Two of the noteworthy sightings reported at our November 2021 meeting were a Pacific Loon, seen by Maureen and Paul Carrier on October 16 in the Cobden area and a Razorbill seen by Linda Lackner on October 29. The Razorbill is an ocean bird rarely seen inland.
Michael Runtz documented a thousand or so Sandhill Cranes he saw near Cobden on October 29, mentioning how their numbers have multiplied in the last 15 years. He explained the birds practice of putting mud that is full of iron oxide on their feathers; staining their skin cosmetically, similar to the pigmentation of feathers in younger birds.
Some members sent in photos of reptiles and amphibians to tie into our speaker’s presentation on herps.
A Blue-spotted Salamander, one of several seen by Bruce and Jocelyn Gill, on Stonecrest Road, Woodlawn, on October 26. Michael noted that they would now be burrowing for the winter.
Similarly, two Garter snakes, seen by Ann Lambert at MacLaren’s landing on October 29, will soon be going down in crevices below frost line.
Ann also photographed a White-faced Meadowhawk that day, a late sighting for that species, mentioned Michael.
Many thanks to John Lawrence for compiling these sightings at the meeting.