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Author Topic: Hornby Ground Observations That Aren't Eagle Related... 2013-2014  (Read 46507 times)
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« on: November 16, 2013, 11:12:55 PM »

This is where you can read about the other fauna and the flora of Hornby Island. We have also posted some photos and stories under the topics of each nest, to provide a wider view of the ecosystem each of those nests is a part of.

Click here to see last year's postings.
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« Post / Reply #1 on: November 16, 2013, 11:23:44 PM »

We had gone up the mountain to find edible mushrooms, and we found plenty of those... This season has seen a mind-boggling quantity and variety of fungi. Pine mushrooms and scrambled eggs for breakfast, yum!

We also found this beautiful little one.

Unknown Frog, Mount Geoffrey, November 13, 3:41.



This one is different from the little tree frogs I find in my garden. Larger, about 5 or 6 cm; faint spots on the back, and a few bold black spots on the flanks. Anyone know who this is?

One toe showing over the rim of a browned salal leaf in this picture.





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« Post / Reply #2 on: November 16, 2013, 11:27:06 PM »

Nice pics Wren

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« Post / Reply #3 on: November 23, 2013, 08:20:24 PM »

This afternoon around 2 pm I heard sea lions barking from the Hidden Beach area. I went over to check what was going on. By the time I got there the sea lions had moved but there were lots of beautiful sea birds, including a great big raft of American Wigeons, about 60 strong. These are very shy birds so I felt lucky to be able to approach a little bit without frightening them off.

More wigeons arriving... Resident Common Loon in the background.
November 23, 2:06



It took me a while to sneak in closer and I was lucky enough that the light improved also.
These were close to the little creek that comes off Hidden Beach and seem to be drinking! They dipped their bills in and tipped their heads back, again and again... Is this one of the ways they're feeding? Or might they be scooping the fresh water from the creek from the surface of the salt water?
2:24







At first I thought the bird in the foreground in this picture was a female, but if you click on the picture you'll see a band of light feathers on top of the head... So a young male, and 2 older ones?
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« Post / Reply #4 on: November 23, 2013, 08:47:35 PM »

Nearby, Agent Oysterchatcher watches incognito...

November 23, 2:28 pm



Three Buffleheads land near Big Rock...
( heart RED feet!)
2:19



...And a Black-bellied Plover, another regular, patrols the edge of the water.
2:18
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« Post / Reply #5 on: November 24, 2013, 07:39:41 AM »

Winterwren what a great gathering! what a welcoming day for you thank you for sharing  love
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« Post / Reply #6 on: November 24, 2013, 10:41:20 PM »

More Wigeon photos, because they're so cute and there were some more nice ones in the pile...

Hidden Beach, November 23, 2:34 pm - still drinking? You can see a nice bit of orangey iridescence on the male's green eye patch.







Beautiful wings...




And then Agent Oystercatcher tiptoes away toward the next adventure.
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« Post / Reply #7 on: November 25, 2013, 09:58:57 AM »

These shorebirds and duck photos are wonderful, Wren!  Thank you so much for showing us another intimate side of Hornby! :-) love
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« Post / Reply #8 on: November 27, 2013, 02:10:30 PM »

Terrific photos, wren!  I have been trying to learn the ducks and other waterfowl this year, i need a lot more practice. The shorebirds are another favorite (I bought books on gulls and shorebirds -the ones you mentioned are the ones Cornell recommended also.)
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« Post / Reply #9 on: November 27, 2013, 09:10:12 PM »

Thank you, Nancy! Nice to know that those books are well regarded elsewhere.

I'm not sure if I already told you this, but for the gulls and shore birds my teacher had me put page markers for just the species that occur in my area. This made the whole learning much less intimidating. Then for the gulls I further mentally subdivided the species into Little Ones, Yellow-Footeds and Pink-Footeds. It becomes almost manageable.

The ducks and alcids were my first love from when I moved to the coast 30 years ago... My winter companions.  heart  I still get all excited when I learn a new one.
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« Post / Reply #10 on: December 12, 2013, 07:13:18 PM »

 
It was a dull day, no good light for fotos, but i just had to stop to see what these water Birds were.
Not sure i*ve named these right, but this is my best guess.
Male to the left, female to the right.
Not sure what the *common* refers to, when naming Birds.
These Ducks seem to me to be anything BUT common.
 
november 15 2013 11:03 - Common Goldeneye pair
 


Here*s the male, mid-dive.
Look at the cool water action, at both head & tail!
 


The male again.
 

 
http://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/11346611374/#
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« Post / Reply #11 on: December 13, 2013, 07:11:17 AM »

Lovely pictures booni . In diving I give him a 5  out of 10 . Too much water displacement  mhihi
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« Post / Reply #12 on: December 14, 2013, 08:52:45 PM »

Lambert Channel, December 10, 2:46 pm... The Orcas came visiting. I saw about 6 but I usually underestimate the numbers. Of course they do not obligingly surface all together or in any convenient order. Plus I can't count and take pictures at the same time.

My camera was set wrong for the first shot but I'll post it anyway... A Mom and two little ones!




A bull with a very identifiable notch in his tall dorsal fin... Someone will be able to tell which pod this is.




A different female (the dorsal fin looks different) with one of the two babies. Yellowish patch on the baby's head.







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« Post / Reply #13 on: December 14, 2013, 08:57:37 PM »

great captures, Wren!   how close were you to them?
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« Post / Reply #14 on: December 15, 2013, 01:20:30 AM »

Yay, Wren! Such nice shots under difficult conditions!   thumbup
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