Bird Invasion at Royston House BB
Today – Dec 4 – 2011. It’s like a Bird mini invasion at Royston House BB. Looking our our oceanside windows we see several Northern Flickers and Varied Thrush flitting back and forth between red-osier dogwood trees eating their delicious berries. Junkos and Towhees are working the ground, stirring up the leaves and scuffing around for some of the goodies there. Tree creepers and other small birds are grubbing the trees for whatever they can find. Our small red apples tree is loaded this year but as always we save it for the birds. These apples haven’t captured a lot of attention from the birds yet – probably waiting till the snow falls and when everything else is buried. Our Royston House Bed Breakfast is located on the Courtenay Estuary – one of the most important winter bird habitats in Canada so we get a lot of Bird action here. The estuary is currently loaded with ducks, wintering geese and one of north america’s largest populations of Trumpeter Swans plus all the usual shorebirds we see most of the year. The Birds were late this year – like the weather but when they arrived they did it like a storm.