Upcoming Walk: Saturday, April 1st. 2017, Macy Woodlot Walk

Saturday 1st April, Macy Woodlot Walk Mt. Washington

Fred Newhouse will be leading the walk today. Fred has spent most of his life in the woods in various roles with the forest service, consulting and managing a crown woodlot. The visit will showcase the sustainable logging practices that are used on the Harold Macy Woodlot. Bring binoculars, water and a snack. The walk is shady and under trees and may be cool even on a warm day. We have encountered Elk, Bear and Island Deer, but we can always expect 6 to 8 bird species and various species of slugs. The forest is 80 to 100 year old Coastal Western Hemlock Drier Maritime Zone.

The trip is moderately difficult, but mostly on dirt and gravel roads with a 7 to 15 % slope. The holder of the woodlot license is Harold Macy, who has written an autobiography “The Four Storey Forest”. We will meet by the old church on Harmston Road in Courtenay at 9:30, and car pool to the woodlot which is located off the Mt. Washington Parkway.

http://www.comoxvalleyrecord.com/news/123750144.html

https://www.for.gov.bc.ca/dcr/FSP%20%20WLP%20Files/WLP%20W1677.pdf

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Trumpeter Swan Counts 2016/2017

Mar. 21,2017:

TRUS adults 810
Juv. 190
Total 1000
19 swan counters gathered at Plates after the count. Another dead swan was found. Other birds reported include Peregrine Falcon, Northern Shrike, and Yellow-rumped Warblers.

Mar. 14, 2017:

TRUS adults 1041
Juv. 179
Total 1220
17 swan counters gathered at Plates after the count. Other birds reported include Snow Geese, Peregrine Falcon, Northern Shrike, Meadowlark, and the first Yellow-rumped Warbler of the season.

Mar. 7, 2017:

TRUS adults 950
Juv. 203
Total 1153
20 swan counters gathered at Plates after the count. Other birds reported include Peregrine Falcon, Red-tailed Hawk, and Meadowlark.

Feb. 28, 2017:

TRUS adults 942
Juv. 201
Total 1143
17 swan counters gathered at Plates after the count. 21 Snow Geese were also reported.

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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Upcoming Walk: Saturday, March 25th. 2017, Bear Creek Park

Saturday 25th March,Car Pool: Bear Creek Park

Mandy and Charlie Vaughan will lead the walk at Bear Creek Park today. There will likely be a few fry streams, and of course the fry will be in the rearing pond. As a member of the Oyster River Salmon Enhancement group, Charlie will have keys to the Hatchery structures, so we can see what’s behind a few locked doors. There is a steep hill down from the parking lot, but Charlie will have a car at the bottom for the return trip up.

Meet at Old Church on Harmston Rd, Courtenay at 9:30 am to car pool or at the Bear Creek Park parking lot off Macaulay Road (off Hamm & the Old Island Highway) by the Yellow gate at 10 am.

http://www.comoxvalleyrd.ca/EN/main/community/parks-trails/comox-valley-parks/bear-creek-nature-park.html

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Bird Outing Report: Courtenay Airpark, Mar. 16,2017

Today,March 16th, 10 birders spent a pleasant morning at Courtenay Airpark and Riverway and found 30 species. A highlight was a great view of an Anna’s Hummingbird on her nest.

Canada Goose
Trumpeter Swan
American Wigeon
Eurasian Wigeon
Mallard
Green-winged Teal
Bufflehead
Common Merganser
Great Blue Heron
Bald Eagle
Glaucous-winged Gull
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)
Anna’s Hummingbird
Belted Kingfisher
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Northwestern Crow
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Bushtit
Bewick’s Wren
American Robin
European Starling
Dark-eyed Junco
White-crowned Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Spotted Towhee
Red-winged Blackbird
Red Crossbill
American Goldfinch

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