Posts Tagged ‘Birds’

Harris Hawks – Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

Harris Hawk

We spent a wonderful afternoon at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum near Tucson and were able to watch Harris Hawks in action courtesy of the hawk handling staff. What a site as these majestic birds would swoop low over our heads for tiny bits of mouse or quail meat. What impressed me most was how quickly […]

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European Starlings in the Sacramento Valley

European Starlings in the Sacramento Valley

This evening was alive with what I’m assuming to be European Starlings, the unwanted birds that appeared in the 1970’s and had a huge impact on the native Purple Martin populations. These Purple Martins are almost extinct in the area now, certainly the starlings are not. Large flocks were descending upon us and at one […]

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Trumpeter Swans in Cowichan Bay

Trumpeter swans in Cowichan Bay, Vancouver Island

One view I never tire of in the Cowichan Valley is the beautiful Trumpeter swans that spend their winter months in this region. Many of the flooded fields will have at least a few swans but other areas have perhaps hundreds. In many ways this is a real success story as the Trumpeter swan was […]

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500 Geese and Ducks

500 geese and ducks in the Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island

I can’t confirm the numbers exactly but did a quick count of about 1/4 of the image. It looks like somewhere in the neighborhood of 500 Canada Geese and unknown ducks. Hey, I would like to think of myself as a birder but need to get out the Audubon guides! Still an impressive collection of […]

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Corn Stalks and Birds

Corn stalks and a few birds, Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island

This isn’t an amazing photo but it’s still kind of cool. I’ve driven by these fields for the past few weeks and even though they are being flooded with the rain right now, last years corn stalks continue to poke through. An interesting abstract of the Cowichan.

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Trumpeter Swan (Cygnus buccinator)

Trumpeter Swan (Cygnus buccinator)

I don’t know how the Trumpeter swans feel about cold weather but they have been staying around for the past week during our cold spell here in the Cowichan Valley. It’s snowing now, I’m sure they don’t mind. Likely snow photographs tomorrow!

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Salmon Run

Gull feeding on salmon during the Goldstream Provincial Park salmon run.

Every fall thousands of salmon return to the Cowichan River and the Goldstream River in Goldstream Provincial Park. While most of the salmon are Chum, Coho and Chinook may also be seen. The salmon attract many birds from eagles and gulls to ducks. Overall, the salmon run is a fascinating viewing experience as these fish […]

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