Thursday November 19th was a cold but sunny morning at the Air Park.
Twelve birders saw the following 36 species, the highlights being a flock of 40 Red Crossbills and an immature Cooper’s Hawk.
Great Blue Heron
In glorious sunshine on Monday 9th a (baker’s) dozen of us walked around the trails in Miracle Beach examining mosses and liverworts under Jocie’s expert guidance. We saw all of the 10 mosses on page 1 of her handout on Mosses, plus a few of those of the second page. These included the palm tree moss (Leucolepis acanthoneuron) and the electrified cat’s tail (Rhytidiadelphus triquetrus) on the forest floor and thread moss (Isothecium myosuroides) on conifer trunks. We examined four liverworts (all with evocative common names): yellow ladle (Scapania bolanderi), cedar shake (Plagiochila porelloides), little hands (Lepidozia reptans) and tree ruffle (Porella navicularis).
Comox Valley Nature would like to introduce Kees Visser, who has a Ph.D in Geology through the Universaity of Amsterdam, and amongst much experience in the field, has worked for Petro- Canada as a Development and Exploration Geologist in Alberta, Saskatchewan, BC and Yukon and a Exploration Manager for North Africa and the Middle East.
Before retiring, in his last few years he worked as an Advisor to the VP Exploration, where he made a report on the HC potential of the WestCoast (with a Shell colleague) and the potential of the Yukon and NW territories. Kees’s talk he will mostly touch upon rocks, timescales, but also on LNG, drilling, fracking and other geological disciplines, such as paleontology, stratigraphy and tectonics. This lecture, entitled: “Geology, Rocks and Times, An Education” will take place at the Florence Filberg Seniors Centre at 7pm (sharp) November 15, 2015.
This Thursday November 5th thirteen birders went to Oyster Bay and the mouth of the Oyster River where we found 38 species. The morning was cool and sunny but warmed up later. We enjoyed large numbers of the regular winter waterbirds. The highlights were a Rock Sandpiper feeding with a flock of Dunlin and a Peregrine Falcon – presumably waiting to feed on the Dunlin.
Great Blue Heron