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"Breeding has been noted throughout the island interior and locally on the coasts. Nesting takes place mainly along the lower regions of slow-running rivers with Jordan, Sooke, Cowichan, Chemainus, Nanaimo, Englishman, Campbell, and Salmon Rivers in high demand. Other breeding sites include Shawnigan and Labour Day Lakes and Holden Creek Marsh et cetera. A brood was recorded on Circlet Lake at Paradise Meadows (1200 meters). An unusual record exists of two birds on Buttle Lake in late December."
Greg
"Breeding has been noted throughout the island interior and locally on the coasts. Nesting takes place mainly along the lower regions of slow-running rivers with Jordan, Sooke, Cowichan, Chemainus, Nanaimo, Englishman, Campbell, and Salmon Rivers in high demand. Other breeding sites include Shawnigan and Labour Day Lakes and Holden Creek Marsh et cetera. A brood was recorded on Circlet Lake at Paradise Meadows. An unusual record exists of two birds on Buttle Lake in late December."
Greg
"waterbird surveys. In the Sayward area, moderate numbers occur in mid to late April with 2-55 recorded in December. The waters around Port Hardy have held two birds in July and November and 26 in late August with higher numbers through winter. Moderate numbers occur on Nimpkish Lake in November and on Bonanza Lake in early May. Migrants occur at San Joseph Bay in late April and Juene Landing in March."
Greg
"with noteworthy numbers appearing at the Goldstream Estuary when salmon are spawning. This attractive duck is also a common resident on the Central West Coast - where 600 have been recorded in mid-October - and common at Port Alberni except during the summer when they are uncommon. They are less common along the Alberni Inlet in the Bamfield area and local along the Southwest and northern West Coasts. The population is much lower on the Northeast Coast during the winter with only 5-15 noted on numerous"
Greg
"Common Mergansers are fairly common to abundant residents and migrants throughout much of Vancouver Island. Most birds winter along the Southeast Coastal Lowlands from Sooke to Campbell River with the highest number of late fall migrants and winter concentrations occurring in the Victoria and Duncan areas on Elk, Quamichan, and Somenos Lakes. Anywhere from 750 to 2,000 birds gather on these lakes beginning in mid-November. They are also especially fond of large estuaries such as the Nanaimo and Cowichan"
Greg
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