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« on: October 09, 2017, 10:15:00 AM »


Here is where we will be posting & discussing observations of the abundant & myriad wild life on Hornby that are Eagle-related of course, everything is, but you know what i mean.

Last year*s topic & link to the previous year can be found here.
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« Post / Reply #1 on: October 09, 2017, 10:36:19 AM »

 
There seemed to be Ravens hanging around low to the ground & even on the ground.
Not sure what they were finding to eat?
But this went on for a few days.
 
september 8 2017 14:38 - Raven
 

 
 
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« Post / Reply #2 on: October 13, 2017, 07:17:47 PM »

 
We were driving up Slade Rd. & it suddenly jumped into my mind that it had rained & i wondered if there*d be any Rough-skinned Newts on the road, so i slowed down.
Then i was SURE i*d seen one!
i drove back & sure enough, there was one.
On the way back down i found another!
This one i photographed.
They were standing on the road kind of frozen, i guess because it was cold, so i moved both to the grass at the side of the road so that they wouldn*t get run over.
 
october 12 2017 13:53 - Rough-skinned Newt
 

 
i was trying to get a nice close up of the face, but if you want to see other pictures of these cuties click here.
 
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« Post / Reply #3 on: October 13, 2017, 11:11:40 PM »

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« Post / Reply #4 on: October 30, 2017, 11:05:20 AM »

 
i watch my new Bird feeder & Bird bath fountain whenever i am at my kitchen sink.
The new feeder has TONS of Birds coming & going.
For a few days there was a pair of these Birds, who seemed very unusual to me.
i have never seen them here this time of year.
My guess is that they are youngsters!
They were always in the greenery under the feeder, rather than in it.
i figured that they were juvenile Golden-crowned Sparrows, but thanks to Nancy & wren & the British Columbia Birds facebook page, i found out these two were actually White-throated Sparrows, which are apparently quite rare for here!
 
october 13 2017 15:25 - White-throated Sparrow
 

 

 

 

 



 
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« Post / Reply #5 on: October 30, 2017, 02:11:50 PM »

booni, these little cuties look like White-throated Sparrows to me.  They like to stay low, so it would make sense that they do not go up to the feeder but stay on the ground.

https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/White-throated_Sparrow/id
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« Post / Reply #6 on: October 30, 2017, 10:15:42 PM »


Wow, Nancy, wren said the same thing!
So i posted a foto to a British Columbia Bird Identification Group & they came up with the same thing.
Thank you!
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« Post / Reply #7 on: October 31, 2017, 01:22:20 PM »

Thank you for the corrected ID.    love
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« Post / Reply #8 on: November 03, 2017, 08:13:03 PM »

On Sunday October 29, a friend visiting from Denman told me he had seen thousands of little gulls from the ferry and that he believed they were Bonaparte's Gulls.

We usually see Bonaparte's Gulls on their migrations, usually a few at a time, sometimes in larger flock. I believe Booni once reported such a flock from Tribune Bay. We're talking hundreds.

But thousands?

By great good luck, on Monday I was working on the water all day, wrapping up this year's edition of the kelp restoration project.

The boat's owner told me that yes, every morning for the last few days there had been a huge flock of small gulls just south of Shingle Spit, where the Spit's projection into the channel tumbles the whole water column upside down, bringing nutrients to the surface.

As soon as we left Ford Cove, we could see them!
My Denman friend had estimated the flock at about 3500 on Sunday afternoon... but by my quick estimate this photo shows about that number, and this is not even all of the flock!
October 30, 9:20 am


There are a few Mew Gulls among them, and very few larger gulls. No eagles, no other seabirds.




They're picking small somethings from the surface of the water, or else upending themselves like dabbling ducks. None of my group photos shows any visible prey.



We stopped the boat at the edge of the flock. Deeper down we could see loads of tiny fishes - too far down for these buoyant little gulls to catch, but maybe they were surfacing where the gulls were?

On we went to do our work by Cape Lazo... Leaving that mystery behind for now.
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« Post / Reply #9 on: November 03, 2017, 08:48:31 PM »

Returning from Cape Lazo at mid-day, we're pretty sure we saw whale spouts in the distance. Reportedly the Humpbacks had been visiting daily. By the time we reached Shingle Spit again, they were nowhere to be seen and the gulls had broken into several smaller flocks.
We had lots of work to do near Ford Cove and I could see a pretty good gathering in the area. Finally we ended up on the outer breakwater, a large floating dock that is not directly accessible from land. This is were we cleaned our kelp-growing ropes.

After a while the gull got closer, and we could see from their behaviour that patches of feed were all around us!
October 30, 3:06 pm



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This photo shows a fishing technique I had never seen in Bonapartes: upended like a Mallard Duck. Some gulls were also just picking things right from the surface, and still I couldn't see the prey.




This was now going on right next to the dock we were working on.
I leaned over and I could again see fish, deeper down. But those gulls were not catching fish; this close, I would have seen them.
The fish were very active, and were darting upwards, catching from below what the gulls were catching from above.
Tiny, pinkish, club-shaped little beings.
The boat's owner confirmed what I suspected... This was krill! Krill on a scale I had never seen before.

This last photo is the closest we come to seeing the prey.
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« Post / Reply #10 on: November 04, 2017, 01:26:53 AM »

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« Post / Reply #11 on: November 04, 2017, 11:46:57 AM »

 
november 4 2017 10:04 - feeders & fountain, frozen
 


i was trying to take a foto of Em on the rocky Point from my van but she was directly behind me.
Thought maybe i could catch her in my rear view mirror but got this instead.

october 25 2017 17:58 - sunset at Grassy Point
 

 
 
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« Post / Reply #14 on: November 06, 2017, 11:56:34 AM »

 
i was down at Grassy Point & it was a lovely calm afternoon with sunshine!
i heard lovely calls from out on the water & was trying to figure out who they were.
These Birds were closer to shore, & i believe they are not the source of the sounds.
But you can hear the sounds i mean in the background.
 
october 28 2017 16:58 - Red-breasted Mergansers
 
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HJNeUXy5Jxw" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HJNeUXy5Jxw</a>

Are these Loons mixed in now?
Still hearing the sounds.
Don*t think they are Loons, either.

october 28 2017 17:00 - Red-breasted Mergansers & Loons
 
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=duwGlpbjls8" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=duwGlpbjls8</a>
 
In the last video you can hear voices.
A woman & her two grand children were approaching from the left.
Turned out they were looking for a dead Octopus they*d seen.
They were looking in all the washed up seaweed.
When they found it, i went down there for a foto.
i believe this is a Giant Pacific Octopus, & two of his or her arms have been cut off.
Apparently they get caught in fishing nets & the arms are used as bait for catching Halibut.  lumphammer
Octopuses are extremely intelligent.
It would be better if this practice stopped.
i have never seen one of these before.

october 28 2017 17:07 - Giant Pacific Octopus
 

 
 
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