24 June 2012

Finishing Point Counts in 11PQ04

The Cherry Lake square

in the middle of nowhere, on the edge of the East Kootenay Trench

 

 

Spotties

Greg taught me how to find hillside Spotted Sandpiper nests - HE learned it from Gary last weekend in Nakusp.

I thought they only nested on the flats - but that's because previous nests I've found were in the Chilcotin - where it is flat.  Our Mountain Spotties don't mind roadside banks at all!

We found a couple. Cool.


Four Spotted Sandpiper eggs in this nest.


Seven Spotted Sandpiper eggs in this one.



This is my "Year of the Grouse"

First it was my encounter with a pair of Dusky Grouse trying to do their thing in the middle of the road (see Dusky Grouse animation blog post ).

Then, it was my lifer Spruce Grouse I spotted after ablutions (see 'Up the Skookumchuck' blog post ).

This time it was a couple of sets of mothers and chicks! Super cool! - but I only have pics of one of the species.



Ruffed Grouse chick

Momma Ruffed Grouse between me and one chick.

We spotted this family first, after we paused at the bottom of a ditch dug across the road a long time ago as part of the "decommissioning". Thankfully, these ditches were not as bad as the ones up Lamb Creek a couple of years ago. I don't ever have to go there again.

I spotted a chick first but mistakenly initially identified it as a vole or something. LOL.  We had to wait about 10 minutes for all eleven chicks to cross the road.

The next family was just down the road! A Spruce Grouse momma and 3 chicks.



Mountain bovine families:

Range cows checking us out.


It was a good day of atlassing - nice to finish off a Priority 1 square.







23 June 2012

23 June 2012 Atlassing Needs Update


The table below is also available to view here:
https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B6XfZdJdfWtgcGNQWGtlbHF4Mk0
 

BC Breeding Bird Atlas
Region 1 – Southern Trench

2012 Square Recommendations
Updated 23 June 2012
  prepared  by Dianne Cooper

Square
Name
PC / BE
to Go

Assignment
11NQ86
Moyie Lake North
10 / 6

Patrick S.
11NQ85
Moyie Lake South
10/10

Pierre J.
11NQ95
Teepee FSR East
10/10

Pierre J.
11NQ87
Hidden Valley
9 / 0

(Dianne C.)
11NQ97
Gold Creek
3/

Dianne C.





11NR75
Findlay Creek FSR Mid E
9 / 0


11NR84
Island Pond to Torrent
5/

Cam G.
11NR92
Skookumchuck Prairie
4 / 6

Dianne C.





11PQ16
Colvalli Road
5 / 6

(Dianne C.)
11PQ18
Bull River
10 / 8


11PQ24
Englishman Creek Newgate
10 / 4


11PQ35
Baynes Lake East
10 / 10


11QQ13
Kishinena Peak
6 / 4







11PR37
Connor Lakes
8/


11PR50
Michel - Olson
10 / 6


11PR
Upper Elk Squares


Dean N.











Done so far in 2012

Square
Name
PC / BE
to Go

Assignment
11NQ89
Cranbrook Airport
4 / 0
Done
Dianne C.
11NQ89
Cranbrook Airport
4 / 0
Done
Dianne C.
11NR80
LD Ranch Rd
8 / 6
Done
Dean N.
11NR82
Moen Rd
1 / 0
Done
Dianne C.
11NR83
Larchwood Lake
10 / 10
Done
Dianne C.
11NR85
Canal Flats
7 / 5
Done
Cam G.
11NR90
Bummer's Flats
8 / 0
Done
Dean N.
11NR93
Premier Lake

Done
Cam G.
11PQ04
Cherry Lake
4 / 5
Done
Dianne C.
11PQ17
Wardner
7 / 0
Done
Dean N.
11PQ33
Edwards Lake

Done
Dean N.
11PQ34
Dorr Cut Off Road
10 / 0
Done
Dean N.
11PQ36
Elko

Done
Dean N.
11PQ39


Done
Kevin K.
11PQ43
Grasmere Roosville Rd

Done
Dean N.
11PQ49
Fernie E
5 / 0
Done
Kevin K.
11PR43
Weigert Cr

Done
Dean N.
11PR44
Elkford W.

Done
Dean N.
11PR51
Sparwood

Done
Kevin K.
11PR54
Fording R Rd S
10 / 0
Done
Dean N.
11PR60
McGillivray
10 / 8
Done
Kevin K.



Region 1 Summary Statistics
Number of species: 190
Nr of point counts:   760
Nr of spp on point counts: 144
Nr of squares with point counts: 61

We have reached our target of 50 percent coverage for point counts. Yay!