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Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Victoria

Ring-necked Duck
Today Lori and I played hooky from work to go down to Victoria and pick up my son Conor from the airport. As his plane didn't arrive until 7:00pm we decided to check out a few areas. Our first stop (excluding Tim Hortons) was the fields on Mount Sicker Road near Duncan. There were 126 Trumpeter Swans and one with a blue neck collar which I could read! Next we stopped at Quamichan Lake where among the usual suspects were 17 Canvasback. Another stop at Elk Lake produced 48 more Canvasback. Our next port of call was Bow Park as 3 White-throated Sparrows had been reported there. It only took about five minutes to locate one of the birds which was exactly where we were instructed to go. Thanks to Ian Cruickshank who posted this sighting on the Vancouver Island Birding Forum and gave great directions.
Cooper's Hawk
With time ticking away we went and checked out Swan Lake. We only had about 20 minutes but managed to rack up 28 species, best of which were 15 Yellow-rumped Warblers! Our last stop was at Kings Pond where we tried and failed to locate the long gone Rusty Blackbird. No complaints as we got killer looks at Ring-necked Duck, Snow Goose and Cooper's Hawk. This bird was banded though I was unable to read any of the numbers on the band.

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