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Owner John Woods

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  • 6.9 km

+8°C, sunny, windy at start of hike but near calm by end; sun and waves on ocean made observations difficult so most of the trip was focused on the lagoon; with binoculars only; started at bridge over lagoon outlet and along the lagoon edge to public washrooms; then north towards Royal Roads University on a variety of streets and trails bordering the lagoon to Royal Roads; across the lower elevations of the Royal Roads grounds including several freshwater ponds just north of the lagoon and continuing by the freshwater stream outlet near the boathouse and through the trail system back to the main road leading back down to the bridge over the lagoon outlet

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  1. Number observed: 1

    Comments: feeding with free-ranging CAGO on the fields below the university buildings at Royal Roads

  2. Number observed: 200

    Comments: approximately 50 on lagoon and another 150 (counted) on the lawns above the lagoon at Royal Roads

  3. Number observed: 16

    Comments: one large group (counted) in pond above the lagoon

  4. Number observed: 2

    Comments: one along lagoon shoreline closest ocean (see photo) and another at the Royal Roads dock, both males but unlikely the same bird

    Age & Sex:
    Juvenile Immature Adult Age Unknown
    Male 2
    Sex Unknown
  5. Number observed: 40
  6. Number observed: 100

    Comments: 100-200; estimate; many paired; one pair observed in courtship including copulation

  7. Number observed: 60

    Comments: intermixed with MALL and AMWI along lagoon shoreline

  8. Number observed: 6

    Comments: one group in Royal Roads pond above the lagoon; males and females

  9. Number observed: 1

    Comments: keeping quite close to the EUWI; wing striping not seen; identification based on broad bill and rounded head shape; comments welcome

  10. Number observed: 2

    Comments: on ocean, male and female

  11. Number observed: 50

    Comments: 50-150, precise count difficult because of sun angle at Royal Roads

  12. Number observed: 10

    Comments: on lagoon; males and femles

  13. Number observed: 10

    Comments: a few in several places on the lagoon; all females

  14. Number observed: 2

    Comments: pair, on ocean

  15. duck sp.

    Number observed: 200

    Comments: on north side of lagoon near Royal Roads but the angle of the sun on the water made identification very difficult; looked like a considerable number of BUFF

  16. Number observed: 3

    Comments: 2 on lagoon and 1 on Royal Roads ponds

  17. Number observed: 50

    Comments: estimate; abundant along lagoon shoreline

  18. Number observed: 12

    Comments: fields adjacent to the closest urban streets near the west end of the lagoon

  19. Number observed: 10

    Comments: 10+; males heard at numerous places singing and making the loud chirps at the end of their courtship dives; one female observed at and near a feeder

  20. Number observed: 16

    Comments: one group along the south shore of the lagoon about mid-point along the shoreline

  21. Number observed: 500

    Comments: 500-750; actual partial count 500 by 2's and 5's; mostly in one group apparently bathing in the freshwater entering the lagoon beside the Royal Roads wharf

  22. Number observed: 100

    Comments: estimate, no detailed count; note the variation in the darkness of the projecting primaries in the accompanying photos suggesting hybridization on the right bird; however, note the same birds photographed seconds later at a slightly different angle showing one bird with more enhanced darkening than in the 1st photo; for this observer these photos highlight the challenge of judging greys and blacks in both living and photographed birds in the GWGL-WEGL complex; several GWGU bathing in freshwater with many MEGU where a small stream enters the lagoon at Royal Roads

  23. Number observed: 6

    Comments: roosting on the Royal Roads wharf

  24. Number observed: 8

    Comments: 1 along the lagoon shoreline on the ground and another seve in one large dead tree in mixed Douglas-Fir/Arbutus woodland along the rocky NE corner of the lagoon

  25. Number observed: 3

    Comments: two soaring over northeast shoreline of lagoon and another over Royal Roads just north of lagoon

  26. Number observed: 1

    Comments: flying over

    Age & Sex:
    Juvenile Immature Adult Age Unknown
    Sex Unknown 1
  27. Number observed: 1

    Comments: one perched then flying over Royal Roads along lagoon shoreline

  28. Number observed: 1

    Comments: heard only, Royal Roads woods

  29. Number observed: 1

    Comments: heard only, near shoreline houses

  30. Number observed: 2

    Comments: along north shore of lagoon; foraging

  31. Number observed: 10

    Comments: one group of approximately 10 seen and heard in shrub field north of lagoon

  32. Number observed: 1

    Comments: heard, Royal Roads woods

  33. Number observed: 2

    Comments: heard and seen; shoreline urban community just north of lagoon edge

  34. Number observed: 1

    Comments: heard only; along paved road leading back down to the lagoon outlet bridge

  35. Number observed: 1

    Comments: heard and seen; Royal Roads shrublands

  36. Number observed: 1

    Comments: song, heard on Royal Roads grounds near ponds

  37. Number observed: 2

    Comments: heard and seen in shrublands along north edge of lagoon

  38. Number observed: 20

    Comments: 20-40; intermixed with BRBL and RWBL; several locations

  39. Number observed: 4

    Comments: heard songs and saw one adult in shoreline community north edge of lagoon

  40. Number observed: 10

    Comments: 10+; large group heard but not seen in the wet woods between the lagoon and the university campus

  41. Number observed: 2

    Comments: Royal Roads woodlands; calls and observed

  42. Number observed: 3

    Comments: foraging in a mixed GCSP-WCSP band along the beach beside the lagoon; mix of 1st winter and after 1st winter (black and white stripes on head) birds

  43. Number observed: 8

    Comments: foraging in a mixed GCSP-WCSP band along the beach beside the lagoon

  44. Number observed: 5

    Comments: heard and seen; at least 5 in full song in shrublands north of lagoon adjacent Royal Roads

  45. Number observed: 2

    Comments: heard calls and saw one; in shoreline community north of lagoon

  46. Number observed: 10

    Comments: mostly in shrublands north of the lagoon

  47. Number observed: 25

    Comments: 25-35; one group of mixed male/females along the south edge of the lagoon

  48. Number observed: 5

    Comments: at feeder in shoreline community north of lagoon

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