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Re: Nest 22 - Helliwell - 2012-2013 season
« Reply #45 on: May 16, 2013, 09:57:55 AM »
Gorgeous Wren, thanks. :ecsmile

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Re: Nest 22 - Helliwell - 2012-2013 season
« Reply #46 on: May 17, 2013, 04:30:57 PM »
So lovely, Wren. Are they fragrant?

The Camas remind me of Scilla, which brow as a tiny bulb and spreads through my yard here - but it is not fragrant.

These beautiful pastel colors are so nice to see after a long winter!
"In all things of Nature there is something of the Marvelous"  -Aristotle

"A garden is never as good as it will be next year" -Anon

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Re: Nest 22 - Helliwell - 2012-2013 season
« Reply #47 on: May 19, 2013, 09:07:22 PM »
Small-flowered Blue-eyed Mary, or Collinsia parviflora. Flora Islet, April 24, 6:28 pm




Blue-eyed Mary, Menzies' Larkspur, and Mimulus.






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Re: Nest 22 - Helliwell - 2012-2013 season
« Reply #48 on: May 19, 2013, 09:32:34 PM »
Here are a few more flower pictures that I took when I returned a week later.

This is Saskatoon, or Amelanchier alnifolia. Someone is keeping it cropped short; I assume the deer can make it out here at low tide. Saskatoons can grow to 5 metres tall but these top out at two.
May 2, 11:00 am



The elusive Chocolate lilies (Fritillaria lanceolata) - more numerous here than I have ever seen them.  And the camas is in full-out bloom now. Click on the picture and you'll also see some tiny white chickweed flowers.




Chocolate lily... This one should be a painting.




This is Lomatium nudicale, Indian Consumption-plant, or one of its close relatives. Consumption as in tuberculosis. This plant was used as a remedy. A nice little pink Sea-blush beside it.




Everything blooming at once.





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Re: Nest 22 - Helliwell - 2012-2013 season
« Reply #49 on: May 19, 2013, 09:52:05 PM »
Meanwhile on the water...
A few surprises for me.
On one of the rocky islets surrounding Flora, I found some Dunlins... But they looked colourful. For the first time I was seeing them in breeding plumage.
Their black bellies are a little disconcerting. They look as if they have been dragging through an oil spill. But that's how several shorebirds look in summer clothes.
April 24, 7:15 pm



More Dunlins...
7:16 pm



And right next to the Dunlin flock, among some Black Turnstones... One lone Surfbird.
7:14







And one last surprise among those Black Turnstones... A very strange-looking fellow. Which my trusty Sibley identified as a Ruddy Turnstone.




And don't forget to notice the gulls...
California gulls: yellow legs, bill with a red spot and a bit of a dark spot sometimes, and long primary projection (the wing tips stick out a ways beyond the tail), and kind of an elongated hind end in general.
7:17 pm



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Re: Nest 22 - Helliwell - 2012-2013 season
« Reply #50 on: May 19, 2013, 10:33:45 PM »
 :thumbup: Thank you for the series Winterwren what a variation of life you have in BC  :heart

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Re: Nest 22 - Helliwell - 2012-2013 season
« Reply #51 on: May 27, 2013, 08:03:13 AM »
 
We were completing our walk through Helliwell when we came upon this romantic scene!
 
may 14 2013 16:22 - side-by-side Slug feast
 

 
http://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/8854603017/#
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Re: Nest 22 - Helliwell - 2012-2013 season
« Reply #52 on: June 22, 2013, 03:17:51 PM »
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VzOBVnL1P8o" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VzOBVnL1P8o</a>
Helliwell eagle flying overhead as we walk by under the nest tree area June 2013 HipTrip
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Re: Nest 22 - Helliwell - 2012-2013 season
« Reply #53 on: June 22, 2013, 03:19:37 PM »
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vaHwkMIJ_cE" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vaHwkMIJ_cE</a>
view of the Helliwell nest from the walking path down below June 2013
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Re: Nest 22 - Helliwell - 2012-2013 season
« Reply #54 on: July 09, 2013, 10:40:17 PM »
What Jeff has in his beautiful videos is actually Nest 23, the former home of the Helliwell Park eagles. Booni wondered if they were going to use that nest again, and this year I wonder too.

Today I checked Nest 22, the latest known abode of the Helliwell eagles. I stayed in the area for about an hour, looking for different angles, mindful of the possibility of a quiet, branched eaglet. I found this view of the back of the nest:
July 9, 10:19 am



During the time I spent there, I heard a few calls from an adult at a distance, but saw and heard nothing from the nest.

If I examine my photos, looking for little flags of down on the nest branches, I don't see anything. The above is my clearest shot of the nest branches.

On my way out, while I listened to the screeping of the eaglet from Nest 21, I talked to an Islander who walks the paths of Helliwell Park regularly. He said he has not heard any eaglets in the park this year.
If this is so, this would be the first time I see an eagle pair have no offspring for two years running.

Have they moved somewhere else?

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Re: Nest 22 - Helliwell - 2012-2013 season
« Reply #55 on: July 09, 2013, 10:48:10 PM »
 :really  good quwstion Wren. I wonder if a study has been done on other islands as well?

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Re: Nest 22 - Helliwell - 2012-2013 season
« Reply #56 on: July 10, 2013, 12:30:16 PM »
Cali, WiTS will collect the stats for large portions of Vancouver Island and Denman. So, as these stats come in, it will be easier to tell if the larger number of unproductive nests on Hornby is a coincidence or part of a larger state of affairs.

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Re: Nest 22 - Helliwell - 2012-2013 season
« Reply #57 on: November 09, 2013, 01:47:24 PM »
 
i went to Helliwell, i think three different times, searching for an abandoned Seal pup that had been spotted there.
On my first search, i came across a nice fella who showed me the pup he had spotted.
Not the nicest thing to see, i know, but a reality, when pups are abandoned & no one spots & reports them in time.
i*m not sure why this one died, or why their head is in the shape it is in, while the rest of the body is intact, but for the fur getting brushed off by the water action on the shore.
This poor youngster was not much more than two feet long, if i remember correctly.
Look how lovely the stones all are, through the clear calm water.

august 20 2013 17:07 - dead Seal pup



This is two days later, still searching.
The pup had been spotted at low low tide, so i tried to go out again at this time, as a lot of this area i was able to walk at low tide is totally covered by water at high tide.
i spotted this lovely Harlequin Duck, female or youngster?
wren might know.

august 22 2013 15:50 - Harlequin Duck



It was nice to be able to see all the Seal pups who DID have a mother.
& to see what healthy ones looked like.
The pup needing help was so disguised into the beach, they*d almost been stepped on.
So i was looking & looking.





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Re: Nest 22 - Helliwell - 2012-2013 season
« Reply #58 on: November 09, 2013, 01:52:17 PM »
 
august 22 2013 16:00 - Seal pups with Mothers


<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZuLvOYCrZC0" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZuLvOYCrZC0</a>

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Re: Nest 22 - Helliwell - 2012-2013 season
« Reply #59 on: November 09, 2013, 02:03:47 PM »
 
august 22 2013 16:08 - Seal pup with Mother



<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7-VUarGI720" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7-VUarGI720</a>

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