Saturday, 06 November 2010
Derrick Marven provides us with an updated bird list every month. Click Bird Counts in the menu to the left, or here, to download the latest list . This past October saw a massive unprecedented movement of waterfowl into the marsh with many geese and ducks moving into the slowly flooding fields.
Never before have we had such a fall influx of geese on southern Vancouver Island, with many locations having record numbers recorded.
Snow, Greater White-fronted and Cackling Geese joined our local mutt Geese for some big sitins on the two long fields to the south of the boardwalk, mostly in the late afternoon.
Most of our regular nesting passerines all left early this year which made for some dull times while walking the boardwalk.
Having said the above, on many occasions flocking Bushtits could be seen and a few straggling Cedar Waxwings, the odd few Yellow-rumped Warblers were still around until late in the month.
Watch out for the large congregations of Northwestern Crows that turn up late in the day on their way to roost in the Mt Prevost area.
Good numbers of ducks can be found on the DU ponds with Ring-necked Ducks and Wigeon making up the most numbers, with an odd Pied-billed Grebe and Gadwall now and again.
The first returning Trumpeter Swan was seen late in the month and it won't be long before the numbers increase.
Bald Eagles and Northern Harriers are now returning into the marsh system and you should look for both of these species from the viewing area at the bottom of the boardwalk.
I wonder how long it will be before I have to come up with a new name for the end of the boardwalk, with work flying along and a good part of the new section in place, I guess I will have to call it the bottom of the loop in my next report.
Great work guys and a joy for all to enjoy.
Birding in the Marsh