YNC Outing: MARS (Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society), May 29th 2016, 1pm

Hello Families,

Our next Explorer Day will be on Sunday, May 29, 1:00 at the MARS (Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society) facility at 6817 Headquarters Road. Volunteer Rene Jorgenson has offered to introduce us to the MARS education owls and give us a tour of the facility. To find out more about MARS check out the website at www.wingtips.org Afterwards, we may take a short walk on a trail there.

A reminder to dress for the weather and bring a snack and water bottle.

We hope to see you on the 29th,
Jarrett Krentzel & Jocie Brooks, Volunteer leaders
Comox Valley NatureKids
The Nature Exploration Club for Families

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Bird Outing Report: Lazo Marsh, Apr.21,2016

Today 11 birders spent a pleasant morning at Lazo Marsh. The rain had cleared by the time we started and we found 31 species. Highlights included good looks at Red-breasted Sapsucker and Brown Creeper. We saw two Bushtit nests but, unfortunately, they were not home. We also saw (and heard) some Snowbirds; seasonally regular in the Comox Valley but not on our checklist :)

Great Blue Heron
Bald Eagle
Eurasian Collared-Dove
Rufous Hummingbird
Red-breasted Sapsucker
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Hammond’s Flycatcher
Pacific-slope Flycatcher
Common Raven
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Brown Creeper
Pacific Wren
Marsh Wren
Bewick’s Wren
Golden-crowned Kinglet
American Robin
Orange-crowned Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Townsend’s Warbler
Chipping Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Spotted Towhee
Red-winged Blackbird
Purple Finch
Red Crossbill
Pine Siskin

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Trumpeter Swan Counts 2015/2016

Apr. 12, 2016:

TRUS adults 0
Juv. 3
Total 3

This makes the 2015/2016 Swan Count season officially over.

Apr. 5, 2016:

TRUS adults 15
Juv. 24
Total 39

Mar. 29, 2016:

TRUS adults 108
Juv. 52
Total 160

Mar. 22, 2016:

TRUS adults 215
Juv. 127
Total 342

Mar. 15, 2016:

TRUS adults 557
Juv. 244
Total 801

Mar. 8, 2016:

TRUS adults 1203
Juv. 350
Total 1553

Mar. 1, 2016:

TRUS adults 1494
Juv. 324
Total 1818

Feb. 23, 2016:

TRUS adults 1050
Juv. 283
Total 1333

Feb. 16, 2016:

TRUS adults 1175
Juv. 327
Total 1502

Feb. 9, 2016:

TRUS adults 631
Juv. 207
Total 838

Possibly a lot of swans not visible due to the fog.
Feb. 2, 2016:

TRUS adults 1050
Juv. 341
Total 1391

Jan. 26, 2016:

TRUS adults 1207
Juv. 354
Total 1561

Jan. 19, 2016:

TRUS adults 1213
Juv. 316
Total 1529

Jan. 12, 2016:

TRUS adults 1314
Juv. 405
Total 1719

Two banded CAGO were sighted this week in the Comox Valley. Of the 200 birds collared by the Campbell River Canada Goose banding project, an impressive 159 have been sighted. The sightings on Vancouver Island range from Campbell River through the Comox Valley all the way to Saanich. The furthest from Campbell River being Cave Junction, Oregon at 885 km away.
Jan. 5,2016:

TRUS adults 901
Juv. 295
Total 1196

3 Snow Geese were at Comox Bay Farms.
No swan count Dec. 29.
Dec. 22,2015:

TRUS adults 1205
Juv. 351
Total 1556


Dec. 15,2015:

TRUS adults 1002
Juv. 311
Total 1313


Dec. 8,2015:

TRUS adults 1157
Juv. 329
Total 1486


Dec. 1,2015:

TRUS adults 1183
Juv. 271
Total 1454


Nov. 24,2015:

TRUS adults 673
Juv. 243
Total 916


Nov. 17,2015:

TRUS adults 202
Juv. 58
Total 260


Nov. 10, 2015:

TRUS adults 301
Juv. 84
Total 385

Two Snow Geese were at Comox Bay Farm.

Nov. 3,2015:

TRUS adults 80
Juv. 22
Total 102


Oct. 27, 2015:

TRUS adults 3
Juv. 3
Total 6

First swan count of the season- The thick fog made sightings a bit difficult.


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Bird Outing Report: Morrison Park, Apr. 14,2016

Thursday 12 birders (+one in training) spent a pleasant morning at Roy Stewart Morrison Nature Park. The initial overcast sky cleared nicely as we found 23 species. Highlights included great views of Red-breasted Sapsuckers, Pileated Woodpeckers and Pacific Wrens.

Great Blue Heron
Cooper’s/Sharp-shinned Hawk (flyover)
Anna’s Hummingbird
Red-breasted Sapsucker
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Pacific Wren
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Hermit Thrush
American Robin
Orange-crowned Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Townsend’s Warbler
Dark-eyed Junco
White-crowned Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Spotted Towhee
House Finch
Purple Finch
Pine Siskin

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