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Author Topic: Hornby Ground Observations that Aren't Eagle Related - 2015-2016  (Read 44131 times)
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« on: October 01, 2015, 10:47:22 AM »

 
We tend to post sightings of Animals & Birds other than Eagles in the topic of the Eagle Nest territory we spot them in, to give a rounded view of each territory, but sometimes we have sightings that just don*t fit in any particular territory.
So, this is the topic for those sightings!

Last year*s topic can be found here, & there you will find the link to the previous season*s topic as well.
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« Post / Reply #1 on: October 17, 2015, 09:31:30 PM »


A group of Vancouver Island birders, including Art Martell, a retired wildlife biologist, came up with this list of Birds spotted on Hornby Island sunday october 4 2015.

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Fifteen birders enjoyed a beautiful day on Hornby on Sunday.  First we went to Sandpiper Beach for shorebirds, then to Art and Sue's cabin for lunch, and then a walk around the Heliwell P.P. loop trail.  Highlights were many Black Turnstones, a few Black Oystercatchers and a Surfbird at Sandpiper.  Nearby a Western Meadowlark was seen.   

 

The following 49 species were seen or heard on Hornby:

 

Canada Goose

Harlequin Duck

Surf Scoter

White-winged Scoter

Common Merganser

Pacific Loon

Common Loon

Horned Grebe

Red-necked Grebe

Double-crested Cormorant

Pelagic Cormorant

Great Blue Heron

Bald Eagle

Black Oystercatcher

Black-bellied Plover
Killdeer
Greater Yellowlegs
Black Turnstone
Surfbird

Common Murre

Pigeon Guillemot

Marbled Murrelet

Mew Gull

California Gull

Glaucous-winged Gull

Rock Pigeon

Belted Kingfisher

Northern Flicker

Pileated Woodpecker

Merlin

Common Raven

Chestnut-backed Chickadee

Red-breasted Nuthatch

Pacific Wren

Golden-crowned Kinglet

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

American Robin

European Starling

American Pipit

Orange-crowned Warbler

Dark-eyed Junco

Golden-crowned Sparrow

Savannah Sparrow

Fox Sparrow

Song Sparrow

Spotted Towhee

Western Meadowlark

Red Crossbill

Pine Siskin

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« Post / Reply #2 on: October 17, 2015, 10:13:01 PM »

WOW!!! 
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« Post / Reply #3 on: October 18, 2015, 05:49:02 AM »

What a menagerie for such a  small island  smile
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« Post / Reply #4 on: November 12, 2015, 12:02:48 PM »

 
i have to take fotos of Mushrooms for my foto class, so here is what i have so far.
Compare the size of this first one to the Fir & Cedar needles nearby!

november 5 2015 14:03 - mushroom









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« Post / Reply #5 on: November 12, 2015, 10:36:37 PM »

Interesting Booni and new to me. I bet Jon will like these too.
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« Post / Reply #6 on: December 08, 2015, 06:52:09 PM »

 
november 25 2015 17:10 - Full Moon rise
 

 

 

 
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=us1J_Sl3bUE" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=us1J_Sl3bUE</a>
 
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« Post / Reply #7 on: December 09, 2015, 07:42:01 PM »

December 9, near Shingle Spit.

I rarely see Golden-crowned Sparrows where I live; they like more open country, like the farmland where I worked today.

After a while they quit being so shy and I took a little photo break...

December 9, 1:30 pm







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« Post / Reply #8 on: December 09, 2015, 07:46:39 PM »

The Golden-crowned Sparrows formed the majority of a mixed flock that fed near where I worked.

There were also some Spotted Towhees.
I don't know how they can perch on a prickly rose bush without hurting themselves, but evidently they can.

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« Post / Reply #9 on: December 09, 2015, 08:18:18 PM »

There were also a few Song Sparrows in the flock. One of them walked almost right up to me.

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I'd been trying to catch decent photos of a Fox Sparrow for a long time. There was one within the flock, but he was definitely the  most shy of the bunch - as usual. Finally he came out in the open.

We have the darkest variant of Fox Sparrow here. Come to think of it, we have the darkest variants of just about every bird. I wonder why.
Fox Sparrow.










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« Post / Reply #10 on: December 10, 2015, 07:47:23 AM »

Nature is so remarkable in its diversity. I love the variants of colour and markings within the same species.  Thank you for sharing these marvelous photos.
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« Post / Reply #11 on: December 10, 2015, 11:25:07 AM »

Brave (or cheeky) Song Sparrow, winterwren!   nod
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« Post / Reply #12 on: December 11, 2015, 10:37:48 AM »

 
december 6 2015 10:09 - male Purple Finch
 
 
 

 

 
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« Post / Reply #13 on: January 08, 2016, 12:10:37 AM »

On two consecutive days last week, I participated in an offshore seabird survey. We went all around the island, counting all the seabirds that we could see. The last time we did this was in 2013.

We also stopped at Norris Rocks on both days and watched the sea lions for a while.

Among the hundreds of Steller Sea Lions, we spotted two with numbers and letters branded on their left side, one on each day.

January 2, 1:10 pm



January 3, 11:40 am



At this website, I found a database Sea Lion tags. From what I can tell, the sea lions were tagged in Alaska and the Aleutian Islands.
80Y was marked in July 2002 as a pup, and is a female. 603R was marked in July 2007, also as a pup, and is male.

I also emailed these photos to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, who were requesting documentation of brand sightings.  I'm hoping to get more information from them.
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« Post / Reply #14 on: January 08, 2016, 02:35:55 AM »

That is really interesting - do share with us when you get some information about them. What a fun way to get hands on learning for you.   smile
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