British Columbia, 7th to 20th September 2006

Species List (continued...)

The following abbreviations are used throughout:

VI = Vancouver Island
Van = Vancouver area (i.e. coastal region between Vancouver and Boundary Bay)
Int = Interior, i.e. anywhere inland of Vancouver

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MAMMALS, REPTILES, AMPHIBIANS and INSECTS

 

MAMMALS

 

Black Bear Ursus americanus

Int – 1 between Lillooet and Lytton 14th.

 

Mink Mustela vison

VI – 1 MacIntyre Reservoir 13th.

 

River Otter Lutra canadensis

VI – 2 from the Tsawwassen to Swartz Bay ferry 9th, 3 Clover Point, Victoria 9th. I had assumed these were Sea Otters given their choice of marine habitat and their similarity to the Sea Otters we saw in California - thanks to Guy Monty for putting me right on this.

 

Harbour Seal Phoca vitulina

VI – c15 from the Tsawwassen to Swartz Bay ferry 9th.

 

Chipmunk sp. Eutamias sp.

Int – 1 Marble Canyon Provincial Park 14th, 2 Emerald Lake 16th, 1 Emerald Lake 17th, 1 Panorama Road, Invermere 18th, 1 Beaver Lake 19th. I am not certain which species was involved but on range I believe they are most likely to be either Red-tailed Chipmunk Eutamias ruficaudus or Yellow Pine Chipmunk Eutamias amoenus . I've very tentatively identified the one photographed as Yellow Pine Chipmunk but if anyone can confirm or contradict, please let me know.

Yellow Pine Chipmunk, Emerald Lake, 17-Sep-06
Yellow Pine Chipmunk?, Emerald Lake, 17th September 2006

 

Eastern Grey Squirrel Sciurus carolinensis

Van – 1 melanistic Grey Squirrel Westham Island 8th. Apparently Grey Squirrels in this area are introduced Eastern Grey Squirrels (Western Grey Squirrel's native range does not extend north into Canada). A normal coloured one was seen elsewhere while Vitty saw another melanistic individual at Boundary Bay on 9th.

 

Spruce Squirrel (Red Squirrel) Tamiasciurus hudsonicus

A very different species to the Red Squirrel in Europe!

Int – Common. It's distinctive ratchet-like call quickly became familiar. Counts included 10 Illecillewaet 15th.

Spruce Squirrel, Wilmer Bird Sanctuary, 18-Sep-06
Spruce Squirrel, Wilmer Bird Sanctuary, 18th September 2006

 

Muskrat Ondatra zibethica

Int – 3 Creston Valley 18th.

Muskrat, Creston Valley, 18-Sep-06 Muskrat, Creston Valley, 18-Sep-06
Muskrat, Creston Valley, 18th September 2006

 

Eastern Cotton-tail Sylvilagus floridansus

VI – The rabbits here are introduced and much despised!

Rabbit, Oyster Bay Shoreline Park, 12-Sep-06
Eastern Cotton-tail, Oyster Bay Shoreline Park, 12th September 2006

 

Elk Cervus canadensis

Int – 8 Field 16th, 2 Kootenay Valley 17th, 2 Wilmer Bird Sanctuary 18th.

Elk, Field, 16-Sep-06 Elk, Field, 16-Sep-06
Elks, Field, 16th September 2006.

 

Coastal Black-tailed Deer Odocoileus hemionus columbianus

VI – 1 Englishman River Estuary 11th, 2 Ucluelet 11th. 4 deer sp., Nanaimo 10th were most probably this species.

Mule Deer, Englishman River Estuary, 11-Sep-06 Mule Deer, Englishman River Estuary, 11-Sep-06

Coastal Black-tailed Deer, Englishman River Estuary, 11th September 2006

 

Mule Deer, Ucluelet, 11-Sep-06  
Coastal Black-tailed Deer, Ucluelet, 11th September 2006

 

 

White-tailed Deer Odocoileus virginianus

Int – 2 Creston Valley 18th, 6 Fauquier to Vernon 18th.

 

Bighorn Sheep Ovis canadensis

Int – 9 Golden 16th. I wasn't sure what these were as none of them had the big curly horns which Bighorn Sheep are famous for; Thanks Guy Monty for confirming.

Goat?, Golden, 16-Sep-06 Goat?, Golden, 16-Sep-06
Bighorn Sheep, Golden, 16th September 2006.

 

Pacific White-sided Dolphin Lagenorhynchus obliquidens

VI – 2 dolphins from the Swartz Bay to Tsawwassen ferry on 13th had pale flanks and were perhaps Pacific White-sided Dolphins. However I am far from certain that other species could be eliminated.

 

Harbour Porpoise Phocoena phocoena

VI – 12 dolphins from the Tsawwassen to Swartz Bay ferry on 9th were not positively identified, but some or all of them were probably Harbour Porpoises.

 

REPTILES & AMPHIBIANS

 

Northwestern Garter Snake Thamnophis ordinoides

VI – 1 Cowichan Bay 10th.

 

Turtle sp.

Int – several (c10?) Bobolink Meadows 19th. I have no idea how to identify these so if anyone can identify these please contact me.

Turtles, Bobolink Meadows, 19-Sep-06
Turtle sp., Bobolink Meadows, 19th September 2006

 

INSECTS

I have virtually no knowledge on how to identify North American insects. If anyone can provide me with an ID for any of these I would be very grateful! Please email me if you can.

 

Butterflies and Moths Lepidoptera

Butterfly sp., Island View Beach, 10-Sep-06  

Butterfly sp., Island View Beach, 10th September 2006. Presumably quite closely related to the Coppers from Europe

 

 

 

Butterfly sp., Rathrevor Park, 11-Sep-06 Butterfly sp., Rathrevor Park, 11-Sep-06

Pine White Neophasia menapia, Rathrevor Park, 11th September 2006. This butterfly's flight and behaviour was quite different from any of the European species which I'm familiar with - its flight was very gliding and it settled very high in the pine trees (hence the attrocious images!). Thanks for the ID Guy.

 

Butterfly sp., Bobolink Meadows, 19-Sep-06 Butterfly sp., Bobolink Meadows, 19-Sep-06

White butterfly sp., Bobolink Meadows, 19th September 2006

 

Caterpillar, Skunk Cabbage Trail, 15-Sep-06 Caterpillar, Skunk Cabbage Trail, 15-Sep-06
Caterpillar, Skunk Cabbage Trail, 15th September 2006

In addition to those photographed, the following butterflies were seen:

1 Bobolink Meadows 19th: this resembled Lorquin's Admiral Limenitis lorquini, a species I've seen previously in California, but I've no idea if that species occurs here or if there are other confusion species here.

Several small yellow butterflies seen which loosely resembled European species, Clouded YellowColias crocea. I believe the North American equilvalents, which these presumably were, are called Sulphurs but I have no idea how to identify them or which species occur in BC.

Some more yellow butterflies were seen from the aeroplane when it stopped at Calgary (Alberta) on 7th. They were flying along the short grass adajacent to the runways and my impression from inside the plane was that these were larger and plainer than the sulphurs.

 

Dragonflies Odonata

Dragonfly, Cowichan Bay, 10-Sep-06 Dragonfly, Cowichan Bay, 10-Sep-06

Dragonfly sp., Cowichan Bay, 10th September 2006 (different individuals, though very possibly the same species)

 

Dragonfly, Cowichan Bay, 10-Sep-06 Cherry-faced Meadowhawk?, Cowichan Bay, 10-Sep-06

Dragonflies spp., Cowichan Bay, 10th September 2006 (the left hand one is the same individual as the one above left, the right hand one looks like Cherry-face Meadowhawk or a related species?)

 

Dragonfly, Boundary Bay, 8-Sep-06 Damselfly, Cowichan Bay, 10-Sep-06

Dragonfly sp., Boundary Bay, 8th September 2006

 

Damselfly sp., Cowichan Bay, 10th September 2006
Damselflies, Cowichan Bay, 10-Sep-06

Damselfly sp., Cowichan Bay, 10th September 2006

 

Dragonfly, Island View Beach, 13-Sep-06  
Dragonfly, Island View Beach, 13-Sep-06 Dragonfly, Island View Beach, 13-Sep-06

Dragonfly sp., Island View Beach, 13th September 2006

 

Dragonfly, Skunk Cabbage Trail, 15-Sep-06 Dragonfly, Wilmer Bird Sanctuary, 17-Sep-06

Dragonfly sp., Skunk Cabbage Trail, 15th September 2006

 

Dragonfly sp., Wilmer Bird Sanctuary, 17th September 2006

 

Dragonfly, Wilmer Bird Sanctuary, 17-Sep-06 Dragonfly, Wilmer Bird Sanctuary, 17-Sep-06

Dragonfly sp., Wilmer Bird Sanctuary, 17th September 2006. The one on the right was taken at dusk and it appeared to be lying exhausted on the ground, though still alive. However closer inspection revealed that the end half of one of its wings had been dragged into a hole by a Digger Wasp or something.

 

Dragonfly, Vaseux Lake, 19-Sep-06 Dragonfly, Vaseux Lake, 19-Sep-06

Dragonfly spp., Vaseux Lake, 19th September 2006

 

Grasshoppers

Grasshopper, Invermere, 18-Sep-06
Grasshopper, Invermere, 18-Sep-06

 

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