Mayne Island Conservancy Society

Arrivals & Sightings

2011-2012

New Sightings for Mayne Island

Photo of Horned Lark
  • Herbie & Bernard Rochet spotted a Horned Lark on Mt Parke in early October (click photo at right)
  • 50 Bonaparte's Gulls off Village Bay - September 17 2012
  • Osprey over Piggott Bay - September 16 2012
  • Spotted Sandpiper seen between Piggott Gallagher Bays - September 7, 8, 9 2012 (This lone bird was seen again through the week to September 15)
  • Large flocks of California Gulls are at Georgina Point and Reef Bay - September 9 2012
  • First wintering Brandt's Cormorants have arrived at Active Pass and Navy Channel - September 9
  • The first Bonaparte's Gulls of the fall season have arrived in Active Pass - September 9 2012
  • A Eurasian Wigeon pair has been seen among the flock of American Wigeons in Village Bay at the boat launch on January 10, 2012
  • A whole flock of Pine Siskins converged on the alder tree outside Michael Dunn's kitchen window and spent some time eating snow in the rotting part of the tree. They did this twice and then fed on the alder seeds in between. Michael comments "So this is how they get moisture when all the ponds and puddles are frozen over. Not only children eat snow it appears." - January 18, 2012

Spring Arrivals

  • Nighthawk - first back from Mexico, heard in Glen Echo area June 12
  • Olive-sided Flycatcher first of year Gallagher Bay Road - Simpson Road area May 17
  • Swainson's Thrush first of the year Gallagher Bay Road - Purcell Road area May 17
  • Yellow Warbler heard - April 1
  • Willow flycatcher and Solitary Vireo heard - March 21
  • Orange-crowned and Yellow-rumped warblers heard - March 21
  • First Male Rufous Hummingbird on territory heard and seen - March 14
  • The first Turkey Vultures have arrived for the spring and summer seasons. This is within the range of the average dates that this species returns from the southern US and Mexico - March 16, 2012

Unusual or Rare Sightings

December 17, 2012 A pair of Yellow-shafted Flickers at Gallagher Bay Road and Purcell Road. While considered to be the same species as the Red-shafted Flicker (both classed as the Northern Flicker), it is still a striking bird to see

December 15, 2012 Ringed-neck Duck sighted Windover Farm and Spotted Sandpiper at pond off Fernhill Road

Red-shafted x Yellow-shafted Flicker hybrid seen on Merryman Road - December 2

Photo of a barn swallow fledgling being fed

Male Eurasian Wigeon in Village Bay near boat ramp with about 100 American Wigeon - November 27

Flock of 60 Black Oystercatchers at Georgina Point - November 16

At right: Unusual in-flight delivery of catch of minute - action caught by Leslie Wilkins at the Miners Bay dock in August 2012

Willow Flycatcher uncommon to the island Gallagher Bay Road/Purcell Road area - May 17

Western Wood Peewee rare to the island Henderson Park parking lot - May 17

Over forty Common Mergansers in Gallagher Bay - February 13, 2012