Category Archives: Bird Canada

Celebrating the Birds of Gabriola

Last month 28 Gabriolans participated in the 115th Audobon Christmas Bird Count. Here’s a sampling of the bird species that were counted on the island. Many thanks to the Gabriola Island photographers – Doug Green, Garry Davey, Eileen Kaarsmaker, and … Continue reading

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Photo essay from the West Coast

After a two month absence, which I can only blame on my busy family life and poor memory, I thought I would share a few photos taken in Vancouver and Whistler this month (January 2015). In order to save time and space, … Continue reading

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Winter Birding, Calgary-style – a Photo Essay

Well winter is well and truly upon us, but thankfully in Calgary it has been fairly mild (at least compared to the record snowfalls last year) and the we’ve had some great winter bird visitors within the city limits already. … Continue reading

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January Birds

With winter upon us, most of our activities during December focused on the provincial Christmas Bird Counts. We had fine weather during most of the month so they mostly went off without a hitch. Our first Count was at East … Continue reading

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Christmas Bird Count & New Brunswick Winter Bird List

Birding during the winter months in New Brunswick is quite different compared to the other three seasons. The following chart was posted on a birding site one time and sums up what a lot of birders feel throughout the year. … Continue reading

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Shorebirding – A Week at Weed Lake (Part 2)

As I mentioned in last month’s post, in 2014 I made a concerted effort to see and photograph shorebirds  on their fall migration as the birds headed south and stopped over at Weed Lake, just east of Calgary. While last … Continue reading

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Birding Through December

December is starting out slow but we have been getting some interesting sightings across the province. We have had a number of reports in the past few weeks of Northern Cardinals being seen at various locations on the Island. Reports … Continue reading

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Shorebirding – A Week at Weed Lake (Part 1)

I started birding and bird photography in earnest in early 2012, and each subsequent year I’ve made mental notes to check out certain places at certain times to try and see certain migrants that might be passing through southern Alberta. … Continue reading

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Fraternizing with the Locals

As we work further into the Fall, those birds that have been with us from spring into late Summer, like the Warblers and Shorebirds, have mostly moved on. Now we are left with those hearty birds who live with us through … Continue reading

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On Being Heard Above the Din

By Sharon McInnes, Gabriola Island, BC I know the Spotted Towhee squawking in the back yard isn’t actually talking to me. Still, I feel like he is, and can’t help but talk back. “Hello. What’s up?” Maybe it’s a character … Continue reading

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