Trumpeter Swan Counts 2016/2017

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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Bird Outing Report: Ships Point Peninsula, Dec. 1,2016

Today, December 1st, the rain held off (mostly) and 12 birders spent a pleasant morning at Fanny Bay Conservation Area and Ship’s Point Park. Overall, we found 48 species. Highlights included Gadwall, Long-tailed Duck, Pied-billed Grebe, and a Cooper’s Hawk overflight.

Canada Goose
Gadwall
Eurasian Wigeon
American Wigeon
Mallard
Northern Shoveler
Greater Scaup
Harlequin Duck
Surf Scoter
White-winged Scoter
Black Scoter
Long-tailed Duck
Bufflehead
Barrow’s Goldeneye
Common Goldeneye
Red-breasted Merganser
Common Loon
Pied-billed Grebe
Horned Grebe
Red-necked grebe
Double-crested Cormorant
Pelagic Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Cooper’s Hawk
Bald Eagle
Black Turnstone
Dunlin
Mew Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Anna’s Hummingbird
Belted Kingfisher
Common Raven
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Pacific Wren
Bewick’s Wren
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
American Robin
European Starling
Fox Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Golden-crowned Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Spotted Towhee
Red-winged Blackbird
Brewer’s Blackbird
Purple Finch
Pine Siskin

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Upcoming Walk: Sunday, Dec 4th 2016, Kye Bay

Sunday, December 4th, Kye Bay
Loys and Alison Maingon will lead a walk along the beach at Kye Bay, below the Comox Airport. The high bluffs and cobble beach make for an interesting area, even with a 5metre high tide at the time. Wear sturdy boots with good traction for the slippery rocks, and dress for the weather and wind. Bring water as there are not facilities on the beach
Meet at the Kye Bay parking lot (Elks Park) at the corner of Kye Bay and Windslow Roads.
A link to our CVN website is here:  http://comoxvalleynaturalist.bc.ca/nature-viewing-guide/2-comox-peninsula-area/kye-bay/

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Upcoming Walk: Saturday, Nov. 26th 2016, Goose Spit Public Walk, 9:00 am

Saturday, November 26th, Goose Spit Public Walk, 9:00 am
Alison and Loys Maingon will lead a Public Walk along Goose Spit, from the DND gate north to the Willemar Bluffs. Like much of our coast line, this area has been subjected to erosion, but still offers stunning views across the Strait and some interesting ecological micro-niches.  The 3.2 metre low tide occurs at 9:30 am. Dress for the wind and weather, and wear boots with good traction as the cobble stone beach can be slippery. Bring water, and there is a porta-potty in the parking lot.
Meet at parking lot nearest DND entrance at 9:00 am.
Here is a link to our Website:  http://comoxvalleynaturalist.bc.ca/nature-viewing-guide/1-courtenay-rivercomox-bay-area/goose-spit/
And a link to the CVRD web site: http://www.comoxvalleyrd.ca/EN/main/community/parks-trails/comox-valley-parks/goose-spit-park.html

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