Trumpeter Swan Counts 2016/2017

Feb. 21, 2017:

TRUS adults 883
Juv. 248
Total 1131
14 swan counters gathered at Plates after the count. The snow is gone so swan numbers are up again. Other birds of note include a Cooper’s Hawk and Red-tailed Hawk.

Feb. 14, 2017:

TRUS adults 464
Juv. 126
Total 590
11 swan counters gathered at the Grotto after the count. With snow still on the ground, many swans may not be using the fields. Other birds noted include Western Meadowlark and Ring-necked Pheasant.

Feb. 7, 2017:

Count cancelled due to slippery roads.

Jan. 31, 2017:

TRUS adults 764
Juv. 213
Total 977
18 swan counters gathered at the Grotto after the count. Swans continue to be dispersed through the Valley.

Jan. 24, 2017:

TRUS adults 830
Juv. 175
Total 1005
16 swan counters gathered at the Grotto after the count. Swans are more dispersed through the Valley with numbers at Headquarters Rd, Guthrie Rd and Marsden Rd areas. Other highlights included a Red-tailed Hawk, Peregrine Falcon and Meadowlarks.

Jan. 17, 2017:

TRUS adults 903
Juv. 209
Total 1112
22 swan counters gathered at the Grotto after the count. Snow has disappeared from the fields. Unfortunately another deceased trumpeter swan was found, this time on Knight Road , the possible cause being a collision with the hydro lines.

Jan. 10, 2017:

Count cancelled due to slippery roads.

Jan. 3, 2017:

TRUS adults 819
Juv. 243
Total 1062
15 swan counters gathered at the Grotto after the count. Swans were mainly at Headquarters Rd and Guthrie Rd fields. One dead swan was found in the Endall Rd area.

Dec. 27, 2016:

No count due to holidays.

Dec. 20, 2016:

TRUS adults 732
Juv. 183
Total 915
16 swan counters gathered at the Grotto after the count. There was still snow on the ground in most places. Swans locations have shifted somewhat with many now at Comox Bay Farm and Knight Rd.

Dec. 13, 2016:

TRUS adults 571
Juv. 114
Total 685
22 swan counters gathered at the Grotto after the count. There was snow on the ground making counting a challenge. Once again the largest groups of swans were in the Bridges & Headquarters Rd area.

Dec. 6, 2016:

TRUS adults 603
Juv. 201
Total 804
15 swan counters gathered at the Grotto after a frosty morning count. The largest groups of swans were in the Bridges Rd area.
Two Northern Harriers were spotted and eight to ten Meadowlarks at Comox Bay Farms.

Nov. 29, 2016:

TRUS adults 565
Juv. 161
Total 726
20 swan counters gathered at the Grotto after the count. The largest groups of swans were in the Headquarters Rd area with some at the Anderton Rd area. Just 7 Snow Geese were reported.

Nov. 22, 2016:

TRUS adults 806
Juv. 196
Total 1002
21 swan counters gathered at the Grotto after the count. The largest groups of swans were in the Headquarters Rd area. There were no reports of Snow Geese this week. A White-throated Sparrow was seen at Evansdale Farm.

Nov. 15, 2016:

TRUS adults 156
Juv. 36
Total 192
21 swan counters gathered at the Grotto after the count. A total of 118 Snow Geese were spotted this week west of Black Creek. Other birds of interest include kestrel, harrier, shrike and meadowlarks.

Nov. 8, 2016:

TRUS adults 98
Juv. 20
Total 118
19 swan counters gathered at the Grotto after the count. Trumpeter Swans were mainly seen at the Courtenay flats (Comox Bay Farm) & Tyee Valley Rd. Sandhill Cranes were seen off Endall Rd. A total of 536 Snow Geese were spotted. Not only are these unusually large numbers, they seem to be staying longer than normal. Usually they just pass through on their way from their nesting grounds in the NE coast of Siberia and Wrangel Island, Russia to winter homes in the U.S.A.

Nov. 1, 2016:

TRUS adults 311
Juv. 54
Total 365
17 swan counters gathered at the Grotto after the count. Trumpeter Swans were seen in the fields at Knight Rd, Headquarters Rd, and Smith Rd. 770 Snow Geese , a record number, were seen within the count area.

Oct. 25, 2016:

TRUS adults 58
Juv. 28
Total 86
16 swan counters gathered at the Grotto after the first swan count of the season. Trumpeter Swans were seen in the fields at Knight Rd. Other notable sightings were Western Meadowlarks on Cox Rd; Snow Geese at Comox Bay Farm & off Endall Rd; and Sandhill Cranes at Endall Rd.

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Guest Speakers: AGM & Panel Discussion, Sun. Feb. 19,2017

The Annual General Meeting of Comox Valley Nature will be held on February 19 at 7:00 pm sharp in the Florence Filberg Centre. The AGM will feature a panel discussion consisting of four well-known environmentalists from the Comox Valley. The title of the discussion is “Conservation and Sustainability to 2030,” and the Panelists will address the question “Where do we expect environmental concerns to be 13 years from now in the Comox Valley.

The panelists are all residents of the Valley, and have many years of conservation experience behind them. They are Tim Ennis, a Conservation Biologist with Comox Valley Land Trust; Jarrett Krentzel, Program Director of Hand-in-Hand Early Years Nature Education; John Tayless, retired Coral Reef Biologist and Past President of North Island College, and Loys Maingon, retired Biologist and the BC Director and Webinar Host of the Canadian Society of Environmental Biologists.

The year 2030 was chosen as it is the target date of the United Nations’ initiative on Sustainable Development Goals, and was meant to provide a time frame to the Panelists. Topics will likely include the expected effects of climate change, our need for reliable drinking water, a vision of sustainable development in the Valley, and protection of our native species and habitats. The Panelists will, however, be free to discuss items they consider important to our Valley in the near Future. If time permits, questions and comments from the audience will be taken. If you care about the Comox Valley, and are concerned about its continued viability and vitality, be sure to attend this meeting.

Meetings and lectures of the Comox Valley Naturalists Society are held on the third Sunday of most months at the Florence Filberg Centre, 411 Anderton Avenue, Courtenay. Meetings and guided walks are open to the public, including children and youth. The panel discussion is free, though a $4 contribution from non-members is appreciated. New memberships are always welcomed.

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Bird Outing Report: Lazo Marsh & Woods, Feb. 2,2017

Today, Groundhog Day, 10 birders spent a pleasant but cool morning at Lazo Marsh and Lazo Woods and found 19 species. A highlight was a Virginia Rail calling from the marsh. A bonus bird was a cooperative Cooper’s Hawk that was at the car park when we returned (20 species!).

Mallard
Bald Eagle
Virginia Rail
Anna’s Hummingbird
Downy Woodpecker
Pileated Woodpecker
Common Raven
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Brown Creeper
Pacific Wren
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Varied Thrush
Fox Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Song Sparrow
Spotted Towhee
Red-winged Blackbird
Pine Siskin

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Upcoming Walk: Saturday, February 4th. 2017, Campbell River Museum Tour

Saturday, February 4th, Campbell River Museum Tour 12 pm (car pool at 11 am)

The CVNS members will be taken on a guided tour to the Campbell River Museum by museum staff. We will meet at the Courtenay Country Market on the old Island Highway, across from Golf Course at 11:00 am to car pool to Campbell River. The Museum has asked us to restrict the group to 30 members or less, so preregistration is requested, and the museum will be charging $9 per member.

An optional stop on the way home for a late lunch or coffee may be arranged amongst the attendees, and registrants will be e-mailed a survey message regarding possible choices of eateries.

To register for this tour; please e-mail coordinator@ComoxValleyNaturalist.bc.ca
For more details on the Museum, try this link: http://www.crmuseum.ca/

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