Thursday, February 16, 2012

All Quiet on the Home Front

Despite the number of great birds in surrounding areas, including multiple Emperor Geese, multiple Tufted Ducks, and a McKay's Bunting all just south of us, birding here in Victoria remains quiet, and I have only added a couple of birds this month.

An immature Glaucous Gull has been making the rounds, and has been seen at Maber Flats, as well as the Vantreight Bulb Fields, and numbers of Brant are starting to show up. I finally had a pair of them within the confines of 2012 and the Checklist Area, after seeing them at Islandview Beach just in the end of December, and again at Otter Point this year, a mere 300m outside the Checklist Area boundary.

As we transition into spring, hopefully more goodies will start to show up! Last year, the first few months were quite slow as well, but we more than made up for it with a spectacular spring vagrant showing. Fingers crossed!

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