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Author Topic: Hornby Ground Observations that Aren't Eagle Related - 2016-2017  (Read 22310 times)
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« on: October 17, 2016, 09:17:39 AM »


Hornby has SUCH a wide variety of wild life.
i LOVE living here.
The variety changes with the time of year, there is always something to look forward to.
So, this is the topic for those sightings that we want to show you that don*t fit under the various Eagle territory Eagle behaviour observations!

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, 2016, 09:24:48 AM »


Yesterday i was lucky to be outside at the right time to hear distant honking!
i have learned now that when i hear sounds like this, LOOK UP!
Sure enough there was a big flock of honking Birds flying over, heading south!
i could hear them long before i could see them.
There wasn*t time to run & grab my camera.
i was viewing them against the dull white sky, but i am pretty sure i saw the dark wing tips of Snow Geese!

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What a thrill to see them!  heartssmiles
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« Post / Reply #2 on: October 17, 2016, 09:38:13 AM »

What good luck to be in right place at right time. Very cool. 👏
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« Post / Reply #3 on: October 17, 2016, 09:52:06 PM »


Look at these cool things i found washed up to the high tide line on Tribune Bay today!
i asked Jackie Hildering/The Marine Detective what they are.
& she has already responded!
Opalescent squid (Loligo opalescens) eggs.
They need to be kept wet to survive.
Some kind of egg sacs?
Are they still alive?
Sure hope so.
They were like squishy thick finger sausages.
You can see little white beings inside the sausages.

october 17 2016 12:01 - Opalescent squid (Loligo opalescens) eggs


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« Post / Reply #4 on: October 18, 2016, 06:50:10 AM »

Interesting for sure. I think maybe I see seaweed or something inside that cluster.
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« Post / Reply #5 on: October 19, 2016, 06:10:28 PM »


Spotted these two in lovely sunset light in the Tree across the road from me last evening.
The larger male on the right is preening the smaller female on the left.
She is making interesting vocalizations that seem to indicate please preen me some more!

october 18 2016 17:08 - Raven pair


<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y-V7_7lSACg" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y-V7_7lSACg</a>

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« Post / Reply #6 on: October 20, 2016, 05:55:26 AM »

Sweet!  I could use some of that too. 😀
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« Post / Reply #7 on: November 13, 2016, 09:03:10 PM »

There is a very good birder who comes to visit Hornby a few times a year; each time, he takes a walk around Helliwell Park and spots more bird species than anyone else.
Last year at about this time, this man phoned me to say that he had seen a Snow Bunting in Helliwell (and a Rock Sandpiper too) and that I should go and try for a photo.
The next day I walked to St John's Point, where he had seen his two rare birds. I did not see the Snow Bunting but did find and photograph three new birds.

Almost a year later...
On a rare sunny day in the middle of monsoons, I decided that a walk to Helliwell would be great medicine. It was at the back of my mind to keep an eye for those grassland migrant birds, and also for any Rock Sandpipers among the shore birds.

Just west of St John's Point, I saw what looked like a sparrow land low on a tree. I'm trying to learn my sparrows, so I took a closer look. Just the bird's head was showing, so what it was dawned on me very, very gradually.

Finally it came out in the open!
A Snow Bunting. A year later I finally found one.
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« Post / Reply #8 on: November 13, 2016, 09:09:28 PM »

Great find, wren!   thumbup
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« Post / Reply #9 on: November 13, 2016, 09:26:04 PM »

Right after that photo, the Snow Bunting flew back down to an area of long grasses. I just sat down by the path, enjoying the sun and hoping that beautiful bird would eventually come out to where I could watch again.

And sure enough.
Here it is... Walking in a weird shuffling way, almost on its elbows. I read later that this is normal behaviour and characteristic of that bird.
1:45 pm



I watched it for a long time, chomping at grass stems... So not after seeds, maybe some insects overwintering inside hollow stems? Look again how it's sitting right down on the ground.
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« Post / Reply #10 on: November 14, 2016, 04:39:27 AM »

Great photos and info Wren. I can see why you might think it was a sparrow. If I had come across it on the ground like that I would likely think it was an injured sparrow, unable to walk properly. Very interesting.
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« Post / Reply #11 on: November 14, 2016, 09:44:54 AM »

Fabulous photos of this lovely little bird!  What a treat!  A snow bunting!  One of the world's secretive little bird species, we would never know about without your wonderful efforts to capture it with your camera!  Thank you so much!! love
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« Post / Reply #12 on: November 14, 2016, 06:27:07 PM »


Today about ten to four, a tiny flock of Trumpeter Swans flew over, heading south!
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« Post / Reply #13 on: November 14, 2016, 07:40:41 PM »

Cool!
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« Post / Reply #14 on: November 21, 2016, 06:58:33 PM »

 
Wow, we had SUN today!
i forgot what it was like to have that.
We went for a walk along Tribune Bay.
The tide was right up to the logs so we had to walk on the grass.
There are always Scoters out there.
i poked my camera in their direction not expecting much as it was into the Sun, but got not too bad of a foto!
 
november 21 2016 12:19 - Surf Scoters
 

 

 
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