Blog Contributors

Bird Canada made its first appearance on the blog scene in March 2009. The number of readers has more than doubled each year, proving that there really are a great number of people who want to read and learn about birds in Canada.

In 2012 we went multi-author, and the sky is now the limit! If you would like to join our group of Canadian bird bloggers, please drop us a line at

Our Authors

Pat Bumstead was born and raised in northern Alberta and has been a keen birder for more years than she cares to admit. She currently lives in Calgary, in a yard with way too many bird feeders. Talking and writing about birds and wildlife is second nature to her, so in 2009 she dipped her toe into the blogosphere and set up Bird Canada. Her life has not been the same since. She also contributes to the Birding Is Fun and Birds Calgary blogs.

Sharon McInnes was seduced by wild birds after she and her husband moved to Gabriola Island, a BC gulf island, in 2007. She writes a monthly newspaper column called Just for the Birds and in 2010 published a compilation of 29 of her columns and 40 colour photos in Up Close & Personal: Confessions of a Backyard Birder.  She is also the author of the Gabriola Bird Blog

Tim Hopwood is a passionate nature photographer with a soft spot for birds. Born & raised in Australia, he & his young family now call Calgary home. An accountant by day, Tim looks forward to the weekends, and especially family camping trips in the summer, when he gets to hit the outdoors, spend time with his family and also indulge in his hobby. He shares his photography on his Tim Hopwood Images blog.

Tammie Hache was born in Timmins, ON and has lived in or near Manitouwadge in northwestern Ontario for her whole life.  She developed an interest in birds in her 20’s and it has only grown since.  After putting out the first bird feeder in the yard and being totally amazed at the number of bird species in the area that would visit, she was hooked.  Being a long term member of Project FeederWatch, she now hosts a feeder  webcam streaming worldwide on their behalf in her backyard every October to April for the annual Project FeederWatch season.  Winter 2015 will be her 5th winter season hosting the webcam!  Feel free to tune in after October for views of boreal birds like Nuthatches, Chickadees, Evening,Pine Grosbeaks, Common and Hoary Redpolls visiting the feeders, to name a few!  Aside from birding, other interests include gardening, counted cross stitching and reading Stephen King books.  🙂

Rob and Angie Mueller discovered their passion for birds and wildlife together when they started dating in 2004. They both work full time and volunteer for a number of bird and wildlife organizations,including; The Owl Foundation, Toronto Wildlife Centre and the Ontario Eastern Bluebird Society. Birding trips or enjoying the birds in their own backyard is their favorite way to spend their free time, and they both blog about their adventures, and They both look forward to retiring so they have more time to do what they love, birding!

Craig Ritchie was born in Toronto and has always held a deep fascination with nature and wildlife. After an initial attempt at putting a bird feeder in the yard led to confrontations with gangs of house sparrows and mischievous raccoons, he set out to learn more about birds and birding, sharing those discoveries on his blog. Craig currently divides his time between southern Ontario and Prince Edward Island.

Marcy and Ray Stader’s discovery and appreciation of birds can be attributed to the lens of a camera.  Photography provides them a glimpse into the elusive world of birds by enabling them to capture incredible detail that they would never have been able to see with the naked eye.  A beautiful bird in an amazing setting may only last a second or two, but with photography they can permanently capture its beauty and appreciate it long after the fleeting moment has passed.  Marcy and Ray created StaderArtBirds to share their images with all who enjoy birds.  They hope you enjoy these special moments in time when time stands still.

6 Responses to Blog Contributors

  1. Pat Bumstead says:

    Northern flickers come in a bewildering array of plumages and the intergrades are worse! In the bird books all flickers have black on the chest, but if you look on the internet there are many pictures of flickers with just a beige spotty chest. If your bird had red on both the side and back of his head, hybrid would be a good guess.

  2. gloria says:

    I had a flicker land outside our window perched on the gazebo frame. I was so close up and he had no black on his breast. Breast was all beige with spots. Sides of head had red patches and red patch on the back of his head. Is he an integrated flicker?

  3. Norm Yelland says:

    We hope to have some more birders with us on the ROUTE OF THE PAN AMERICAN HIGHWAY, will be having a birding seminar a few days before the rendezvous in July. Also many other animals in the Panagonia Region of Argentina and Chile…..

  4. Well, it’s been a whole year now, and we are going to do the same trip via RV from McAllen, Texas (birding center), all the way on the Pan American Highway to the southernmost city in the world – Ushuaia, Argentina.

    We are looking for the right person to document all the birds along the Trekoftheamericas routed….following east coast Mexico, crossing over to Salina Cruz, Oaxaca and following the west coast all the way to Panama. South America is southbound on west side to the end of Chile, cross the Andes mountains to Argentina and south to the end of the world!!

    We will rendezvous in July 2014 in McAllen, Texas – Anyone wanted to do the Bird Photos will receive staff status on the Trek.

  5. Brenda says:

    I am looking to reconnect with a birder – James WIlson originally from Windsor whose dad Dr Wilson (dentist) was also a birder.
    Thank you

  6. I am about to celebrate my 15th year traveling from USA to Argentina via camper along the Pan American Highway. I would like to see more birders participate in this event… There is almost every imaginable bird along the route….from parrots in the north to flamingos in Panagonia, Argentina. We’ve seen the Andes Condors over the ice glaciers, and a variety of storks, in Uruguay. The lesser pigmy owl, penguins, and so many more…and the most wonderful experience…is most of them will come next to your camper or motorhome because of the areas we camp in.

    I would be happy to share any information with all !

    We only take 10 RVs on the trip, the next trip leaves from McAllen, Texas in early August!

    thanks Norman Yelland

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