Today Lori and I spent some time birding in the Courtney area. There were at least 200 Trumpeter Swans scattered across the fields and after scanning and scrutinizing them all we finally found a Tundra Swan (centre). Slightly smaller than the Trumpeter Swan and shows the black facial skin tapering to the eye and most birds show a yellow spot in front of the eye. Tundra Swans show up annually but this is the first for Vancouver Island for me.
Silly o'clock and a drive to Summerset + a 2 1/2 hour watch at Ham Wall RSPB Reserve produced good looks at my first British P ied-billed Grebe. We turned up just after eight and just in time to miss this North American mega by minutes! Little Grebes kept us on our toes but we had to wait it out until about 10:40 am when it appeared from the corner where it had disappeared. There was a nice crowd here, all remaining hopeful and humorous during this very cold vigil. This little beauty made a b-line to open water, affording all great views. Bonus bird at this site was a Great White Egret .