Category Archives: Bird Identification

The Birder In Me

My name is Raymonde Savoie and I live in Moncton, New Brunswick. Since this blog is devoted to my favourite subject, birding in Canada, I am pleased to be posting related entries every 10th day of the month.  I am … Continue reading

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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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Winter Birds of New Brunswick

Basically all the typical New Brunswick winter birds have arrived in the past few weeks even though winter hasn’t really made up its mind yet. There isn’t much for snow and still a decent amount of open water along the … Continue reading

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A Visit from a Vulture

Recently a young Turkey Vulture (cathartes aura) has become a frequent visitor in the yard of a Gabriola Island couple. Not knowing the sex, they call it Vic the Vulture – for either Victor or Victoria. Vic usually comes around … Continue reading

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Those Incredible Cormorants

I was on vacation in Mexico years many ago when I noticed the tall black seabirds standing on the rocks, their wings held out from their sleek bodies like ballerinas. At the time, I wondered if the pose was unique … Continue reading

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Sparrows, sparrows, everywhere . . .

I remember the first time I saw a Dark-eyed Junco. We’d just moved to Gabriola Island, seven years ago, and were still busy unpacking boxes when I stopped for a break, looked out the window, and noticed several black-hooded feathered … Continue reading

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Those Ravishing Red-winged Blackbirds

One of the most abundant and studied bird species in North America, blackbirds have captured the imagination of poets and musicians, from Shakespeare to Paul McCartney, for centuries. Maybe that’s because they maintain such an air of mystery – in … Continue reading

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What Kind of Hummer Is That?

The Pacific coast of British Columbia is home to two species of hummingbird, the Rufous (Selasphorus rufus) and the Anna’s (Calypte anna). Like many winter-weary Gabriolans, Rufous hummers spend the winter in Mexico. Then, in the spring, they begin their … Continue reading

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Birding Controversies: Wilson’s Snipe and Others

This month, I will amplify a blog that I posted a few days ago on my personal website. This time around, I was hoping to talk to you about the Christmas Bird Count I did in North Vancouver on Sunday, … Continue reading

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Siren Sounds

It’s inevitable. There comes a moment.  A  time of knowing. Spring yearnings that gave way to summer sensations now yield to autumn harvest and the Southern Siren sounds. It’s time to go. This is not just true for the birds … Continue reading

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