Southern Vancouver Island Wildlife - 2018/2019 Season

For discussion and photos of Wildlife

Moderator: Trails CP's

User avatar
sassyk
Content Provider
Posts: 1876
Joined: Feb 20, 2018
Location: Victoria BC

Re: Southern Vancouver Island Wildlife - 2018/2019 Season

Post by sassyk » Sun Nov 11, 2018 7:11 pm

Eagles at Goldstream, photographed from the marina dock.
Goldstream Eagles across from Marina 6 Nov.JPG
Goldstream Eagles across from Marina(1) 6 Nov.JPG
Goldstream Eagles across from Marina(2) 6 Nov.JPG
Member since 21 June 2006
Volunteer Nest Monitor for WiTS (Wildlife Tree Stewardship Program)
If you find a new nest, please contact me so it can be added to the WiTS mapping program.

User avatar
sassyk
Content Provider
Posts: 1876
Joined: Feb 20, 2018
Location: Victoria BC

Re: Southern Vancouver Island Wildlife - 2018/2019 Season

Post by sassyk » Sun Nov 11, 2018 7:15 pm

A peahen and her chick at Beacon Hill Park on Nov. 7th.
IMG_8588 - Copy.JPG

This cheeky squirrel ran up my leg as I was trying to photograph it :ohmy:
then it jumped up into the flower bed and stood there staring at me.
IMG_8589 - Copy.JPG
IMG_8590 - Copy.JPG
Member since 21 June 2006
Volunteer Nest Monitor for WiTS (Wildlife Tree Stewardship Program)
If you find a new nest, please contact me so it can be added to the WiTS mapping program.

User avatar
sassyk
Content Provider
Posts: 1876
Joined: Feb 20, 2018
Location: Victoria BC

Re: Southern Vancouver Island Wildlife - 2018/2019 Season

Post by sassyk » Sun Nov 11, 2018 7:22 pm

I saw a few Harlequin ducks off Clover Pt. on Nov. 7th.
IMG_8536 - Copy.JPG

I was very pleased to get this photo of a Bewick's Wren near Gonzales Park
on Nov. 7th. They hardly ever keep still for 2 seconds :roll:
IMG_8577 - Copy.JPG

Saw this huge jellyfish on the beach at McNeill Bay on Nov. 7th.
IMG_8547 - Copy.JPG
Member since 21 June 2006
Volunteer Nest Monitor for WiTS (Wildlife Tree Stewardship Program)
If you find a new nest, please contact me so it can be added to the WiTS mapping program.

User avatar
sassyk
Content Provider
Posts: 1876
Joined: Feb 20, 2018
Location: Victoria BC

Re: Southern Vancouver Island Wildlife - 2018/2019 Season

Post by sassyk » Sun Dec 09, 2018 5:01 pm

A family of California Quails at Panama Flats on Dec. 7th.
California Quail Panama Flats(2).JPG
California Quail Panama Flats(4).JPG

All 6 in this photo.
California Quail Panama Flats(1).JPG
Member since 21 June 2006
Volunteer Nest Monitor for WiTS (Wildlife Tree Stewardship Program)
If you find a new nest, please contact me so it can be added to the WiTS mapping program.

User avatar
sassyk
Content Provider
Posts: 1876
Joined: Feb 20, 2018
Location: Victoria BC

Re: Southern Vancouver Island Wildlife - 2018/2019 Season

Post by sassyk » Sun Dec 09, 2018 5:07 pm

Ducks at Swan Lake on Dec. 7th.

Pied-billed Grebe
IMG_8912 - Copy.JPG

Male Green-winged Teals (not good quality; very far away)
IMG_8927 - Copy.JPG

Female Green-winged Teal
IMG_8934 - Copy.JPG
Member since 21 June 2006
Volunteer Nest Monitor for WiTS (Wildlife Tree Stewardship Program)
If you find a new nest, please contact me so it can be added to the WiTS mapping program.

User avatar
sassyk
Content Provider
Posts: 1876
Joined: Feb 20, 2018
Location: Victoria BC

Re: Southern Vancouver Island Wildlife - 2018/2019 Season

Post by sassyk » Sun Dec 23, 2018 11:40 am

I was able to get out to Goldstream Park last Friday, the day after our big wind storm! The Nature House and washrooms were closed due to power outages and it was a frosty morning but a very invigorating adventure! There were lots of Stellar's Jays around the feeder near the Nature House and lots of eagles of various ages perched in trees along the river.
IMG_9015 - Copy.JPG
IMG_9040 - Copy.JPG
IMG_9053 - Copy.JPG
Member since 21 June 2006
Volunteer Nest Monitor for WiTS (Wildlife Tree Stewardship Program)
If you find a new nest, please contact me so it can be added to the WiTS mapping program.

User avatar
sassyk
Content Provider
Posts: 1876
Joined: Feb 20, 2018
Location: Victoria BC

Re: Southern Vancouver Island Wildlife - 2018/2019 Season

Post by sassyk » Sun Dec 23, 2018 11:43 am

Goldstream Park cont'd.

A juvenile bald eagle was chasing a great blue heron across the river. It landed on the railing on the metal bridge then flew down to the side of the river. It foraged for awhile before flying off when some people with a dog came along.
IMG_9103 - Copy.JPG
IMG_9106 - Copy.JPG

There were quite a few juvenile bald eagles in trees along the river.
IMG_9067 - Copy.JPG
Member since 21 June 2006
Volunteer Nest Monitor for WiTS (Wildlife Tree Stewardship Program)
If you find a new nest, please contact me so it can be added to the WiTS mapping program.

User avatar
sassyk
Content Provider
Posts: 1876
Joined: Feb 20, 2018
Location: Victoria BC

Re: Southern Vancouver Island Wildlife - 2018/2019 Season

Post by sassyk » Sun Dec 23, 2018 11:45 am

Goldstream Park cont'd.
IMG_9066 - Copy.JPG
IMG_9084 - Copy.JPG
IMG_9092 - Copy.JPG
Member since 21 June 2006
Volunteer Nest Monitor for WiTS (Wildlife Tree Stewardship Program)
If you find a new nest, please contact me so it can be added to the WiTS mapping program.

User avatar
sassyk
Content Provider
Posts: 1876
Joined: Feb 20, 2018
Location: Victoria BC

Re: Southern Vancouver Island Wildlife - 2018/2019 Season

Post by sassyk » Sun Dec 23, 2018 11:47 am

Goldstream Park cont'd.
IMG_9134 - Copy.JPG
IMG_9136 - Copy.JPG
IMG_9168 - Copy.JPG
Member since 21 June 2006
Volunteer Nest Monitor for WiTS (Wildlife Tree Stewardship Program)
If you find a new nest, please contact me so it can be added to the WiTS mapping program.

User avatar
sassyk
Content Provider
Posts: 1876
Joined: Feb 20, 2018
Location: Victoria BC

Re: Southern Vancouver Island Wildlife - 2018/2019 Season

Post by sassyk » Sun Dec 23, 2018 11:49 am

Goldstream Park cont'd.

This eagle had a damaged (or missing) eye.
IMG_9180 - Copy.JPG
IMG_9194 - Copy.JPG

There were a few Common Mergansers being chased by gulls along the river.
IMG_9191 - Copy.JPG
Member since 21 June 2006
Volunteer Nest Monitor for WiTS (Wildlife Tree Stewardship Program)
If you find a new nest, please contact me so it can be added to the WiTS mapping program.

User avatar
sassyk
Content Provider
Posts: 1876
Joined: Feb 20, 2018
Location: Victoria BC

Re: Southern Vancouver Island Wildlife - 2018/2019 Season

Post by sassyk » Wed Jan 02, 2019 9:55 am

It was a cold crisp day at Esquimalt Lagoon on the last day of 2018. I was hoping the resident Trumpeter Swan would be there but he was a no-show. I saw the resident eagles and lots of ducks.

I photographed this different looking duck but I don't know what species it is. I asked a few birding friends and they said it looked like a domestic, possibly an escapee from a farm :dunno:
IMG_1386 - Copy.JPG
IMG_1388 - Copy.JPG
IMG_1401 - Copy.JPG
Member since 21 June 2006
Volunteer Nest Monitor for WiTS (Wildlife Tree Stewardship Program)
If you find a new nest, please contact me so it can be added to the WiTS mapping program.

User avatar
sassyk
Content Provider
Posts: 1876
Joined: Feb 20, 2018
Location: Victoria BC

Re: Southern Vancouver Island Wildlife - 2018/2019 Season

Post by sassyk » Wed Jan 02, 2019 9:57 am

Esquimalt Lagoon cont'd.

Female Common Mergansers.
IMG_9254 - Copy.JPG
IMG_9257 - Copy.JPG
IMG_9260 - Copy.JPG
Member since 21 June 2006
Volunteer Nest Monitor for WiTS (Wildlife Tree Stewardship Program)
If you find a new nest, please contact me so it can be added to the WiTS mapping program.

User avatar
sassyk
Content Provider
Posts: 1876
Joined: Feb 20, 2018
Location: Victoria BC

Re: Southern Vancouver Island Wildlife - 2018/2019 Season

Post by sassyk » Wed Jan 02, 2019 9:59 am

Esquimalt Lagoon cont'd.

Northern Pintails
IMG_1360 - Copy.JPG
IMG_1373 - Copy.JPG
IMG_9358 - Copy.JPG
Member since 21 June 2006
Volunteer Nest Monitor for WiTS (Wildlife Tree Stewardship Program)
If you find a new nest, please contact me so it can be added to the WiTS mapping program.

User avatar
sassyk
Content Provider
Posts: 1876
Joined: Feb 20, 2018
Location: Victoria BC

Re: Southern Vancouver Island Wildlife - 2018/2019 Season

Post by sassyk » Wed Jan 02, 2019 10:01 am

Esquimalt Lagoon cont'd.

Male Northern Pintail
IMG_9342 - Copy.JPG

Hooded Mergansers
IMG_9296 - Copy.JPG

Male with his lunch
IMG_9309 - Copy.JPG
Member since 21 June 2006
Volunteer Nest Monitor for WiTS (Wildlife Tree Stewardship Program)
If you find a new nest, please contact me so it can be added to the WiTS mapping program.

User avatar
sassyk
Content Provider
Posts: 1876
Joined: Feb 20, 2018
Location: Victoria BC

Re: Southern Vancouver Island Wildlife - 2018/2019 Season

Post by sassyk » Wed Jan 02, 2019 10:03 am

Esquimalt Lagoon cont'd.

Female Common Mergansers drinking
IMG_9228 - Copy.JPG
IMG_9229 - Copy.JPG

Male Bufflehead
IMG_9246 - Copy.JPG
Member since 21 June 2006
Volunteer Nest Monitor for WiTS (Wildlife Tree Stewardship Program)
If you find a new nest, please contact me so it can be added to the WiTS mapping program.

User avatar
sassyk
Content Provider
Posts: 1876
Joined: Feb 20, 2018
Location: Victoria BC

Re: Southern Vancouver Island Wildlife - 2018/2019 Season

Post by sassyk » Sat Jan 12, 2019 1:29 pm

I finally saw and photographed the Redhead duck yesterday at Swan Lake, after a couple of months of following it around the area.
IMG_9506 - Copy.JPG
IMG_9511 - Copy.JPG
IMG_9528 - Copy.JPG
Member since 21 June 2006
Volunteer Nest Monitor for WiTS (Wildlife Tree Stewardship Program)
If you find a new nest, please contact me so it can be added to the WiTS mapping program.

User avatar
sassyk
Content Provider
Posts: 1876
Joined: Feb 20, 2018
Location: Victoria BC

Re: Southern Vancouver Island Wildlife - 2018/2019 Season

Post by sassyk » Wed Jan 16, 2019 12:51 pm

I had a wonderful day yesterday at Goldstream Park with my 2 birding friends. We specifically were looking forward to seeing the American Dipper and the Golden Eagle and were thrilled to see both.

We heard the little Dipper chirping away on the rocks across the river by the bridge. It stayed there for a long time.
IMG_9558 - Copy.JPG

The Golden Eagle was flying along the rocky area of Mount Finlayson then landed on a rock further down
Finlayson Arm. It was quite far away but I managed to get one pic.
IMG_9568 - Copy.JPG

We saw approx. 6 Common Mergansers on a gravel bed by the metal bridge. This one was scratching.
IMG_9587 - Copy.JPG
Member since 21 June 2006
Volunteer Nest Monitor for WiTS (Wildlife Tree Stewardship Program)
If you find a new nest, please contact me so it can be added to the WiTS mapping program.

User avatar
sassyk
Content Provider
Posts: 1876
Joined: Feb 20, 2018
Location: Victoria BC

Re: Southern Vancouver Island Wildlife - 2018/2019 Season

Post by sassyk » Wed Jan 16, 2019 12:53 pm

A few eagles at Goldstream Park yesterday. There weren't many as the wildlife and birds have pretty much picked the salmon carcasses clean.
IMG_9566 - Copy.JPG
IMG_9571 - Copy.JPG
IMG_9606 - Copy.JPG
Member since 21 June 2006
Volunteer Nest Monitor for WiTS (Wildlife Tree Stewardship Program)
If you find a new nest, please contact me so it can be added to the WiTS mapping program.

User avatar
sassyk
Content Provider
Posts: 1876
Joined: Feb 20, 2018
Location: Victoria BC

Re: Southern Vancouver Island Wildlife - 2018/2019 Season

Post by sassyk » Wed Jan 16, 2019 12:56 pm

We watched this eagle for quite some time before it flew towards the bridge where a gull was picking at a salmon carcass. It snatched the carcass then flew to a nearby tree to pick at it.
IMG_9625 - Copy.JPG
IMG_9633 - Copy.JPG
IMG_9637 - Copy.JPG
Member since 21 June 2006
Volunteer Nest Monitor for WiTS (Wildlife Tree Stewardship Program)
If you find a new nest, please contact me so it can be added to the WiTS mapping program.

User avatar
sassyk
Content Provider
Posts: 1876
Joined: Feb 20, 2018
Location: Victoria BC

Re: Southern Vancouver Island Wildlife - 2018/2019 Season

Post by sassyk » Wed Jan 23, 2019 12:17 pm

Swan Lake birds; Jan. 22nd.

Yellow-rumped Warbler
IMG_9688 - Copy.JPG

Sharp-shinned Hawk
IMG_9690 - Copy.JPG

Redhead Duck
IMG_1941 - Copy.JPG
Member since 21 June 2006
Volunteer Nest Monitor for WiTS (Wildlife Tree Stewardship Program)
If you find a new nest, please contact me so it can be added to the WiTS mapping program.

User avatar
sassyk
Content Provider
Posts: 1876
Joined: Feb 20, 2018
Location: Victoria BC

Re: Southern Vancouver Island Wildlife - 2018/2019 Season

Post by sassyk » Tue Jan 29, 2019 10:30 pm

I found the Redhead duck at Beacon Hill Park today. It hopped up onto the path and wandered around with the Mallards and American Wigeons for a short while.

I recorded a short video and uploaded it to YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-K0NI-iygi0

Redhead Duck BH Park(1).JPG
Redhead Duck BH Park(2).JPG
RedHead Duck BH Park(4).JPG
Member since 21 June 2006
Volunteer Nest Monitor for WiTS (Wildlife Tree Stewardship Program)
If you find a new nest, please contact me so it can be added to the WiTS mapping program.

User avatar
sassyk
Content Provider
Posts: 1876
Joined: Feb 20, 2018
Location: Victoria BC

Re: Southern Vancouver Island Wildlife - 2018/2019 Season

Post by sassyk » Thu Feb 21, 2019 7:44 pm

I visited the Redhead Duck again yesterday at Beacon Hill Park. He took a little break from swimming and diving and stood on a rock at the edge of the lake for a bit of preening in the sun.
IMG_0061 - Copy.JPG
IMG_0062 - Copy.JPG
IMG_0065 - Copy.JPG
Member since 21 June 2006
Volunteer Nest Monitor for WiTS (Wildlife Tree Stewardship Program)
If you find a new nest, please contact me so it can be added to the WiTS mapping program.

User avatar
sassyk
Content Provider
Posts: 1876
Joined: Feb 20, 2018
Location: Victoria BC

Re: Southern Vancouver Island Wildlife - 2018/2019 Season

Post by sassyk » Thu Feb 21, 2019 7:45 pm

Preening continuing.
IMG_0067 - Copy.JPG
IMG_0069 - Copy.JPG
IMG_0071 - Copy.JPG
Member since 21 June 2006
Volunteer Nest Monitor for WiTS (Wildlife Tree Stewardship Program)
If you find a new nest, please contact me so it can be added to the WiTS mapping program.

User avatar
sassyk
Content Provider
Posts: 1876
Joined: Feb 20, 2018
Location: Victoria BC

Re: Southern Vancouver Island Wildlife - 2018/2019 Season

Post by sassyk » Mon Mar 04, 2019 3:26 pm

Swan Lake - March 1st

Green-winged Teal
IMG_0123 - Copy.JPG

American Coot
IMG_0134 - Copy.JPG

Mew Gull
IMG_0154 - Copy.JPG
Member since 21 June 2006
Volunteer Nest Monitor for WiTS (Wildlife Tree Stewardship Program)
If you find a new nest, please contact me so it can be added to the WiTS mapping program.

User avatar
sassyk
Content Provider
Posts: 1876
Joined: Feb 20, 2018
Location: Victoria BC

Re: Southern Vancouver Island Wildlife - 2018/2019 Season

Post by sassyk » Mon Mar 04, 2019 3:32 pm

Swan Lake - March 1st

Female Common Merganser
IMG_0185 - Copy.JPG
IMG_0188 - Copy.JPG

Redhead Duck still at Beacon Hill Park March 2nd
IMG_0263 - Copy.JPG
Member since 21 June 2006
Volunteer Nest Monitor for WiTS (Wildlife Tree Stewardship Program)
If you find a new nest, please contact me so it can be added to the WiTS mapping program.

User avatar
sassyk
Content Provider
Posts: 1876
Joined: Feb 20, 2018
Location: Victoria BC

Re: Southern Vancouver Island Wildlife - 2018/2019 Season

Post by sassyk » Mon Mar 04, 2019 3:55 pm

Beacon Hill Park Mar. 2nd

Male Hooded Merganser snoozing on the turtle log in Goodacre Lake
IMG_0285 - Copy.JPG

Female Hooded Merganser preening on the turtle log in Goodacre Lake
IMG_0290 - Copy.JPG
IMG_0288 - Copy.JPG
Member since 21 June 2006
Volunteer Nest Monitor for WiTS (Wildlife Tree Stewardship Program)
If you find a new nest, please contact me so it can be added to the WiTS mapping program.

User avatar
sassyk
Content Provider
Posts: 1876
Joined: Feb 20, 2018
Location: Victoria BC

Re: Southern Vancouver Island Wildlife - 2018/2019 Season

Post by sassyk » Thu Mar 07, 2019 4:26 pm

It was a good day for me yesterday. I saw and photographed 2 new birds I haven't seen before. Managed to get only 1 photo of the Tufted Duck that has been hanging around with the Scaups and Buffleheads at Portage Inlet. I took 59 photos :ohmy: The Tufted Duck is at the far left side of the photo.
IMG_0346 - Copy.JPG

I saw and photographed a few Red-breasted Merganser Ducks at Tower Point.
IMG_0437 - Copy.JPG
Member since 21 June 2006
Volunteer Nest Monitor for WiTS (Wildlife Tree Stewardship Program)
If you find a new nest, please contact me so it can be added to the WiTS mapping program.

User avatar
sassyk
Content Provider
Posts: 1876
Joined: Feb 20, 2018
Location: Victoria BC

Re: Southern Vancouver Island Wildlife - 2018/2019 Season

Post by sassyk » Fri Jun 07, 2019 4:54 pm

I saw & photographed some Barred Owls in Beacon Hill Park on Monday afternoon. There were 3 young owlets this season but I managed to capture only one. When the crows started harassing it the Mom flew over to protect it.
Barred Owl Parent(1).JPG
Barred Owl Parent(2).JPG
Barred Owl Mom & Owlet(1).JPG
Member since 21 June 2006
Volunteer Nest Monitor for WiTS (Wildlife Tree Stewardship Program)
If you find a new nest, please contact me so it can be added to the WiTS mapping program.

User avatar
sassyk
Content Provider
Posts: 1876
Joined: Feb 20, 2018
Location: Victoria BC

Re: Southern Vancouver Island Wildlife - 2018/2019 Season

Post by sassyk » Fri Jun 07, 2019 5:07 pm

Grey Squirrel in Beacon Hill Park 14 April.
IMG_0821 - Copy.JPG

Male California Quail, seen & photographed in Central Saanich 5 June.
Male California Quail(1).JPG
Male California Quail(3).JPG
Member since 21 June 2006
Volunteer Nest Monitor for WiTS (Wildlife Tree Stewardship Program)
If you find a new nest, please contact me so it can be added to the WiTS mapping program.

User avatar
sassyk
Content Provider
Posts: 1876
Joined: Feb 20, 2018
Location: Victoria BC

Re: Southern Vancouver Island Wildlife - 2018/2019 Season

Post by sassyk » Fri Jun 14, 2019 4:36 pm

This American Kestrel was very busy flitting back and forth from its nest
in a snag to the surrounding trees near Centennial Park on June 12th.
Centennial Park Kestrel(1).JPG
Centennial Park Kestrel(4).JPG
Centennial Park Kestrel(5).JPG
Member since 21 June 2006
Volunteer Nest Monitor for WiTS (Wildlife Tree Stewardship Program)
If you find a new nest, please contact me so it can be added to the WiTS mapping program.

Post Reply

Return to “Wildlife on the Trails, in Parks & Natural Areas”