Monthly Archives: February 2014

Feb. 16-2014 Birding Report/Photos and Feb. 19 Marine Night with Geoffrey

Email  From Dave Newell – Two topics

  • Feb 19-2014  Marine Talk with Geoffrey Newell
  • Feb 16-2014 Bird Sightings at Uplands Park

Feb 19-2014  Marine Talk with Geoffrey Newell

Dear Friends : Next Wed. Feb. 19, the Friends of Uplands Park and Oak Bay’s Environment Advisory Committee are organizing three guest speakers who will be talking about local marine life. Two speakers will be from the Royal B.C. Museum: Melissa Frey’s talk is entitled ‘Biodiversity and Bioinvasions: how globalisation has changed our local marine communities’; Gavin Hanke’s talk is called ‘Intertidal Fish: a marginal life’. Geoffrey Newell’s show is entitled ‘Birds of the Salish Sea’. He will be showing a few of the many films and slides that he has taken over the years. Geoffrey will also show a couple of his bird drawings during the show. The talks will be followed by refreshments and an open question panel discussion.
MarinePosterLoRes Feb 19-2014 FOUP event
The venue is at the Windsor Pavillion in the middle of Windsor Park in Oak Bay, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Each person will be speaking for about 20 minutes during the first hour. The program promises to be very interesting.
Many thanks to Chris Garrett for organizing this event!

Feb 16-2014 Bird Sightings at Uplands Park – Here are the results for our birding on Feb. 16, 2014.

Victoria–Cattle Point, Capital, CA-BC
Feb 16, 2014 7:30 AM – 10:30 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 kilometer(s)
Comments: rainy, then cloudy, then some sunny periods, mid to high tide, calm ocean
45 species (+1 other taxa)
Photos courtesy of Ron Carter (people) and Wayne Matthews (birds)
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Canada Goose 17
American Wigeon 43
Mallard 5
Harlequin Duck 11
Surf Scoter 37
White-winged Scoter 2
Long-tailed Duck 30
Bufflehead 21
Common Goldeneye 34
Hooded Merganser 6
Common Merganser 6
Red-breasted Merganser 4
Brandt’s Cormorant 2
Double-crested Cormorant 16
Pelagic Cormorant 7
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1
Cooper’s Hawk 3
Bald Eagle 2
Black Oystercatcher 7
Black Turnstone 25
Surfbird 12
Pigeon Guillemot 13
Mew Gull 5
Western Gull 2
Glaucous-winged Gull 40
Western x Glaucous-winged Gull (hybrid) 6
Anna’s Hummingbird 20
Downy Woodpecker 2
Northern Flicker 5
Northwestern Crow 20
Common Raven 2
Chestnut-backed Chickadee 22
Red-breasted Nuthatch 1
Pacific Wren 9
Bewick’s Wren 7
Golden-crowned Kinglet 4
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 3
American Robin 60
Spotted Towhee 19
Fox Sparrow 11
Song Sparrow 7
White-crowned Sparrow 1
Golden-crowned Sparrow 20
Dark-eyed Junco 6
House Finch 18
Purple Finch 4

View this checklist online at

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Birding in Uplands Park – Sunday, February 16-2014

The Uplands Park Bird Walk with expert Geoffrey Newell, has been changed from the last Sunday of the month to Sunday February 16
Time: 9 am
Meeting place:  Meet at Cattle Point
Bring binoculars and dress for the weather.
Also, consider attending  panel session on our Oak Bay Marine Heritage:
Geoffrey is one of three presenters at our public meeting:
Geoffrey Newell will talk about “Birds of the Salish Sea”.
Two other presenters are marine ecology/biology experts from the RBCM.
Wednesday February 19 at 7 pm
Windsor Park Pavilion, upstairs
Donations appreciated
Sponsored by the Friends of Uplands Park and the Oak Bay Environmental Advisory Committee.

“The Marine Environment of Oak Bay” – Event sponsored by FOUP/EAC – Feb 19-2014 at Windor Park Pavillion [7:00pm]

Invitation to hear three experts talk about “The Marine Environment of Oak Bay”.
This event is sponsored by the Friends of Uplands Park and Oak Bay’s Environmental Advisory Committee

MarinePosterLoRes Feb 19-2014 FOUP eventDate: Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Time: 7:00pm
Place: Windsor Park Pavilion – Upstairs sports room. Windor Park, Oak Bay


  • Melissa Frey, RBCM on Biodiversity and Bio-invasions: how globalization has changed our local marine communities;
  • Gavin Hanke, RBCM, on Intertidal Fishes: a Marginal Life;
  • Geoffrey Newell, Friends of Uplands Park Expert on Birds of the Salish Sea

Refreshments will be served. Donations welcome.

MarinePosterLoRes Feb 19-2014 FOUP event

PDF of poster MarinePosterLoRes Feb 19-2014 FOUP event

Please feel free to circulate poster.