Thursday, June 28, 2012

Wildlife Survey



The Commons needs your help. We've begun a survey of all the wildlife on the property, from deer to dragonflies, and we would like you, the community, to use the comments section of this post to tell us what you've observed on our beautiful twenty-six acres. No creature is too small or too insignificant so let us hear from you. Thanks!

4 comments:

  1. Thanks for starting this, Victor.
    The seasons are rolling by so fast that it's important to record what we see on the Commons, even without a photo to post. Here goes for recent and current sightings (June 28,2012). Please add your sightings with or without photos (but photos would be fantastic!)

    BIRDS:

    For example, the swallows come and go quickly: BARN SWALLOWS still came by this year (although their loss of habitat is becoming a problem)
    Either TREE SWALLOW (or VIOLET-GREEN SWALLOW?) is also a regular visitor.

    Around the hedge we have BREWER'S BLACKBIRDS ready to dive bomb passers-by in nesting season.

    Down by the pond the brilliant red patch and melody of the REDWING BLACKBIRD

    In the pond - MALLARD DUCKS, CANADA GEESE,
    Flyover: TRUMPETER SWANS

    Occasional glimpses of a CEDAR WAXWING near the orchard

    WHITE CROWNED SPARROW, AMERICAN ROBIN, RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD, SPOTTED TOWHEE, YELLOW WARBLER ...

    This is just a beginning. Please join in.

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  2. To this list of birds I'll add the merlin falcon I spotted during the annual Christmas bird count last December. It was down by the South gardens.

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  3. Garter snakes!
    According to this website:
    http://www.bcreptiles.ca/snakes/comgarter.htm
    they are Thamnophis sirtalis pickeringi. I've seen two colour variations -- the standard green with green stripes (in our South Garden plot -- many) and one with a lovely brick-red side stripe in the berm next to the labyrinth. The same website notes:
    "In addition [to green stripes], they occasionally sport red side stripes or red spots or blotches that combine with their other markings to form unique and beautiful patterns." And I agree -- it was a beautiful little snake.

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  4. This morning, Friday June 29, the fledgling barn swallows in the nest under the deck are taking their first flight. Two had made short flights and two hadn't quite got up the nerve yet. Parents as crazy-busy as ever feeding them.

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