The Comox Valley was filled with fog yesterday morning but blue sky was available by going up the mountain to Paradise Meadows.
Hikers & others were more active & visible at high elevations than in the Valley below.
A family of Black-tailed Deer foraged at the side of the road near the top of the hill. The mother was farther along the road.
At the trailhead a great cacophony filled the air – what sounded like hundreds of birds in the meadows! It turned out to be over 100 Greater White-fronted Geese, along with about 25 Cackling Geese, and a couple of Canada Geese in the flock. Cackling Geese look like a small Canada Goose but their cackling call is quite different from the honking call of Canada Geese. Thanks to Loys & Alison for the geese photos!
Hikers all day reported seeing the flock in the meadows, probably feeding there due to the obscured foggy fields in the Valley. Unfortunately hikers also reported a group with a dog chasing the birds in the meadows – a violation not only of the Park regulation to keep dogs on leash, but of federal legislation protecting migratory birds during migration. As well as reporting to the volunteers at the Wilderness Centre, or to the Parks Facility Operators, visitors can report such infractions to BC Parks.
In addition to the geese, several flocks of Sandhill Cranes circled overhead during the day, on their southbound migration. It is always a thrill to hear the croaking of the cranes high in the sky during the month of September. Sometimes the birds are so high they can’t be seen, only heard far overhead.