466 Photos - Jul 29, 2013
Photo: Juvenile Great Blue HeronPhoto: A Black- tailed deer doe and Great Blue HeronPhoto: Mature Great Blue HeronPhoto: Photo: Juvenile Great Blue Heron has caught a small Cutthroat troutPhoto: Bob Oswald ejecting this juvenile Great Blue Heron he caught inside the netting of the Coho pondPhoto: Belted Kingfisher perched on a branch over the river looking for salmon fry to catch. They are year round residents around the hatchery and their noisy rattling in-flight call can be heard frequently along the river:
http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/belted_Kingfisher/idPhoto: This Belted Kingfisher figured out how to get past the predator netting over the Coho pond.Photo: This Belted Kingfisher figured out how to get past the predator netting over the Coho pond.Photo: This Belted Kingfisher figured out how to get past the predator netting over the Coho pond.Photo: This Belted Kingfisher got tangled in and was freed from the predator netting over the Coho Pond.Photo: The crow sized Pileated Woodpecker is the largest in the Woodpecker family and has a striking large red crest. Their"Wuk, wuk, wuk,.." call can be heard a long way off: http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/pileated_woodpecker/idPhoto: Pileated WoodpeckerPhoto: Pileated WoodpeckerPhoto: Hairy Woodpecker is very similar to the Downy Woodpecker only larger and has a longer beak: http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/hairy_woodpecker/idPhoto: Hairy WoodpeckerPhoto: Female Downy WoodpeckerPhoto: Male Downy Woodpecker: http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/downy_woodpecker/idPhoto: Male Downy Woodpecker eating Red ElderberriesPhoto: Male Downy WoodpeckerPhoto: The Red-breasted Sapsucker is a member of the woodpecker family: http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/red-breasted_sapsucker/idPhoto: The male Red-breasted Sapsucker sure is a very handsome bird.Video: Red-breasted Sapsucker drumming on metal gateVideo: A Red-breasted Sapsucker is drilling a series of holes in a cedar tree so that it can feed on the sap that flows out.Photo: Sapsucker feeding on the sap from the feeding holes it made in a cedar treePhoto: Photo: Red-breasted Sapsuckers are often seen catching flying insects over the river.Photo: Red-breasted Sapsucker at it's nest hole in a dead birch treePhoto: Red-shafted Northern Flicker is a member of the woodpecker family. Males have a red moustache:
http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/northern_flicker/idPhoto: Female Red-shafted Northern Flicker.Photo: Male Red-shafted Northern Flicker showing his moustache.Video: Male Red-shafted Northern Flicker drumming on a BBQ lid.Video: Male Red-shafted Northern Flicker drumming on a BBQ lid.Video: Male Red-shafted Northern Flicker drumming on a BBQ lid.Photo: Male Anna's Hummingbird at feederPhoto: Female Rufous HummingbirdPhoto: Female Rufous Hummingbird in flight.Photo: An old Rufous Hummingbird nest in cedar bough,Video: A female Rufous Hummingbird coming back to her nest.Photo: Female Rufous Hummingbird in her nest.Photo: There are two Rufous Hummingbird chicks in the nest.Photo: Banana Slug climbing on top of a nest with two Rufous Hummingbird chicks:
http://www.sierraclub.bc.ca/education/ecomap/coasts-mountains/1banslugPhoto: Banana Slug climbing on top of nest with two Rufous Hummingbird chicks.Video: Banana slug on Rufous hummingbird nest is bothering the two chicks.Photo: Hummingbird chicks seem OK except possibly for a coating of slime from the slug which has been removed from the nest.Photo: Rufous Hummingbird getting ready to feed its two chicks.Photo: When feeding chicks she sticks her long beak right down their throat.Photo: This Rufous Hummingbird nest in a Holly bush has only one newly hatched chick. To give you an idea of the size of the chick, the inside diameter of the nest is the size of a quarterPhoto: Rufous Hummingbird chick ten days laterPhoto: Rufous Hummingbird chick is fully fledged and ready to leave the nest.Photo: One of two nests found in April, 2013Video: Rufous Hummingbird bringing a feather or a butterfly back to its nest.Photo: In 2010 the Pacific Wren was officially recognised as a separate species from the Winter Wren: http://www.zoology.ubc.ca/~irwin/wrens.htmlPhoto: Pacific WrenVideo: Male Pacific Wren sings to defend it's territory and attract females.Video: Male Pacific Wren territorial song.Video: Male Pacific Wren territorial song.Photo: Bewick's Wren
http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/bewicks_wren/idPhoto: Brown Creeper:
 http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/brown_creeper/idPhoto: Brown Creeper singingPhoto: Brown CreeperPhoto: Brown CreeperVideo: Brown Creeper singingVideo: Brown Creeper singingVideo: Brown Creeper building nest in a crack in the bark of a dead Alder. It had to figure out how to get the long twig through the narrow gap.Photo: Red-breasted Nuthatch:
http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/red-breasted_nuthatch/idPhoto: Red-breasted NuthatchPhoto: Red-breasted NuthatchPhoto: Red-breasted NuthatchPhoto: Red-breasted NuthatchVideo: Black-capped Chickadee making a nest hole in a dead alder tree: http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/black-capped_chickadee/idVideo: Black-capped Chickadees feeding their young.Photo: Black-capped Chickadee feeding its young a green caterpillar.Video: Black-capped Chickadee feeding its young.Video: Black-capped Chickadee feeding its young which are fully fledged and about to leave the nest.Video: Black-capped Chickadee feeding its young. Note how one of the chicks sticks its bottom up so that the parent can carry away its poop.Photo: Photo: Chestnut-backed ChickadeePhoto: Chestnut-backed ChickadeePhoto: Chestnut-backed ChickadeePhoto: Yellow-rumped WarblerPhoto: Yellow-rumped Warbler: http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/yellow-rumped_warbler/idPhoto: Yellow Warbler:
 http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/yellow_warbler/idPhoto: Red-winged Blackbird:
 http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Red-winged_blackbird/idPhoto: Red-winged Blackbird:
http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Red-winged_blackbird/idPhoto: Song Sparrow: 
http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/song_sparrow/idPhoto: Song SparrowPhoto: The Black-headed Grosbeak's song is very similar to the Robin but sweeter: 
http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/black-headed_grosbeak/idPhoto: Black-headed GrosbeakPhoto: Black-headed GrosbeakPhoto: Black-headed Grosbeak feeding on elderberry.Photo: Adult male Black-headed Grosbeak feeding it's chickPhoto: The Common Yellowthroat's persistent call "wich-i-ty, wich-i-ty, wich-i-ty"can heard in the long grass along the river and ditches.
 http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/common_yellowthroat/idPhoto: Male Common YellowthroatPhoto: Female American Goldfinch gathering nesting material from a bullrush on the fire pond:
http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/american_goldfinch/idPhoto: Male American GoldfinchPhoto: Female American GoldfinchPhoto: Golden-crowned Kinglet - photo Dan Kelly:
http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/golden-crowned_kinglet/lifehistoryPhoto: Golden-crowned Kinglet: 
http://www.birdweb.org/birdweb/bird/golden-crowned_kingletPhoto: Ruby-crowned Kinglet: 
http://www.birdweb.org/birdweb/bird/ruby-crowned_kingletPhoto: Ruby-crowned KingletPhoto: Ruby-crowned KingletPhoto: This pair of House Sparrows are checking out the Tree Swallow nest boxes :
 http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/House_Sparrow/idPhoto: Dark-eyed Junco "Oregon" Junco:
http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/dark-eyed_junco/idPhoto: Photo: White-crowned Sparrow: 
http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/white-crowned_sparrow/idPhoto: White-crowned SparrowPhoto: White-crowned Sparrow nest on the ground.Photo: Another White-crowned Sparrow nest.Photo: White-crowned SparrowPhoto: A White-crowned Sparrow with one of it's chicks.Photo: American Robin:
 http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/american_robin/idVideo: Robins harassing a Barred Owl while it is hunting for Crayfish over the river.Photo: Male Robin looking for earthwormsPhoto: Female American Robin on it's nest.Video: May 1, 2013 - Robin has a worm for its young but is alarmed as it has seen an owl in a tree nearby.Photo: Male Spotted Towee:
http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Spotted_Towhee/idPhoto: Photo: Photo: Newly fledged Spotted Towee chick.Photo: Newly fledged Spotted Towee chick.Photo: Varied ThrushVideo: Varied Thrush call is a single note at various pitches.Photo: Varied Thrush: 
http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/varied_thrush/idVideo: Pine Siskin feeding on dandelion seeds.Photo: Pine Siskin feeding on dandelion seeds:
http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/pine_siskin/idPhoto: A young Starling looking out of its nest which is in an old Hairy Woodpecker's nest hole.Photo: Savannah Sparrows can often be seen on the fences along the fields: 
http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/savannah_sparrow/idPhoto: Savannah SparrowPhoto: Swainson's Thrush:
http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Swainsons_Thrush/idPhoto: Swainson's ThrushPhoto: Swainson's Thrush egg is similar to a Robin's except for the brown flecks.Photo: Cedar Waxwing:
 http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/cedar_waxwing/idPhoto: Cedar WaxwingPhoto: Female Western Tanager feeding on Vine Maple seeds.Photo: Female Western TanagerPhoto: Male Western Tanager feeding on Elderberries:
http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/western_tanager/idPhoto: Female Western Tanager feeding on Elderberries.Photo: Male Western Tanager feeding on Vine Maple seeds.Photo: The Western Kingbird is a flycatcher and an uncommon visitor to the hatchery. They like to perch on barbed wire fences and dart out to catch flies:
 http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/western_Kingbird/idPhoto: A pair of Western KingbirdsPhoto: Western Wood-Peewee:
 http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Western_Wood-Pewee/idPhoto: Western Wood PeeweePhoto: Western Wood Peewee on its nestPhoto: Willow Flycatcher:
http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/willow_flycatcher/idPhoto: Willow FlycatcherPhoto: Pacific-slope Flycatcher - Photo by Dan Kelly:
http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Pacific-slope_Flycatcher/idPhoto: Cowbird egg in a Pacific-slope Flycatcher's nest. Cowbirds lay their eggs in the nests of other birds which become foster parents: 
http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/brown-headed_cowbird/idPhoto: Pacific-slope FlycatcherPhoto: Pacific-slope FlycatcherPhoto: Red-eyed Vireo is a prolific singer and holds the record for most songs in a day of about 20,000
http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/red-eyed_vireo/idPhoto: Pacific-slope Flycatcher's nestPhoto: Pacific-slope Flycatcher egg.Photo: Barn Swallow:
http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/barn_swallow/idPhoto: Barn SwallowPhoto: Barn Swallows use this nest in a wire cradle year after year.Photo: Tree Swallow at a nest box:
 http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/tree_swallow/idPhoto: Tree Swallow chicksPhoto: Northern Rough-winged Swallow:
http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Northern_Rough-winged_Swallow/idPhoto: Northern Rough-winged SwallowPhoto: Northern Rough-winged Swallow at it's nest hole in the river bankVideo: The American Dipper is North America's only aquatic songbird and is an infrequent visitor to the Little Campbell River. This is only the second time we know of that it has been seen in the Little Campbell River. The first time was a few years ago near this spot: http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/american_dipper/idPhoto: Mourning Dove Coo-ing high up in a tree:
 http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/mourning_dove/idPhoto: A pair of Mourning Doves on a roof.Photo: This male Ring-necked Pheasant was heading up to Bob Oswald's garden to feed:
 http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/ring-necked_pheasant/idVideo: Ring-necked Pheasant going in to Bob Oswald's garden.Photo: Killdeer are more often heard than seen with their excited "kill-deer"in flight call:
 http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/killdeer/soundsPhoto: KilldeerPhoto: Killdeer nestPhoto: Spotted Sandpiper can be seen around the ponds and gravel bars and is easily identified by the spots on it's breast: 
http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/spotted_sandpiper/idPhoto: Spotted Sandpiper nestPhoto: Spotted SandpiperPhoto: Spotted SandpiperPhoto: Juvenile Spotted SandpipersPhoto: Leucistic Spotted SandpiperPhoto: Leucistic Spotted SandpiperPhoto: Leucistic Spotted SandpiperPhoto: Leucistic Spotted Sandpiper.Photo: Leucistic Spotted SandpiperPhoto: A leucistic Spotted Sandpiper - Dan Kelly photo.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LeucismVideo: Leucistic Spotted SandpiperPhoto: Long-billed Dowitcher- photo by Dan Kelly:
http://ebird.org/ebird/map/lobdow?bmo=1&emo=12&byr=2009&eyr=2013Photo: Long-billed Dowitcher - photo by Dan Kelly:Photo: Wilson's PhalaropePhoto: Wilson's Phalarope:
http://neotropical.birds.cornell.edu/portal/species/overview?p_p_spp=155861Photo: Wilson's Phalarope:
http://ebird.org/ebird/map/wilpha?neg=true&env.minX=&env.minY=&env.maxX=&env.maxY=&zh=false&gp=false&mr=1-12&bmo=1&emo=12&yr=on&byr=2009&eyr=2013Photo: Wilson's PhalaropePhoto: Wilson's PhalaropeVideo: Wilson's PhalaropePhoto: Least Sandpipers:
 http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/least_sandpiper/idPhoto: Greater Yellowlegs:
 http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/greater_yellowlegs/idPhoto: Lesser Yellowlegs:
 http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Lesser_Yellowlegs/idPhoto: Lesser YellowlegsPhoto: Bonaparte's Gull:
http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Bonapartes_Gull/idPhoto: Bonaparte's Gull is easily identified by black spot behind the eye and black bill.Photo: Blue-winged Teal:
 http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/blue-winged_teal/idPhoto: Green-winged Teal
http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Green-winged_teal/idPhoto: There are literally hundreds of American Wigeon in the pond. The one with the brown head is a Eurasian Wigeon which is an uncommon winter visitor:
 http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/American_Wigeon/id
http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/eurasian_wigeon/idPhoto: Mallard DrakePhoto: Mallard duck has brought her one day old ducklings down to the river for the first time:
 http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/mallard/idPhoto: Male Wood Duck on a tree branch near a nest box. The male Wood Duck is one of the most colourful waterfowl in North America. Note the sharp claws for perching in trees:
 http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/wood_duck/idPhoto: A pair of Wood Ducks. Most often you will hear the female's alarm, "oo-eek,oo-eek", call as they take flight before you see them.Photo: Pair of Wood DucksPhoto: Male Wood DuckPhoto: Pair of Wood DucksPhoto: Wood Ducks nest in tree cavities close to water. They take advantage of the nesting boxes we have placed on trees along the river in which the female will lay up to 15 eggs. The day after they hatch they climb up to the hole in the nest box and jump down to the ground one after the other when their mother calls them to her and then make their way to water.Video: Female Wood Duck and ducklings.Wood Ducks are very shy and it is not often one gets to see them with their ducklings like this.Photo: Male Wood Duck perched on a branch beside a nest box which is on the tree on the right.Photo: A Pair of Wood Ducks perching in a tree.Photo: Inside the Wood Duck nest box showing a layer of wood chips on the bottom and the slats below the nest hole to make it easier for the ducklings which have claws on their feet to climb out.Photo: A Pair of Ring-necked Ducks:
  http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/ring-necked_duck/idPhoto: Male Ring-necked DuckPhoto: A pair of Gadwall:
 http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/gadwall/idPhoto: Photo: Male Gadwal keeping watch while the female has a nap.Photo: Hooded Mergansers dive for fish & crayfish. The male is a very handsome small duck while the female is very plain but has an exceptionally cute brown crest. The males can inflate their crest as the one in the foreground is doing. They will use nest boxes just like the Wood Duck:
 http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/hooded_merganser/idPhoto: Female Hooded Merganser with its chicksPhoto: Male Common Merganser is a large diving duck & feed on salmon fry & Cutthroat trout in the river:
 http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/common_merganser/idPhoto: Canada Geese in the neighbour's pond on the south side of the club parking lot which can be seen behind dirt berm.Photo: Cooper's Hawk
http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/coopers_hawk/id#Photo: Red-tailed Hawk:
http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/red-tailed_hawk/idPhoto: Red-tailed HawkPhoto: Young Red-tailed hawk getting ready to leave the nestPhoto: Bald Eagle in the Cottonwood Tree behind the duck pond was feasting on voles in the adjacent hay field during baling.Photo: April 16, 2013 - This pair of Bald Eagles are checking out the old Red-Tailed Hawk's nest as a base on which to build their own.Photo: The pair of Bald Eagles on a favourite perch on top of the twin Fir trees above the hatcheryPhoto: Photo: Photo: Immature Bald EaglePhoto: Immature Bald EaglePhoto: Great Horned OwlPhoto: Photo: March 26, 2011 - The Great Horned Owl doesn't build it's own nest and in this case used the Red-tailed Hawks nest. A Great Horned Owlet a few days after hatching.Photo: Great Horned Owlet,almost one month after hatching, with it's mother a couple of days before it left the nest.Photo: Great Horned Owlet at about a month old with its mother has just left the nest.Photo: Ghostly stare through the branches of the young Great Horned Owl now about two and a half months old.Photo: Great Horned Owlet is almost two months old.Photo: The male Great Horned Owl is smaller than the female and has a lower pitched call "hoo-h'HOO--hoo-hoo":
  http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/great_horned_owl/soundsPhoto: Close up of the face & eyes of the dead Great Horned OwlPhoto: I found this Great Horned Owl dead in the bush. A Rocha had it mounted by a taxidermist. Denny Kynaston holds it up to show it's wing span.Photo: Talons of the Great Horned OwlPhoto: The entrance hole to our Barn Owl nest box can be seen on the side of the barn. The white plastic pipes inside the fenced area supplies the fish in the hatchery with clean artesian well water at a constant 10 degrees C.  Cattle are purchased in the spring to graze on the pasture and sold in the late summer.Photo: Barn Owl leaving nest box in the barn. Barn owls don't hoot, they screech: http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/barn_owl/soundsPhoto: Photo: Photo: Barn OwlPhoto: Barn Owl eggs and Townsend's voles, their favourite preyPhoto: Barn Owlets shortly after hatching are pretty ugly and don't have their owl face yetPhoto: Barn owlets are just starting to develop their heart shaped faceVideo: Barn owlets hiss and clack their beaks when disturbedPhoto: Barn owlets have now got their heart shaped owl facePhoto: Barn Owlets are almost fully fledged and ready for bandingPhoto: Adult Barn OwlPhoto: A metal leg band is applied which will identify the owl if found laterPhoto: Here a blood sample is taken from under the wing for DNA analysis that will be used to establish family relationships between owls in the study areaPhoto: Barn Owlet loves having the top its head strokedPhoto: Barn Owlet, almost fully fledged, has just been bandedPhoto: Sofi Hindmarch giving Barn Owlet some love. Sofi has been studying Barn Owls in Delta & Surrey for many years. Check out her web site:
 http://www.sfu.ca/biology/wildberg/sofi/index.htmPhoto: Photo: The Barred Owl has a variety of calls but it's best known one is "Who cooks for you? Who cooks for you-all?":
 http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/barred_owl/soundsVideo: Barred Owl calling to its mate with it's "Who cooks for you, who cooks for you-all" call.Video: Female Barred Owl calling to her mate.Video: Barred Owl's mate calls back 15 seconds into clip. Notice her reaction.Video: Male Barred Owl responding to mate's call.Video: Barred Owl calling back to its mate.Video: Mating calls - during all of this period of calling they mated twice.Video: More mating callsVideo: Barred Owl Mating calls.Photo: After mating they roosted quietlyPhoto: Barred OwlPhoto: Barred Owl on a hunting perch.Photo: Barred OwlVideo: Barred Owl huntingVideo: Barred Owl is tearing apart and eating half of a mole and taking what is left of it to feed to its chick.Video: Barred Owlet (we called it Hatch) trying to swallow the rear half of the mole given to it by one of it's parents.Video: Hatch the Barred Owlet spent a lot of time on the ground which exposes it to predators such as Coyotes.Video: Hatch the Barred Owlet - The following day it was killed by a Coyote.Video: A Barred Owl tried unsuccessfully to catch prey on the ground. A Steller's Jay has seen it and is sending out the alarm. Note its needle sharp talons.Video: Barred Owl hunting close to the ground.Video: Barred Owl is watching Dan Kelly remove an archery target from beneath its perch.Video: Barred Owl is watching Dan Kelly remove an archery target from beneath its perch.Video: Barred Owl stretched out enjoying the morning sun.Photo: Barred Owl stretched out enjoying the morning sun.Video: Barred Owl stretched out enjoying the morning sun but is now panting from the heat.Photo: Photo: An A Rocha intern from France is adding this Barred Owl to his bird survey count sheet.Photo: Glen Carlson has a look at a Barred Owl during an A Rocha bird survey.Photo: Barred Owl that is being checked out during A Rocha Bird surveylVideo: Male gently grooming his mate. He needs to be careful with his sharp talons.Photo: A Sleepy Barred OwlPhoto: Barred Owls at the entrance to their territory.Photo: A very wet Barred Owl with amoleVideo: Barred Owl tearing apart a mole in the pouring rainPhoto: Video: Barred Owl having a bath in Oswald CreekPhoto: Video: Barred Owl drying out after having a bath and looking up at excited RobinsPhoto: Barred Owlet at about six weeksPhoto: Barred Owlet at about 8 weeks old - look at those long eyelashesPhoto: Barred Owlet at about 3 months oldPhoto: Barred Owlet at about 3 months oldVideo: Barred Owlet calling to be fed and as usual being harassed by RobinsVideo: Barred OwletVideo: Barred OwletsPhoto: Barred OwletsPhoto: Barred Owlet doing a wing stretchPhoto: Barred Owlet yawningPhoto: Adult is out hunting to feed the owletsVideo: What is the Barred Owlet doing? Just minutes before it had swallowed a vole whole given to it by its parent. Is it practicing tearing its prey apart?Photo: Curious juvenile Barred OwlPhoto: Photo: Juvenile Barred OwlPhoto: Juvenile Barred OwlVideo: juvenile Barred Owl flying up to join its sibling abovePhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Black-tailed deer at Oswald CreekVideo: Black-tailed deer doe freshening upPhoto: Black-tailed deer fawn in its winter coat.Photo: Black-tailed deer doe with her two fawnsPhoto: Rabbit eating Canary GrassPhoto: The Eastern Grey Squirrel is not native to BC and is an undesirable invasive species: 
http://www.bcinvasives.ca/invasive-species/invasive-organisms/eastern-grey-squirrelPhoto: A mother Squirrel with an injury to its eye is gnawing on bone probably to wear its incisor teeth down as they grow continuously like a beaver's and possibly for the calcium.Photo: Townsend's ChipmunkPhoto: Townsend's ChipmunkPhoto: Townsend's ChipmunkVideo: Townsend's Chipmunk cramming it's cheek pouches with black oil sunflower seedsVideo: Photo: Dan Carney, an avid owler, climbed up a nearby tree to get this shot of the scared young Racoon that looks like it is hanging on for dear life.Video: A very shaky video of a mother Racoon and one of her kits that were spooked up a tree by a Great Horned Owl that swooped down on them when they were on the ground. Another kit scrambled up an adjacent small fir tee. At the end of the clip is the offending owl.Photo: CoyotePhoto: A Coyote with a pair of curious Canada GeesePhoto: There are five Black-tailed deer in this picture. Two fawns are lying down in the tall grassPhoto: Photo: Coyote looking for voles in the fresh cut hayVideo: CoyotePhoto: CoyotePhoto: CoyotePhoto: CoyotePhoto: CoyotePhoto: These two Coyote pups would not venture far out from cover.Photo: Photo: Beaver like to snack on the tender shoots of shrubsPhoto: This Beaver sign is located where they are most likely to be observed at dusk in the pool below which they will often build a small dam. A seat has been located by the sign for your convenience while you patiently wait for them to appear.Video: Mother beaver followed by two kitsPhoto: Beaver damage to Vine MaplePhoto: Over a period of several months the Beaver would gnaw on this young Douglas Fir every day, probably to keep their teeth in shape, until it fell down.Photo: A new Beaver dam under construction.Video: Adult Beaver bringing food back to their burrow followed by one of the kitsVideo: Bank Beaver are nocturnal and the adult and kits come out of their burrow at dusk to start their night's feedingVideo: Video: Video: Video: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Video: The Beaver has cut down a Vine Maple shoot and is dragging it back to the riverPhoto: Large adult male Beaver heading back to the river from a favourite feeding spot where there are Vine Maple left- overs from previous meals.Photo: Beaver pair grooming. Picture was taken 20 minutes after sunset with a flash.Photo: Beaver pair grooming. Picture was taken 20 minutes after sunset with a flash.Photo: Beaver pair grooming. Picture was taken 20 minutes after sunset with a flash.Photo: Beaver dam before the far side was washed out by high water.Photo: Beaver dam after repairPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: As the caption on the left says, Joe Kambeitz, our DFO Community Advisor for many years, thought it would be a good conversation piece if we made a chair from some of the Beaver sticks that collect on the fish fence. To make the seat Joe cut a piece from a blackened old cedar log he found lying in the Fraser River near his office at the eastern tip of Annacis Island. Joe counted 630 years of growth rings along the front edge and he challenges you to check.Video: River Otter family of sixPhoto: Photo: Mother River Otter and three pups are hurrying from the fire pond to the river.Photo: Adult minkVideo: Young MinkVideo: Young MinkPhoto: Young MinkPhoto: MuskratPhoto: MuskratPhoto: The Red-eared Slider Turtle is an introduced species to BC.Photo: Fifty or so Chinook salmon holding in the pool below the hatchery waiting on rain to swell the river so that they can move upstream to spawnPhoto: This male Steelhead has been netted from fish trap to be identified and counted before being released to continue upstream to spawn.Video: April 1, 2013 This shows a pair of Steelhead at the moment spawning occurs. The discharge of the eggs & fertilisation occurs 29 seconds into the clip when they are side by side and they open their mouths wide. The male is on the right and you can see the milky cloud of his milt and a small cluster of her orange eggs just in front of a large piece of white gravel that was behind her tail. The eggs have been deposited into about a six inch deep depression she has dug in the gravel. She will immediately dig another nest hole about 18 inches  upstream of the first and the gravel from this will be carried by the current to cover the eggs. This will be repeated five or six times until all her eggs are goneVideo: On Dec 15, 2010  70 Coho were spawning in Oswald Creek which is only 150 metres longVideo: Coho spawning in Oswald CreekPhoto: The first Coho Fry  emerge from the gravel in Oswald Creek at the end of March.Photo: Male Steelhead fighting in Oswald Creek.Photo: Female Steelhead moving upstream in Oswald Creek.Photo: Male Steelhead following a female upstream in Oswald Creek.Video: Steelhead spawning in Oswald Creek.Video: A Cutthroat trout can be seen on the right of a male Steelhead waiting for an opportunity to steal some eggs.Video: Stray Sockeye in Fergus CreekVideo: Stray Sockeye in Fergus CreekVideo: Chum spawning in Fergus CreekVideo: Photo: Red-eared Slider TurtleVideo: Western Brook LampreyPhoto: Western Brook LampreyPhoto: Adult Western Brook Lamprey
http://publications.gc.ca/collections/collection_2011/ec/CW69-14-186-2010-eng.pdfPhoto: Crayfish are a favourite food of mink and racoonsPhoto: 5-6" adult CrayfishPhoto: A Male Fathead Minnow, in full breeding condition, in the fire pond aggressively defends it's spawning site from other fish. In this case the male chose the underside of a water lily where the female laid adhesive eggs. The male has little bumps on its nose and a spongy pad on the top of its body which it uses to keep the eggs clean: 
http://aquaticpath.umd.edu/fhm/intro.htmlPhoto: A Pumpkinseed in the fire pond. They are a small colourful sunfish similar to a Bluegill and can easily be identified by the large black spot at the back of the gill plate with a small red spot behind it: 
http://www.maine.gov/ifw/fishing/species/identification/pumpkinseedsunfish.htmPhoto: Photo: Pumpkinseed sunfishPhoto: PumpkinseedPhoto: This student came all the way from Mainz University in Germany to study the fresh water mussels in the Little Campbell River because they are so endangered in European rivers that she could not get a permit to study them there.Photo: Two live mussels were glued to plexiglass plates and time lapse photos of their feeding & sleeping cycles were taken in the river for over a week and recorded 24/7 on a laptop.  They are a fascinating mollusk and are a good indicator of the health of the river.
  http://www.fws.gov/columbiariver/mwg/pdfdocs/Pacific_Northwest_Mussel_Guide.pdfPhoto: The tray containing the mussels was placed in the fish trap and cables from the camera were connected to a laptop in the fish shack.Photo: Pacific Tree Frog or Pacific Chorus Frog : 
http://www.mister-toad.com/PacificTreeFrog.htmlPhoto: The Tree Frog has sticky toe pads it uses for climbing smooth surfaces.Photo: A Tree Frog climbing a Skunk Cabbage leaf.Photo: Northwestern Salamander egg mass in the fire pond showing developing embryos.Photo: The Bullfrog Is not very welcome in our ponds as they are large and will eat anything that moves and that they can stuff down their throats:
 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_bullfrogVideo: Bullfrogs wrestlingPhoto: BullfrogPhoto: Phillip catching Bullfrogs in the fire pond using a long Crappie Rod with a fly on the end of the line.Video: Phillip catching BullfrogsVideo: Phillip catching BullfrogsPhoto: A fine looking Bullfrog.Video: Phillip catching BullfrogsPhoto: Phillip catching BullfrogsPhoto: Rough-skinned Newt
http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/wld/frogwatch/publications/factsheets/salamanders/roughskin.htmVideo: Rough-skinned Newt produce a potent toxin from glands in their skin - wash hands after handling. They are bright yellow underneath as a warning to predators which will die if they ingest it. The only exception is the Garter Snake which has developed an immunity to the toxin.Photo: A Common Garter snake enjoying the sun:
 http://www.bcreptiles.ca/snakes/comgarter.htmPhoto: Pacific Sideband snails have a colourful striped shell and are usually seen on the bushes along the trails.Photo: Pacific Sideband snailsPhoto: Pacific Sideband snailsPhoto: Swarm of honey bees on a fence post: 
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swarming_(honey_bee)Video: Phillip Milligan talks about Mason Bees with Surrey Mayor Dianne Watts.Photo: Empty cocoons from which the Mason Bees have emerged.Video: Mason Bees are excellent native pollinators.Photo: Blue Orchard Mason Bee house - in the spring, cocoons kept cool in a refrigerator since last summer are put in container above the house to hatch: 
http://www.agf.gov.bc.ca/apiculture/factsheets/506_osmia.htmPhoto: Eight Spotted Skimmer DragonflyPhoto: Red DragonflyPhoto: Photo: Damsel Fly can fold its wings parallel to its body unlike the dragonflyPhoto: Mourning Cloak Butterfly:
http://linnet.geog.ubc.ca/efauna/Atlas/Atlas.aspx?sciname=Nymphalis%20antiopaPhoto: Mourning Cloak ButterflyPhoto: Mourning Cloak ButterflyPhoto: Red Admiral ButterflyPhoto: Pacific Bleeding Heart is dispersed by ants which carry off the seeds to obtain an oily substance that is attached to them and dispose of the seed.Photo: Pacific Bleeding Heart can be seen all along the trails: 
http://www.metrofieldguide.com/wildlife-plants-pacific-bleeding-heart/Photo: Western Skunk Cabbage or Swamp Lantern grows in wet swampy areasPhoto: SalmonberriesPhoto: Bracket fungus:
 http://waynesword.palomar.edu/bracfung.htmPhoto: More fungiPhoto: Many different fungi can be found along the trailsPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Sword Fern on Oswald CreekPhoto: Western Trillium are somewhat protected by the folk belief that if the bloom is picked it will not flower again for seven years