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Author Topic: Hornby Ground Observations that Aren't Eagle Related - 2015-2016  (Read 33001 times)
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« Post / Reply #15 on: January 08, 2016, 11:25:40 AM »

Great photos of the branded sealions, wren! 

I see sea lions (Steller and California) regularly here, patrolling past the Point where I live.  I glimpsed a brand once, a few years back, and have always wondered how prevalent these branded sea lions are.  I did wonder whether booni had seen any branded ones when she posted photos of the Norris Rocks sea lions here, although none were evident in her photos.  I note that I posted a link at that time (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration-Alaska) with Q & A about pinniped branding which is carried out to "permanently mark harbor seals, California sea lions and Steller sea lions".  Here is the link.  It answers many questions about this practice.
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« Post / Reply #16 on: January 08, 2016, 12:33:45 PM »

Very interesting, Wren.  I hope you get a reply.  Your photos are wonderful!   love
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« Post / Reply #17 on: January 08, 2016, 03:26:19 PM »

Correction on my previous posting...

I found the brand databases difficult to read and tried in vain to pinpoint the locations. My assumption was that the two sea lions' natal reefs were in Alaska, but I was wrong! 80Y was born and marked in Northern California, and 603R in Oregon.

Here is part of the email I received from Alaska Department of Fish and Game:

"603R was marked as a pup at Rogue Reef, Oregon in 2007. He has been seen 1-3 times per year since his birth year, but has not yet been observed back in Oregon yet:
2008:  Carroll Island, WA
2009: Bodelteh Islands, WA
2010: The Brothers and Yasha, SE AK
2011: Bodelteh Islands, WA
2012: Bodelteh Islands, WA
2013: Tatoosh, WA
2014: Jagged Island, WA

80Y is  female marked as a pup at St. George Reef, northern California (near the Oregon border) in 2002.   She has the following sighting history:
2003:  Cascade Head, OR
2004: Norris Rocks, BC (Feb. 20)
2005: Norris Rocks, BC (Jan. 25); St. George Reef, CA
2006: Norris Rocks, BC (Jan. 10 and Feb. Cool; St. George Reef, CA
2007: St. George Reef, CA
2008: Carmanah Pt, BC
2010: St. George Reef, CA
2011: St. George Reef, CA
2012: St. George Reef, CA
2013: St. George Reef, CA
2014: St. George Reef, CA

"This information is being used to estimate survival, reproductive performance and movement patterns of Steller sea lions throughout their range."
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« Post / Reply #18 on: January 08, 2016, 06:05:49 PM »

Fascinating stuff, Wren!!  Wow!  Thanks for following up on this!  love
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« Post / Reply #19 on: January 08, 2016, 06:56:46 PM »

Nice to get that reply from an official source, wren!   thumbup
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« Post / Reply #20 on: January 08, 2016, 08:09:39 PM »

 
Yesterday i photographed my Bird feeder from inside, behind glass & fishnetting.
 
january 7 2016 12:53 - male Spotted Towhee
 


january 7 2016 12:57 - male Oregon Junco
 


january 7 2016 12:58 - male Spotted Towhee
 


january 7 2016 12:59 - male Oregon Junco
 


january 7 2016 13:01 - female or juvenile Purple Finch
 



 
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« Post / Reply #21 on: January 08, 2016, 08:14:16 PM »

 
january 7 2016 13:01:53 - female or juvenile Purple Finch
 

 


january 7 2016 13:06 - male Oregon Junco
 


january 7 2016 13:07 - male Purple Finch
 


january 7 2016 13:09 - male red breasted Nuthatch
 


january 7 2016 13:12 - male Oregon Junco
 

 
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« Post / Reply #22 on: January 08, 2016, 08:34:46 PM »

 
january 7 2016 13:13 - Fox Sparrow
 


january 7 2016 13:15 - female or juvenile Purple Finch
 


january 7 2016 13:16 - female Spotted Towhee
 


january 7 2016 13:17 - male Spotted Towhee
 

 

 
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« Post / Reply #23 on: January 09, 2016, 05:52:56 AM »

Nice to get that reply from an official source, wren!   thumbup
I agree it is ice to receive that reply and the information it contains! They must be pleased with the feedback they receive also. Good on you Wren, and thanks for sharing.
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« Post / Reply #24 on: January 09, 2016, 06:05:18 AM »

Having seen your gardens, I would also be there if I were a bird Booni. How delightful for you to be entertained by all these pretty visitors! :-)

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« Post / Reply #25 on: January 10, 2016, 11:55:50 AM »

 
january 2 2016 14:19 - Pine Siskins
 

 
january 8 2016 16:08 - Anna*s Hummingbird


 
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« Post / Reply #26 on: April 10, 2016, 09:09:20 PM »

Sandpiper Beach, during the herring spawn.
The usual American Wigeons and Harlequins are in the shallow part of the bay.
I've learned to scan the flocks of wigeons for some of the uncommon Eurasian Wigeon, but this day I find something else.

March 11, 11:58



The male American Wigeon nearest to us is how they usually look.
The one behind him and to the left has a lot more pale yellow on his face.
I've seen mention of those; I believe they're a different colour morph, not a hybrid; I've seen them called Storm Wigeons or White-cheeked Wigeons.
It's the first time I see one for real!
Partly visible behind the last female on the left is another male with more than the usual amount of pale yellow; other photos reveal him as intermediate in colour between the Storm Wigeon and the usual American Wigeons.

At some point they all take off, circle, and land again a few feet away from where they started. Right in the middle of this picture is the wigeon with intermediate plumage; next above him is the Storm Wigeon. Below is the usual kind, with pale yellow on top of the head but grey cheeks.
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Here's that Storm Wigeon again.
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« Post / Reply #27 on: April 10, 2016, 09:26:18 PM »

Belted Kingfisher, Ford Cove. I seem to get good luck photographing them at the dock because I can spot them from the corner of my eye, pretend I haven't seen them, take cover behind a boat, prepare my camera, circle around under cover to get closer... It's a funny game.

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I just can't get over those tiny feet.







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« Post / Reply #28 on: April 11, 2016, 01:52:53 AM »

Those feet do look too tiny for such a large head but of course the bird is not nearly as big as it's puffy feathers  would have us believe. I love them. Cute birds and clever too.
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« Post / Reply #29 on: April 11, 2016, 02:40:37 AM »

They are darling.    love
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