Oct 23, 2014
-noticed on E-bird Canada, the first Snowy was spotted 40 miles NW of Regina at Last Mountain Lake Wildlife Refuge on Oct 20th. I'm keeping an eye out at Beacon Hill Park and Government House and those birders in Saanich are probably watching the Airport.
-Swan Lake, Tuesday Pond. a Saw-whet flew into a bush by a birder who had large lens on tripod and couldn't swivel in time for the shot. it moved on. may have been the one also seen at UVIC as this was near the end of Sept, beginning of Oct.
-Pemberton Bert, this year's Barred at Pemberton Park, is learning to hunt but is swooping tan-coloured baseball caps says a local man. Sometimes they get a little mixed up about what is edible.
-Oct 14 noon I was out at Pacific Forestry Centre (near Colquitz River Park) and Oulette, the female GHOW was sitting in a Douglas Fir below the rhodo garden out back. Several Douglas Fir have orange ribbons around them, including the one she was sitting on. I'm told those trees are designated for "demolition"; it's a research centre, so they get to wack trees down if they want. It will be interesting to see where this pair choose to nest this year.
Bumped into a fellow who said he was having dinner with friends in Metchosin and a GHOW was sitting on their tree right outside the L/R window. Nice dinner entertainment.
-lots of Barred around. I see them daily.
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