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Author Topic: Hornby Ground Observations that Aren't Eagle Related... 2014-2015  (Read 33070 times)
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« Post / Reply #15 on: December 14, 2014, 10:24:01 PM »

So here was my tally for the day:
On the Ford Cove trail:

Bufflehead - 1
Common Goldeneye - 8
Harlequin - 2
Common Merganser - 20
Red-breasted Merganser - 1
Surf Scoter - 4

Mew Gull - 3
Unidentified Gull - 4

Horned Grebe - 12
Red-necked Grebe - 9
Common Loon - 7

Double-crested Cormorant - 4
Pelagic Cormorant - 3

Great Blue Heron - 1
Trumpeter Swans - 10 (all flying southward in twos and threes)

Bald Eagle - 2
Peregrine Falcon - 1

Chestnut-backed Chickadee - 45
Northwestern Crow - 8
Northern Flicker - 1
Dark-eyed Junco - 6
Golden-crowned Kinglet - 30
Ruby-crowned Kinglet - 2
Red-breasted Nuthatch - 15
Common Raven - 1
American Robin - 1
Red-breasted Sapsucker - 1
Song Sparrow - 2
Varied Thrush - 14
Downy Woodpecker - 1
Hairy Woodpecker - 1
Pileated Woodpecker - 3
Bewick's Wren - 2
Pacific Wren - 9
Pine Siskin - 60 (one big flock)

The count at my house was:

Bald Eagle - 1 (Mom?)
Chestnut-backed Chickadee - 10
Brown Creeper - 1
Golden-crowned Kinglet - 5
Common Raven - 2
Spotted Towhee - 2
Pacific Wren - 1
Red Crossbill - 7 (flying overhead)
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« Post / Reply #16 on: December 15, 2014, 08:24:03 AM »

What a count Wren, but suprised of the low number of eagle sightings
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« Post / Reply #17 on: December 15, 2014, 09:36:40 AM »

Incredible efforts Wren! The final tally for the Island would be fascinating too!
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« Post / Reply #18 on: December 15, 2014, 10:11:49 AM »

How wonderful, Wren!!!  Thanks so much for sharing!!  Sounds like a great day and wonderful results!  Interesting how many teeny sweet birds you saw!  The golden-crowned kinglets and chicadees.... such wonderful little birds!!!  And to see a peregrine!  What joy!  love
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« Post / Reply #19 on: December 15, 2014, 10:31:58 AM »

Glad you had such a good day, Wren.  Thanks for sharing Hornby with us.
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« Post / Reply #20 on: December 15, 2014, 12:31:23 PM »


What a count Wren, but suprised of the low number of eagle sightings
I had to keep to my count area, Cali. This area is currently a gap between territories. There are usually one or two eagles around, so two is a good number. This time of year we don't see as many wandering ones because there is still some fish in the salmon rivers.
The person who did the count at Collishaw Point saw a really big feed ball offshore. Any transient eagles would have been in that area.
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« Post / Reply #21 on: December 15, 2014, 04:02:13 PM »

what a great day you had, Wren - thanks for the lovely photos and story
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« Post / Reply #22 on: December 28, 2014, 06:22:28 AM »

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« Post / Reply #23 on: February 09, 2015, 03:07:58 PM »

As I returned from this adventure, it really didn't feel like a lucky day for bird photography. Yet, as often when I get out on a walk, I was taken by the beauty of small things, and looking for a way to convey that.

So I switched lenses, and on my walk back I played with beach patterns, thinking of them as abstract compositions.

Here are some of my efforts.
Sandstone Point area, February 7.








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« Post / Reply #24 on: February 09, 2015, 03:11:21 PM »

More beach abstracts.

Sandstone Point, February 7










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« Post / Reply #25 on: February 09, 2015, 06:22:30 PM »

Love Love Love the abstract patterns, Foldi!  What an eye you have for design!!!  Thanks for sharing!
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« Post / Reply #26 on: February 09, 2015, 09:06:28 PM »

More arty things from the beach...
Just walking around, trying to make nice compositions from whatever catches my eye.

Sandstone Point, February 7








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« Post / Reply #27 on: February 09, 2015, 09:21:03 PM »

Back to Hidden Beach. Periwinkles are drawing doodles in the sand.

I've tried unsuccessfully to figure out what kind they are. The small ones are probably Littorina sitkana; and I think the larger, colourful ones are Littorina species also. The biggest ones are about 1cm across.





These split-second action shots were taken at great risk to the photographer!




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« Post / Reply #28 on: February 09, 2015, 09:28:52 PM »

Another species of Littorina (as far as I can tell from my field guides, which isn't much).

I had never noticed those red-and-green ones!
Again they're about a cm across.

Hidden Beach, February 7, 2:40 pm










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« Post / Reply #29 on: February 10, 2015, 01:07:37 PM »

Such lovely compositions, Wren.  (thank goodness you survived the periwinkles!)
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