans
Post by: boonibarb on November 20, 2011, 06:47:45 PM

The three that had just landed swam to the two that were already there.
They take turns bobbing their heads in greeting.
My ducks do this too, when they are talking to each other.

november 4 15:02 - Trumpeter Swans greeting each other - 195-76


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Title: Trumpeter Swans
Post by: boonibarb on November 20, 2011, 06:56:45 PM

Suddenly there were those strange honking sounds again, coming slowly closer & closer.
Another flock of Trumpeter Swans!
Six this time!

november 4 2011 15:06 - Trumper Swans - 195-82


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Title: Trumpeter Swans
Post by: boonibarb on November 20, 2011, 07:10:57 PM

The flock of six were flying in large circles, getting closer & closer to the other six, thinking of coming in for a landing.
They got closer & closer to the water, but for some reason they changed their minds & headed south.
You can hear the flying six in this not very clear video of the five already on the water.

november 4 2011 15:07 - Trumpeter Swans - 195-85


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Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: winterwren on November 20, 2011, 07:11:29 PM
Booni, those swans have way more rusty colour on their heads and necks than the ones we saw at Big Qualicum, and indeed more than I've ever seen on a swan.
I wonder what causes that? Is it nutrition, as for pink flamingoes?

I like photo #195-72, where the swan appears to be water skiing on those big feet!

All those photos have such a dreamy atmosphere!

Also, there is a beautiful false horizon on the picture with the boat: the boat's hull appears to be almost twice as tall as it really is, and the islands beyond seem to be floating in the air.
 
:ecsmile

Title: Re: Trumpeter Swans
Post by: birdvoyer on November 20, 2011, 08:21:43 PM
november 4 2011 15:02 - Trumpeter Swans - 195-69

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What an interesting photo boonib. It almost looks like a drawing of funny feet!  :eclol I love the blue heron. Very nice photos.
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: Cawatcher on November 20, 2011, 09:05:15 PM
Fantastico!!! what a greeting! what adventures, what photography!!  :heart :heart
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: Tigerlady105 on November 20, 2011, 10:34:26 PM
Boonibarb, your pictures and videos are so beautiful and interesting.  I especially like that you pointed out how they bob their heads in greeting and while talking to one another.   :eclove  The rust-coloring on their heads is something I'd like to know more about.  Maybe Ajl knows or has a good source where we can get the information.

The GB Heron shots are very nice, too.  This one didn't seem to be afraid that you were there...so many times they fly away fast when they see movement of any kind.  
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: Snookums on November 21, 2011, 12:45:32 PM
Boonibarb, your pictures and videos are so beautiful and interesting.  I especially like that you pointed out how they bob their heads in greeting and while talking to one another.   :eclove  The rust-coloring on their heads is something I'd like to know more about.  Maybe Ajl knows or has a good source where we can get the information.

The GB Heron shots are very nice, too.  This one didn't seem to be afraid that you were there...so many times they fly away fast when they see movement of any kind.  

 :nod2
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: boonibarb on November 25, 2011, 07:44:54 PM

We*ve been getting some BIG wind & rain storms!
Yesterday was another one.
i am suprised we kept our hydro all day, it blinked a good few times.
It started getting dark early so i took Dooki for a walk to Grassy Point to see how the storm looked there.
i lucked out & caught the storm at high tide!
With the wind & the storm surge, the waves were roaring in right up to the grass!
All the huge logs that were on the beach were in the water & being tossed around by the huge waves.
Most of these logs couldn*t be moved by two people, but look how the water rolls & chucks them!
That whole beach has been rearranged.
Towards the end of the video, after you see Dooki, i pan to the right, & you can see Big Rock almost totally under water.
Turn the sound down before you start the video!
The wind is really roaring, drowing out the sounds of the waves even.
Watch this video full screen by clicking the full screen button in the lower right hand corner.

november 24 2011 3:35 - Storm surge at high tide on Grassy Point


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Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: watermaid on November 25, 2011, 08:40:40 PM
Thank you Booni, for going out in that awful weather so that we could experience the storm close up in the comfort of our home.  You are a jewel.   :heart
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: Seagypsy on November 26, 2011, 04:57:57 AM
Thank you so much Booni for the wonderful video! I love the sounds of the waves crashing on the beach and the power of the sea and the winds. Reminds me of my younger years when I used to walk on the beaches here on the Island (P.E.I.) I also enjoyed seeing your dear, faithful Dooki, always by your side. Such a beautiful dog! No wonder Mishi fell in love with him! Thanks again Booni! Hugs! Take care! :thumbup:
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: ccfan on November 26, 2011, 05:31:22 PM
The sea is mesmerizing...add in a new moon tide and a storm surge and it's even more so...
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: Majee on November 27, 2011, 08:34:50 AM
Tiger - the rust colour on the heads and necks of the Trumpeter Swans is from the iron in the red soil in Alaska where they spend their summers raising their cygnets. As they filter their food, sifting in the muck on the bottoms of shallow lakes for tuberous plant materials the red is transferred to their white feathers.  After spending the winter in the Comox Valleya and further south the red has nearly disappears.  The immature swans are grey in colour their first winter.  We get many of them in at MARS - exhausted from their first migration and then separated from their family they become depressed.  They are usually loaded with large parasites, and very thin, unable to fly from lack of food and strength
Great pictures Booni - thanks for showing Mishi's handiwork.
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: watermaid on November 27, 2011, 02:07:47 PM
How very interesting, Majee.  Thank you for the information.  :heart
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: Tigerlady105 on November 27, 2011, 03:13:22 PM
Maj, thank you for the information about the Trumpeter Swans.  That's very interesting.  I'm sorry that the migration is so difficult for the young ones and that you receive quite few.  They're very fortunate that you take them into rehab and give them such good care!   :heart

When I visited one of my brothers in Wash. State, we saw a whole field of Trumpeter Swans resting.  It was in December, so they may have migrated there.  It was close to the Skagit River Valley where many Bald Eagles go from Alaska for several months and feed on salmon in the river.  People from all over the world come to see them.  :eclove
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: winterwren on December 02, 2011, 09:50:15 PM
Today I went to check Mom and Dad's nest, and while I waited for something to happen I heard some hammering at the base of a tree.

I slowly stalked over, and was able to get about 5 feet from this little guy.
I'm guessing he's a Hairy Woodpecker. Downys have the same range and look similar, but they have a shorter bill, and I think the tuft at the base of the bill is more prominent.
Correct me if I'm wrong. (Please.)
Good thing I was able to get close, because it took some high ISO and a shorter focal length to get away with taking these pictures in the shade. These photos do not enlarge well. They look their best with just one click.

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Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: Donnae on December 02, 2011, 10:10:41 PM
Wow, beautiful Wren!!!
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: Tigerlady105 on December 02, 2011, 10:56:11 PM
Wren, very nice photos of the woodpecker.  I didn't know they would 'work' on the forest floor.  Learn something new here every day!   :thumbup:
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: passerine on December 03, 2011, 08:22:12 AM
Today I went to check Mom and Dad's nest, and while I waited for something to happen I heard some hammering at the base of a tree.

I slowly stalked over, and was able to get about 5 feet from this little guy.
I'm guessing he's a Hairy Woodpecker. Downys have the same range and look similar, but they have a shorter bill, and I think the tuft at the base of the bill is more prominent.
Correct me if I'm wrong. (Please.)
snip

You are correct Wren, the way I figure them out is Hairy's beak is about the size of his head & Downy's about half the size. They do allow people fairly close to them which is nice. They're very feisty, they hold their ground against birds much bigger than them as in Northern Flicker & Pileated woodpecker & squirrels, full of personality.

Love love all you & Boonis photos, Thank-you! :heart
Title: Denman - Pekin Robins
Post by: boonibarb on December 18, 2011, 08:04:09 PM

I went to Denman Island with a friend who wanted to go see the open house of Peter Karsten & his Pekin Robin breeding program.
They are sweet little colourful birds with a lovely song!
There were many enclosures with birds in them, but the birds were shy, not used to being looked at by crowds of people.
i found if i stood still, this one kept coming back to the same area of the cage, & i could just nab him with my camera!
It was a bit dark for my big camera, but you can still see how pretty these birds are.

december 17 2011 11:01 - Pekin Robin

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This one was lightened for me by Cali.
Thanks Cali!
You can see the bands on this bird*s legs.


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Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: Cawatcher on December 18, 2011, 08:46:58 PM
 :ecsmile wonderful Booni is it local?? or exotic?
So colorful!
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: winterwren on December 18, 2011, 08:47:50 PM
Pelagic Cormorant, Gravelly Bay, December 11.
This is an adult in winter plumage. The face gets more colourful in the breeding season.
At last I caught a close-up!  :ecsmile
Click twice for detailed view.

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Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: winterwren on December 18, 2011, 09:18:25 PM
These goofy-looking characters are immature Surf Scoters.
I'm thinking the one on the left is a male, and on the right is a female. The males are bigger and have a bigger bill. They're both starting to get little bits of their adult markings.

Gravelly Bay, December 11 2011
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A little while later, they've come right up to the dock! They like diving for the mussels that grow on the dock pilings. There's a strong westerly wind that fills the water with jewels.
Mademoiselle in front, Monsieur further back, emerging from a dive.
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A better close-up of the male... Notice the orange colour starting to show on his bill.
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Laughing scoter!
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(ok, I'm anthropomorphizing... She's probably just shifting those mussels around in her crop. But what a nice tongue she has!  :heart)

Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: joyofdogs on December 18, 2011, 09:19:24 PM
 :mhihiDelightful scoters.  Made me laugh.  Thanks.  Joy
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: Tigerlady105 on December 18, 2011, 11:04:18 PM
Laughing here, too!   :chuckle
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: winterwren on December 20, 2011, 07:44:14 PM
Helliwell Park, December 20 2011

This is Shredder's home territory. I will show her parents in another thread... Meanwhile this is who welcomed me to the shore:
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A whole family of river otters was playing just beyond the rocks, and once in a while they peeked at me.
Come on, show me your tongue...
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Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: Tigerlady105 on December 20, 2011, 09:30:29 PM
 :eclol  Wren...they were saying, "Look Mom!  That Two-legged is watching us!  Let's play hide-and seek!"
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: gzebear on December 21, 2011, 01:31:11 AM
I don't keep up very well, but I'll get there eventually. I'm still absorbing November 20, but just wanted to holler ahead ... hey and wow! I soooo love this topic! Thank you Booni and Wren for all your heart-thrilling photos and stories. Swan feet, I could live on this page! So if you don't see me and you notice it, I'm still in November ...  :heart :heart
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: winterwren on December 29, 2011, 11:21:10 PM
Helliwell Park, December 20.

I was wondering if this is the same young seal that Booni saw. They are creatures of habit, and tend to always hang out in the same smallish territory. But the markings are different.
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Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: winterwren on December 29, 2011, 11:34:49 PM
Helliwell Park, December 20.
I've been seeing loons pairing up all month. I thought they were solitary in winter. But lately they hang out two by two. They talk to each other in sweet soft calls, like a split-second segment of their well-know ululating call. One of these two made one longer call when another pair approached, and the other pair left right away, so they are being territorial.

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I used to think that the loons' winter plumage was grey... it's way more subtle than that. Under some lights it's a beautiful mauve with darker lines in between and some golden highlights. Here it looks like a variegated bronze.

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Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: winterwren on December 30, 2011, 12:13:55 AM
Helliwell Park, December 20

I thought I was photographing another seal... But when I saw the close-ups, it turned out not to be the case!

Look at the long whiskers of that sea lion... and the little ears that stick out!

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Sea lion kisses... 

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:heart

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Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: blackster1 on December 30, 2011, 05:46:21 AM
Love the sea lion, loon and otter pictures.  Thanks again for sharing with us.
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: boonibarb on December 30, 2011, 10:02:06 AM

Our Hornby Island photographer Bob Cain took a video of his walk in the neighbourhood of Nest #24, Tribune Bay, past Decker*s Nest & home again!


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MbzFNmfNRgY
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: dizzymom70 on December 30, 2011, 11:53:29 AM
Booni-I really liked this video. It's kinda weird, but I found it very interesting. Maybe it's because it's a whole new, down to earth perspective that stills don't convey. It shows another "dimension" of Hornby Island that is different from what I've seen before. It's also very fun to see that there is also a "Red Roofed House" on the island, lol.
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: Tigerlady105 on December 30, 2011, 12:12:59 PM
Booni, I enjoyed Bob Cain's video...including hearing the gravel crunching beneath his feet.  It made the walk very real!  Thank you for sharing it with us.   :nod2

Wren, those are wonderful shots of some of the marine life in the water around Hornby Island.  Very nice photos!   :thumbup:
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: ccfan on December 30, 2011, 01:33:35 PM
What an intriguing place...I LOVE paths, dirt roads and narrow streets...thank you for sharing the walk!
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: fol-di-rol on December 30, 2011, 03:41:52 PM
Thank you for posting that video of Bob Cain's, Booni - now I am exhausted after all that walking!  It was lovely to see some of the smaller trails that I never got to, but I did do part of that walk the second time I was on Hornby Island (Fall 2010)
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: jungleland on December 30, 2011, 06:06:04 PM
Beautiful captures of the otters, seal, sea lions and loons winterwren!  Just wondered are your loons the same as the east coast loons?  I didn't realize they changed so much in the winter. 

Enjoy checking the forum everyday to see what treasures I might find!

Jungleland   :ecsmile
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: winterwren on December 30, 2011, 08:47:14 PM
Sunrise at Grassy Point, December 30.

The tide is very high, so the shore birds are tucked in closer than usual... and at last I'm getting some satisfactory pictures of the turnstones; I've been trying for months. They blend in so well, it's hard to get a picture with enough contrast.

Everything looks so good in the morning light... I should get up earlier.

Black Turnstones with a plover, I think a Black-bellied Plover in winter plumage.
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7007/6603982383_c3cf9f044d_z.jpg) (http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7007/6603982383_d51932ab08_o.jpg)


Everyone's leaning sideways into the breeze and squinting away from the rising sun.

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Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: winterwren on December 30, 2011, 09:05:21 PM
Grassy Point, December 30

Oystercatchers on the rock, with their feathers stylishly blown about by the breeze...
(And more turnstones with them too.)
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Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: winterwren on December 30, 2011, 09:14:47 PM
December 30, Grassy Point.

This handsome dude is a Greater Yellowlegs. And the turnstones like him too. They seem to keep company with all the different shore birds.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7157/6603981717_1de6087f09_z.jpg) (http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7157/6603981717_b05378413b_o.jpg)



  :eclove

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Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: boodle317 on December 31, 2011, 06:08:58 AM
Say......did anyone notice at 3:17 in Bob's video the big image of Dooki at the base of the the big moss covered tree???   :ecinnocent
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: dizzymom70 on December 31, 2011, 07:05:40 AM
Ha! Boo, I just want back. You're right! I saw the mossy Dooki face. Neat!
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: boonibarb on December 31, 2011, 10:32:03 AM

Wow Boodle good catch! :investigate2
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: Tigerlady105 on December 31, 2011, 12:03:19 PM
Sharp eyes, Boodle!   :eclol
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: Cawatcher on December 31, 2011, 01:50:03 PM
Dooki Spirit

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7015/6608896703_b3c9c46f8f_b.jpg)
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: ccfan on December 31, 2011, 06:05:51 PM
WOW!
Title: ice feathers
Post by: boonibarb on January 06, 2012, 03:43:54 PM

december 12 2011 - ice feathers

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http://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/6649623365/

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http://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/6649619945/

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http://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/6649617289/

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http://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/6649614717/

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http://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/6649612357/

Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: birdvoyer on January 06, 2012, 04:13:26 PM
Well, these are interesting too boonib!  
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: ccfan on January 06, 2012, 04:55:42 PM
The art of Mother Nature...gorgeous!
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: Tigerlady105 on January 06, 2012, 05:32:59 PM
Booni, where did you find the lovely "Ice Feathers?!  I've never seen anything like them.   Quite a variety of shapes and patterns...   :ecsmile
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: boonibarb on January 06, 2012, 06:32:02 PM

Oops, forgot to say, these ice feathers were on the inside of my windshield one morning when i went out to start the car.
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: Cawatcher on January 06, 2012, 07:06:30 PM
Beautiful!! I will stay next to fire :mhihi
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: Tigerlady105 on January 06, 2012, 09:02:22 PM
Oops, forgot to say, these ice feathers were on the inside of my windshield one morning when i went out to start the car.

Inside the windshield?!  Rut roh!   :eceek
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: boonibarb on January 06, 2012, 09:54:56 PM

Ooops again!
Guess they were actually on the outside, eh?
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: Tigerlady105 on January 07, 2012, 01:31:05 PM
 :eclove  That's good, Booni!  

They do look like feathers...soooo beautiful.  I love to see Patterns in Nature!  
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: Lifegard on January 07, 2012, 06:16:41 PM
Beautiful ice feathers!  Thanks for sharing these with us.  Sometimes there is fine art in the most unlikely places :ecinnocent
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: winterwren on January 12, 2012, 11:35:43 PM

Another little bit of beauty...

Horned Grebe, near Ford Cove on December 21.
Click on the picture to see the little gold ring around his pupil.
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7009/6688565567_c825d861a4_o.jpg) (http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7009/6688565567_c825d861a4_o.jpg)


Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: blackster1 on January 13, 2012, 06:00:03 AM
Best grebe picture I have ever seen
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: Cawatcher on January 13, 2012, 08:22:56 AM
Stunning, so close!
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: Tigerlady105 on January 13, 2012, 11:16:46 AM
Wren, that is a terrific picture of the Grebe.  We even can see a water bubble sitting there before it disappears!   :biggrin6
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: idahowa on January 13, 2012, 03:10:50 PM
Awesome shot Wren.  Nice optics too!
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: winterwren on January 27, 2012, 06:25:52 PM
December 9, 12:54 Near the Peters' tree.

A kingfisher lands nearby, checks me out, and quickly flies away.

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Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: birdvoyer on January 27, 2012, 07:31:17 PM
Wren, what a wonderful little guy...made me laugh out loud! Nice catch. Thanks for sharing.  :ecsmile
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: boonibarb on January 27, 2012, 09:36:46 PM

wren, what a FANTABULOUS foto of a Kingfisher!
Perky little fella!
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: PamNY on January 28, 2012, 07:53:49 AM
Booni and Wren, great photos -- as always!

Pam
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: winterwren on February 07, 2012, 07:50:29 PM
Another Greater Yellowlegs near Hidden Beach on another fine morning.

Nice feet!
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7028/6838856457_b9c9b01d12_z.jpg) (http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7028/6838856457_a3572992f2_o.jpg)



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Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: boonibarb on February 14, 2012, 06:36:19 PM

Who knew there were thieves on Hornby?
Dooki*s breakfast was out on the deck, uneaten.
Parts of it were disappearing!  :puzzled2
Seems it isn*t only Dooki who is benefitting from AJL*s special diet!  :mhihi

february 14 2012 - Song Sparrow eats Dooki*s breakfast


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d8JXisey2x4
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: passerine on February 14, 2012, 06:43:34 PM
Awwww, Nice of Dooki to share. :ecsmile
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: Tigerlady105 on February 14, 2012, 06:49:23 PM
That was a happy bird!   :eclol   Ajl's ideas for food are yummy!
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: Rajame on February 14, 2012, 08:37:22 PM
Oh now Booni has to have a "Bowl Cam!"  :eclol
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: winterwren on February 19, 2012, 06:35:35 PM
I've been watching this little fellow for about a month. He (or she: the plumages are identical) hangs out at Gravelly Bay, sometimes mixing with the resident Harlequins, mostly by himself. I suspected from his shape that he was some kind of grebe... Sure enough. According to Sibley, Pied-Billed Grebes usually hang out in flooded areas and small ponds, so maybe it is indeed unusual for one to live in a saltwater bay. He seems healthy; otherwise he would not have survived long among all the predators who hang out in this area. I've yet to see him on the wing, but then grebes don't seem to fly much. Their favourite mode of escape is by diving.
Most grebes eat fish, but small pond grebes favour aquatic invertebrates. So the shape of the bill is different.

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Something in the facial expression (what I think of as his smile) reminds me of the two Red-Necked Grebes I photographed this winter. (See here (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=949.msg83538#msg83538) and especially the first photo here. (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=949.msg78233#msg78233))

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7040/6904513327_8d338d516b_z.jpg) (http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7040/6904513327_498dc7913f_o.jpg)


Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: winterwren on February 19, 2012, 06:44:03 PM
Here is the same little Pied-Billed Grebe, preening.
You can see the beautiful tawny-orange feathers at the neck.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7041/6904514329_8b36eabc4b_z.jpg) (http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7041/6904514329_73206a0251_o.jpg)


Look at him, napping with his bill tucked into his neck feathers. I learned, again from my trusty Sibley guide, that grebes often sleep that way. But right now he has his eye on me.
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7188/6904512207_f69a0d50a9_z.jpg) (http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7188/6904512207_1bf9151c00_o.jpg)


 :heart 
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Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: winterwren on February 19, 2012, 08:57:17 PM
Here are more birds I learned about during my month without a camera...

Common Murres are part of the Alcid or Auk family; they are cousins of the puffins, murrelets and pigeon guillemots.

These birds started congregating on the deeper waters of Lambert Channel about a month ago. I posted about them here. (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=993.msg92242#msg92242)

I've managed to take a couple of pictures of them, but I'm hoping for some closer sightings in the near future. In the meantime, these will give you some idea of what I'm talking about.

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Click on the picture for a better (but blurry) view. The one bird with a completely black head is an adult in breeding plumage; the other ones are kids, or adults that are still in winter plumage (I've only started seeing breeding plumage in the past 10 days or so).

Murres are among the greatest divers of the avian world. Experiments with birds fitted with depth recorders show that they regularly dive to 90m deep; the maximum depths recorded were more than double that! Think of it: 180m deep. The question then becomes, not only how they can survive the pressure at that depth, but also how they can see down there.
Sibley mentions that some alcid species are active at night on the nesting grounds, so it's possible that murres can see well in the dark.

Alcids do not use their feet to swim underwater; they only use their wings. So their diving style helps to identify them from a distance. They simply tip their body forward with their wings partly open. In the following picture, one individual is doing that. An instant later, his black webbed feet will stick straight up in the air, then he will vanish with a splash that seems quite large for his size.
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7190/6905805575_3e801a415a_z.jpg) (http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7190/6905805575_d9abf6ce63_o.jpg)

I have been watching these birds with fascination all month. Their numbers seem to be increasing (this is supposed to be one of their gathering areas). Two days ago, the weather was stormy, and I watched through the binoculars as the murres took off at the approach of the ship I was on. They have to fly into the wind to take off; their small wings, better adapted for swimming underwater, buzzed at high speed, and during gusts their speed matched the wind's, so they essentially stayed in one place. Once in a while a clever individual would have the brilliant idea of turning around after takeoff, but mostly they fought their way to windward, or else gave up on that plan and dove to escape.

(Information from The Sibley Guide to Bird Life and Behavior.)



Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: Cawatcher on February 19, 2012, 09:01:59 PM
Lovely  Wren Thank you for the photos, have  never heard of murres before!
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: Donnae on February 19, 2012, 09:14:48 PM
me either Cali... wonderful pics Wren and I can see why you like that little Grebe... what a sweet face...
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: Tigerlady105 on February 20, 2012, 05:51:42 AM
What a sweet face that Grebe has!  No wonder you enjoying watching this one, Wren.   :eclove
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: winterwren on February 20, 2012, 07:05:46 PM
February 18, Lambert Channel.
Gull with one foot!
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7180/6905807671_e958752a91_z.jpg) (http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7180/6905807671_bc32cec101_o.jpg)

No, it's not tucked in. I watched that gull take off from the water, about one second before this picture. Both feet always hang down on takeoff. This gull has only one.

Nice that he or she has been able to survive. Gulls spend most of their time on the wing or floating on the water, and they can take off from water without using their feet.
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: ccfan on February 20, 2012, 07:58:47 PM
Very interesting info about the Murres...mind boggling that they can dive to such depths...thank you Wren
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: winterwren on February 22, 2012, 06:50:32 PM
This is really another post about murres, but first we must take a little detour through something I've been meaning to show you for a while.

October 31, Grassy Point. A crisp, blustery day.
Harlequin ducks are playing in the waves.
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7193/6921604727_3f7747bfec_z.jpg) (http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7193/6921604727_7407b3d112_o.jpg)

Look at their wings. This is how you would expect folded wings to look. The orange flank patch is under the wings, where it should be.

So far, so good?

Now look at this. This is actually how male Harlequins at rest usually look.
October 19, Big Qualicum River.
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7209/6775492096_35938f3524_z.jpg) (http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7209/6775492096_84e2603703_o.jpg)
Look at the flank patches on this photo. They extend halfway up the ducks' backs! Now click on the picture to make it bigger, and follow the line of the first primary from its tip forward... it disappears! Where to? I can only see one possible answer: under the flank feathers. So the orange patch is like a pocket. When the wings are tucked in, they disappear.
There must be a name for this, but I can't find mention of it anywhere. I suppose these pockets have a display role... the males now look more colourful. Maybe they keep their wings warm too.

Back to the murres... I got some closer shots yesterday!  :ecsmile
This cute little one is still in juvenile or winter plumage.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7193/6775492274_a5b552d32f_z.jpg) (http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7193/6775492274_1a557d7e4e_o.jpg)

The wave passes and we see more of his or her body... Look! Wings in pockets here too!
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The "pocket" is not as tidy of those of the harlequins... we see a bit of black feathers through. You can also see water squirting out, so this bird must have just tucked his or her wings in.


Now the wings are untucked... Remember that murres use their wings to dive!
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Gone!!!
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We can just see the last bit of a foot disappearing.
I really really want to catch the moment when both of those little feet are pointing up in the air! I'll keep trying!  :mhihi



Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: Tigerlady105 on February 22, 2012, 07:10:51 PM
Wren, I really enjoy seeing colorful ducks, especially the males in breeding plumage, like Harlequins and Wood Ducks.  Thank you for the narratives you post, helping us to see the various features that we might have missed.   :thumbup:
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: paintnut on February 22, 2012, 07:45:02 PM
Thank you wren - I love harlequins and the murres are very special too.  I learned something new today, also. 
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: Donnae on February 22, 2012, 10:14:06 PM
Wow Wren... that is so interesting... I just love the Harlequins... beautiful... I have never seen them or the murres, so I find this fascinating... ducks with pockets... that is neat!!!!!
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: Tigerlady105 on February 23, 2012, 12:05:32 AM
Do they carry snacks in their pockets?!   :chuckle
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: winterwren on February 23, 2012, 09:40:04 PM
Common Merganser, a nice-looking male in breeding plumage. Seen at Gravelly Bay, February 21.

He is another bird with black eyes on a dark head... I really need sunshine to get it right. But here are my best efforts.
Click on the first photo to see the serrations on his beak (bill? I'm still not sure of the difference).
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7043/6924890961_592c779883_z.jpg) (http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7043/6924890961_fc146e2674_o.jpg)



(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7182/6778773406_33c0004781_z.jpg) (http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7182/6778773406_68e0808d53_o.jpg)

Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: emc on February 23, 2012, 10:18:05 PM
The markings of the second picture of the Common Merganser is awesome. Really great view of tail, back and wings.  :biggrin6

We see Pied Grebes in the Estuary. Seems there are always one or two. They like to be near the shore we can walk to, so see them often. Think I'd need a spotting scope to see them as well as your pics tho.

Very interesting info on the Murres. I can't imagine how they swim with their wings. Would love to see some footage. And so deep, wowser.

I am fascinated by the wing pockets. :eceek. Need to do some research on that. It would be interesting to see how many different birds use wing pockets. There must be a name for it...other than tucked...
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: Tigerlady105 on February 23, 2012, 11:56:03 PM
The Common Mergansers are handsome!  Very nice photos, Wren.  The females' heads in breeding plumage are interesting, too.  I hope you'll take photos of some of the females, also.
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: winterwren on February 24, 2012, 10:16:25 AM
Emc, actually I'm looking again at the merganser, and it seems to me that the lower part of his wings disappears behind some fluffier white feathers too.
On the first photo, the small black wing bar is almost obscured, and on the second one it isn't. The "pocket" is not as deep as a harlequin's, but this makes me think that many seabirds tuck their wings under their breast feathers. I just had never noticed before.
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: cinnemon on February 24, 2012, 12:22:51 PM
wren what do the female Harliquins look like. Boy these pictures are great,thanks
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: watermaid on February 24, 2012, 10:13:24 PM
Wren,  I have not been here for a long time (health problems in my family) but I just wanted to say that once again, I am loving your pictures of these beautiful birds.  Thank you so very much.  Joan  :heart
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: Blue on February 25, 2012, 05:56:38 PM
Note to booni and wren:

I have just been told that there has been a small herring spawn at Tribune Bay, towards Denman Island.

We have no spawn here (south of Parksville) but sea lions and gulls make it apparent that there are herring out in front of us - even in the windy weather and rough water today.
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: winterwren on February 29, 2012, 06:04:25 PM
:biggrin3 They're here!!!

The herring have arrived! I saw a lot of feeding activity by nest #4 and Phipps Point today. Eagles by the dozens.
I will be posting photos and information somewhere or other. Either under the relevant nest territory, or just simply under "Ground Observations", I haven't yet decided.
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: Blue on February 29, 2012, 07:13:50 PM
Great, wren!

My two eagle pairs are diving (must be for herring) and juveniles have returned to perch and watch the activity.

The herring spawn spotting aircraft are flying over every day now.
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: Tigerlady105 on February 29, 2012, 07:19:58 PM
 :thumbup:  Yay, Wren!  Can't wait to see photos and/or videos!
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: basenjimom on March 02, 2012, 03:43:09 PM
Wish I had the know how...how to do voice over capabilities. I'd do voice over on Apocalypse Now film clips.  It would have been a kinder and gentler movie if he said.....

"Smell that?  Do you smell that!!  Herring son.  Nothing else in the world smells like that!  I love the smell of Herring in the morning!!"  LOL

TY wren.
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: boonibarb on March 04, 2012, 06:55:47 AM

Today, it is Male Spotted Towhees you can hear, & who are the thieves!

march 3 2012 - Dooki*s food bowl cam


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fHqWP0wjEJk
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: gzebear on March 04, 2012, 07:24:28 AM
Booni, what fun - wonder if Dooki knows about this ...
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: boonibarb on March 04, 2012, 08:42:54 AM

january 19 2012 1:19 - Fox Sparrow on my birdfeeder in the snow

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Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: gmadeb3 on March 04, 2012, 07:50:05 PM
Booni,  just love how they grab a piece of food and then look around to make sure they are safe to fly away with it.   Thanks for sharing this is very cute. :ecinnocent
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: winterwren on March 04, 2012, 07:57:53 PM
I've been laughing my head off about Dooki's Food Bowl Cam all day...  :mhihi

Love the little sparrow in the snow, too.
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: OpieK on March 04, 2012, 08:09:19 PM
wow - there really is a dooki foodbowl cam!  I love it!!!
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: Tigerlady105 on March 04, 2012, 09:30:38 PM
 :eclol
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: Rajame on March 04, 2012, 11:20:00 PM
Dagnabit!

or should I say:

Towheesnabit! ??

 :ecwink
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: winterwren on March 05, 2012, 10:38:21 PM
A flock of Buffleheads was hanging out near Phipps Point on March 1st, the morning after the herring came close to shore...

These little guys are devilishly difficult to photograph because they are very shy and they have dark eyes on dark heads. But this time I got a few borderline decent shots.

They are so cute, it's well worth the try.  :heart
You can see a bit of the iridescence on this one's head if you click on the picture.
March 1st, 9:36 am, high tide.
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Diving! his feet are orange!
So the feet are forward, to the right, and just the upper legs are showing; then we see the wingtips crossed above, and the downturned fan of the tail on the left.
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Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: winterwren on March 05, 2012, 10:48:05 PM
Suddenly they're everywhere.

The gents have the big white patch at the back of the head; the ladies have an oval patch behind their eyes. March 1st, 9:37
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Sibley tells us that Buffleheads are our smallest ducks; and that they nest in tree cavities!


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The gents look funny from the back, as if they had a seam at the back of their head.
March 1st, 10:30
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Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: winterwren on March 05, 2012, 10:54:33 PM
Monsieur Bufflehead on the crest of the wave, Madame in the trough.
March 1st, 9:49
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He swims into a patch of sunlight, showing us his iridescent colours, while she dives...
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Then he dives too, showing us a perfect tail fan. Goodbye!
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Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: boonibarb on March 07, 2012, 09:23:35 AM

Yesterday, Dooki & i were biking out of my friend*s driveway onto the road when something caught my eye.
A Great Blue Heron was standing there on top of a truck that was parked on the road!!  :eceek
i had biked within six feet of them & they didn*t move an inch!
i don*t know how i even noticed them.
i was able to stop the bike with Dooki & reach for my little camera that i have been instructed to take EVERYWHERE with me.
The Heron was all tucked in at the neck, not even budging with me standing there so close.
It seemed strange that they would be standing there, over two blocks from the water.
There is a road side ditch there, but no fish or anything.
& they were so calm & relaxed.
i took some fotos & a video, to look closely at for injury, but i see none here.
Some kids biked towards him & he effortlessly flew right at me!  :eceek
Not two feet away!
Then landed in the brush at the side of the road next to me & relaxed again.
When the kids got too close, he climbed higher & deeper into the brush with calm agility.
i could see nothing wrong with them.
i biked back there just before dark, but could not find them.
i called my friend & asked her to keep an eye of for him.

Great Blue Heron - 282


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http://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/6815971552/


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http://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/6815974832/


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http://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/6815978042/
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: paintnut on March 07, 2012, 09:41:51 AM
Great pictures wren and booni - the buffleheads are too cute and that heron on the truck was a riot.  Maybe he had a better view up there!!
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: jungleland on March 07, 2012, 05:31:58 PM
Well,  I see why you have been instructed to carry that camera everywhere with you!  What a funny sight to see, a heron on a truck.  It made me laugh out loud! 

 :ty for sharing Booni! 
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: boonibarb on March 08, 2012, 07:58:37 AM

Thanks to wren for forwarding my post about the Heron to Maj.
This is what Maj had to say!


Sounds ok to me but please keep kids and dogs away from them - they can be dangerous and strike at eyes with deadly accuracy!!!

Probably hunting for rodents in the ditch - may have found one already so was reluctant to leave.

since it flies just watch from a distance.

thanks for the heads up

cherio

Maj Birch
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: emc on March 08, 2012, 04:12:15 PM
We see herons and egrets in or near ditches around here and in rice fields near Sacramento and North of there. Insects and frogs would be food items there too.
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: Tigerlady105 on March 08, 2012, 05:10:46 PM
Beautiful heron, Booni.  Interesting that it was hanging around.  Maj probably was right about the possibility of food nearby and it didn't want to leave.   :ecsmile   Herons usually are so skittish, although I saw one once in a ditch next to a busy road and it was sitting quietly and watching the traffic go by!   :eclol
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: winterwren on March 10, 2012, 04:44:17 PM
Last week I was watching the Phipps Point nest (instead of working... Shhhh....) when I thought I saw an eagle soaring in the distance. Out of habit I turned my lens to it...

The wings were too short and too rounded for it to be an eagle...

Closer, closer it circled, until I was able to get these two photos.

Red-tailed Hawk! March 7, 2:34 pm
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I'm always so happy when I see one of those... they are not very common here.

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Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: boonibarb on March 10, 2012, 04:49:53 PM

i have something similar to report that i heard for the first time this season in the Nest Tree area.
A Merlin call!
i haven*t heard one of these calls since august or september.
It was GREAT to hear a Merlin call again!
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: boonibarb on March 15, 2012, 06:23:54 PM

Dooki & i were just heading out for our afternoon bike ride when i spotted this fella having a bath in a puddle in my driveway.
Dooki was patient & waited with me & the bike while i filmed.
These are male Oregon Juncos, & you can hear a male Spotted Towhee calling in the background.
It sort of puzzles me that it has been showering all day, yet birds will still have a bath in a puddle.

march 15 2012 342pm - Oregon Junco having a bath in my driveway puddle


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f1wpZDMKKYQ

Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: NancyM on March 15, 2012, 06:31:53 PM
I love to see the birds bathing and shaking their feathers ...   :eclove

booni, I guess some just prefer baths over showers.
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: boonibarb on March 15, 2012, 06:59:46 PM

Ah!
That makes total sense Nancy!
Thanks for explaining.


Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: Tigerlady105 on March 15, 2012, 08:51:58 PM
Booni, gotta get the underside clean too!   :eclol

Yes, Nancy!   :biggrin6
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: mishikeenhquay on March 15, 2012, 08:57:22 PM


How sweet is that?
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: winterwren on March 18, 2012, 01:13:22 AM
About a month ago, confident at last that my house cat is now too slow to catch birds, I restored the old bird feeder that came with the house.

I also hung a suet feeder nearby.

For the first week, only a few brave chickadees ventured in. Then came a song sparrow and a few juncos. But now word is getting out and the guests are now becoming more varied.

A pair of nuthatches has been coming in with the chickadees! And last Tuesday I was at last able to snap a few decent photos.
March 13, 5:20 pm
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I've always had a fascination for nuthatches. I started noticing their weird jungle-bird call right after I moved to this island... It soon became one of my favourite summer sounds. But for over 20 years I was unable to find out who was making these sounds. I never chanced to have a nuthatch and a knowledgeable person on hand at the same time.

All that changed the summer before last... I heard that bird call on the cam! Thanks to AJL I soon had the bird's ID.
How amazing that such a small bird can make such a big sound!

Next I had to learn to SEE them!
I hit the books and learned that the red-breasted nuthatch is a tree-clinging bird. Nuthatches, indeed, are the only birds who can walk down a vertical surface - head down. (Woodpeckers and creepers walk up, then fly down.)
I had been looking for them in the canopies... Now I started looking on tree trunks, and soon enough I was able to spot them whenever I heard them.

It turns out that nuthatches also come out to feeders... I learned this from Booni last summer, and this was one of my big motivations to stock up on black sunflower seeds. And now here's my reward!

Click on the picture, then click again to get the large size... you can see a bit of iridescence on his back. I'm assuming this is Mr. Nuthatch. There was another one with a paler breast in the area, probably his best beloved.

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Nice tidy back and wing feathers...
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I've been laughing about the table manners of the different birds. The sparrows and towhees sit down right in the dish and chew the seeds pensively on site, letting the empty shells fall off all over themselves and the feeder. The chickadees dart in, grab something and take off. The nuthatches sort through what's left, tossing the empty shells overboard, until they find what they want, and then they take off with it.

Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: Tigerlady105 on March 18, 2012, 01:55:50 AM
Wren, thank you for sharing "your birds!"  It's interesting that their feeding habits are so different.  When I read your description, it's almost like being there, too.
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: passerine on March 18, 2012, 08:31:56 AM
I pmed Wren with the  below comments & she asked I post it here. :ecsmile

Wren wrote: 
Quote
The chickadees dart in, grab something and take off. The nuthatches sort through what's left, tossing the empty shells overboard, until they find what they want, and then they take off with it.

Both Chickadees & Nuthatches are looking for the best seed as in size, weight & other. For instance when I have peanuts out they test sometimes two to four peanuts for just the right one. They don't exert any extra energy to take a seed or peanut too small & or too big. They're not per se taking out empty ones as they can be perfectly good seeds but too light to waste energy on & will discard.

They both have very good memories too, a Chickadee can stash a seed & know where it is a month later. It's funny/cute watching the nuthatches stick seeds in little crevices as in fire wood, trees etc. They find the perfect little cavity to fit their seed.

Another thing I find interesting about the Chickadees is there is a leader/alpha he/she comes first to the feeder & you can watch the tree he came from & the others then sorta take turns following to feeder & on to next area. A lot of other birds count on the Chickadee for warnings of predators & what not, they have a complex communication system & will make warning calls. Other birds will then also seek safety. Nuthatches & Chickadees tend to follow each other around.

adding: When you put up feeders & or suet, the odds are the Chickadee or Nuthatch will be the first to find it. Other passerines pay attention to this.
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: Cawatcher on March 18, 2012, 09:18:42 AM
Thank you Passering.. I didnt know they stored their seed.. very informative.
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: Rajame on March 18, 2012, 11:43:25 AM
Do the chickadees break down the peanuts? Do they eat them whole or crack them?

Inquiring RajameMind wants to know. :hug
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: Blue on March 18, 2012, 11:57:55 AM
Rajame,

The chickadees take the shelled peanut to a branch where they grip it with their feet and peck away at it. They never stay at the feeder to eat it and they ignore peanuts in the shell.
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: Tigerlady105 on March 18, 2012, 02:13:02 PM
Very interesting, Passerine and Blue!  I'm enjoying learning more about bird species.  :ecsmile

You reminded me of a story that I should write up and post about three wild monkey tribes, on our Photos and Stories.
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: Faerie Gardener on March 18, 2012, 08:37:41 PM
It's great to read your story, Wren, and to see the pictures. We have a different Nuthatch hear in the upper midwest, white and bluish-grey with a black streak, and they do love the suet! Their favorite is a peanut butter/ cornmeal mixture that I spread onto a cube of wood. When I return home I will look up the recipe and post it...maybe in Cook's Corner thread! And yes, they eat upside down!
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: Rajame on March 18, 2012, 09:14:31 PM
Thank you Blue! :hug
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: boonibarb on March 20, 2012, 09:32:24 AM

Two days ago, we were heading out on our bike ride towards Nest #9.
i heard a familiar call & was looking towards the treetops for who it was.
Was i hearing a Great Blue Heron?
Then the sound makers came into view.
A string of Trumpeter Swans!
Heading northwards.
Do they head to Alaska this time of year?
That day i heard then saw another small string of the Swans, & yesterday i saw two more, all heading north.
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: auroradawn on March 20, 2012, 10:25:03 AM
Booni, I see a lot of them here in the Comox Valley, they all congregate on a large agriculture field near the estuary.  They often fly in formation across my house going south east, then I see them come back again.  They arrive here October/November then off they go for the summer, I do too wonder where they all go.
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: winterwren on April 01, 2012, 08:40:24 PM
More pictures of Red-Breasted Nuthatch, in better light!  :ecsmile

I took these at my bird feeder also.
March 18, 10:33 am
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Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: Tigerlady105 on April 01, 2012, 09:40:29 PM
Lovely birds, Wren.  Nice detail!
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: boonibarb on April 04, 2012, 08:54:39 AM

wren & i are both enjoying our bird feeders!
You can photograph without even leaving home!
Look at this lovely fella.
He has his head crest raised!
A male House Finch, i*d say.

april 1 12:27 - male Purple Finch - 207-27


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http://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/6899150782/
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: passerine on April 04, 2012, 10:52:02 AM
Wren & Booni, perch birds can be tricky to photograph, good job. Nice lighting & detail. :ecsmile

Maybe Purple is trying to look handsome for the gals. The Purple Finches here are doing their little mating dances. The Nuthatches & Chickadees are already making nests. :heart
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: basenjimom on April 04, 2012, 01:05:07 PM
Are you sure that's not a purple finch?
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: boonibarb on April 04, 2012, 07:42:42 PM

i think you*re right basenji!
i*ve changed the title.
Thanks!
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: dixidoo on April 05, 2012, 04:13:26 PM
Wow - you all have me riveted with all these lovely pictures and stories!!! 
I laughed when you folks decided that beautiful RED bird was actually a Purple Finch!  Funny how that works...

Winterwren, I went crazy for your darker photos of the Red-Breasted Nuthatches.  I took your advice and double-clicked on them and got the most beautiful detailed colorama tapestry!!  The low light made it really come alive with all the swirls and texture.  Whew!  It makes me want to break out the paint & brushes!

Thank you. so much.
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: winterwren on April 07, 2012, 09:43:15 PM
Dixidoo, make sure to click on Booni's finch picture, too! The details are amazing. So rich! Even his feet are a pink-purple!
 :heart
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: winterwren on April 07, 2012, 10:01:05 PM
So, yesterday I went looking for the huuuuuge flock of Surf Scoters that is gathering to migrate to the nesting grounds...

I wasn't able to get close to those birds, though I have a few pictures that I'll post in a bit.

But first, my surprise sighting... On the shore near Belcarra Nest.

You never know what you're going to find.


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A River Otter! Just poking out of the water to stare at me.

and then...

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"Dude, what are you staring at?"
"Some weird critter that walks on two legs..."



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Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: winterwren on April 07, 2012, 10:13:09 PM
They kept ducking back in the water, then poking their heads back up to stare at me.

April 6, 6:13 pm
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Then back into the water they went, still peeking at me from time to time.

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Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: winterwren on April 07, 2012, 11:01:24 PM
So yesterday, when I was taking all those photos of eagles' nests and having surprise encounters with otters, what I was really looking for was the scoters.

I posted over Here (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=939.msg103939#msg103939) that the Surf Scoters are starting to gather into an  enormous flock, something they do every spring right after the herring spawn. From here, they will fly to the tundras of northern Canada and Alaska, at or above the tree line, where they will make their nests on inland lakes and ponds.

I thought that Scoters only ate shellfish, but I read in This article (http://www.virtualbirder.com/vbirder/ibis/SUSC/SUSC401.html) that they also eat herring eggs, so that explains why they would gather now, when food is so aboundant.

I watched for ways to sneak up to the flock while they were close to shore, but they mostly stayed offshore all day. Once they came in near Tralee Point, but by the time I got there, there were people on the beach and the birds had retreated.

Still, these few photos show you how very many of them there are. Thousands of black ducks with weird orange bills. This only shows about a third of the flock.
Near Tralee Point, April 6, 5:25 pm
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Closer view. The big dark patches are birds with their wings open. Small flock of geese flying overhead.

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Once in a while, a few hundred take flight in unison, with much splashing of water and whistling of wings.
5:26 pm
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Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: Cawatcher on April 07, 2012, 11:01:45 PM
 :eclove :eclove what curious  lovely critters thank you wintewren!
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: boonibarb on April 08, 2012, 10:00:48 AM

How wonderful to see all those Surf Scoters wren!
Just like out of a documentary, but right here on Hornby!
i was at Seabreeze Lodge for dinner a week ago friday & the Scoters were all gathered near there.
i wanted to take my dinner out there & just watch them!

Those are FANTABULOUS captures of those Otters wren!
Wow.
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: madrona on April 08, 2012, 01:47:29 PM
Wren - lovely photos and description.  I have been witnessing similar stagings, but of the Brant geese here, not far from Hornby.  I have never seen such large numbers as we have been witnessing in the bay by my home.  See my post, with pics, HERE. (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=95.msg104140#msg104140)  (I think that the geese flying over in your photo, are Brant?)

We are blessed on Vancouver Island and surrounding islands like Hornby, with the bays where migratory birds congregate as they head to their northern breeding grounds.  Spring is such an interesting time to observe these occurrences, and the herring spawn seems to be such an integral part of it all.

Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: winterwren on April 08, 2012, 11:08:47 PM
Madrona, I agree with you about how amazing it is to live near these staging areas. Thank you for your link to the Brants' gathering.
I think it's important for people to understand how essential, and how fragile, these areas are; even we who live here forget what an irreplaceable ecosystem it is for all these birds.

Today I finally was able to get closer to one part of the huge flock of scoters.
One group, about a third of the size of the gathering I saw 2 days ago, was at Grassy Point at high tide! I hid behind a log and waited for them to come closer.

i caught this video for you. The noise in the foreground is from the gulls sitting on the point; but the rumour in the background is from those thousands of birds.

Grassy Point, April 8, 6:01 pm
 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BJ9i4hfln0s


Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: boodle317 on April 09, 2012, 08:09:29 AM
Incredible photos wren!  Thank you!   I LOVE  OTTERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: winterwren on April 09, 2012, 12:17:42 PM
Here's another video of the giant flock of Surf Scoters. Here you can see them diving en masse, then surfacing; it looks as if most of the flock has vanished, then reappears out of thin air.

At the end of the video you get a sample of the frantic energy of that flock, everyone cheek by jowl and going one direction or the other, busy busy at something.

It looks like the thick part of the flock is made of birds that are actively feeding. In the background, the birds are further apart and seem to be at rest. There is an empty space between the active, feeding flock and the resting birds. Scoters are flying in and out of the feeding area all the time.

If you go to the full-screen size, you can see some of the birds landing with their feet akimbo just like the swans did in Booni's photos! (Here! (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=949.msg84309#msg84309))

Grassy Point, April 8, 6:07 pm
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2el0cE4Hl6c


Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: Tigerlady105 on April 09, 2012, 12:22:35 PM
Great video of the Surf Scoters and the feeding and resting areas comments, Wren!  It's a wonder that there are any herring left!   :eclol
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: winterwren on April 09, 2012, 09:19:55 PM
Here are some still photos I took before and after the videos...

First, an overall view of the flock. There are currently 3 or 4 flocks of that size, all on the north side of the island. The still photo only shows a part of it.

The dense gathering in the foreground is actively feeding and moving around constantly; the more scattered birds further away are at rest. Birds travel constantly between the feeding area and the resting area.

Grassy Point, April 8, 6:02 pm
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7185/6917122156_4881bfd367_z.jpg) (http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7185/6917122156_546a24f987_o.jpg)


I had seen a few white bodies among the scoters, but little did I imagine how many "special guests" the flock was hiding... Including a rare sighting here: dozens and dozens of Long-Tailed Ducks! They are the ones with more white on their bodies in this photo. The males have a white head with a dark patch; the females' heads are dark with a light patch. And the breeding males have those long tail plumes. (Click on the picture to see them better)
6:07 pm
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7043/7063203533_99d729b73f_z.jpg) (http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7043/7063203533_ca1d10e262_o.jpg)


The scoters raise geysers of water as they dive down for food.
(More Long-Tailed Ducks visible on this one)

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7276/7063204435_d93fd5da5a_z.jpg) (http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7276/7063204435_14f6170043_o.jpg)








Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: winterwren on April 09, 2012, 09:30:27 PM
More surprise guests in the Surf Scoter flock!

The black birds with the yellow bills in the middle of the picture are Black Scoters. I had never seen them before!
Grassy Point, April 8, 6:20 pm
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7077/7063204837_41635a6136_z.jpg) (http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7077/7063204837_92b73e9b39_o.jpg)


In the right foreground here, some Lesser Scaups, with the white bodies and tall black heads (and Mademoiselle Scaup, in muted tones, with them).
6:21
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Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: boonibarb on April 09, 2012, 09:32:02 PM

wren, that*s a whole lotta Scoters!
& you did a GREAT job of slow panning to show us them.
The numbers are amazing.
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: dixidoo on April 09, 2012, 09:35:54 PM
OH, Lordy!  These are great, great GREAT pictures, wren!!  First, I went back and looked at the purple Finch even closer and it blew me away!  Up close it looks like someone trimmed his feathers with fingernail scissors!

The otters were clearly waiting for you to come and play with them.  And did that pose remind you of anything?  It was just like Booni's close-up of Phoenix in the nest with his head stuck up like that!
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: gmadeb3 on April 09, 2012, 09:40:00 PM
Wren,  those are amazing photos.  Thank you for sharing,  so impressed with the numbers.
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: winterwren on April 09, 2012, 09:50:56 PM
All the while, Scoters fly back and forth, landing with their feet sticking right out... Then they skid on the water, just like Booni's swans!

Grassy Point, April 8, 6:24
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 :eclol
(Nice Long-Tailed Duck with the tail plumes in here too! )
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7201/7063207299_2431e60607_z.jpg) (http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7201/7063207299_a93b2121e8_o.jpg)


Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: madrona on April 09, 2012, 10:17:32 PM
Love those daffy duck landings, wren.   :biggrin6  I am impressed at the detail you are getting in your photos - it is so difficult to get little more than a dark silhouette, as I know from trying so often to get decent pics of the rafts of birds we see regularly in our bay.  I am hoping that my husband will try out his new camera to capture pictures of the birds when they congregate here - my point-and-shoot just doesn't do it satisfactorily.  Thanks for sharing your photos with us.  It is all very fascinating.   :eclove
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: boonibarb on April 14, 2012, 07:21:30 AM

april 13 2012 11:23 - Violet Green Swallows have returned!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=De7ugNpPQjk
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: Tigerlady105 on April 14, 2012, 01:16:23 PM
Booni, it's a real treat to see Violet Green Swallows and other wildlife on Hornby Island that we'd never get to see where many of us live.  Many thanks to both you and Wren for this chance to learn about the excellent variety that you have on the island!   :thumbup:
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: boonibarb on April 15, 2012, 10:38:28 AM

In that video, you can hear vocalizations of the Violet-Green Swallows, both male & female.
The male is preening, he does a shuggle & a right wing/tail stretch!
They do this MUCH faster than an Eagle does.
Towards the end of the video, you can hear a Starling imitating an Eagle trill!

april 13 2012 11:23 - male Violet-Green Swallow


(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7131/7080643511_8d4b8396d4_b.jpg) (http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7131/7080643511_cfbdf0dc9b_o.jpg)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/7080643511/
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: boonibarb on April 15, 2012, 07:44:23 PM

april 13 2012 11:07 - Robin calling

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TUM0nLA3gxk
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: winterwren on April 19, 2012, 12:30:17 AM
Helliwell Park.
I made an early-morning visit on April 9.
I indiscriminately fall in love with every seabird on the planet. One of my many current flames is the Red-Breasted Merganser, whose nuptial plumage has my heart a-flutter.

I thought they had all disappeared to wherever they go to nest, but that morning I spotted a small flock...  :heart

The two males are in full regalia; the females go for the elegant-but-subdued style. One female is visible on this photo; there are two more nearby.

Helliwell Park, April 9, 9:40 am
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Soon they started a very strange dance... A courtship display! I got some of it in this video. You can see the two males, on 2 different occasions, stretching their necks and taking a deep bow, until their head is in the water. At the very end of the video, the female on the far left, almost out of the frame, does that bow also.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TbVDEyxbZso
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: winterwren on April 21, 2012, 07:12:00 PM
Here are some still photos of the same group of mergansers and their courtship dance.  :eclove

Helliwell Park, April 9, 9:40 am

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7059/7092643047_c9bae0ebcd_z.jpg) (http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7059/7092643047_0118f0d70d_o.jpg)


Streeeeetch!
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7052/7092643815_93e9226c99_z.jpg) (http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7052/7092643815_515db28031_o.jpg)


Bow!
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7254/7092644585_b1d74cf5f3_z.jpg) (http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7254/7092644585_73c053f0c0_o.jpg)

Click on this one and see how he opens his beak wide, displaying the bright orange inside.
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: winterwren on April 21, 2012, 07:34:42 PM
Red-Breasted Merganser ballet, part 3...

Now both together:
Stretch... Bow.
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7110/6946572504_8dd9c3855a_z.jpg) (http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7110/6946572504_a91f74051a_o.jpg)


Stretch... Bow.
(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5200/6946572818_2aaa64987b_z.jpg) (http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5200/6946572818_2e22934d95_o.jpg)


(While the ladies pretend royal indifference...)

 :heart

Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: Rajame on April 21, 2012, 09:14:35 PM
Perhaps the ladies should look at the other end! Thank you Wren! they are fantastic. :hug
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: ccfan on April 22, 2012, 07:54:45 AM
 :ecwink LOL Raj
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: winterwren on April 22, 2012, 09:13:29 PM
More goofy behaviour from the Red-Breasted Mergansers...

You know the guys and their fast cars?...
Well, here was this merganser dude, trying to impress the ladies.
He swims along, and all of a sudden he turns on the booster rockets, and off he goes like a speedboat.
Shingle Spit, April 14, 7:05 pm
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...Then he puts his head underwater, and skims along just below the surface like a torpedo!
Click the picture and you'll see his head, dark, and the two white patches on his nape.
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7279/6958730980_9708a2579a_z.jpg) (http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7279/6958730980_e7fcf53bac_o.jpg)


Along he goes, then dives deeper and disappears underwater. You can just see one red foot in this one.
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8168/6958733506_6c90bae428_z.jpg) (http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8168/6958733506_d1c42855f8_o.jpg)


He did that a number of times in the next few minutes... That was pretty amazing to watch!
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: winterwren on April 22, 2012, 09:52:25 PM
Shortly after this, I FINALLY was able to get some decent close-ups of one of the male Red-Breasted Mergansers...

The light was fading, but some of the photos turned out!

Shingle Spit, April 14, 7:26 pm.
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7100/7104950333_94ab5b9ac6_z.jpg) (http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7100/7104950333_264197c747_o.jpg)


Sigh... I'm in love again.  :heart

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7202/7104953281_1494ce47c6_z.jpg) (http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7202/7104953281_38038ce72b_o.jpg)
Look, he's got "pockets," like the harlequins... The tweedy grey-and-white are his flank feathers, and the white edge of the wing is tucked behind that. But the upper-wing coverts, in dark brown and white, remain neatly on top. Seems like a lot of seabirds have those pockets.

Same picture, cropped in the "studio portrait" style...
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8022/6958885442_cb02f5fbbf_z.jpg) (http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8022/6958885442_5937c76cc2_o.jpg)

(all photos clickable)
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: mishikeenhquay on April 23, 2012, 05:19:03 AM


Wow Wren...those pictures are incredible!!  Who would have known that a Merganser could become a speedboat!  I think he created a better wake than the boat we had at the lake!!

Gitchi Miigwetch!!
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: winterwren on April 23, 2012, 09:20:44 PM
The next day, I managed to capture a reasonable close-up of Mademoiselle Red-Breasted Merganser.

Shingle Spit, April 15, 6:46 pm
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7235/6958885916_8b6e0223a5_z.jpg) (http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7235/6958885916_a962729dd5_o.jpg)





Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: blackster1 on April 24, 2012, 07:55:51 AM
I love your pictures of the mergansers. 
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: winterwren on April 24, 2012, 08:59:48 PM

For the past while, the Shingle Spit loon pair have been catching what looks like kelp crabs.
On April 13, just before sunset, I was able to get some close-ups -- against the light, unfortunately.

April 13, 7:11 pm
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7257/6962066852_847c4fe0e0_z.jpg) (http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7257/6962066852_d5a8cd4b6c_o.jpg)

7:12
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8011/6962066862_b1ee25b18e_z.jpg) (http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8011/6962066862_4b478437d8_o.jpg)


This looks a bit hairy and bumpy for a kelp crab... I can't find anything that matches in my field guides - nothing that would be common over here, anyway. Anyone know?

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8150/6962066866_ec38c6d904_z.jpg) (http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8150/6962066866_397431dc3e_o.jpg)

Whatever it is, it gets swallowed whole. Gulp!
7:12
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Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: jungleland on April 25, 2012, 06:13:36 PM
Wow what an awesome loon photos!!!  I enjoy all the pictures you post but that loon is stunning.  Whenever I try to take a loon picture they dive under water.

 :ecsmile
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: boonibarb on April 25, 2012, 10:08:22 PM

Gorgeous Chestnut-Backed Chickadee
Look at the twinkle in his eye!  :heart
There were two of them eating something off of this California Lilac bush - Ceanothus.

april 25 2012 - Chestnut-Backed Chickadee


(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5192/7114807285_d566e8c3ac_b.jpg) (http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5192/7114807285_d566e8c3ac_b.jpg)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/7114807285/
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: winterwren on April 25, 2012, 10:13:52 PM
:eclol He's almost hanging upside-down, Booni! And he's so light, he can hang on to a leaf.
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: boonibarb on April 25, 2012, 10:41:50 PM

We went for a walk in the rain & found this lovely White-Crowned Sparrow singing in the rain.

april 25 2012 White-Crowned Sparrow


(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7135/7114861741_a0ae18bde2_b.jpg) (http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7135/7114861741_a0ae18bde2_b.jpg)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/7114861741/
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: boonibarb on April 25, 2012, 11:03:05 PM

Okay, is this a Song Sparrow?
This one was also singing in the rain.

april 25 2012 11:58 - Sparrow


(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7050/7114888005_1116c6bec1_c.jpg) (http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7050/7114888005_1116c6bec1_c.jpg)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/7114888005/
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: boonibarb on April 25, 2012, 11:29:13 PM

Look at these gorgeous eggs i got today!
Almost no two are the same.

april 25 2012 local eggs

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7218/7114925829_fb75f3ccb7_b.jpg) (http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7218/7114925829_fb75f3ccb7_b.jpg)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/7114925829/

i found this little brown spotted egg today.
It had been broken into.
Can anyone tell what kind of Bird laid it?
i placed it next to the Chicken egg for size comparison.

april 25 2012 - small Bird egg


(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7245/7114927387_f825b79408_b.jpg) (http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7245/7114927387_f825b79408_b.jpg)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/7114927387/
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: Tigerlady105 on April 25, 2012, 11:37:50 PM
Delightful photos of the birds you saw, Booni.  I especially like the one of the Chestnut-backed Chickadee!   :eclove

And the colored eggs...was the Easter Bunny delivering to your house today?  A soft green one!  Love it!   :thumbup:
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: Faerie Gardener on April 26, 2012, 08:06:56 PM
My sister raises chickens and guinea hens, and it is such fun to have the multicolored eggs from her!

Just a guess, but is that a quail egg?
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: Guy on April 26, 2012, 08:44:04 PM
I'll have the green eggs and ham, please.
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: boonibarb on April 28, 2012, 08:44:46 AM

i like this action foto, even though it is kinda blurry!

Female House Finch & Oregon Junco

april 1 2010 12:19 - battle of the suet feeder - 207-10


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http://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/7121450467/
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: winterwren on April 29, 2012, 09:16:46 PM
Booni, I love the expression of that finch!

"Don't mess with me!"
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: winterwren on April 29, 2012, 09:26:16 PM

Sooooo... Back on April 19, when I took my little walk on the beach to check out where the new cam was looking, and when I found Mom on His-and-Hers Tree at Grassy Point, the first thing that happened on that stormy beach was that I almost stepped onto these nice fellows...

Black Turnstones, Grassy Point, April 19, 12:08
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I just had time for a few shots before they got over their surprise at seeing me, and walked away.
Click the photo and look at the left one here, you can see light right through the nares!

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8019/6981001286_4a9affeacc_z.jpg) (http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8019/6981001286_24f66306c3_o.jpg)

Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: winterwren on April 29, 2012, 09:42:26 PM
April 21, Grassy Point.

A female Red-Breasted Merganser is struggling with what looks like a rockfish. It's small for a rockfish, but still about a third of her length. She has to swallow it head first, otherwise the sharp spines will catch in her throat.

It takes her about a minute and a half of various repositionings to get it down.
Click on the picture for a better look.

April 21, 5:02 pm
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Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: winterwren on April 29, 2012, 10:45:21 PM
From the new cam, to the north, we can see the rounded top of a huge, light-green tree. That tree is a Bigleaf Maple (Acer macrophyllum). The light green colour is the colour of the new leaves and the long clusters of blossom.

Here is how the blossoms look...
I took this photo at Phipps Point; there is a cherry tree in full bloom in the background.
April 26
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Closer view of the new leaves and blossoms...
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Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: boonibarb on May 05, 2012, 08:31:55 PM

may 5 2012 - Dooki

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7261/7000988952_e24d1d7005_b.jpg) (http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7261/7000988952_e24d1d7005_b.jpg)
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: mishikeenhquay on May 06, 2012, 05:33:10 AM



Sweet sweet boy!!!
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: Rajame on May 06, 2012, 09:48:40 AM
Ahhh... love to you both. :hearts2
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: OpieK on May 06, 2012, 09:55:55 AM
((((((Dookiiiiiiii!))))))) 
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: boonibarb on May 06, 2012, 12:21:17 PM

may 5 2012 - Dooki & the Hornby ferry

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5031/7003428188_50701222fa_b.jpg) (http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5031/7003428188_78e6b64970_o.jpg)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/7003428188/
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: boonibarb on May 06, 2012, 10:01:40 PM

may 6 2012 13:38 - White Throated Sparrow

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8159/7151117143_03f775a825_b.jpg) (http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8159/7151117143_99d5b77afa_o.jpg)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/7151117143/
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: hairchoppr on May 09, 2012, 07:35:46 AM
Look at these gorgeous eggs i got today!
Almost no two are the same.

april 25 2012 local eggs

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7218/7114925829_fb75f3ccb7_b.jpg) (http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7218/7114925829_fb75f3ccb7_b.jpg)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/7114925829/

i found this little brown spotted egg today.
It had been broken into.
Can anyone tell what kind of Bird laid it?
i placed it next to the Chicken egg for size comparison.

april 25 2012 - small Bird egg


(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7245/7114927387_f825b79408_b.jpg) (http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7245/7114927387_f825b79408_b.jpg)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/7114927387/



Is that a quail egg?
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: boonibarb on May 09, 2012, 07:54:57 AM

AJL posted me fotos of Towhee eggs, which i believe are a perfect fit for that little egg.
We don*t have Quail here.
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: boonibarb on May 09, 2012, 09:09:17 PM

This glossy Raven was walking down my street.
They have a funny way of walking that i love to watch.

may 3 2012 13:55 - Raven on my road


(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5347/7165308886_ab6f8bbefd_b.jpg) (http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5347/7165308886_ab6f8bbefd_b.jpg)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/7165308886/
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: boonibarb on May 09, 2012, 09:30:23 PM

wren & i spotted this bird when we were hunting for a downed Eagle near Shingle Spit.
wren said some type of Goldeneye?

may 5 2012 12:36 - Common Goldeneye


(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7213/7165309316_7faef06a9a_b.jpg) (http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7213/7165309316_7faef06a9a_b.jpg)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/7165309316/
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: Tigerlady105 on May 10, 2012, 12:26:19 AM
What a fun Raven photo, Boonibarb!   :thumbup:
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: winterwren on May 10, 2012, 11:16:04 PM
Yes, definitely a Common Goldeneye. Barrow's Goldeneye has a crescent-shaped patch on the head instead of a roundish one.

It was a funny sighting, because this was the first time I saw a Goldeneye out of the water, and there was so much white showing on his belly, it threw me off. At first I had no idea what that bird was!
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: winterwren on May 11, 2012, 08:13:42 AM
April 30, 7:15 pm... Grassy Point, in nice slanting light.

A White-crowned Sparrow with his feathers all fluffed up.

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8015/7175188120_9f84413125_z.jpg) (http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8015/7175188120_a25d8feda4_o.jpg)


And I mean... Really fluffed up.
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7237/7175189160_b044bdf8bc_o.jpg) (http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7237/7175189160_b044bdf8bc_o.jpg)



(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7075/7175190414_4a8fff0b4a_z.jpg) (http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7075/7175190414_827fa4ff25_o.jpg)

Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: winterwren on May 11, 2012, 09:02:40 PM
Just for you, Ostrich...

May 7 at 7:07 pm (you gotta love that), at Shingle Spit.

2 falcons cruising over the bay. I was expecting the Peregrines, but these guys sounded way too musical for that.
They sounded like merlins!

I just had time for 2 blurry shots. Better than nothing!
Not clickable, because they're already cropped to this small size.
(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5239/7179895100_361e32ffda_z.jpg)

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8001/7179895188_ccaa4af2c9_z.jpg)


Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: boonibarb on May 11, 2012, 09:54:23 PM

When i got home today, i noticed a lovely male Purple Finch dancing about under a bush!
He was fluttering his wings & he was making the most lovely little chirpy calls.
i quit standing there with my mouth hanging open & got my camera.
Notice he has a small strand of hair?Dooki hair? in his beak, all part of his display!
Click the video to watch it on YouTube & watch the biggest size you can.
The focus goes in & out, just stick with it, & turn up your volume!

may 11 2012 13:52 - Male Purple Finch mating display!


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hgYciNphXJI
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: winterwren on May 11, 2012, 11:30:15 PM
Maybe that Purple Finch thinks that a long twirly mustache will make him appear more elegant...
Love to watch how he raises and lowers his head feathers...

What a catch! Thanks so much for posting this.
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: mishikeenhquay on May 12, 2012, 09:06:51 PM


Oh Booni, that is just priceless!!  His 'crown' his wings, the hair in his beak....what lady would NOT want that man??  Miigwetch!
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: boonibarb on May 13, 2012, 09:25:32 PM

may 11 2012 13:57 - Male Purple Finch mating display

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8147/7193716344_dd859af956_b.jpg) (http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8147/7193716344_3bb7bd3a02_o.jpg)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/7193716344/
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: BBE on May 13, 2012, 09:30:01 PM
Booni, an amazing and absolutely beautiful photo and video of a bird I've never seen here.  :ty
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: Donnae on May 13, 2012, 09:35:18 PM
he is so aborable... wow... love the crown raising feathers too... never see one befoe... beautiful booni... ty
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: winterwren on May 14, 2012, 12:33:28 AM
Speaking of adorable...

May 4, Shingle Spit.
Most of the seabirds have left for the nesting grounds, but my little visitor from last year is back.

Love the red feet!

Pigeon Guillemot, May 4, 6:51 am
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7080/7194458902_95e1a33420_z.jpg) (http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7080/7194458902_95e1a33420_b.jpg)




(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7094/7194460306_903ce40b7a_z.jpg) (http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7094/7194460306_903ce40b7a_b.jpg)
 


:heart
(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5160/7194463166_7ef2407527_z.jpg) (http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5160/7194463166_7ef2407527_b.jpg)


...And that's when I finally figure out who makes that thin, high, raptor-like sound...
Check Here (http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Pigeon_Guillemot/sounds) for a sound recording of the Pigeon Guillemot... But it seems to me that my morning visitor has a slightly harsher voice whose sound and rhythm is more like a thinner version of a merlin's call (listen to the merlin here. (http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Merlin/sounds))

I spent all last summer wondering who was the little falcon sounding so close to the water... Now I know! Not a raptor at all!



Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: boonibarb on May 14, 2012, 07:09:00 AM

Fantabulous wren.
Look at the water drops on the back.
& how inside the mouth matches the feet.
Birds are just amazing.
My eyes are open & i am in awe...
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: boonibarb on May 14, 2012, 08:18:16 AM

i was biking yesterday evening & found this poor Robin nestling on the road in the sun.
Poor fella probably got pinched from his Nest.

i am posting these as small clickable fotos, so as to not upset anyone who doesn*t want to see.
But if you do, look at all their lovely details.
Lovely big gapey beak for feeding, pin feathers, still sheathed, on the wings, lovely colouring on the topside of the wings, cute fuzzy head, lots of bald areas, yet other areas beautifully feathered, foot detail, you can see his huge ear hole!,

may 13 2012 - Robin Nestling


(http://i565.photobucket.com/albums/ss97/boonibarb/Robin%20nestling/th_DSCN0407.jpg) (http://s565.photobucket.com/albums/ss97/boonibarb/Robin%20nestling/?action=view&current=DSCN0407.jpg)

(http://i565.photobucket.com/albums/ss97/boonibarb/Robin%20nestling/th_DSCN0408.jpg) (http://s565.photobucket.com/albums/ss97/boonibarb/Robin%20nestling/?action=view&current=DSCN0408.jpg)

(http://i565.photobucket.com/albums/ss97/boonibarb/Robin%20nestling/th_DSCN0428.jpg) (http://s565.photobucket.com/albums/ss97/boonibarb/Robin%20nestling/?action=view&current=DSCN0428.jpg)

(http://i565.photobucket.com/albums/ss97/boonibarb/Robin%20nestling/th_DSCN0409.jpg) (http://s565.photobucket.com/albums/ss97/boonibarb/Robin%20nestling/?action=view&current=DSCN0409.jpg)

(http://i565.photobucket.com/albums/ss97/boonibarb/Robin%20nestling/th_DSCN0411.jpg) (http://s565.photobucket.com/albums/ss97/boonibarb/Robin%20nestling/?action=view&current=DSCN0411.jpg)

(http://i565.photobucket.com/albums/ss97/boonibarb/Robin%20nestling/th_DSCN0412.jpg) (http://s565.photobucket.com/albums/ss97/boonibarb/Robin%20nestling/?action=view&current=DSCN0412.jpg)

(http://i565.photobucket.com/albums/ss97/boonibarb/Robin%20nestling/th_DSCN0413.jpg) (http://s565.photobucket.com/albums/ss97/boonibarb/Robin%20nestling/?action=view&current=DSCN0413.jpg)

(http://i565.photobucket.com/albums/ss97/boonibarb/Robin%20nestling/th_DSCN0414.jpg) (http://s565.photobucket.com/albums/ss97/boonibarb/Robin%20nestling/?action=view&current=DSCN0414.jpg)

(http://i565.photobucket.com/albums/ss97/boonibarb/Robin%20nestling/th_DSCN0415.jpg) (http://s565.photobucket.com/albums/ss97/boonibarb/Robin%20nestling/?action=view&current=DSCN0415.jpg)

(http://i565.photobucket.com/albums/ss97/boonibarb/Robin%20nestling/th_DSCN0416.jpg) (http://s565.photobucket.com/albums/ss97/boonibarb/Robin%20nestling/?action=view&current=DSCN0416.jpg)

(http://i565.photobucket.com/albums/ss97/boonibarb/Robin%20nestling/th_DSCN0417.jpg) (http://s565.photobucket.com/albums/ss97/boonibarb/Robin%20nestling/?action=view&current=DSCN0417.jpg)

(http://i565.photobucket.com/albums/ss97/boonibarb/Robin%20nestling/th_DSCN0418.jpg) (http://s565.photobucket.com/albums/ss97/boonibarb/Robin%20nestling/?action=view&current=DSCN0418.jpg)

(http://i565.photobucket.com/albums/ss97/boonibarb/Robin%20nestling/th_DSCN0419.jpg) (http://s565.photobucket.com/albums/ss97/boonibarb/Robin%20nestling/?action=view&current=DSCN0419.jpg)

(http://i565.photobucket.com/albums/ss97/boonibarb/Robin%20nestling/th_DSCN0420.jpg) (http://s565.photobucket.com/albums/ss97/boonibarb/Robin%20nestling/?action=view&current=DSCN0420.jpg)

(http://i565.photobucket.com/albums/ss97/boonibarb/Robin%20nestling/th_DSCN0421.jpg) (http://s565.photobucket.com/albums/ss97/boonibarb/Robin%20nestling/?action=view&current=DSCN0421.jpg)

(http://i565.photobucket.com/albums/ss97/boonibarb/Robin%20nestling/th_DSCN0423.jpg) (http://s565.photobucket.com/albums/ss97/boonibarb/Robin%20nestling/?action=view&current=DSCN0423.jpg)

(http://i565.photobucket.com/albums/ss97/boonibarb/Robin%20nestling/th_DSCN0424.jpg) (http://s565.photobucket.com/albums/ss97/boonibarb/Robin%20nestling/?action=view&current=DSCN0424.jpg)

(http://i565.photobucket.com/albums/ss97/boonibarb/Robin%20nestling/th_DSCN0427.jpg) (http://s565.photobucket.com/albums/ss97/boonibarb/Robin%20nestling/?action=view&current=DSCN0427.jpg)
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: Rajame on May 14, 2012, 09:40:36 AM
Ahhh... Booni,

I looked at the pictures in awe of the incredible majesty of Mother Nature. I was reminded of a statement I heard from a friend regarding short lives. It is taken from a partial statement about happily ever after...

"They Did Live Happily in the Ever After, but the Point is That They Lived."


:hearts2
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: idahowa on May 14, 2012, 11:41:28 AM
Great pics and observations Wren & Booni.  I need to slow down and be more observant.  It gets better everyday but there's so much to see & learn.  Thank for your insights!
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: Cawatcher on May 19, 2012, 11:05:43 PM
Zuderdam passes nest at 9:22pm
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7211/7234518918_cb3d46e4dd_b.jpg)

RVCap189 scroll to 10:41 PM Diamond Princess passes in front of Hornby Nest Tree (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ApHXwbu3tuo#)

(4 min 25 sec into the video)
sighting at 10:43PM Cruise Ship (Diamond) past Mom and Hali in the Hornby nest  :ecsmile
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: Tigerlady105 on May 19, 2012, 11:28:02 PM
Diamond Princess Cruise Ship - May 19, 2012 - Sailing past Hornby Island at 10:42 PM PDT

Iffivanni's friends were on board!

(http://i736.photobucket.com/albums/xx7/Tigerlady105art/Hornby%20Cam%20-%202012/188.jpg)


(http://i736.photobucket.com/albums/xx7/Tigerlady105art/Hornby%20Cam%20-%202012/189.jpg)  

Several of us stayed up to watch and record the ship going by.  It's the first time we tried this late at night with the new cam's night vision feature on.  :thumbup:
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: Cawatcher on May 19, 2012, 11:31:45 PM
Diamond Princess passes by the Texada Mine 10:49pm (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F-HQbsIGOKA#)
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: ivani on May 20, 2012, 03:33:42 PM
 :ecsmile
Cali and Tiger
 I loved it. I am very grateful to you  and the chatters who stayed awake. The videos were great.
 I love you ! Here in chat Hornby found the best friends a person can have, as you two, even if they personally know.
 :heart :heart :heart
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: boonibarb on May 21, 2012, 08:25:25 AM

Mr. & Mrs. Purple Finch in my backyard bird feeder!

may 17 2012 14:10 - Male Purple Finch - 209-180


(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7100/7241750386_6516d60063_b.jpg) (http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7100/7241750386_aceb9891ed_o.jpg)


(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7071/7241739604_3d3195c218_b.jpg) (http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7071/7241739604_8a80f40b16_o.jpg)


(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7090/7241760340_20ba31b07b_b.jpg) (http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7090/7241760340_e8a5e16261_o.jpg)


http://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/7241750386/# (http://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/7241750386/#)
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: beans on May 22, 2012, 06:33:53 PM
Spectacular picture, Booni!
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: Tigerlady105 on May 23, 2012, 12:28:21 AM
Mr. Purple Finch has beautifully colored feathers. 

Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: boonibarb on May 23, 2012, 08:56:09 AM

So does Mrs!
Click her then click again to see all the beautiful yellow she has in amongst the brown!
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: beans on May 23, 2012, 11:21:24 AM
Sometimes I forget to double-cllick!

When birds are flying, we don't always see all the beautiful details.  A picture gives us a change to see what they really look like.  Every bird is a work of art, both in function and in form.   :eclove
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: winterwren on May 24, 2012, 06:27:33 PM
Booni, thanks for posting your Purple Finch pictures.

This helps me confirm the identity of the bird I saw in my feeder on May 11... It is indeed Mrs. Purple Finch!

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7226/7199794550_b9c2b04e01_z.jpg) (http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7226/7199794550_310d6169cf_o.jpg)


I was lucky to catch her in good light... Booni is right, she might look nondescript from a distance, but bring her up close... Oh my.
(All photos clickable)
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7227/7264947764_f68fb79f4b_z.jpg) (http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7227/7264947764_3c2cbc165a_o.jpg)


(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7218/7264948142_dfc90ed9b0_z.jpg) (http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7218/7264948142_a47068fc6c_o.jpg)



Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: boonibarb on May 24, 2012, 06:58:20 PM

i spotted this Deer doing creative pruning of my Plum Tree, again!

may 23 2012 09:03 - female Deer eating my Plum Tree



may 23 2012 09:03 - female Deer eating my Plum Tree (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ph_7KrHyeW8#ws)
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: blackster1 on May 24, 2012, 07:18:51 PM
The purple finch photos from both Booni and Wren are amazings.  I love seeing the enlargements.  The eyes look like they are ringed in diamonds.
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: ccfan on May 25, 2012, 07:51:08 PM
I love the crosshatched feathering on the finch...such a beautiful detail that i never knew existed before. :eclove
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: boonibarb on May 27, 2012, 02:50:38 PM

A little one in my garden i*m worried about.
Not sure if he*s just a fledgling & this is how they behave?
Or is something wrong?
i sorta feel like something is wrong.
The closing eyes, they*re fluffed up, the way they*re breathing with their beak open...

may 27 2012 12:57 - Purple Finch Fledgling?


may 27 2012 12:57 - Purple Finch Fledgling? (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x0rOau56SXE#ws)
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: boonibarb on May 27, 2012, 08:50:46 PM

Here are some fotos of the same? Bird, taken a week ago.

may 20 2012 14:30 - Purple Finch fledgling

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7101/7284163384_63f62aaf2a_b.jpg) (http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7101/7284163384_923407fb45_o.jpg)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/7284163384/# (http://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/7284163384/#)


may 20 2012 14:28 - Purple Finch fledgling

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7099/7284113684_39d7d30b7b_b.jpg) (http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7099/7284113684_db65b588fb_o.jpg)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/7284113684/# (http://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/7284113684/#)


may 20 2012 14:27 - Purple Finch fledgling

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7080/7284122796_a0af34aea8_b.jpg) (http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7080/7284122796_e77ba87b21_o.jpg)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/7284122796/# (http://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/7284122796/#)


may 20 2012 14:05 - Purple Finch fledgling

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8147/7284131312_9f96c9d9a7_b.jpg) (http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8147/7284131312_8841860d68_o.jpg)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/7284131312/# (http://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/7284131312/#)

may 20 2012 14:02 - Purple Finch fledgling

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7103/7284139186_2b4e1986fc_b.jpg) (http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7103/7284139186_8de2b2b7dd_o.jpg)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/7284139186/# (http://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/7284139186/#)


may 20 2012 14:03 - Purple Finch fledgling

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7093/7284146954_9e2f393e9e_b.jpg) (http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7093/7284146954_6d4fbc9a3c_o.jpg)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/7284146954/# (http://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/7284146954/#)


may 20 2012 14:02 - Purple Finch fledgling


(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7102/7284154920_9dbfbd25ab_b.jpg) (http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7102/7284154920_b26c57cafc_o.jpg)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/7284154920/# (http://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/7284154920/#)
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: boonibarb on May 27, 2012, 09:17:15 PM

may 27 2012 11:45 - fledgling Purple Finch

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Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: boonibarb on May 27, 2012, 09:23:34 PM

This Sparrow was having a bath in the top of one of my rainbarrels!

may 18 2012 5:09pm - Song Sparrow taking a bath!


may 18 2012 5:09pm - Song Sparrow taking a bath! (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QpjoEpiJEQU#ws)
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: winterwren on May 28, 2012, 09:23:22 AM
I'm going to post my own finch story, for comparison.

3 days ago I noticed this little guy on my feeder.
May 25, 11:00 am
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He was all puffed up and unfinished, just like Booni's little finchlet. He stayed there for ages and wasn't looking very good. His eyes were partly closed most of the time, and he was having trouble dealing with the sunflower seeds. At one point he threw up some clear fluid with a seed in it.
12:11... so he's been here over an hour.
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He was making this sort of head-tilt movement a lot.
12:21
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A few times his wings started trembling. But then Booni told me that they do that when they receive food. Booni, is that just finches, or all passerines?
But at the time I didn't know that, and I was worried that maybe he was having seizures.

On the other hand, a sleeker Purple Finch was around and visited him from time to time. This confirmed my suspicion that I was seeing a fledgling; the other finch was probably Mom.
2:20 pm
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So this made me decide to just watch and wait. After the first visit from his Mom, the little finchling started vocalizing. "Uiu! Uiu!" and she answered with a high little "Chip" sound.

After a few hours he started moving around. He stayed in one place for a few minutes, then flew a short distance to somewhere else. He also started to react properly when someone approached. Here you can see he's still slow on the uptake. Also he's still trying to learn how to crack sunflower seeds and has taken some homework with him.
2:23 pm
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So the difference between Booni's finch story and this one is duration. This little finchlet started off the same way, but he's visibly getting stronger over time, and he has someone watching over him. I still see him from time to time, but now he flies away when I walk toward him, which is the correct and healthy reaction. His eyes are properly open and he seems increasingly active.

And I'm beyond pleased that there is now a Purple Finch family in my backyard!
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: Tigerlady105 on May 28, 2012, 02:18:43 PM
Wren, thank you for your comments and photos of the Purple Finch fledgling.  That's a good lesson on why to wait if we see "a bird in trouble."  Mom may be close by and watching normal behavior!  I learn something here every day.  :nod2

booni, delightful video of the sparrow taking a bath!  Made me smile.   :ecsmile
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: boonibarb on May 29, 2012, 06:59:04 PM

i saw this weird thing in my friend*s apple tree.
i figured i*d take a foto of it to try to figure out what it was.

may 232012  14:40 - Caterpillar Nest


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Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: boonibarb on May 29, 2012, 08:05:06 PM

i have been watching the Robins & finally i have noticed that not all of them are adults!
This one is a fledgling.
i see them flying, perched on the line, & following the parent about the yard.

may 27 2012 11:26 - fledgling Robin scratches their head

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may 27 2012 11:27 - fledgling Robin

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Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: fol-di-rol on May 29, 2012, 08:33:57 PM
Booni - those look awfully like tent moth caterpillars - the things that make those big white nests in trees - you really don't want them - they can strip the leaves off trees very quickly ..... but I don't know how you get rid of them.  We used to burn them if we could reach them
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: boonibarb on May 29, 2012, 08:59:11 PM

i spotted these Deer in my front yard a few nights in a row.
Now i know how the Plum Tree branches get stripped of their leaves!

may 24 2012 19:58 - female Deer

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may 24 2012 19:59 - young male Deer

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Look!
It*s a Giraffe!

may 24 2012 19:58 - female Deer

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Hey!
GimME some of those plums!

may 24 2012 19:59 - female Deer & young male

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Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: winterwren on May 29, 2012, 10:09:41 PM
Caterpillars: those are definitely tent caterpillars. Their numbers are just starting to increase this year. Sigh... We'll have them bad for a couple more years, then the population will collapse and there will be peace in the orchards for 5 years or so.

Best way to get rid of them is with insecticidal soap; you need to get the soap inside the tents too.

After a while, they get a parasitical wasp preying on them. You know they have it when you see caterpillars with white dots on their heads - those are the eggs of the parasitical wasps. The wasps spread, the caterpillar population collapses, then the wasp population collapses too and another cycle starts.

I don't see any white dots on any of those caterpillars. It is still too early in the cycle for that.


I love the picture of the young Robin scratching his head. Notice how he's got his foot above his wing instead of below. That looks very weird.
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: boonibarb on May 30, 2012, 07:39:38 AM



may 24 2012 20:00 - herd of Deer eating my garden



may 24 2012 20:00 - herd of Deer eating my garden (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tpNeFjz3fRM#ws)
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: boonibarb on May 30, 2012, 09:21:53 AM

may 14 2012 11:53 - Song Sparrow


may 14 2012 11:53 - Song Sparrow (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qoZ2CyUGfz0#ws)
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: Tigerlady105 on May 30, 2012, 01:41:09 PM
boonibarb, your videos of the deer and the song sparrow are delightful.  I'm still smiling after watching both of them!   :eclove
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: emc on May 31, 2012, 01:28:11 PM
We get House finches here and their coloring does differ from golden to red. I have wondered at times if we get Purple Finches, and looking at your pictures here, now know that we Do Not! Such glorious deep colors. Thank you.
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: mishikeenhquay on May 31, 2012, 03:49:39 PM


Just love those little folks.....They seem to watch and sing at just the right moments!!
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: boonibarb on June 02, 2012, 08:08:36 AM

i am still seeing a sick looking Bird in my garden.
i have a net & a box ready, but they fly away when my back is turned!

june 1 2012 12:13 - sick Female Purple Finch



june 1 2012 12:13 - sick Female Purple Finch (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tf62wevqlDI#ws)
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: Rajame on June 02, 2012, 12:07:18 PM
Booni, I will be praying for the Finch! That is one smart finch to come to your yard. I often tell Mr Raj the same thing since he is forever rescuing critters. I hope the finch let's you help him/her. Sometimes humans are a part of the solution. :hug
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: Tigerlady105 on June 02, 2012, 01:29:23 PM
Boonibarb, I hope that you'll be able to safely capture the sick Finch and help her.   :nod2
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: boonibarb on June 02, 2012, 08:18:49 PM

The female Purple Finch seemed much better today!
Not perfect, but...
Still no luck catching her.

june 1 2012 15:28 - Young Spotted Towhee


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Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: boonibarb on June 02, 2012, 08:27:23 PM

june 1 2012 16:15 - Young Deer

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Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: boonibarb on June 02, 2012, 08:52:46 PM

Here she is today, looking a bit better.

june 2 2012 15:22- Female Purple Finch


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Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: boonibarb on June 02, 2012, 09:00:38 PM

Is it possible this is a fledgling?

june 2 2012 15:47 - Chestnut-Backed Chickadee


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Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: boonibarb on June 02, 2012, 09:14:00 PM

i gotta figure out what this one is.
i*ve never seen one before!

june 2 2012 16:45 - Female Black-Headed Grosbeak (wow!)


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Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: boonibarb on June 02, 2012, 09:23:16 PM

Ravenling begging from parent in my front yard.

june 2 2012 18:44 - Raven fledgling


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Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: boonibarb on June 02, 2012, 09:39:38 PM

Well, i didn*t quite catch the visuals on this one, but these are the Raven fledglings in my front yard & then taking off.

june 2 2012 18:46 - Raven fledglings


june 2 2012 18:46 - Raven fledglings (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4V8FaJ9oAK4#ws)
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: mishikeenhquay on June 03, 2012, 06:40:09 AM


These pictures take my breath away....beautiful!!
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: boonibarb on June 03, 2012, 08:28:54 AM

Just missed this one getting fed by a parent on my phone line!

may 29 2012 1220 - Robin fledgling


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Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: passerine on June 03, 2012, 02:28:30 PM
Just catching up here. If i can reach the branches with the tent caterpillars the best thing to do is cut the branch & burn it. If I can't reach i try to drown them with hose.(which isn't great on the well, so i do a liitle bit at a time).

Yes Booni indeed a female Black headed Grosbeak, if you get a chance to photograph the male flying away their tails are amazing in flight with the white.

Love the Raven-let. :heart

So cute the newly fledged Robins.
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: boonibarb on June 03, 2012, 06:27:13 PM

Slide Show - may 31 2012 - White Crowned Sparrow

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Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: boonibarb on June 03, 2012, 06:52:32 PM

may 31 2012 14:46 - White-Crowned Sparrow

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Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: Cawatcher on June 03, 2012, 06:55:25 PM
 :eclove :eclove The slide show is superb!
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: boonibarb on June 03, 2012, 07:55:29 PM

may 14 2012 12:17 - Canada Goose & Goslings

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Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: boonibarb on June 03, 2012, 07:57:46 PM

Slide Show - may 14 2012 1152 - Song Sparrow

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Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: mishikeenhquay on June 03, 2012, 08:34:17 PM


He / She is beautiful!!!1  I can hear the song!
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: boonibarb on June 03, 2012, 08:38:50 PM

Male Purple Finch mating dancing with a Dooki hair in his beak

Slide Show - may 11 2012 1351 - Male Purple Finch mating dance


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Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: boonibarb on June 03, 2012, 08:57:20 PM

may 11 2012 13:52 - Male Purple Finch courtship dancing

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Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: blackster1 on June 03, 2012, 09:52:34 PM
These are amazing pictures of the purple finch.  Thanks so much.
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: boonibarb on June 07, 2012, 09:23:13 AM

Look what we lucked out to see yesterday!

june 6 2012 12:48 - newborn fawn!


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Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: emc on June 07, 2012, 10:49:03 AM

What a special treat to see!  :heart  Thank you for sharing it with us.  :biggrin3
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: boonibarb on June 07, 2012, 09:18:18 PM

june 6 2012 12:48 - Doe & Fawn

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Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: boonibarb on June 07, 2012, 09:26:55 PM

june 6 2012 12:51 - Fawn

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Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: Donnae on June 07, 2012, 09:31:20 PM
Oh how sweet is that  :biggrin3 !!! Ty Booni
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: boonibarb on June 08, 2012, 09:54:52 AM

On my way off Hornby to pick up Mishi on Denman, wren pointed out a cavity in the rock face of Mt. Geoffrey on Hornby that had a huge patch of poopshots below it.
i trained my little camera where she pointed & tried to get zoomed in shots from the bobbing moving ferry.
On the way back there was better light, & i tried again.
These are the best three shots, & i trimmed them & beefed up the colouring so you could see.
You can see that there is nesting material in the cavity, & the rain of poopshots below!
& to the left, crouched together, are three white blobs that appear to move a bit from foto to foto.
Is this an elusive Vulture Nest?

june 5 2012 1704 - Slide Show - Nest in rock face cavity on Mt. Geoffrey


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Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: boonibarb on June 08, 2012, 11:37:36 AM

i was visiting friends who run a plant nursery.
They also raise Honey Bees!
There is a bit of a movement to raise Honey Bees, since they are so endangered now.
If it weren*t for Honey Bees, we would have a whole lot less pollination.
Pollination is something i take for granted, & i don*t want to any more!

Slide Show -  june 3 2012  1449 - Honey Bees


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Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: boonibarb on June 08, 2012, 12:06:47 PM

My friends were separating out a Queen Bee cell, to transfer to another set of hive boxes.
Look at them with their heads covered but their hands bare!
WAY braver than me.
i was hiding behind my van with my zoom lens fully extended!

june 3 14:49 - Honey Bees on Hornby



june 3 14:49 - Honey Bees on Hornby (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z5Qr_8o1ib8#ws)
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: Tigerlady105 on June 08, 2012, 12:46:17 PM
Booni, brave friends is right!  I can't imagine doing that with bees, even with head covering and gloves!   :eceek  We do need to protect honeybees...or we'll be in big trouble!

Your doe and fawn series of photos is delightful.  That little one looks as if he/she is not completely steady on its legs yet.   :eclove
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: boonibarb on June 08, 2012, 10:08:35 PM

One afternoon where i was working we had all these young Deer in the yard.
Two even lay down to chew their cud & have a nap!
They look like male & female yearlings, you can see the nubs of fresh antlers growing on the male.

Slide Show -  june 4 2012  1606 - young Deer in the yard


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Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: boonibarb on June 08, 2012, 10:10:45 PM

june 4 2012 15:04 - young female deer chewing her cud


june 4 2012 15:04 - young female deer chewing her cud (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vpzd-OzIN4o#ws)
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: boonibarb on June 09, 2012, 09:08:26 AM

The possible Turkey Vulture Nest in that cavity in Mt. Geoffrey reminded me of fotos i*ve had for ages that i have never gotten around to posting.
These were sent to me by a friend who comes regularly to Hornby to view the wildlife & Birds.
He was sent these fotos by someone else, who gave me permission to post them.
i think these fotos were taken in the interior of BC or maybe it was Alberta, where Vultures Nest in old houses!
The Nest was in the roof or open attic area of a run down house, & one of the chicks had fallen though to a lower level of the house, but was still being cared for by the parents.
It is really interesting to see that the young Vulture chicks are all white & fluffy!
You can see in some of the fotos taken later how the big dark feathers are starting to grow in.
My point being, perhaps those three white fluffy blobs in that nest cavity are Vulture chicks?


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Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: Tigerlady105 on June 09, 2012, 04:59:31 PM
Booni, those chicks sure look soft and fluffy!   It's so interesting to see how much they change...like other birds do, too.   :thumbup:
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: boonibarb on June 10, 2012, 06:46:39 AM

We were at Grassy Point with the HIPsters because UBC had reported that Mum had been eating a Beaver there!
i just had to see to believe.
Well, i believe.
There was a great big Beaver at Grassy Point, lying on their back with their big orange teeth in the air.
i have never seen a Beaver before, so of course had to examine them.
Fotos were taken by others.
Anyway, we were just heading home up the driveway while the rest went to hang out at the B&B & watch the sunset, when this Red-Shafted (Northern) Flicker landed in the driveway & appeared to be taking a dust bath.
i woke myself up & got out my little camera.


june 8 2012 20:31 - Red-Shafted Flicker taking a dust bath


june 8 2012 20:31 - Red-Shafted Flicker taking a dust bath (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EA3XgHHOaYs#ws)

Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: boonibarb on June 10, 2012, 07:03:45 AM

You can hear wren*s camera clicking away in the background of that video.  :mhihi
Look at Mr. Flicker, his head & body feathers are all ruffled up & puffed out!
With my eye, i could see a blue stripe under his chin that didn*t show up on the fotos or video.

june 8 2012 20:30 - Red-Shafted Flicker


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Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: Tigerlady105 on June 10, 2012, 12:43:08 PM
Booni, thank you for taking and posting the video of Mr. Red-shafted Flicker.  It's interesting and fun to see what they do in their everyday lives!   :thumbup:
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: boonibarb on June 11, 2012, 08:32:23 AM

Mishi & i were walking on the cliffs of High Salal near Helliwell when i spotted this gorgeous white flower.
Well, it turns out it is majorly poisonous!

june 7 2012 14:56 - Death Camas


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Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: churchlady on June 11, 2012, 03:34:44 PM
Wow Booni! How many times do we see people stop and pick "pretty" flowers...good thing we can look and not touch!!
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: NancyM on June 11, 2012, 04:08:45 PM
that is a gorgeous picture, Booni -  isn't there also a purple variety of camas that is not poisonous?  I seem to recall Wren posting pictures of those.
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: Tigerlady105 on June 11, 2012, 04:35:47 PM
Booni, I know I've seen photos Wren took with white camas and blue camas growing wild, but this lovely one looks yellow to me.  Are my eyes playing tricks?!  :eclol
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: boonibarb on June 11, 2012, 09:07:33 PM

Tiger, that last foto isn*t White Camas, it is Death Camas.

Here is the regular purple colour Camas.
There is white Camas that looks just like this, only the purple flower is white, instead

Beautiful Camas on Grassy Point - May 9, 2009, 9:39:16 AM


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Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: Donnae on June 11, 2012, 09:52:03 PM
Oh Booni... that flicker is gorgeous and so is the Death Camas and purple Camas.... amazing... ty
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: Tigerlady105 on June 11, 2012, 11:20:32 PM
Booni, thank you for answering my question about the beautiful Death Camas' color and for posting your photos of the lovely Blue Camas and also the white ones.   :thumbup:
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: boonibarb on June 17, 2012, 08:23:59 PM

june 11 13:05 - Song Sparrow

june 11 13:05 - Song Sparrow (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KlAV_9hA-1c#ws)
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: boonibarb on June 17, 2012, 08:31:25 PM

june 14 17:32 - Swallowtail Butterfly

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Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: Tigerlady105 on June 17, 2012, 09:29:54 PM
Booni, there are so many beautiful things to enjoy on Hornby.  Thank you for sharing them with us!   :eclove
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: boonibarb on June 18, 2012, 10:38:26 PM

Slide Show - june 12 1042 - female Pileated Woodpecker at Grassy Point wood pile

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Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: boonibarb on June 18, 2012, 10:43:07 PM

i call this a female, because i believe the male has another stripe of red on the sides of their heads?

june 12 2012 10:42 - Female Pileated Woodpecker


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Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: emc on June 18, 2012, 11:03:26 PM
I don't believe I have ever seen a Pilated Woodpecker myself. So... Had to look it up. ( I love to explore the bird resources ) You are correct re: male having another red stripe, sometimes called a mustache. The red cap on the head is less extensive on female too. Males red goes all the way forward.  Or this could be a juvenile?
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: boonibarb on June 19, 2012, 08:03:56 AM

Thanks for looking that up!
i was wondering juvenile too, what with the yellow on the forehead & just above the upper beak.
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: emc on June 19, 2012, 02:50:52 PM
None of my bird books had a picture or description of the juvenile pileated woodpecker, but did mention they are briefly in juvenile plumage.

On line this link has some pics. The third one would probably be male juvenile while the fifth one a female juvenile.  Because of length of head color on yours, perhaps male juvenile and a little older than these on line.

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Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: boonibarb on June 19, 2012, 08:43:51 PM

Mishi & i went for a walk along what i believe is called the Lower Bench of Mt. Geoffrey.
It is amazing how high up you are, above the ferry & the water between Hornby & Denman.
You are looking waaaaaay down onto the tops of very tall trees.
As you walk along, you start to see Ford Cove in the distance.
This is a very beautiful walk.
i spotted this gorgeous plant, i don*t know what it is, but i love the colour.
It seems to be a flowering succulent of some sort, growing on the rocks over the edge of the path, hanging over a looooooong way down.

june 12 2012 15:25 - rock succulent

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Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: boonibarb on June 19, 2012, 08:50:58 PM

This is what Ford Cove looks like from waaaay up there.
The Ford Cove & Heron Rocks Nests are in the distance on the right.

june 12 2012 15:56 - Ford Cove from the Lower Bench

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Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: boonibarb on June 19, 2012, 09:46:12 PM

Mishi was a lot braver than i was on the edge of the cliff!
It gave me the willies just WATCHING her.
i was lying there clinging to the ground taking these fotos of her.

Slide Show - june 12 2012 1600 - on the Lower Bench with Mishi

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Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: jeavverhey on June 20, 2012, 07:27:56 AM
Mishi & i went for a walk along what i believe is called the Lower Bench of Mt. Geoffrey.
It is amazing how high up you are, above the ferry & the water between Hornby & Denman.
You are looking waaaaaay down onto the tops of very tall trees.
As you walk along, you start to see Ford Cove in the distance.
This is a very beautiful walk.
i spotted this gorgeous plant, i don*t know what it is, but i love the colour.
It seems to be a flowering succulent of some sort, growing on the rocks over the edge of the path, hanging over a looooooong way down.

june 12 2012 15:25 - rock succulent

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That is your colour for sure Booni - I wonder if you could gather some seed and try it in your wonderful garden.
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: boonibarb on June 20, 2012, 08:41:15 AM

Yeah!
They might work in a nice dry rocky spot.

i am trying to go through old fotos i haven*t posted, & came across this fella!
Dooki & i were heading out to the trails for our morning bike ride when i found this guy on the road.
He may have been the leftovers from filleting by a fisher person.
How he got all the way up the road from the ocean, i don*t know, but i guess he made a good meal for someone, as he was gone upon our return.
Now i know that i should move him off the road so that he can be eaten somewhere where those doing the eating won*t get hit by a car while they are eating!
Click on foto, then click it again, you can give him a kiss!

july 24 2011 10:59 - ugly mug on the road

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Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: boonibarb on June 20, 2012, 08:25:54 PM

i used to see these things in the woods when i was biking with Dooki.
i have always loved them.
They seem like ghosts, to me, popping up out of nowhere & then disappearing again.
i found out they are called Indian Pipe Mushrooms.
They are so cool!
i went looking for them on this day & was THRILLED when i kept finding better & better patches of them.

Slide Show - july 24 11:28 - Indian Pipe mushrooms

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Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: boonibarb on June 20, 2012, 08:45:47 PM

i found this feather by the side of the path when i was biking with Dooki.
i think it belongs to a Pileated Woodpecker.
i took a foto of it to show you that not only Eagles have fret marks on their feathers.
Fret marks, like the frets on a guitar, are lines that show on the feather as see through & go against the direction of the usual barbs.
They are cause by a lack of food when the feather is developing.
If you look at this feather, there are seven fret marks, the clear see through lines on the feather.
This is the back side of the feather, the underneath.
i find these marks on all types of Birds* feathers.

july 30 2011 12:42 - Pileated Woodpecker feather showing stress bars

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Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: boonibarb on June 20, 2012, 09:05:25 PM

We hear the Swainsons Thrush a lot on the cam.
i am hearing two right now in my yard, one in the front, one in the back.
They sing at the same time, often, as the Robin, to whom they are closely related.
For how often i HEAR them, i have never seen one.
Til this little fella.
i tried rehabbing him after talking to MARS.
i forget what happened to them, a window strike?
Not the reason you want to see one, i can tell ya.
What a waste of a beautiful bird.
i had them in a shock box, hoping they would pull through.
But they didn*t, darnit.
So i took fotos of all their beautiful parts.
My intention was to post them all, & label the parts.
But i am already a year behind on  posting them, so they are getting posted as a Slide Show.
You can see the ears, each on their side of the head, the trachea, the feathers still in sheaths, the openings that go down their throats, one to the crop, one to the lungs, their crop, their uropygial gland, which secrets the oil for their feathers & is found near their tail.
This bird still has bare patches on their breast & belly, & you can see their keel & the well filled out breast of a previously healthy bird.
What a waste.
All that work done by the parents for their youngster to end like this...

Slide Show - july 30 1256 - Swainsons Thrush fledgling
Click on Slide Show foto to see it bigger.

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Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: blackster1 on June 20, 2012, 10:38:01 PM
Booni thank you for putting together that amazing slide show of the thrush parts.  The feathers are beautiful and the ear shot is something I have never seen.
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: mishikeenhquay on June 21, 2012, 05:37:23 AM


Booni:
I appreciate seeing all of you photos...it does not matter how old they are.  The thrush pictures are amazing and offer such an education.  The feather picture also gave me pause.  It is remarkable to see those stress frets on all of the birds feathers, not just the eagles that we know and love.  I wish everyone could (and would) look at these and understand more the plight of our wildlife as we humans take more and more away from them.
Gitchi Miigwetch for sharing.
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: boonibarb on June 21, 2012, 08:15:21 AM

i looked out my big window on the stairs one morning & noticed all this action in my Huckleberry bush.
There were suddenly all these Robin fledglings in there, devouring all my Huckleberries!
i musta missed the memo...

july 31 2011 10:25 - Robin Fledglings eating all my Huckleberries!



july 31 2011 10:25 - Robin Fledglings eating all my Huckleberries! (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GBsKc4TtGTA#)
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: boonibarb on June 21, 2012, 08:27:47 AM

Here is another feather i found that has fret marks on it.
i don*t know whose feather it is.
Look how you can see right through the feather in those two spots.
You can imagine how this feather would have been vulnerable to breaking, at those two lines.

august 2 2011 14:34 - feather with fret marks

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Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: boonibarb on June 22, 2012, 10:54:31 AM

august 6 2011 14:35 - Callistemon blooming

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Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: boonibarb on June 22, 2012, 11:05:01 AM

i found this poor bird on the roof of my woodshed when i was cleaning out my Swallow box.
i think they might have hit my open window.
i*ve been draping my windows with coarse fish netting so that the Birds see them this year.

august 6 2011 14:37 - Hummingbird mummy

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Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: boonibarb on June 22, 2012, 11:11:20 AM

i found this poor youngster when i cleaned out my Violet-Green Swallow nesting box.
It looks like he got left behind when the others left.
i never see the young ones fledging.
Just from one day to the next, they*re gone.
If i*d known this one was there along, i could*ve gotten him into MARS.
In a previous year, i think the weather got cold, & the whole box of youngsters got left behind & died.
i heard of other cases on Hornby that same year, similar stories.

august 6 2011 14:37 - Violet-Green Swallow Nestling

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august 6 2011 14:39 - Violet-Green Swallow nestling poops

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august 6 2011 14:40 - Violet-Green Swallow nestling


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Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: boonibarb on June 22, 2012, 11:17:51 AM

august 14 2011 16:42 - Lily

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Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: boonibarb on June 22, 2012, 02:04:51 PM

i didn*t move fast enough to get good fotos of the Golden-Crowned Sparrows in my garden.
There were tons of them, then they were gone.
i heard that they were just here for a week to eat all our birdseed, then they migrated onwards.
This was the best foto i got of one, through my window fish netting.

april 28 2012 10:20 - Golden-Crowned Sparrow

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Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: boonibarb on June 22, 2012, 02:10:26 PM

april 29 2012 12:27 - Robin with a mouthful

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Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: boonibarb on June 22, 2012, 02:19:03 PM


i used to see this bush all over the Island in the Spring.
i couldn*t WAIT to have one in my garden.
Now i have FOUR!
They are so cheerful for so long!

may 8 2012 10:18 - Kerria Japonica

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Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: boonibarb on June 22, 2012, 02:26:56 PM

Saw this flock of Birds on the water & took fotos of them to see what they were!
The males are the brightly coloured ones, my bird book calls the colouring bizarre!

may 7 2012 13:07 - Harlequin Ducks

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http://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/7422042474/# (http://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/7422042474/#)  
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: boonibarb on June 22, 2012, 02:30:03 PM

may 7 2012 13:21 - Song Sparrow

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Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: Tigerlady105 on June 22, 2012, 04:12:55 PM
Booni, thank you for posting these photos that you've taken in various parts of the Island, including your own garden.  It's nice to be able to see the birds, animals and flora that you see every day.   :thumbup:
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: mishikeenhquay on June 22, 2012, 04:14:21 PM


Awww...love the robin with the mouthful....and that beautiful little sparrow.  So much personality!!  Are the flowers the ones that you refer to as pom poms?
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: boonibarb on June 22, 2012, 09:40:29 PM

Yes, Mishi, the yellow pom pom flowers!
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: OpieK on June 22, 2012, 10:30:01 PM
Booni you are such a fine teacher - thank you for showing us your world
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: Rajame on June 22, 2012, 10:35:04 PM
Booni you are such a fine teacher - thank you for showing us your world

I so agree OpieK. Well said. Thank you Booni!

:hug
Rajame
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: boonibarb on June 23, 2012, 08:33:08 AM

This guy*s been hanging out on this piece of wood for days.

june 16 2012 10:53 - Jewel bug or stink bug

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Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: mishikeenhquay on June 23, 2012, 10:09:26 AM


Love the colors....wonder what he is eating?
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: boonibarb on June 24, 2012, 08:37:53 AM

Yesterday when i was wandering around Grassy Point i heard what i THOUGHT was the call of a Mourning Dove!
i didn*t think we HAD those here.
They made the call more than once & i tried to catch a video of them but they flew off before i could.
At least i got these two fotos, & you can see this one*s brood/incubation patch!

Slide Show - june 23 2012 10:20 - Mourning Dove

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Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: cinnemon on June 24, 2012, 12:22:11 PM
very interesting, and that bug is truly beautiful in its own way. Thankyou :thumbup:
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: emc on June 24, 2012, 02:04:21 PM
Wow, barb you just amaze me all the time! Look at you noticing the brood patch. Yep, clear as day, once you look. I get mesmerized by the eyes and forget to check everything else,  :eclol

You'll be seeing them more often now. Hope you get to see mom feed a fledgling.  :eclove
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: Tigerlady105 on June 25, 2012, 12:09:16 AM
Good timing to find the Mourning Dove with the brood patch, Booni!  You keep finding so many interesting things to share.  Thank you.   :eclove
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: Faerie Gardener on June 25, 2012, 07:42:26 PM
I'm just captivated by your reports and pictures, Booni!  I am intrigued by the idea of fish netting on the windows. I am currently having good luck hanging old CD's from a string above the windows.

How nice that you have mourning doves! Isn't their call haunting?
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: emc on June 26, 2012, 01:55:45 PM
Just noticed on Wren's map of the island 2 peregrine falcon nests!  :biggrin3 Wow
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: winterwren on June 29, 2012, 10:48:31 PM
On my way to the Olsen Farm nest, I met this beautiful one...

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A Killdeer!
I think this one must have had a nest in the beach grasses nearby, the way he or she drew our attention away and down the beach! Killdeers nest right on the ground.

Here, we see a strange display. I'm looking through the Sibley Guide to Bird Life and Behavior, and he describes a similar posture, with fanned tail and half-open wings, being used by Semipalmated Plovers in defending their territory.
Click on the picture and check out those tail feathers!

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Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: Tigerlady105 on June 29, 2012, 11:19:58 PM
Beautiful colors on the Killdeer, Wren.  And the rock formations are other-worldly.   :ecsmile
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: mishikeenhquay on June 30, 2012, 05:31:45 AM


Amazing Wren!  I just love the contrast of color!  There are many Killdeer around here...and they often will "yell" at those that get close to their nests!
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: basenjimom on June 30, 2012, 06:34:58 AM
Wren, could this be a fake injury display that Killdeer use to lure predators away from their nesting areas?
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: ccfan on June 30, 2012, 01:19:15 PM
Once again Moher Nature proves she is the best artist of all! :heart
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: passerine on June 30, 2012, 01:57:32 PM
Beautiful photography of the Kildeer Wren , the coloring is fantastic. They are fun to watch.

The lovely photo of Booni, I believe is a Eurasian Collared Dove.
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: winterwren on June 30, 2012, 03:00:23 PM
The problem with the ID as a Eurasian Collared-Dove is that, according to Sibley, we're way outside of their range. Unless there is a pocket of population in BC that he didn't know about, of course.

I don't think Booni's bird has a dark collar. To me it looks like the dark area on the second photo is a shadow made by raised neck feathers.

I checked that because I was trying to identify this bird, photographed on the fly at Heron Rocks on my last visit there. It most resembles a Collared-Dove, but again there is the range problem. The dark wing tips are also interesting.
Unidentified dove or pigeon, June 8, 3 pm
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Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: passerine on June 30, 2012, 03:57:21 PM
I'm pretty to close to Hornby as the Crow flies, I have a pair of Eurasian Collared Doves nesting close by.

(http://i835.photobucket.com/albums/zz274/ldnal/birds/birdsmisc006.jpg)

Where as the Mourning Dove has a markon his face & the white ring around the eye is thicker.

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© projectnoah.org

We also have a lot of Band-tailed Pigeons but again a bit different.

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ETA Pigeons and Doves  There is no true scientific difference between 'pigeons' and 'doves'. While the smaller pigeons often get called 'doves', this is fairly inconsistent. The family can be split into two different groups, but this is based more on their ecology and diet. There are those pigeons that feed on seeds (usually duller coloured, ground-dwelling pigeons), and those that feed on fruit (more striking, aboreal species). The Daintree area has a diverse group of pigeons, with representatives of both types of pigeons, although many species are heard more often than seen.
http://rainforest-australia.com/Rainforest_Doves_and_Pigeons.htm (http://rainforest-australia.com/Rainforest_Doves_and_Pigeons.htm)
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: emc on June 30, 2012, 04:02:16 PM
I have found ranges to not necessarily be the best guide. Birds seem to not care where some human says they should be.  :mhihi

If everything else rings true, reject the range. Imo
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: winterwren on July 01, 2012, 03:41:34 PM
I have found ranges to not necessarily be the best guide. Birds seem to not care where some human says they should be.  :mhihi

If everything else rings true, reject the range. Imo

I guess.  :puzzled2
This one, though, wasn't even close. Sibley shows populations in the southeastern United States, a smattering of occasional sightings through the Great Plains south of the border, and a small pocket in southern California. Thanks for the photos, Passerine, I wouldn't have believed it!
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: passerine on July 01, 2012, 06:07:27 PM
Justs go to show birds don't read, :ecsmile coincidently was talking with Wren when a Band-tailed & Collared were sitting on the fence side by each. When i got the camera ready band tailed had hoped down to table. This is the two together with Band-tailed on table & Eurasian collared on fence. Sorry for bad quality of pic.

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Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: boonibarb on July 03, 2012, 08:44:58 PM

There is a shed with a big sliding metal bolt across it, locked with a padlock that is inside a metal box.
i was pointed out a little Nest inside this little box!
A tiny little Nest.
i never saw a Bird there, i figured it was too busy an area & got abandoned.
But today i spotted this!

july 3 2012 11:00 - Red-Breasted Nuthatch Nest & adult

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Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: boonibarb on July 03, 2012, 09:48:15 PM

White-Crowned Sparrows have mile-wide attitude!
You come into their territory, they let you KNOW it!
They fly to the bushes near you & CHIP CHIP CHIP!
If you don*t move, they fly to another bush & continue to chip at you.

Slide Show - july 3 2012 1426 - White-Crowned Sparrows
Click on SLide Show to open it up bigger.

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Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: mishikeenhquay on July 04, 2012, 06:42:02 AM


Those little ones must feel safe enough near that shed!!  What a great discovery!!  As for those White Crowned Sparrows?  Just seeing the pictures caused me to hear their calls....and they DO get persistent!  Gitchi Miigwetch Booni!!  Great pictures!
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: cinnemon on July 04, 2012, 06:55:06 AM
booni I love those  white crowned sparrows, we only have them here for a little while in fall, in Ohio by lake Erie. thanks for sharing, I really enjoy all you postings :thumbup:
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: passerine on July 04, 2012, 10:26:03 PM
Great discovery on Nuthatch nest. That'll be fun to keep an eye on.

The White-crowned may have even more protective with their new little sparrow-lets with them. Or should i say looked liked a newly fledged one in a photo?
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: Tigerlady105 on July 04, 2012, 11:57:38 PM
I enjoy seeing so many species that are new to me!  What a treat to take a look at this thread, filled with interesting surprises!  TY for your slide show, Booni!   :thumbup:
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: boonibarb on July 05, 2012, 08:31:15 AM
Passerine, how can you tell which one is a fledgling?

Here are some close-ups from the Slide Show.
i LOVE how their feet cling to such little branches!
& you can tell how tiny these Birds are by comparing them to the thorns on the Wild Rose bush they are perched on!
Do they ever get prickled by those thorns?

july 3 2012 14:29 - White-Crowned Sparrow

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Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: boonibarb on July 05, 2012, 08:34:35 AM

This one*s for Mishi.
See if she can figure out why...

july 3 2012 14:28 - White-Crowned Sparrow

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Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: mishikeenhquay on July 05, 2012, 08:49:06 AM


Awwwww the corner of the bench!!!!  I can just hear them telling us to "MOVE ON"
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: Tigerlady105 on July 05, 2012, 12:00:38 PM
Such tiny little things!  They are well-named.   :nod2
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: passerine on July 05, 2012, 05:23:08 PM
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He is so poofy with fresh looking feathers, his feet are darker & to me looks more wide eyed & in wonderment. The parents look sleek & wise.


Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: boonibarb on July 05, 2012, 11:24:32 PM

Thanks Passerine!

There is only one kind of Snake on Hornby, i believe.
This one has beautiful colouring.
They were found on the road, while i was biking.

july 3 2012 15:50 - Garter Snake

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Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: winterwren on July 06, 2012, 03:40:04 PM
I was at work on the night of July 1st... A few minutes before 10 pm, it was getting quite dark out, and I heard a kind of chirp I had never heard before.

I looked and looked for the new bird that was vocalizing so loud. Had it landed right on the ship?
Then finally I found the source of the sound... It wasn't a bird!

A river otter was standing on one of the dock pilings, calling out. Others were answering.
I had never heard otters make those sounds!
Looking back, this reminds me of the first time I heard ground squirrels. They make the same type of chirping call that seems to come from everywhere at once.

While I looked for the source of the sound, I got my small camera, and was able to catch this video of the outcome. It's a bit grainy, but I still feel lucky to have been able to catch the action in the available light.

Otters calling, July 1st, about 9:45 pm

Otter calling - July 1st, 9:45 pm (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aN-G37q5R7Q#)
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: Faerie Gardener on July 06, 2012, 03:54:16 PM
Wren, that was such a great video!

We have the ground squirrels here, too, and that sound is pretty constant here!
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: boodle317 on July 06, 2012, 06:41:33 PM
Wow Wren!   LOVE the otters!   :heart
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: emc on July 06, 2012, 06:41:49 PM
Very interesting video, Wren. I have heard river otters chirp when begging. Wonder if it was parents calling their youngster to jump in and come? Nice footage of the three swimming together. :ecsmile
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: wildkitten on July 06, 2012, 06:44:05 PM
oh, how cute is that.....  almost like a baby fledgling .... kind of afraid to make the first jump....thank you, Wren!
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: PamNY on July 06, 2012, 06:46:23 PM
I love this thread. Otter is wonderful -- I had no idea what sort of sound they make. Also love the sparrows and the killdeer.
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: Tigerlady105 on July 07, 2012, 02:44:27 AM
What a delightful sound, Wren!  They must have been encouraging the young one to 'take the plunge!'  "Junior, come on in.  The water's our friend!"   :eclove

Great timing for you to be there with your camera!   :thumbup:
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: cakiepie on July 07, 2012, 01:56:08 PM
That was cool Wren      :mhihi   we even get to see the night life! :offtobed


Thank you!
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: boonibarb on July 08, 2012, 07:38:57 AM
 
i found this gorgeous fella on the hot road, maybe stunned by a car?
Chester & i were doing our evening walk near Nest #9 & the Eaglet was screeping.
 
june 30  2012 18:09 - Swallowtail Butterfly
 
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Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: boonibarb on July 08, 2012, 08:53:17 AM

Believe it or not, there is a cabin & a 2,000 gallon rain water catch cistern under there!
This whole bush started from one little branch that a friend gave me!

july 1 2012 7:01 - Rose bush take over

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http://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/7528049410/# (http://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/7528049410/#)
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: boonibarb on July 08, 2012, 09:39:01 AM

june 25 2012 07:42 - Chester sitting on the Porch
He*s fattened up a bit since these fotos were taken!

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Slide Show - Life on the Porch with Chester - june 25 2012 0742

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Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: basenjimom on July 08, 2012, 09:41:56 AM
He's so handsome, Booni.   :eclove  Does he like the water?
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: Tigerlady105 on July 08, 2012, 04:52:06 PM
Boonibarb, that's a beautiful Swallowtail butterfly!  I was curious and looked it up to find out what species of Swallowtail it is and learned the name is Pale Swallowtail (Papilio eurymedon).  This species has lighter color markings, in addition to the black areas, compared to the Anise Swallowtail and the Black Swallowtail which are both found in BC.

http://www.bentler.us/eastern-washington/animals/insects/butterflies/pale-swallowtail-butterfly.aspx (http://www.bentler.us/eastern-washington/animals/insects/butterflies/pale-swallowtail-butterfly.aspx)
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: ccfan on July 08, 2012, 07:38:41 PM
I love Chester's black spot.   He seems very content being with you!  Smart dog! :thumbup:
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: boonibarb on July 08, 2012, 10:11:18 PM

 He seems to like the water,  yes.
i*ve taken him to the ocean twice now & he plonks along in the water with me.
If i get brave enough to go deeper, maybe he will too?

Thanks for looking that up Tiger!
i wasn*t even positive i*d photographed a Swallowtail, so good to know!
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: Tigerlady105 on July 09, 2012, 02:34:45 AM
Booni, it was fun to search for the Swallowtail's species because it wasn't the usual one that is listed for the area.   (Cream-colored markings that are paler than the others, along with a different ratio of black areas.)  :nod2

Chester looks right at home on the porch.  What a nice place for him to enjoy his new domain!   :thumbup:
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: wildkitten on July 09, 2012, 09:10:46 PM
Did you know that we saw one too when we were there?  Good to know what type it is...thank you!   I took this one near the phipps nest....(http://i1237.photobucket.com/albums/ff472/wildkitten1/Hornby%20Island/IMG_1124-1.jpg)
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: boonibarb on July 09, 2012, 09:15:35 PM
 
If you right click on wildkitten*s foto & choose View Image, you can see her Butterfly full screen!
Gorgeous foto wild!
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: boonibarb on July 09, 2012, 09:37:05 PM
 
Next time i checked on the Nuthatch Nest, i saw beaks!
It is hot hot in the sun in their little metal Nest box at this time of day.
They are all panting.
 
 july 5 2012 15:11 - Nuthatch Nest
 
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7257/7540783500_99d065817c_b.jpg) (http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7257/7540783500_143a478785_k.jpg)
 
http://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/7540783500/# (http://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/7540783500/#)
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: boonibarb on July 09, 2012, 09:42:53 PM
 
In this foto, the adult has left & we see three Nestlings!
 
 july 5 2012 15:15 - Nuthatch Nestlings
 
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7133/7540825092_b74cc41325_b.jpg) (http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7133/7540825092_6f35e03b0f_k.jpg)
 
http://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/7540825092/# (http://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/7540825092/#)
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: boonibarb on July 09, 2012, 09:58:01 PM
 
The same Nest, three days later.
 
 july 8 2012 15:16 - Nuthatch Nestlings
 
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8148/7540887746_11e924eae6_b.jpg) (http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8148/7540887746_38b33df5f3_k.jpg)
 
http://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/7540887746/# (http://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/7540887746/#)
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: boonibarb on July 09, 2012, 10:04:12 PM
 
The Nest today.
 
 july 9 2012 18:10 - Nuthatch Nestlings
 
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8285/7540906590_0b0d791d2d_b.jpg) (http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8285/7540906590_5e6a77e522_k.jpg)
 
http://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/7540906590/# (http://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/7540906590/#)
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: boonibarb on July 10, 2012, 07:05:32 AM
 
My friend raises Honey Bees, as do quite a few Hornby locals.
She asked if i would take some for the summer so i said SURE!
She comes over once a week & checks the boxes to see what*s going on.
i stand a ways away & watch when i can.
It is fascinating to see them working away.
She has these wooden frames with a starter comb of beeswax flat in them like a foto.
The Bees build them up, as you can see in the first foto.
Inside those Beeswax hexagons the Queen lays an egg which turns into a worm.
There is nectar in those tubes.
In the second & third fotos, you can see how the tubes get capped to let the young Bee grow.
There are two or three levels of these trays, with maybe 8-10 trays per level.
They like to use the middle trays, where it is easier to keep the young warm.
She moves the trays around a bit to get them to fill the box, & last time she took some Bees away to start a new box/hive.
She let me listen, they were MAD, making what she called a roaring sound, because of being taken away from their Queen.
There is only one Queen per hive, & these two are very fertile & making lotos of babies but not much honey.
The dark tailed Bees are the male drones, all the rest are female, something like 90%.
The females do all the work, the drones just eat nectar.
 
 july 8 2012 12:18 - Honey Bees & comb
 
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8006/7541034350_6f40c6206a_b.jpg) (http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8006/7541034350_e8040c4525_k.jpg)

july 8 2012 12:20 - Honey Bees & capped comb

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8430/7541023664_cd516b2b2d_b.jpg) (http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8430/7541023664_b38cd6df31_k.jpg)

july 8 2012 12:20 - Honey Bees & capped comb

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8025/7541043948_018bfb58e1_b.jpg) (http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8025/7541043948_3383a75fde_k.jpg)
 
http://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/7541034350/# (http://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/7541034350/#)
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: boonibarb on July 10, 2012, 07:07:42 AM
 
The Bees hang out in the hive until it is warm & dry.
Once the Sun hits the boxes, i see them shooting straight up to the sky.
i asked my friend why they do this.
She says they head up high like that, orient themselves, then head for their nectar sources.
i described this as shooting straight up like a bullet.
She told me, this is where the expression *make a beeline for something* comes from!

july 8 2012 12:20 - Honey Bees



july 8 2012 12:20 - Honey Bees (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aHtO6iEaGzs#ws)
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: passerine on July 10, 2012, 07:19:14 AM
The Nuthatch nest.  :wub

Your garden will thrive Booni, that's great to have the bee box there.  :ecsmile
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: boonibarb on July 10, 2012, 08:22:08 AM
 
These two sweeties were grazing in the back yard where i work.
They are young!
They still have their spots.
But there was no Mumma around that i saw that day, just these two alone, unless Mum was in the woods i hope.
 
 july 4 2012 15:27 - Fawns
 
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7112/7543409672_dfb83a5810_b.jpg) (http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7112/7543409672_f1cdeb64c9_k.jpg)
 
http://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/7543409672/# (http://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/7543409672/#)
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: cinnemon on July 10, 2012, 08:31:26 AM
that is soooooo interesting about the bees.  and those fawns are adorable. That little bird just staring at too thanks for sharing
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: boonibarb on July 11, 2012, 07:40:35 AM
 
i had a quick glimpse of this beautiful Bird at the back side of the Nest.
Songbirds move so fast!
It is hard to photograph them.
You get one foto, if you are lucky, then they are gone.
 
 july 5 2012 16:53 - Orange-crowned Warbler
 
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7272/7549890432_e763db432b_o.jpg) (http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7272/7549890432_e763db432b_o.jpg)
 
http://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/7549890432/# (http://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/7549890432/#)
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: Tigerlady105 on July 11, 2012, 07:57:55 AM
Oh, Boonibarb!  That looks like you captured a golden feathered sunbeam!  What a sweet little one...and a very nice photo!   :thumbup:
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: boonibarb on July 11, 2012, 08:10:01 AM
 
There are all these male Deer now with these gorgeous soft looking antlers growing out.
This guy was tiptoeing through the woods under the Nest.
 
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8014/7550052712_7f4755f2b8_o.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/7550052712/)
july 5 2012 17:05 - three year old male Deer (http://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/7550052712/#) by boonibarb (http://www.flickr.com/people/43214021@N08/), on Flickr
 
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: boonibarb on July 11, 2012, 08:20:10 AM
 
If you click this foto, it won*t be sideways!

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8009/7550103472_b0f6e91c65_o.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/7550103472/)
july 5 2012 17:53 - Delphinium (http://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/7550103472/#) by boonibarb (http://www.flickr.com/people/43214021@N08/), on Flickr
 
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: joyofdogs on July 11, 2012, 12:20:14 PM
Booni

Your photos continue to amaze and delight.  Thank you.    :thumbup:  :heart
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: boonibarb on July 12, 2012, 08:19:13 AM
 
i found this beautiful flower when Chester & i were biking through the woods!
It looks like some kind of tiny Tiger Lily!
Can anyone identify it?
 
 (http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7267/7556327182_0ba1332e57_o.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/7556327182/)
july 6 2012 10:26 - wild Tiger Lily (http://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/7556327182/#) by boonibarb (http://www.flickr.com/people/43214021@N08/), on Flickr
 
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: tarvena on July 12, 2012, 07:15:38 PM
Hi Booni   
Beautiful pictures as usual. The butterfly
and yellow bird were exquisite. I like your new friend. Keep us posted as he puts on more weight. How old is he and was he living on Hornby when you found him?
                               
                                            ~Nancy~
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: winterwren on July 12, 2012, 07:39:11 PM
The flower is indeed a Tiger lily, Lilium columbianum, the wild variety native to British Columbia.  I've seen them all over Vancouver Island, from sea elevation up to the subalpine zone.  Pojar and McKinnon mention them growing on the mainland too, and in Washington State and Oregon.
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: boonibarb on July 12, 2012, 10:15:00 PM
 
Tarvena, Chester has already filled out nicely.
It is better for him to be on the slim side, but not too slim.
He came from the mainland of B.C., near Vancouver.
He was given up by a family to a good temporary foster home.
The foster brought him to me over the ferry to Duke Point on Vancouver Island.
i have had him four weeks now.
He is 4 & 1/2.

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8024/7560158360_eb514f8751_o.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/7560158360/)
july 6 2012 10:27 - Chester & the Lily (http://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/7560158360/#) by boonibarb (http://www.flickr.com/people/43214021@N08/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: boonibarb on July 12, 2012, 10:37:53 PM
 
Well, this is Eagle related, but i don*t know where to put it.
i was biking through the woods to the library with Chester when i heard a Bird that to me sounded like a young Pileated Woodpecker who hadn*t quite found their voice yet.
They were flying back & forth calling, & i was trying to spot them with my camera when i heard the unmistakable sound of big wings hitting branches.
i looked up & spotted an Eagle in the shade of the woods!
What were they doing there?
It was a hot hot day, & they were panting, so perhaps seeking shade & cool?
Then i remembered we were close to the gravel pit, which is where the road kill Deer are put for the wild life to feed on.
Perhaps there was a carcass nearby?
 
 (http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8016/7560185438_dba6030d8c_o.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/7560185438/)
july 7 2012 10:43 - young adult Eagle (http://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/7560185438/#) by boonibarb (http://www.flickr.com/people/43214021@N08/), on Flickr
 
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: boonibarb on July 13, 2012, 08:29:44 AM
 
i call this Eagle a young adult, as they seem to have lots of dark around their beak & eye.
The tail looks pretty white though, so maybe this is a nesting-material-stained female?
 
 (http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7117/7562347202_96f0a4e953_o.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/7562347202/)
july 7 2012 10:45 - panting young adult Eagle (http://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/7562347202/#) by boonibarb (http://www.flickr.com/people/43214021@N08/), on Flickr
 
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Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: boonibarb on July 13, 2012, 08:36:39 AM
 
i realized the chattering Songbird was upset at the Eagles being there!
Turns out there were THREE of them!
This one was deeper into the woods.
 
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7114/7562405542_bf24645f62_o.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/7562405542/)
july 7 2012 10:48 - adult Eagle (http://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/7562405542/#) by boonibarb (http://www.flickr.com/people/43214021@N08/), on Flickr
 
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: boonibarb on July 13, 2012, 08:46:33 AM
 
After this second Eagle took off, i saw & heard a scuffle in the grass & then again in the air.
The Eagles were competing over the prey item!
After they left, i investigated with Chester, but never found what they*d been eating.
 
 (http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8285/7562460564_30f04c5144_o.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/7562460564/)
july 7 2012 10:48 - off they go! (http://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/7562460564/#) by boonibarb (http://www.flickr.com/people/43214021@N08/), on Flickr
 
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: boonibarb on July 13, 2012, 08:59:21 AM
 

 
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8285/7562519332_da152691b0_o.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/7562519332/)
july 7 2012 10:50 - young adult Eagle (http://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/7562519332/#) by boonibarb (http://www.flickr.com/people/43214021@N08/), on Flickr
 
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: boonibarb on July 14, 2012, 07:54:31 AM
 
After the altercation, the first Eagle landed here
 
 july 7 2012 11:01 - young adult Eagle
 
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8291/7568182696_e2da9f3068_b.jpg) (http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8291/7568182696_c39ec39226_o.jpg)
 
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Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: emc on July 14, 2012, 12:00:59 PM
Booni, is there something hanging from its neck, or is there a tree limb behind it?

Hmmm, the branches don't angle in that direction.... Injury?
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: NancyM on July 14, 2012, 12:20:45 PM

i call this Eagle a young adult, as they seem to have lots of dark around their beak & eye.
The tail looks pretty white though, so maybe this is a nesting-material-stained female?
 


Booni, I am seeing some dark on the tail feathers as well - staining or pigment, I have no clue.  Great photos!


emc,  click on that picture and look at the original, large size - you will see what is "hanging " from the eagle's  "neck"   :whistle
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: Faerie Gardener on July 14, 2012, 02:31:00 PM
LOL Nancy!   (Doesn't she look fierce?)
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: emc on July 14, 2012, 02:58:23 PM
Must be my vision... :hmmm. I did look to see if it was part of the beak, couldn't make it. Guess you are saying it is, lol.
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: ccfan on July 15, 2012, 07:12:32 PM


 
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8285/7562519332_da152691b0_o.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/7562519332/)
july 7 2012 10:50 - young adult Eagle (http://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/7562519332/#) by boonibarb (http://www.flickr.com/people/43214021@N08/), on Flickr
 

Booni, I don't know if your picture will print here but I Love the darker picture of the eagle with the eye shining...beautiful composition and flow to it. :eclove
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: cinnemon on July 16, 2012, 09:16:25 AM
GREAT SHOTS !  and what a great experience. Booni :thumbup:
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: winterwren on July 19, 2012, 02:13:23 AM
Here we're going way back to June 8, while the HIP people were visiting.
We were all sitting at Grassy Point one evening, and a different sound kept nagging at the edge of my consciousness.
After way too long, I asked, What's that sound? And Booni, as usual two steps ahead of me, pointed to a small flock of birds over the water.

I just had time for a quick shot before they disappeared.
None of us believed that I would be able to identify them, but look at the photo.
June 8, 8:26 pm
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8002/7470830286_e6014af6e3_z.jpg) (http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8002/7470830286_3855551a65_o.jpg)

Click on the picture to see better.
We know they are shore birds by the type of sound, the flocking behaviour, and the general shape.
Now look at the beaks! On the two rightmost birds, we clearly see a downcurved beak!

Not very many birds have that.
Curlews, but the ones most likely to be seen here really have long beaks in relationship with their bodies.
There is something called a Curlew Sandpiper that is rare in these parts.
There are also Dunlins, which are way more common here and maybe have less curvy beaks?

The recording of a Dunlin from the Cornell site (Click here to go there) (http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Dunlin/id) is pretty close to my memory of the sound we heard.

Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: emc on July 19, 2012, 04:49:24 PM
Thanks. That is a completely different sound. I'll try and keep it in mind near our shore. :ecwink
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: winterwren on July 19, 2012, 11:43:00 PM
Still catching up on postings...

This is from June 17.
I've been watching a pair of Pigeon Guillemots near where I work. I have posted about them before.

On that day, I found one of them perched on top of a metal piling, among a colourful array or ropes and shackles. The Guillemots seem to like perching on various parts of the docks... They are like cliffs to them.

(Click to enlarge)
June 17, 7:19 am
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Look how muscular this one looks, seen from the front. Guillemots, like all other alcids, use their wings to swim underwater.
You can see daylight on the other side through the nares!
7:20
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Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: winterwren on July 19, 2012, 11:54:42 PM
Still June 17.

Look how far back this one's feet are on his or her body. Many kinds of seabirds spend most of their lives on the water, so their feet are better adapted to swimming than to walking.

Look at the bloomers...
And as for the colour of the feet... Be still, my heart!   :eclove

June 17, 7:22 am
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Looking out to sea... Ready for takeoff.

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Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: winterwren on July 20, 2012, 12:01:13 AM
Launching!

June 17, 7:22 am
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Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: winterwren on July 20, 2012, 12:14:46 AM
Later that day, we were doing maintenance from a small boat, and I at last had a chance to go look for the Pigeon Guillemots' nest. I found it just where I thought it would be, on a brace under a dock.

There is no nest per se. On a cliff, the Guillemots would simply deposit their eggs on a ledge, and this is what they have done here.

This is a cleverly chosen spot. It is as far from the main structure as is practicable, so it is more protected from the minks. There are feral pigeons (Rock Pigeons, the kind you see in cities) nesting all over the place under the main dock, but somehow the Guillemots have kept them away from this whole section. The minks prey on the feral pigeons - I find telltale piles of feathers regularly. So far, the Guillemots are doing well.

You can't see the chick on this picture - it would be further back on the ledge. Both adults are peering at me. They are almost invisible.
July 17, 8:17 am
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I love watching the Guillemots flying in and out of the nest. To fly out, they just drop into the water with their wings open, as in the previous sequence of photos, landing with a splash. But they can't fly straight in. Guillemots and other alcids are best at horizontal flight; they can't gain altitude quickly. So they fly out to sea in a great big loop, and circle back in, landing with their red feet akimbo. In high winds, they often have to abort the manoeuvre and do an extra circle.

These birds' antics fascinate me no end, and I can often be found staring at them instead of doing my work...  :mhihi

Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: emc on July 20, 2012, 12:17:49 AM
Wren, I love your observations and that you share them with us. Bloomers, and pretty feet :mhihi
Love the take off shot with the great reflection!
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: Faerie Gardener on July 20, 2012, 05:41:39 AM
I love the action shots!  I learn so much here. Thank you!
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: Cawatcher on July 20, 2012, 06:40:53 AM
 :thumbup: Great Wren!! We got a couple photos for you too! but we couldnt see the nest of course, lol they are very unusual looking!
cropped heavily

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Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: emc on July 20, 2012, 10:57:50 AM
The feet are so bright colored.  :eclove
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: winterwren on July 20, 2012, 03:43:34 PM
Beautiful landing shots, Cali! Love that second one particularly (I have a thing about photos with reflections on the water).
That shot also shows how the Guillemots slow themselves to a standstill while still in the air, then drop straight down into the water. You caught the stall moment.

Edited to add: the first shot shows a takeoff. Guillemots, like many seabirds, 'run' on the water, raising little splashes at each step, while flapping their wings to get airborne.

    :heart   :duck
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: emc on July 20, 2012, 04:58:32 PM
Beautiful landing shots,~snip~
slow themselves to a standstill while still in the air, then drop straight down into the water. You caught the stall moment.


Fantastic catching that. Thanks Wren for explaining it for all of us to see. Amazing :wub
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: winterwren on July 24, 2012, 11:42:42 PM
Leucistic Canada Goose, Gravelly Bay, Denman Island.

There are two leucistic individuals in the large flock that is hanging around the bay.

July 9, 10:52
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A normally coloured goose in the background for contrast...
10:52
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10:53
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Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: winterwren on July 25, 2012, 07:24:49 PM
This year's gull nest at Gravelly Bay.

July 9, 10:04 am
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11:01. Click to enlarge, and look carefully...
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Two brand-new chicks, still in their first down!
11:06
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Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: passerine on July 25, 2012, 08:15:43 PM
Pretty cutesy, still have their eye tooth. :ecsmile
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: winterwren on July 26, 2012, 03:02:54 AM
On July 13, while we were watching the new Lunar Rock - Tralee Point nest, Cali spotted this little character...

Mink! July 13, 8:21 am
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Click to see better... He's just emerged from under that big rock and has a piece of sea lettuce stuck to his head... "And me, a strict carnivore!" He does look mortified.

A minute later, he's shaken off his ornament and regained his dignity.
8:22
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Booni has recently lost two ducks to minks, and most poultry owners don't think very kindly of them. Minks kill large birds and only drink the blood, leaving them whole with a gash in the neck, which seems heartbreakingly wasteful.

So I looked to David Moskowitz's Wildlife of the Pacific Northwest, hoping for a more positive view. I learned that the minks' diet is mostly composed of mice, small rats and other small rodents. They also will catch some small fish, birds of all sizes, eggs, insects and garter snakes.

When I wait for the ferry I sometimes see traces of the minks' depredations on the docks. The docks are hosts to feral pigeons, who raise several broods every year, and the minks keep their population down. In the early mornings you can find piles of feathers, sometimes a wing; they seem to eat the whole bird when it's small enough.

8:22 am
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Cali, how did your pictures turn out? I'd love to see them here.  :ecsmile
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: Cawatcher on July 26, 2012, 06:10:04 AM
Wren, not nearly as clear as yours! I cropped this one to add, I  too love the sea lettuce hat.

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Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: emc on July 26, 2012, 03:16:48 PM
What a treat to see a live mink. :wub

 I am sorry Booni has lost some ducks. :) but they do keep the rodent population down too.
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: boonibarb on August 05, 2012, 08:22:38 AM
 
i actually lost ALL my Ducks, first three, then a month later, the last two.
i miss them, but i am thinking the Mink was a Mum with a den full of youngsters nearby.
The Mink were here long before we were, so my Ducks are visitors here, as am i.
Must have been terrifying for the Ducks, however...

A few years ago Hornby imported a bargeful of used airplane fuel tanks.
One by one a space was made in each neighbourhood for one, then the tanks were filled with water to be used in case of fire in the area, as we have no fire hydrants here.
These tanks were all gradually painted a dark green to blend in with the Trees & Bushes.
Then one by one, local artists volunteered to paint them!
i think the first one painted was in the new parking lot of the Hornby Co op.
Gradually, more & more are getting painted.
i*ll try to get fotos of them for you.
This one is near the access to Hidden Beach & the Wiigs!
Wonder what it*s going to be?
This one is being worked on by Roberta Pyx Sutherland.
Click HERE (http://robertapyxsutherland.com/) to check out her work on her webpage.

august 32012 09:37 - water tank painting in progress
 
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Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: winterwren on August 15, 2012, 11:05:00 PM
Catching up on July postings...

July 17. While I was out looking for eagle nests, near Downes Point, I saw two herons flying in. They both perched in trees just above me! One of them just out of sight on my left. Here's the other one.

I wonder if they are nesting nearby?

2:08
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2:10
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I find it strange to watch them using that killer beak to preen their feathers.... Hard to get to the upper neck area, though. I imagine they use their feet to scratch there, like the eagles do... Wouldn't that be a sight?
2:10
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Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: boonibarb on August 18, 2012, 08:35:20 AM

Okay, here is the final product first posted about here!

Click (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=949.msg115943#msg115943)

august 17 2012 08:59 - Hornby water tank - Brigantine
 
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Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: passerine on August 18, 2012, 08:59:08 AM


I wonder if they are nesting nearby?

They could be. Nice photos Wren. :ecsmile
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: boonibarb on August 20, 2012, 07:03:43 PM

Yesterday i kept hearing the sounds Purple Martins make.
i think of that as being an *at the dock* sound.
Here we have nesting boxes on the docks at Ford Cove, & to me their sounds are very distinctive.
So now i am hearing them inland, & it is very noticeable.
Today i also heard them near Nest #16-19.
i kept scanning the treetops but never spotted them there.
Where they were was flying way up in the air!
i noticed them a number of times yesterday & the day before as well as today.
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: winterwren on August 20, 2012, 08:24:07 PM
I heard Purple Martin sounds yesterday too! I was at home, and heard those sounds from time to time, seemingly far away. I was ready to discount this as a wrennie-dream, because it seems to me that I'm also too far inland for Purple Martin visits, and the closest nesting site I know of is Ford Cove, which is at the opposite end of the island.
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: passerine on August 21, 2012, 09:02:46 AM
Could it be Purple Martins are done nesting & the birds are travelling around get filled up for their journey?
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: boonibarb on August 21, 2012, 11:13:56 PM
 
Passerine, what you suggest is my guess as well!
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: mishikeenhquay on August 23, 2012, 08:41:26 AM


Love the Tomato Soup Can...How fun is that??
:ecsmile
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: boodle317 on August 23, 2012, 08:47:13 AM


Love the Tomato Soup Can...How fun is that??
:ecsmile

Me too!  Andy Wharhol made his way to Hornby!  lol
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: Donnae on August 23, 2012, 08:52:49 AM
That soup can is GREAT....  :-)
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: mishikeenhquay on August 23, 2012, 06:22:09 PM


We will take lots of pics of it Donna!
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: boonibarb on August 26, 2012, 09:30:43 PM
 
august 25 2012 10:50 - three ages of Spotted Towhees enjoying a bath
 
 
 
august 25 2012 10:50 - three ages of Spotted Towhees enjoying a bath (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TojtUJcUBSE#ws)
 
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: boonibarb on August 29, 2012, 08:29:32 AM

On our morning bike ride through the woods to the library this day, there were PILES of these lovely dome-shaped Spider webs everywhere, twinkling in the sunrise.
These webs show up this time of year everywhere.
They are very different from the usual flat webs.
In this video, you can even see them twinkle in the sun!
 
august 25 2012 10:06 - dome-shaped Spider web
 
august 25 2012 10:06 - dome-shaped Spider web (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ViTk-xZylVg#ws)
 
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: boonibarb on August 29, 2012, 08:39:06 AM

august 25 2012 10:06 - dome-shaped Spider webs
 
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Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: MoJo on August 29, 2012, 02:06:51 PM
Wow, Booni; those webs are quite amazing!  I've always been fascinated by the complexity of some of the spider webs I've seen in my yard, but I've never seen anything like this.  I was curious about the kind of spider that built them, so did a bit of googling:

http://www.dereilanatureinn.ca/newsletter/oct-2008.htm (http://www.dereilanatureinn.ca/newsletter/oct-2008.htm)
"We are all aware of the fantastic web building skills of garden spiders; in fact, they were probably the first "web masters" (a bit of humour there!). What is probably more unique is the web is constructed by the Filmy Dome Spider, Neriene radiata. These spiders build a dome shaped web and hang under it waiting for their prey. These spiders are fairly small, about 1/4 inch long, which makes the size of the domes they construct even more amazing."

This site shows pictures of the Dome Spider, but I'm just going to post the link so that anybody who would rather not look at spider pictures won't be subjected to them. :ecsmile
http://www.ozanimals.com/Spider/Dome-Web-Spider/Cyrtophora/moluccensis.html (http://www.ozanimals.com/Spider/Dome-Web-Spider/Cyrtophora/moluccensis.html)

Mojo
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: boonibarb on September 01, 2012, 01:48:31 PM
 
Wow!
Thanks for looking that up Mojo!

Here is another one of our painted fire water tanks.
This one was done about two years ago.
i love all the colour in Grahams works.

A little more about Graham HERE (http://realhornby.com/creations/artists/grahamherbert/)
 
august 21 2012 16:12 - Graham Herbert painted water tank
 
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Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: Sandor3 on September 09, 2012, 08:00:15 AM

We took a "daycation" up to Mount Washington on Labour Day as it was quite warm, sunny and clear.  We had been up the week before, but it was clouded in.  A great day, but couldn't see much.  We took the chairlift up to the very top of Mt. Washington with a 360 degree view of our world.  On our previous trip, we were followed by whiskey jacks looking for handouts.  They kept picking up empty peanut shells as if to say, "see, this is what we like!"  So this time we went prepared.  It was quite windy, and we were beginning to think they were all at lower elevations, when one appeared!  Once he had a peanut or two, his friends showed up.  

Here's a view of the Comox Valley, Denman, and Hornby from a mile high.  The photo has been heavily edited as even with the wind, it was quite smokey with the two forest fires burning north and east of Campbell River.

(http://i1141.photobucket.com/albums/n599/Sandor3/Mt%20Washington%20August%20September%202012/DenmanHornbyIslands-2.jpg) (http://i1141.photobucket.com/albums/n599/Sandor3/Mt%20Washington%20August%20September%202012/DenmanHornbyIslands-2.jpg)

I thought I had some whiskey jack photos uploaded to Photobucket!  Will work on that.  It was an enjoyable day finished off with a great lunch at Fat Teddy's!
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: mishikeenhquay on September 09, 2012, 08:04:58 AM


Beautiful picture Sandor....Gitchi Miigwetch for sharing!
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: boonibarb on September 09, 2012, 03:06:02 PM

i get GREAT plants that grow well on Hornby from Sumana Nursery, a lovely local place to visit.
i was told that i needed one of these plants.
Now i have two of them.
These flower stalks grow taller than i do!

july 12 2012 1916 - Inula

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http://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/7966056916/# (http://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/7966056916/#)
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: mishikeenhquay on September 09, 2012, 03:22:24 PM


Beautiful Booni!  What is it?  Looks like a cross between a sunflower and a daisy!
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: boonibarb on September 09, 2012, 03:25:07 PM

i almost never spot Nests in my garden, but i did luck out & spot this one!
This seemed to be an abandoned Nest.
One egg i picked up just shattered.
It was hollow.

july 13 2012 10:48 - Spotted Towhee Nest

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http://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/7966136542/# (http://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/7966136542/#)
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: boonibarb on September 09, 2012, 03:49:36 PM

july 13 2012 12:27 - Water Lily

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http://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/7966377184/# (http://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/7966377184/#)
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: winterwren on September 14, 2012, 11:00:10 PM
Today for the first time I tried to photograph some birds from a kayak... And I'm hooked.
I hadn't paddled for a few years, and now someone has lent me a boat for a little while. The weather was flat calm, and so I decided to take my precious camera onto the salt sea!

It was mostly a shakedown cruise, trying out a routine for stowing my camera in a waterproof bag while I paddled and then getting it out while I drifted without dropping my paddle (or the camera) into the drink. I'll get better at it eventually. Also I want to investigate waterproof covers that stay on while the camera is in use. If anyone out there knows about this I would be grateful for some tips.

Meanwhile I confirmed that birds are much less nervous if I approach from the water than if I walk up on land.
AND I learned a new bird!
On the tip of Downes Point I spotted these dapper gulls with a bright red bill!
They are Heermann's Gulls.
We're at the northern end of their range here. According to The Birds of British Columbia (R. Wayne Campbell et al.), they nest on the west coast of Mexico and show up here as migrants in late summer and fall.
The adults have already moulted their breeding plumage and have a mottled head. But the body is so elegant, and look at the beautiful bill.
There is another Heerman's Gull with his back to us. There were about twenty on the point, mixed in with other gulls.
September 14, 3:15 pm
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3:16 pm
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Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: winterwren on September 14, 2012, 11:03:44 PM
Greater Yellowlegs at Dunlop Point... Also taken from the kayak.

September 14, 3:40 pm
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Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: emc on September 15, 2012, 08:20:05 AM
Wren, could a harness like the binocular harness hold your camera while paddling and then be ready for you? And keep it up out of the water.

There are many harnesses I see, and just as many made just for cameras. Here is one made for a big camera. But there are lots for smaller cameras. Just google camera harness.

http://www.cottoncarrier.com/ (http://www.cottoncarrier.com/)
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: winterwren on September 18, 2012, 09:52:18 PM
emc, thanks for the link. Nice carriers, but wrong kind. The harness would hold my camera right into the little puddle of sea water that forms on my spray skirt if it's not pulled up high enough.

What I'm looking for is a cover that makes the camera itself waterproof, or at least more water resistant.

Meanwhile here are some more photos from that shake-down cruise.

This is probably a pair of Heermann's Gulls, female on the left, male on the right. She is smaller, more delicately built, and her bill is shorter and more slender.
Click on the picture: you can see right across through his nares!

Downes Point, September 14, 3:14
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And here's a Heermann's Gull youngster. A boy, given the heavy bill? Very handsome.  :heart
He just opened his wing, and you can see the 'pocket' of flank feathers that fluff up over the wing when it is tucked against his body.

3:16
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Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: winterwren on September 18, 2012, 10:09:35 PM
There were about two dozens of Oystercatchers on Downes Point.
Here are the few I was able to photograph before they spooked off.

(Next time I'll even try to get them in focus.  :mhihi ) (One of the gulls got the focus point. Those gulls have interesting bills, pale with a bit of dark markings. I don't know what they are.)

September 14, 3:23
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I learned last week that oystercatchers take three years to mature. Nesting sites are few and far between; oystercatchers need a very specific kind of rocky islet or peninsula. As a result, there is a largeish non-breeding population. Reproductive success is low because, in addition to having to defend their nest against crows and gulls, the breeding pairs also get grief from the non-nesting oystercatchers!

Oystercatchers claim the same nesting site and territory year after year.

(Info from Pete Clarkson. With heartfelt thanks.)

Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: Cawatcher on September 18, 2012, 10:40:30 PM
Thank you for this interesting information Wren.. wonder if it it some built in population control?  :puzzled2
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: jeavverhey on September 19, 2012, 01:54:19 AM
Perhaps (like eagles) the food supply must be plentiful for successful breeding as well as the correct nesting sites and conditions?
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: emc on September 19, 2012, 10:16:10 AM
 :mhihi. Sorry about trying to drown your camera.

Wren, you might consider Glaucous Gull for the Gull.   The oystercatchers are very beautiful!  The contrast colors are stricking!
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: madrona on September 19, 2012, 02:36:57 PM
It's always so interesting reading here.  The photos are great wren - love the oystercatchers.

The gulls in your last photo looked like Herring Gulls to me - the ones we often see around here (or maybe hybrids?).  Not that I have spent a lot of time studying gulls!  :ecrolleyes   Check Here! (http://www.askbud.ca/herring_gull.htm) and photo below.

(http://www.askbud.ca/heron%20gull77.jpg) (http://)

Eeeeek - is that fishing line in that picture?

Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: Cawatcher on September 19, 2012, 02:53:44 PM
 :sigh Sadly yes fishing line Madrona.. The Photo of the gull and shell is great!
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: gzebear on September 19, 2012, 04:16:47 PM
Great photos, wren!

I'm sorry to question your source*, madrona, but Herring Gulls that I have seen have black wing-tips. I think those are more likely Glaucous Gulls.

*he uses the same photo for two different gulls
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: madrona on September 19, 2012, 04:34:03 PM
Great photos, wren!

I'm sorry to question your source, madrona, but Herring Gulls that I have seen have black wing-tips. I think those are more likely Glaucous Gulls.

My source did say that, gzebear. 

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The adult Herring Gull is about 61 cm long from the tip of its bill to the tip of its tail. Its head, body, and tail are white, its bill is yellow with a red spot on the lower tip, and its legs are pink or flesh-colored. The backs and upper wing surfaces of adult gulls are grey, and the tips of their outermost flight feathers are black with a white spot.  http://www.askbud.ca/herring_gull.htm (http://www.askbud.ca/herring_gull.htm)

I think at least one of the gulls in wren's pics had dark wing tips - also, at least two of them had paler eyes, unlike the dark eyes of the Glaucous.  I strongly suspect that these are hybrids. 
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: gzebear on September 19, 2012, 06:33:31 PM
Okay, I really don't know all the gulls, just the ones we have here. And not to argue, but just saying ... on one page he calls these gulls Western Gulls, on another page he calls the same gulls Herring Gulls ...

(http://www.askbud.ca/western%20gull5.jpg) (http://)

Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: winterwren on September 19, 2012, 07:52:33 PM
Those Larus gulls are so complicated to tell apart, I'm almost sorry I asked.

Herring Gulls have pale pupils and dark wing tips.
Western Gulls' eyes range from pale to dark, but they have a yellow-orange orbital ring, and they also have dark wing tips.

Glaucous-winged Gulls have pale eyes, a bright-yellow orbital ring, and very pale wing tips.
Glaucous Gulls have medium-pale wing tips, dark eyes and a pinkish gape.

Based on that, these gulls on my picture are probably hybrids. All the Larus gulls interbreed, which greatly adds to the confusion.

What caught my eye is the bill colour. Maybe all the big gulls get paler bills with their non-breeding plumage, and I never noticed?

Last week I spent a day on the water with people who made me rethink my "oh, it's just another gull" attitude. I had probably run into those beautiful red-billed Heermann's Gulls a bunch of times, and never noticed. So now I'm probably asking too many questions.  :eclol
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: emc on September 19, 2012, 09:09:34 PM
No wonder I can't learn the gulls.

Some excerpts from one of my sources: Field Guide to the Birds of North America National Geographic:

Glaucous Gull:  yellow eye, translucent tips of white primaries

Glacous- winged Gull: eyes dark, primaries same color as rest of wing

Most of the gulls with red dot on yellow bill have white dots on dark tail in pictures except these two.

I have given up trying to ID gulls , lol.
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: boonibarb on September 20, 2012, 09:32:27 AM

i got an excited e-mail report from a friend who*d gone out kayaking last evening!
She writes -

Today i wish I had your camera 'cause then i could be showing you
instead of telling you about the flock of sandhill cranes that flew
overhead as we were out kayaking this evening.!
They hung out on Dunlop Point beach for a while and then took off again, just
fantastic.  First you think it's Canada geese but they don't look right,
then you wonder why are all these herons flying in formation?
then they start calling out and it's a sound you've never heard before. 
I almost capsized in my excitement to get out my binoculars!
Amazing, here, on Hornby! Cranes!
wow
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: cinnemon on September 20, 2012, 10:34:40 AM
Booni I have only seen them in Florida when visiting, didn't know they were anywhere else. I would have loved to be able to see them like you did!
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: winterwren on September 22, 2012, 09:46:47 AM
During the second week of September, a group of biologists and biology students was on Hornby for a research project on the Harlequin Ducks. Through my wonderful family connections I was invited to volunteer. Unfortunately I was working most of the week, but on the last day I was able to join the group, and help out where I could, and also observe, take photos, gawk, absorb new knowledge like a sponge, wonder, and enjoy a beautiful day on the water with people who can identify seabirds, genus and species, a quarter mile away, people who are used to long patient days in the field and longer patient days in the lab. For me, there is nothing and no one better.

Emily Missyabit MacAuley was the project leader; this study is part of her doctoral thesis. She has given me permission to write about her work here and to post the photos I took on that day.

First of all, for those who don't have the good luck of seeing them daily, here's what an adult male Harlequin looks like...
October 31 2011, Grassy Point (Click all photos to see larger sizes)
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Here's my understanding of how Emily's thesis goes. I'm hoping that if any of the team read this and see any big gaps or mistakes, they will post a reply or email me so I can correct my facts.

When I was hiking up the Joffre Lakes trail a few weeks ago (see the story starting with This posting (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=121.msg116999#msg116999)), I saw someone fishing for trout in the Middle Lake. I was wondering how the trout had gotten there, at 1600m of elevation, over miles of impassable cascades. Answer: humans brought them. The lake is seeded.
It's like that all over British Columbia, and probably the whole continent. Every major stream that didn't already have trout in it has been seeded, and an amazing number of alpine lakes as well. Pete Clarkson, from the National Parks services, who worked on the harlequin project, told me that people used to take pack horses with special containers up the trails all over the Rockies and carry trout fry to the streams and lakes.
The most extreme example I know of is Yellow Lake, near Penticton. There had been attempts to seed that lake since 1940, but the fish always died. This is because the lake is sulphurous, and poor in oxygen at certain times of year. This lake probably held a very unusual ecosystem... But no matter. In 1969, aerators were installed to increase the oxygen content so that the introduced trout could survive.
Beautiful. So I can take a fly rod anywhere and catch a fish. Well, I do like fish, and I enjoy fishing, so where's the problem?
Tigerlady uses this quote from John Muir as a signature at the end of her postings, so you'll find it familiar: "When one tugs at a single thing in nature; he finds it attached to the rest of the world." That is, in essence, the problem.
Emily's thesis is about the impacts of the trout on the Harlequins' health and reproductive success, and by extension it questions the wisdom of seeding trout all over the landscape.
Harlequins gather in great numbers around Hornby Island in the winter, but in the summer most of them disappear to breed on inland streams. They make their nests on the ground under low shrubs, or on the cliffs of river canyons. They are not fish eaters; they eat invertebrates, some of which are also the diet of the trout.

When there are trout in the streams, the invertebrates behave differently. Some become a trout's breakfast, others hide or move in different ways. Emily is asking whether this makes them less available to the Harlequins and whether this, in turn, influences the Harlequins' health and reproductive success.

So, why is she catching ducks on the coast then?

First, she did go study ducks directly on the streams. But here on the coast, in the Harlequins' precious gathering grounds, it's easy to find a lot of birds in a short time, and some astonishing research methods allow the team to retrieve information about the breeding grounds, information that has been stored right into the birds' bodies.

Harlequins return to us in late August and early September. As soon as they arrive on salt water, the adults moult all their flight feathers and are flightless until the new set grows out - about two weeks.
The males arrive first. By the time of the study, they were able to fly again. The females arrive a bit later, and were flightless during the study. The juveniles come back with their mothers (a previous study by Heidi Regehr has demonstrated this), but since the youngsters just grew their first set of flight feathers on the nesting grounds, they don't moult and they retain their ability to fly.

Now comes the woo-woo stuff.
There is a group of minuscule somethings called 'stable isotopes' that persist in the body tissues of the ducks (and any living thing, if I understand correctly) from the food that they eat.  Many of us learned about radioactive isotopes in high-school chemistry class; stable isotopes, too, are variants of a given chemical element, but they are not radioactive. The proportion of different stable isotopes in a given part of a bird's body corresponds to the proportion of the same isotopes in the food source that made that part of the body grow. It's as if each part of the body bore the fingerprint of the food sources that formed it. The stable isotopes persist for different lengths of time in different tissues, since the cells that form those tissues have different turnover rates.
In blood, the stable isotopes persist for about 2 weeks; in claws, a month? several months? something in that range; in feathers, for as long as the feather exists. In feces, the stable isotopes give the fingerprint of the site where the bird ate today.

Now get this. The ratios of stable isotopes from streams with trout are different from those of trout-free streams! So, somehow, the presence of trout in the streams alters the very chemistry of the invertebrates in that stream, and this alteration can be measured in the cells of the Harlequins who eat the invertebrates.

So far, so good? I'm a bit fuzzy on that stable isotope stuff, but a general idea is enough to grasp the gist of the study.

So, back on the waters around Hornby Island, the group captured unflighted Harlequins into traps. The males already fly and the youngsters never quit flying, so the captives were all adult females. Then on different days, they used nearly invisible floating nets (mist nets) to catch flighted birds that did not have the adult males' colourful plumage.  So, those are the juveniles born this year.

The fecal samples (okay, we just collected the stuff when they pooped on us...) will contain the stable isotopes corresponding to where the ducks ate today. Emily collected some seaweed from the mist nets to serve as a baseline, a fingerprint for the marine environment around Hornby, and in theory, the isotopes from the feces should match that.
In the blood samples, the stable isotopes of a given feeding site persist for two weeks. So the females and young, who have been here between one and two weeks, should have some of the markers of their nesting grounds persisting, and some new markers of the marine environment also.

In the claw samples, the stable isotopes persist for a month or a few months (I forget... Something in that range. Think of the claw as growing out, like a minuscule fingernail, and getting worn out at the end.) So the claw samples would show the stable isotopes from the nesting grounds.

The feather samples hold stable isotopes from the location where they grew. So the youngsters' feathers would all bear the fingerprint of the food they ate at the nesting grounds.
The feathers of the females grew wherever they last moulted, which is probably on the coast. (I'm assuming here that the body feathers moult on the coast, after the flight feathers.)
There is one exception, though: if a given female incubated a clutch of eggs this last summer, she developed a brood patch. The feathers that now cover the brood patch regrew at the nesting grounds. So, if the belly feather sample matches the fingerprint of a freshwater stream, it means that this female had a clutch of eggs. If the sample matches the coast, she did not develop a brood patch this year. So in theory we should be able to tell if she nested... And whether she nested on a trout stream or a trout-free one!
Isn't that clever?

The different samples, through some more magic in the lab, also give information about the rate of growth, i.e. the abundance of food.

So that's the theory. The results, of course, will only become clear after long weeks in the lab. So meanwhile in the next few postings I'll show photos of what we did on the water on September 13.


 
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: winterwren on September 22, 2012, 10:18:19 AM
So, here, Emily is with Pete Clarkson, a longtime Parks Canada ranger who was among the first to sound warnings on the vulnerability of the Harlequins' inland nesting sites. Pete and Emily are setting up the mist net. It's a simple and clever setup, with the added goofiness of the floats being disguised as Harlequin decoys. Right up my alley. Each post rests on crossed metal bars; each bar end with a float. Here, the net itself is still in the bags hanging to the middle post. We have set up an anchor on shore and Emily is preparing to drop another anchor at the far end.
(All pictures are clickable.)
September 13,  11:29 am
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A few final adjustments...
11:49
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The completed net setup. We've anchored more decoys, these ones a bit truer to life, on both sides of the net. We're hoping that the young Harlequins, when we disturb them, will fly to the safety of numbers and will not mind if some of those numbers are made of plastic.
11:49
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We leave someone on the beach to watch, and we go hunting, hoping to flush groups of youngsters toward the net.

There have been a few previous studies on Harlequins here, and the most recent one, by Heidi Regehr, showed that the small groups of brown birds we see at this time of year are actually broods: a mother and her three or four babies. So that is what we are now looking for. The females cannot fly but the youngsters can. From a distance, they otherwise look identical, except to the wickedly keen eye of my expert companions.

We got skunked at that first site, near Shingle Spit, and moved north to Collishaw Point, near Nests 6-7. There we set up the net again.


Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: winterwren on September 22, 2012, 10:57:09 AM
Caught!!!

September 13, 2:47
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Poor dear, he's really tangled.
2:47
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It took a while to get him out, cautiously and gently, but he was not hurt. Another youngster hit the net at the same time, and a third one shortly after.

When catching unflighted birds into a trap, it's easy to get a dozen, but the flighted youngsters are much more difficult, and my companions seemed happy enough with those three.

We moved to processing the birds as soon as it was apparent that no others were in the immediate area. There are guidelines that ensure that the birds do not spend too much time in captivity. We put the little darlings in cat carriers, just as we would for birds bound for rehab. Then we found a safe place to anchor the boats on the rapidly rising tide, a place with good light for the finicky work we had to do but shady spots for the waiting birds.

All three of them turned out to be males.
Apparently the dark eye ring on this fellow is the very start of his adult plumage.

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Here's a photo of a female I took at Norris Rock a couple days ago, for comparison. I assume she was a female... She was hanging out with a guy.  :mhihi

The pattern of whites and darks around her eye is indeed different.
September 20, 3:49 pm
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Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: winterwren on September 22, 2012, 11:17:24 AM
So now we start collecting information.

Measuring the tarsus length...

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You can see yellow on the duck's foot... Another marker of a juvenile. Females have all-grey feet if I remember well (I'll have to double-check that.)


Measuring the culmen...

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We also measured the wings, but I didn't get a good photo of that.

Weighing... (Willow is doing all the hard work.)

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Here Emily is collecting feather samples from one of the birds. After this she will collect tiny claw clippings (she will actually use a nail clipper to do this) and blood samples from a vein on the inner wing.

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Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: emc on September 22, 2012, 11:24:28 AM
Fascinating research. The slightest thing man does to change nature ( seeding trout, years ago! Seemed like a very good thing) upsets the balance somewhere else.
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: winterwren on September 22, 2012, 12:19:23 PM
Each bird gets a stainless-steel band. In previous studies, they were using aluminum bands and on the older ones the numbers are becoming illegible.
Looks like tricky business. These people are perfectionists, too.

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I caught a banded bird on a photo at Big Qualicum River last fall... That looks like an aluminum band. The picture probably wouldn't be good enough to read the band anyway.
October 19, 2011, Big Qualicum
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Ouch, this can't be very comfortable... The black dot inside confirms what the weight and measurement told us: this is a male.

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Each bird gets weighed, measured, banded... We take samples from all of them, and also a series of mugshots.
This fellow does not have such a prominent eye ring, but it seems to me that I can see the margin of his cheek patch starting to show.

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Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: winterwren on September 22, 2012, 12:34:58 PM
September 13, 4:32 pm.

Emily releases the last bird of the project.
Congratulations!  :heart


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Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: passerine on September 22, 2012, 03:37:13 PM
Interesting day Wren, lucky you, thanks for sharing. I learned quite a bit more about the beautiful Harlequin Ducks. Kudos to the biologists I do hope they figure out how to help them.
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: gzebear on September 23, 2012, 10:32:48 AM
wren, I love how you were able to jump into that fascinating project, with something to contribute! The photos are great. I hope we get to hear results of Emily's work. Thanks for sharing!
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: boonibarb on September 23, 2012, 06:28:30 PM

i noticed movement in the grass & spotted this Ant having a heck of a time dragging a huge Fly through the grass blades.
 
august 7 2012 16:20 - hard working Ant
 
august 7 2012 16:20 - hard working Ant (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WjjX30yi49M#ws)
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: winterwren on September 25, 2012, 08:13:50 PM
Another paddling adventure, this time from Grassy Point westward to the far side of Collishaw Point. All the birds you'll see in this photo sequence are likely to show up on the cam when it zooms to the water.

A Common loon near Grassy Point. His or her back is just starting to darken into winter plumage.
 
September 18, 1:56
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As I approached Collishaw, part of the shoreline suddenly came to life. What had looked like a pile of rocks turned out to be a pile of seals, all hauled up and sunning themselves. They splashed down to the water and I was surrounded by them, just as curious about me as I was about them.

A few stayed lounging on the rocks. Here's one of them, in the siren pose on a rock just big enough to hold him. Another seal in the water right next to the rock. There were maybe two dozen in the area.
2:08
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You might see seals from the cam, too. They might be difficult to tell apart from birds; they don't usually haul out in the cam territory, so you only see their head as they float around. The sealions swim in groups, close to the surface, breathing often, but seals just quietly disappear and then reappear a distance away. Sometimes they splash their flippers as a way to communicate.
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: winterwren on September 25, 2012, 08:36:20 PM
On the paddle back to Grassy Point, I spotted a group of gulls noisily feeding on something a little ways offshore. The activity then tapered off and the birds stayed there, swimming. I knew that sometimes, those feeding groups hide some interesting guests, so I aimed my kayak for them, and slowly drifted toward them.

I could smell herring! It's a very distinctive smell, one that most people have smelled if they've watched captive seals being fed at an aquarium.

And sure enough, among all the gulls there were some surprises!
2:56
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A Pacific Loon! This was my first close sighting of one; I had only seen them through binoculars before. There were 5 or 6 of them among the gulls.
The smaller gulls with short bills are probably Mew Gulls.


Here's another adult Pacific Loon... They didn't allow me close, so none of the pics is terribly clear, but still this is the best view I've ever had of them.
2:57
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I'm pretty sure this is also a Pacific Loon, a youngster or an adult in transition to winter plumage. Common Loon, even in juvenile plumage, has a partial white collar. Also at the time it seemed to be the same size as the other Pacifics (Common Loon is larger and chunkier).
3:02
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Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: winterwren on September 25, 2012, 08:46:40 PM
Here's another beautiful bird I saw among all the gulls... This is a Red-necked Grebe. This one is a youngster, with the neck still grey.
September 18, 2:27
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Here's an adult. Maybe the parent of the other one.
I saw another one of those Grebes from the beach near the cam this afternoon at high tide. They're around!

September 18, 2:58
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Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: Cawatcher on September 25, 2012, 09:57:36 PM
what a closeup series! thank you winterwren, the rednecked grebe is a new one to me, awesome :eclove
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: Donnae on September 25, 2012, 09:58:14 PM
Thanks Wren... great pics as always.
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: winterwren on October 03, 2012, 01:18:33 AM
September 20...

Another little kayak trip, this time out of Ford Cove. My goal is to paddle to Norris Rocks, a series of outcroppings at the very southern tip of the Island. It's a good place to find unusual seabirds...


...But it's right outside Ford Cove that I meet one of the birds I had hoped to see.
At first I thought this was a young Pigeon Guillemot... but the profile is all wrong, too squat; and the beak is way too small.

A Marbled Murrelet!  :eclove
3:22 pm
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There's a whole mystique about Marbled Murrelets on the coast. Such an unassuming little bird, even more so in its breeding plumage, which is mottled brown and makes it almost invisible. Yet it was a mystery for the longest time: until the mid-1970s, nobody had ever, ever found its nest.

The discovery made it an icon of the environmental protection movement: Marbled Murrelets nest high up in old-growth trees, on thick branches covered in moss, sometimes miles and miles from the ocean. So the Murrelets depend on intact rainforest and clean oceans to survive. They remind us of how precious and irreplaceable those ecosystems are.

Here's another view. This bird is about the size of a pigeon. He's an alcid, a cousin of the Guillemots and Murres and Puffins.
3:22 pm
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Here's a young Pigeon Guillemot I saw later on the same day, for comparison. The two birds are roughly the same size, but the Guillemot has a longer neck and a larger beak.
Heron Rocks, 4:22 pm
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Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: jeavverhey on October 03, 2012, 02:48:33 AM
so very interesting wren and how lucky you were to be able to join them!  and moreover how mind bogling to  be able to understand and remember all that - you definitely have a scientis mind
Thank you for this and your wonderful photos.
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: birdsofprey on October 03, 2012, 07:40:49 AM
 :thumbup: beautiful photos thanks for sharing :ecsmile
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: gzebear on October 05, 2012, 06:31:02 AM
Wren, I thought of you on our trip to the outer islands here a few days ago ... all the birds we saw, you would have enjoyed it. I only have a small camera so pictures were fuzzy but with binoculars we could see them well - Black Guillemots, Red-Necked Grebe, eiders by the dozens, Great and Double-Crested Cormorants, lots of loons, eagles, many others, even a Peregrine Falcon ... I love seeing your photos, the birds you have that we don't, the ones that are similar but different. Wonderful ... thanks for sharing your experiences and your knowledge. So much to learn! I just love the eyes of the guillemots. :nod2
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: boonibarb on October 08, 2012, 08:11:14 AM

Flocks of these sweeties arrive to eat my nyjer seed & black oil sunflower seeds, & to bathe in & drink my water.
Here is one in the lineup for the feeder.
 
august 19 2011 11:51 - Pine Siskin
 
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Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: winterwren on October 08, 2012, 09:37:34 PM
Beautiful little birdlet, Booni! I had only seen the females before... They don't have that striking yellow colour on the wings!

Love the perch too!  :eclol

Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: winterwren on October 08, 2012, 09:58:12 PM
A few weeks ago, in this post (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=949.msg118530#msg118530), I wrote about a research project on the Harlequin Ducks that winter in our waters.

The project's leader, Emily Missyabit McAuley, sent me some very nice feedback about my essay! (She said she liked it!)

She also wrote:  
"It's very interesting that you point out that harlequins moult during the one time of year that eagles are absent. It's somewhat perplexing that harlequins have been seen repeatedly on the  breeding streams feeding on trout eggs, which are a much richer food source for them than invertebrates, but still tend to occur at lower densities on streams with fish. One of the alternative hypotheses that I  am trying to address is whether the negative effect of fish on harlequin breeding density is due to the fact that fish attract predators, especially eagles! Research in Labrador seems to support  this hypothesis; one study found that raptors had the largest effect on harlequin habitat selection (where raptors were present, harlequins selected habitats with "danger-reducing" features, such as vegetation overhang). I haven't formally looked into this very much, but it keeps coming up over and over again, and I'm glad that you mentioned this trend on the wintering grounds as well."

I had completely missed that key fact... That there are less harlequins on the streams that contain trout. So the indiscriminate seeding of trout all over the place does seem to affect the harlequins in some way.  

Emily explained later:
"I don't know whether the lower density occurs because adults actually behaviourally avoid streams with fish when choosing a breeding territory, or because females that breed on streams with fish leave fewer offspring year after year, which eventually results in a smaller population of adult females returning to breed on those streams (juvenile females tend to return to their natal streams to breed as adults)."

This, if I understand correctly, is what Emily's research is seeking to elucidate.
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: jeavverhey on October 22, 2012, 02:39:32 AM
Wrennie  - equals - the brain of a scientist in the body of an artist
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: Rajame on October 22, 2012, 07:22:02 AM
Well said Jeav!
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: Cawatcher on October 22, 2012, 08:29:57 AM
Fabulous photos and journal wrennie! I am glad that the  birds are released.. I was afraid to ask....  Booni the strength of the ant is amazing!
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: boonibarb on November 22, 2012, 05:22:33 PM

i got a chance to go out sailing one day!
It was a beautiful warm sunny day & there we were out between Hornby & Denman when we spotted these birds on the water!
 
september 4 2012 15:01 - Sea birds - Red-Necked Phalarope, immature
 
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Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: boonibarb on November 22, 2012, 05:28:29 PM

Some interesting bugs i found this summer!
 
september 6 2012 10:46 - Butterfly
 
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september 3 2012 16:35 - Dragonfly

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Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: boonibarb on November 22, 2012, 05:49:16 PM

i love having Song Sparrows in my yard!
This one was hanging out on my wire one day.
 
september 7 2012 16:02 - Song Sparrow
 
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Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: boonibarb on November 22, 2012, 05:54:38 PM

Having a good scratch, just like an Eagle!
 
september 7 2012 16:04 - Song Sparrow
 
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All puffed up.

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Nictitating membrane visible.

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Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: boonibarb on November 22, 2012, 06:02:51 PM

i found this guy making his way across the road one day.
i photographed him next to my shoe to show how huge he was!
The colour of him was magnificent.
 
september 14 2012 16:42 - Green Crawlie
 
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Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: Cawatcher on November 22, 2012, 06:10:01 PM
 :eceek brilliant colors of water birds, sparow and catepilliar !!!!
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: OpieK on November 23, 2012, 06:07:04 PM
Booni your photographs continue to amaze!
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: boonibarb on November 27, 2012, 10:12:12 AM
 
i found this tiny feather in the woods one day.
i wonder if it is the spot from a Flicker?
 
july 19 2012 08:36 - feather
 
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june 8 2012 20:30 - Red-Shafted Flicker


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Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: emc on November 27, 2012, 12:57:13 PM
Sure could be  :ecsmile
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: boonibarb on November 27, 2012, 04:31:27 PM

i spotted this Robin out my window one morning, eating my flowering Currant currants!
 
july 20 2012 10:25 - Robin
 
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Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: NancyM on November 27, 2012, 07:07:11 PM
I love the Robin pictures, Booni, esp. #2.  I caught some robins here eating red berries - I don't know what the bush is because they planted it themselves years ago.
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: boonibarb on January 06, 2013, 02:47:12 PM

i was sitting with my friend having a visit on my back steps one day & a Chickadee family landed in the bush nearby & then on my birdfeeder!
While we sat there not feet away & watched, this poor adult was pestered by these two begging voices with fluttering wings while we sat there in amazement.
Listen to the begging sounds of the youngsters.
What a lucky day!
 
july 26 2012 16:57 - Chickadee fledglings
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vviyOyrYpiM
 
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: gzebear on January 06, 2013, 02:56:27 PM
how sweet, booni! I've never seen a Chestnut-backed Chickadee before ... just as lovable as the Black-capped and Carolina Chickadees. Thanks for sharing the video - can't wait to show it to hubster. He loves these feisty little sweethearts.
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: boonibarb on January 06, 2013, 03:21:55 PM

july 26 2012 17:02 - Chickadee fledglings & adult
 
 
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q6puuzZU7uc
 
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: boonibarb on January 06, 2013, 03:24:42 PM

july 26 2012 17:04 - Chickadee fledgling
 
Love the black onyx eyes!
 
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Look at the wings all a-flutter!
i have no idea how they move them so fast.


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Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: boonibarb on January 06, 2013, 03:27:20 PM

i notice now that they have toe pads on the bottoms of their feet too!
 
july 26 2012 17:07:33 - Chickadee fledgling
 
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Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: boonibarb on January 06, 2013, 03:32:18 PM

The Swainson*s Thrush is a Bird that we often hear on the Hornby webcam.
We hear them everywhere on Hornby during the summer.
But i have never seen one!
One day i was at the backside of the Nest when i spotted this Bird.
i think i have finally seen one!
 
july 28 2012 10:00 - Swainson*s Thrush
 
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Here is a video, not done by me, that reminds us of the lovely sounds this Bird makes!


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lpLnRUnoJNQ
 
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Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: NancyM on January 11, 2013, 07:53:28 AM
booni, I !!! Love !!! the pictures and videos of the chickadees! Last summer, a fledgling fluttered and begged at my bird feeders - lucky for him, the feeder always  delivered   :mhihi


Good catch on the mystery thrush, that is a lovely song we hear on the cam.
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: amazedbyeagles on April 07, 2016, 07:05:25 PM
Those Mergansers motoring are amazing in your photos,Wren!!! Thanks for sharing!!!! :eclove
Title: Re: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2011-2012
Post by: jeavverhey on April 08, 2016, 02:01:33 AM
Boonie I luv those little chickadees. In Ontario we have black capped and they frequently come to my feeders. They walk upside down on my oak trees looking for bugs to eat. I have never seen those flickers but that feather sure looks like it belongs to one.  Thanks for sharing those wonderful photos along with your observations.