Report from the Newell’s on the November 25th, 2012 Bird Walk in Uplands Park:
Hello Friends of Uplands Park:
This morning 5 people other than ourselves turned up at the Bird Walk (Nov.25).
Highlights were a Northern Harrier, two Long-tailed Ducks, Harlequin Ducks, 2 Surfbirds, 2 Black-bellied Plovers, 10 Black Turnstones. We also saw on the south side of Cattle Point a gull which turned out to be identified as a Franklin’s Gull, from the prairies. The Franklin’s Gull flew from the foot of Bowker along Willow’s Beach to Cattle Point then back threw the masts of the boats in the marina, then landed on the rocks at the foot of Bowker.
In the city right now, there are 3 Snowy Owls on Trial Island, which can be seen from McMicking Point with a telescope. At Ogden Point and we saw a single juvenile Brown Pelican. We then went to Fisherman’s Wharf and looked out at the island 100 yards out from the wharf with a red and white airplane sock. Just below the sock sat 5 juvenile Brown Pelicans.
Geoffrey, Jean, David and Brigitte Newell
The web links, to more information and photos of each bird that was sited during the November 25th Bird Walk in Uplands Park, have been provided by Kathleen using the E-Fauna BC Advanced Search Page, from the E-Fauna BC Electronic Atlas of Wildlife of British Columbia.
The Introduction to E-Fauna BC states: “E-Fauna BC is a biogeographic atlas of the wildlife of British Columbia that provides a centralized source of scientifically accurate information for use in conservation, education and research. Species covered range from mammals, birds, amphibians and fish to sea stars, sea cucumbers, insects and arachnids–and includes marine, freshwater, and terrestrial species. We even cover earthworms and some groups of mites, and hope to add more groups to our coverage down the road.“