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Thursday, November 15, 2018

Everything's normal

Hard to believe it has been a week since I posted anything.  Sometimes life just gets in the way of birding.....either that or the weather....


everything is pretty much as you'd expect it to be out here this time of the year.  This photo was taken a few days ago.  Water levels have dropped since then so Bald Eagles more spread out but still quit condensed onto the gravel bars.


a few Great Blue Heron about....and ducks, mainly Mallard but a few Green Wing Teal and also Common Merganser.

Only interesting in small birds recently....


was seeing 2 Brown Creeper together on the same tree the other day....hard to see I know...


here is a better shot of an individual bird.

This afternoon we managed a fairly dry walk....


over at Harrison Bay.  It was pretty quiet.  Some swans way out, a few Mallard....


more Bald Eagle than we've seen there  before, scattered along the walk, like this young one...


and this adult who laid claim to this salmon carcass that initially,


this gull,


and then this Northwestern Crow, had laid claim too.


Got to admit that is one gutsy crow!





Thursday, November 8, 2018

Harrison Bay days.....

Sometimes one just can't explain where all the water comes from....


despite 2 beautiful, sunny, dry days....this is the path to the park this morning....so, we headed over to....


Harrison Bay for our walk....as we had also done the day before....


not too many Bald Eagles around the last couple of days either but this fellow was perched watching the people looking for eagles.


this young one was a little harder to find.


slowly the swans are starting to show up.  There have been 3 up my way and there were 8 way out on the bay....presumably Trumpeters as Tundra tend to be rather 'chatty' and these were quiet.


Song Sparrows have been the most frequently seen or at least heard birds over there....


the occasional Spotted Towhee too....


and today, saw the first Brown Creeper of the season....


the first interesting find of the day was this Northern Flicker eating the fruit of the Pacific Crab apples....notice that it is an inter-grade with the gold colouring of the Yellow-shafted and the red mustache of the Red-shafted.


here is a back view showing a faint red 'V' on the back of the head which is another marking normally found only on the Yellow-shafted.


and then there was this which I think is a young Red-Tail Hawk.  When we first spotted it out in the field, we thought it had a gull but it looks rather like someone decided to share their catch by throwing it out for the birds.  This one tried to pick it up and carry it but it was too heavy for it.


there hadn't been as much bird activity yesterday, although this lone European Starling was seen both days.


as have been Black-capped Chickadees.  Something also seen both days were garter snakes.  Have never seen garter snakes in November before.  Usually by mid-October can breath easy that they aren't around (yes I know they are wonderful for the environment - just don't like things that don't have legs).


a few Great Blue Heron have been seen both days too.


Tuesday, November 6, 2018

More water, eagles and still just a couple of swans

The last few days have been pretty wet so it is a case of dashing out for a walk when it lets up a bit....


which was the case this afternoon.  You can see the log bay is now a 'bay' again....


the pair of Swans were closer so could confirm these ones are Trumpeters.  Still no sign of anymore.



You can see in the background that there are good numbers of Bald Eagles out there now...


more and more hanging about in the trees as well like these 'twins'


Sunday we took a walk at Harrison Bay.  Not a lot of bird activity, but notice down at the edge of the bay....


a Great Blue Heron.....

over in the fields....


all the gulls that had been resting on sandbars out in the bay, are now in the fields as the sandbars are back underwater.


This Northern Harrier was busy scanning the fields as well.

Yesterday, over at the park....


lots of Canada Geese, I think a few Cackling Geese in there too.


A Belted Kingfisher over there as well.

Friday, November 2, 2018

Swans! and water

After an incredible amount of rain overnight, not to mention an enormous clap of thunder early this morning....


this was the scene this morning with water creeping up the boat launch.


and out there, the flats are disappearing with the Bald Eagles concentrated in the dry areas.


path to the park is now underwater.


lots of Canada Geese


and way up in the corner....a pair of Swans....2 far away to make out if they were Tundra or Trumpeter....the first of the season, in our area, at least.


a pair of Mallard and a male Hooded Merganser as well.  The female was out of the picture.

and we have more rain in the forecast.

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Well we wanted rain.....

We wanted some rain....and now we are getting it!  Boy are we getting it!  Only ventured out for a minute or two today and when I did not a bird to be seen anywhere....

all these photos from the last few days....


we'd taken a walk over at Harrison Bay on the 29th of October, it was showery and there wasn't much of anything to be seen, although I guess a total of about 6 eagles were seen.

Then drove up....

Morris Valley road and parked beside the estuary....very green estuary!  there were a number of gulls and also eagles scattered out in the grass....


this young Bald Eagle came flying right down the waterway towards us.  Too bad the lighting was so bad that it didn't turn out sharp....

On the 30th....


the eagle trees by the viewing platform had the highest concentration seen so far.  There were four of them in the other tree as well.

an abundance of them out on the flats as well...


I'd guesstimate somewhere between two and three hundred in total.

Was also trying to see what the smaller birds perched on a piling were....hoped for Meadowlarks, but no,


just a couple of European Starlings.


This 4 year old was perched over at the log bay.

Tuesday was also the day we were over in Chilliwack and had a pair of Trumpeter Swans fly over us....the first of the season.  Maybe by the time the rain lets up we will have some here at our IBA.

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Now that is more like it!

We humans sure liked October's weather.....


this was yesterday morning.....

but the birds....


prefer today's!  For one thing the water levels have come up.  Not a lot, but enough that salmon are now making it all the way through to the end...


and look out there....about 60 Bald Eagles in this spot....


around 50 here....so all told probably a couple of hundred out there this morning.


Didn't get over to the park today, but this young one was over there yesterday.  It is starting!  Now when will the swans show up?