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Nest 6/7 Savoie Farm 2019-2020 Season
« on: October 21, 2019, 10:33:21 AM »
 
Here is where you*ll find information, fotos, & videos about this territory!

This is a most lovely territory, on the high steep bank of a hard working farm run by a local woman who is also an artist.
It is on the edge of Collishaw Point, so at low tide the exposed shore goes on forever.
i suspect there is good food supply for all, here.

Read what happened last year, & find links to the previous years* topics here.
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Re: Nest 6/7 Savoie Farm 2019-2020 Season
« Reply #1 on: October 21, 2019, 10:53:32 AM »
i was in this territory to help with our monthly Sea Bird count of this area.
There were four of us in attendance this time.
The more the merrier.
We all learn from each other.
This is where we start, looking out to sea for tiny dots floating on the surface, or, hopefully, close in to shore.
There are binoculars, scopes & lots of Bird identification books.
This is called citizen science, & all our Island reports get handed in to one person & she ships them off to a fella on Vancouver Island who keeps track.
i LOVE the excuse to visit this place!
We share the field with cattle.
 
october 13 2019 15:36 - the counters



We count the very few we spotted here, then moved west, where we are at the east edge of Collishaw Point.
The Eagle pair await us!
The light is coming from behind them, since it is late in the day, & this makes for a pleasant effect.

october 13 2019 15:50 - Eagle pair





Everybody is far away & i am feeling useless til the farmer points out a Bird at the shore close to us!
Finally, something for me to take fotos of!
At first we were expecting this to be a Greater Yellowlegs, but the more we looked, the more we wondered who this Bird was.
Someone suggested a Dunlin, but they have much longer bills & are usually seen in groups.
A week later & there is still discussion.
For sure this is a Plover.
The Black-bellied Plover is common here, hundreds spend the winter with us.
But, there are rumblings that this could be a Pacific Golden Plover, or an American Golden Plover, both of which would be pretty exciting & rare.
The differences are quite intricate, for a novice like me!
Me, i just like pretty pictures.

october 13 2019 16:10 - Plover





i cropped this one.
It doesn*t help that i am on the shadow side, & that the far side of the Bird is brightly lit by the Sun.
 



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Re: Nest 6/7 Savoie Farm 2019-2020 Season
« Reply #2 on: October 21, 2019, 11:03:29 AM »

october 13 2019 16:12 - Plover











It is a MOST lovely day to be doing this.
 



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Re: Nest 6/7 Savoie Farm 2019-2020 Season
« Reply #3 on: October 21, 2019, 11:09:51 AM »


october 13 2019 16:18 - Plover





As we are preparing to leave for the day, one of the Eagle pair flies to the east of us a bit.

october 13 2019 16:31 - adult Eagle



This Eagle kept looking down like this, for some reason.




 


Nictitating membrane.




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Re: Nest 6/7 Savoie Farm 2019-2020 Season
« Reply #4 on: October 21, 2019, 12:45:54 PM »
Wow! fantastic light on the eagle.. I have no idea on the plover either! We need the shorebird experts !!

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Re: Nest 6/7 Savoie Farm 2019-2020 Season
« Reply #5 on: December 09, 2019, 10:22:17 AM »
Time for the monthly shore Bird count again!
The Birds were a bit scarce.
But there were LOTS of Seals basking on the rocks & bobbing in the water.
There were also some snoozing Sea Lions.

These Ducks were a bit exciting to see.
It*d been a while.
 
december 8 2019 12:06 - Bufflehead females & male



The water looks metallic.
Or like glass.

december 8 2019 12:14 - male Harlequin



Seems an Eagle or two always flies in & lands on this spot as we are counting the area towards Collishaw Point.





One of the MANY basking Seals, on this day.



Can*t you just FEEL the pleasure here?
 



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Re: Nest 6/7 Savoie Farm 2019-2020 Season
« Reply #6 on: December 09, 2019, 10:30:16 AM »
Lovely soft light on this day.







A month ago, after our count, we found this tiny Bird that had hit the window & was stunned.
My mind went right to Kinglet, but this morning as i was trying to decide whether they are a Golden-crowned or a Ruby-crowned, i started to wonder if this was maybe, instead, a Hutton*s Vireo!
Not sure i*ve seen one before.





After i took these fotos, the Bird flew up into a crevice in the roof to recover a little longer.

 
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Re: Nest 6/7 Savoie Farm 2019-2020 Season
« Reply #7 on: December 10, 2019, 02:31:34 AM »
He is a sweet little fellow  :eclove- I hope he recovered quickly and completely. :pray I get  too many window strikes here, :ohno and I worry about head trauma.  :hmmm

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Re: Nest 6/7 Savoie Farm 2019-2020 Season
« Reply #8 on: February 10, 2020, 09:33:54 AM »
It was monthly Sea/Shore Bird Count again yesterday!
It was lovely calm water & no wind for a change.
There were lots of Birds all over the water.
We have people with binocs & one with a scope.
My camera comes in handy to help with identification.
i usually delete most of the fotos i get, though.
This was the only keeper.
 
february 9 2020 15:26 - male Common Goldeneye



One of the Eagles of the resident pair was on their usual perch Tree on the edge of the bank.



That Eagle took off & flew far out over the water.
i intended to watch but got distracted.
A bit later, both came flying in & landed together on the Tree that used to be their Nest Tree.
i believe that Nest slid out & is no longer there.
But above my head i could see the bottom of the other Nest.
One of the pair was lit up in lovely sunlight.






 



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Re: Nest 6/7 Savoie Farm 2019-2020 Season
« Reply #9 on: February 10, 2020, 09:41:28 AM »
Lovely Goldeneye and Eagles. Amazing how light changes the composition from one photo to the next!

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Re: Nest 6/7 Savoie Farm 2019-2020 Season
« Reply #10 on: February 10, 2020, 10:47:05 AM »
Lovely photos !!!!!!!!
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Re: Nest 6/7 Savoie Farm 2019-2020 Season
« Reply #11 on: April 11, 2020, 09:24:43 PM »
I finally went out in my kayak 3 days ago. Collishaw is one of my favourite destinations. A lot of seabirds are gone now but there were still some Red-necked Grebes way out there, and I saw my first Marbled Murrelets of the year; a few Common Loons were around also, all in lovely summer plumage. But all of these birds were very flighty and I could not approach them.

As I passed the first little point west of Grassy Point I saw one adult eagle on the Niner perch there.

Then I came around the corner to where there has been a nest in various states of building and unbuilding for a couple of years. I first saw it in July 2018.
I last posted about this nest here.
There were two eagles standing on the nest!
I rummaged under my spray-deck for my camera and by the time I had it out, one eagle had flown off and the other one was invisible.
I paddled westward to get some better light and from that new vantage point I could see a white  head!
April 8, 7:15 pm


Here's more of the tree, seen from the water...


It's the first time I see any sign of offspring in this nest.

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Re: Nest 6/7 Savoie Farm 2019-2020 Season
« Reply #12 on: April 11, 2020, 09:33:28 PM »
And if there was any doubt remaining that this nest in my previous post does not belong to the Collishaw (Savoie Farm) pair...
Here's that nest, also with someone incubating, and another adult on a nearby tree.
April 8,


It's been a few years since these eagles had any breeding success, so I hope all will be well for them!

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Re: Nest 6/7 Savoie Farm 2019-2020 Season
« Reply #13 on: April 11, 2020, 09:39:09 PM »
Moving further west, around Collishaw Point toward Nest #4 area...
There used to be a nest near the old farmhouse on the next farm over, which is now called Fossil Beach Farm. I see a pair of eagles here every time I do my monthly bird surveys.
This is a huge old tree and I keep wondering if there is a nest hiding in here...
April 8, 7:50 pm





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Re: Nest 6/7 Savoie Farm 2019-2020 Season
« Reply #14 on: April 12, 2020, 02:26:34 AM »
Good eye there Wren and nice photos.  :eclove