From Dave & Geoffrey Newell;
All day Oak Bay Christmas Bird Count next Saturday, Dec. 14 Starting at 8:00 a.m. at the foot of Rutland Road (the ocean end of the street).
Geoffrey, Jean and I, David, have been involved with the Oak Bay Count for the past 11 years. It is an event that we anticipate all year long and are sorry when it is over. We start at the foot of Rutland Road (the ocean end), just three blocks north of Cattle Point, on Beach Drive at 8:00 a.m. and watch for ocean birds there for about 10 minutes, then head into the middle of Uplands Park for about 30 minutes, then go out to the end of Cattle Point, then back into Uplands Park. Afterwards, we follow the ocean heading south to Willows Beach to the Oak Bay Marina. We have lunch there somewhere between 11:15 and 12:00. After lunch we go to the Victoria Golf Course, McMicking Point, Anderson Hill and end at the Chinese Cemetary in south Oak Bay at about 3:30.
You can come for the whole day or for just part of the day. You do not need to be a pro. You just need to know how to count! Please dress warmly and bring a lunch.
Rubber boots are usually necessary inside of Uplands Park. We usually get around 66 species. The high has been 78 species. Note the 8:00 a.m. start. In the past there has been a request of $5.00 for participation in this annual event. Money will help cover the costs of this national and international birding event.
Here are some photos from Wayne – Hummingbirds on a Snow Day in Oak Bay (Dec 5-2013):