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Bald Eagle Haliaeetus leucocephalus

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gwenlh

Date

November 21, 2016 02:00 PM PST

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American Black Bear Ursus americanus

Observer

gwenlh

Date

May 31, 2017 10:00 AM PDT

Description

We most often have bears in our yard in spring when natural food sources are not plentiful. This bear looked like a yearling, in its first season without its mother.

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Fox Sparrow Passerella iliaca

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gwenlh

Date

January 12, 2013 01:30 PM PST

Description

I understand this is the largest sparrow we see in this area. We sometimes have them in our yard for the Christmas Bird Count.

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Varied Thrush Ixoreus naevius

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gwenlh

Date

March 2, 2014 02:37 PM PST

Description

When it gets cold and snowy the Varied Thrushes visit our back yard. They often copy the other birds at our feeders. This one had been trying to eat at our suet feeder and then decided to take a break and rest on our porch railing.

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Western Toad Anaxyrus boreas

Observer

gwenlh

Date

July 1, 2011 05:21 PM PDT

Description

A biologist friend identified this as a PCF (Pacific chorus frog) which I understand is the same as the Pacific Tree Frog. It and 4 others ended up in my garage after I brought in a pile of tree clippings from a dogwood. I searched the garage to make sure I'd found all and released them. Since then I have not seen any in my garden.

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Purple Finch Haemorhous purpureus

Observer

gwenlh

Date

June 3, 2017 03:11 AM PDT

Description

These finches nest near our yard every summer.

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European Starling Sturnus vulgaris

Observer

gwenlh

Date

May 31, 2012 05:59 PM PDT

Description

Originally I suggested that this is a Swainson's Thrush, and several members of the Community identified it as a juvenile European Starling. Thanks to the helpful link Bridget Spencer posted I can now see why the starling id made sense to people. I consulted with Chris Dale, our local birding expert who is also a neighbour, and his reply was "Judging by the mask across its eye and the slight streaking on the breast I would guess it is an immature Cedar Waxwing." With the under chin so pale I wondered about it being a Bohemian Waxwing, but their breeding range looks to be north of us. Waxwing seems like a reasonable option: too bad we can't see the tail!

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White-crowned Sparrow Zonotrichia leucophrys

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gwenlh

Date

May 1, 2012 04:46 PM PDT

Description

We have seen these every spring consistently at our feeders. For the past 3 years they have nested in our hedge.

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Common Redpoll Acanthis flammea

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gwenlh

Date

March 15, 2012 11:38 AM PDT

Description

Flocks are sometimes reported in the Estuary during the winter. We had a small flock at our feeders for a few days and have not seen them since.

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Audubon's Warbler Setophaga coronata ssp. auduboni

Observer

gwenlh

Date

May 1, 2012 04:43 PM PDT

Description

We seldom see warblers at our feeders. This one stayed for 2 days, feeding at the suet. (We normally stop feeding suet a bit earlier in the year to help avoid attracting bears.) Apologies for the quality of the photos: together they show the distinctive characteristics.

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Rufous Hummingbird Selasphorus rufus

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gwenlh

Date

April 11, 2017 10:00 AM PDT

Description

We have feeders at the front and back of our house. The females often prefer to feed at the quieter front of the house. The males arrive on or about March 26 each year and the females one or two weeks later.

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Common Raccoon Procyon lotor

Observer

gwenlh

Date

October 10, 2017 05:36 PM PDT

Description

These two juveniles were closer in size than they appear in this photograph. The one on the left seems to be making himself look bigger. They came to our kitchen deck at dusk with their mother - likely looking for food.

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Common Raccoon Procyon lotor

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gwenlh

Date

October 10, 2017 05:36 PM PDT

Description

This mother came to our kitchen deck door at dusk with 2 young. The way they behaved suggests someone in our neighbourhood is feeding them. Hmm. I feed birds - in absolute terms some people feel I'm also doing wrong.

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Rose-breasted Grosbeak Pheucticus ludovicianus

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gwenlh

Date

June 3, 2017 03:11 AM PDT

Description

This bird doesn't usually visit our area on the west coast. We saw one individual in January 2014 and understand that one was seen in 2006. The bird was seen and id verified by local birding expert Chris Dale.

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Pine Siskin Spinus pinus

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gwenlh

Date

October 7, 2017 05:41 PM PDT

Description

Side and rear view of 2 Siskins perched near a feeder.

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American Goldfinch Spinus tristis

Observer

gwenlh

Date

October 5, 2017 03:48 AM PDT

Description

We had a small flock of these birds for a couple of days. At first I thought they were juveniles but then I concluded that this is winter plumage.

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White-crowned Sparrow Zonotrichia leucophrys

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gwenlh

Date

October 5, 2017 01:44 AM PDT

Description

We had White-crowned Sparrows nesting in our hedge this year. The adults and 5 other young have left and this one juvenile appears to be flocking with our winter resident flock of 15 dark-eyed juncoes.

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Spotted Towhee Pipilo maculatus

Observer

gwenlh

Date

October 3, 2017 03:50 AM PDT

Description

Scruffy looking juvenile.

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Spotted Towhee Pipilo maculatus

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gwenlh

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October 3, 2017 10:31 PM PDT

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Song Sparrow Melospiza melodia

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gwenlh

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October 3, 2017 08:19 PM PDT

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Steller's Jay Cyanocitta stelleri

Observer

gwenlh

Date

October 3, 2017 07:23 PM PDT

Description

We see these birds year round at our feeders. In fall, however, their numbers increase and they are truly winter residents. The turquoise stripes on the forehead develop with adult plumage.

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House Finch Haemorhous mexicanus

Observer

gwenlh

Date

October 3, 2017 03:45 AM PDT

Description

This young male showed up at our feeders one afternoon and then presumably carried on with his migration. His left foot shows a growth that appears to be a result of Avian Pox. His right foot had a smaller growth but he was still able to perch. The rope he perched on and the feeder he used had to be disinfected to try to help avoid spreading the virus.

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Northern Flicker Colaptes auratus

Observer

gwenlh

Date

October 3, 2017 07:36 PM PDT

Description

These birds visit our feeders year round and especially like sunflower chips in a tube feeder.

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Giant House Spider Eratigena atrica

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gwenlh

Date

April 20, 2017 04:00 PM PDT

Description

Eratigena
Species atrica (Giant House Spider)
Apologies for the less than perfect photo. I was patching lawn and suddenly noticed this spider so the best I could do was a snapshot before it went into hiding. ID was suggested on Bugguide.net but not confirmed.

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Dark-eyed Junco Junco hyemalis

Observer

gwenlh

Date

September 18, 2017

Description

Leucistic Junco which was with a small flock of others. The bird fed in our yard and at our feeders on Sept 18 and Sept 19 and since then we have not seen it. ID was verified by Chris Dale, a local birding expert.

Leucism refers to "partial loss of pigmentation in an animal resulting in white, pale, or patchy coloration of the skin, hair, feathers, scales or cuticle, but not the eyes".

Apologies for duplicating an earlier entry which was verified by tlaloc27. I wanted this observation to be included in the Biodiversity Squamish project so I have deleted the first.

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gwenlh

Date

September 28, 2017

Place

Squamish (Google, OSM)

Description

Polistes aurifer male confirmed by Bugguide.net (Mathias Buck).

Long hooked antennae are indicative of males.

There is a roundish yellow mark on both sides of the abdomen.

Polistes aurifer is known to be present in BC and Alberta. See https://cjai.biologicalsurvey.ca/bmc_05/70p_aurifer.html

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gwenlh

Date

July 23, 2016 08:23 AM PDT

Description

This winged insect was HUGE. It was landed on my front porch when I went out with the hummingbird feeder. Bugguide has identified it. I found an article by Dick Cannings (Families of Megaloptera of British Columbia). He says this: "The widely distributed Dysmicohermes disjunctus, recorded from Vancouver Island, the lower mainland, as well as Bella Coola, Ocean Falls, Oliver and Kaslo, is 50 to 60 mm long, and has the mesothorax and metathorax densely clothed with curly setae, which appear almost woolly. The gena are angulate, and the mandibles are prominent, while the forewings have dark blotches on the costal and subcostal veins." The common name of this species, and many others, is Fishfly.

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sugarstick Allotropa virgata

Observer

gwenlh

Date

June 25, 2017 12:39 AM PDT

Description

This group of plants includes individuals with white sepals (left) and pink sepals (right). See other photos for this detail. Ray Peters Trail.

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Common Earwig Forficula auricularia

Observer

gwenlh

Date

July 16, 2017 02:19 PM PDT

Description

Immature European earwig? Second photo could be male - pinchers more developed.

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Licorice Fern Polypodium glycyrrhiza

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gwenlh

Date

March 25, 2017 02:03 PM PDT
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