|Pacific Black Brant|
This morning I headed down to Parksville Park to help out for the opening day of the Brant Festival. Though it was a little chilly, the sun kept our spirits high, well, that and hot chocolate and few brant to look at! There was a good trickle of people coming up to us throughout the day and learning about the movements of these wonderful birds.
|Noland and Cedar Lynch|
|There still maybe hope that one of our kids gets hooked!|
Other species seen while looking at brant included: White-winged Scoter, Black Scoter, Surf Scoter, Barrow's Goldeneye, Common Goldeneye, American Wigeon, Mallard, Long-tailed Duck, Northern Pintail, Horned Grebe, Western Grebe, Red-necked Grebe, Pigeon Guillemot, Common Loon, Pacific Loon, Bufflehead, Greater Scaup, Mew Gull, California Gull, Glaucous-winged Gull, Black Oystercather, Black-bellied Plover and American Pipit.
|Opening day - Brant in the Bay|
This was the 21st year of the Brant Festival and it was a real privalige to be involved again. Neil K. Dawe, the founder of the festival was present, John M. Cooper, a co-author with Neil on the four volume set The Birds of British Columbia was also there, with his wife and children. As always, Guy Monty was there to share his expertise. Guy has been monitoring brant for twelve now and has an amazing amount of knowledge, based on first hand experience, which he always shares with such enthusiasm. Lastly, but most importantly , Donna Monty was there. Donna, in my opinion, is the driving force, glue and rock that has kept this festival alive for the last five years. Donna never does anything with thought of reward, her focus is real and dedicated. A lady who always puts everyone and especially the birds: FIRST. Sorry Grandma Lynn, but you deserve the kudos. Thank you for all that you do.
|The kids are alright!|