Category Archives: Hummingbirds

How to Create a Wild Bird Garden Haven

To attract birds to your backyard, you will need to provide the three main conditions to help them thrive: shelter, food, water. We all know that birdbaths and birdfeeders will attract our feathered friends to our neighbourhood. In addition, there … Continue reading

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Late winter/early spring birding in Vancouver

For my guest blog this month, I thought I would provide a small sample of the birds I have seen and photographed from mid-January to mid-March in the greater Vancouver region. To say that it has been warmer than the rest of the … Continue reading

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My 2014 Baillie Birdathon

Cross-post from my blog Prairie Birder: Thursday, May 29th was my “green” Baillie Birdathon which was not only the wettest but also possibly my best Birdathon so far. I decided that I’d do a “green” birdathon because I wanted to focus more on the birds … Continue reading

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Vancouver City Bird Competition and Bird Week

The past few weeks have been quite busy with respect to birds in the greater Vancouver area, but not simply because they are returning in droves. In order to draw more attention to the importance of birds, the City of … Continue reading

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Flight: A Photo Essay

Today’s post will focus on one thing most birds can do rather well: Fly! And as anyone who is a bird photographer can tell you, it can be rather difficult to capture flying birds, even with a good autofocus DSLR. … 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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Anna’s Hummingbird

My blog post this month is more or less the result of pure chance: At the beginning of the week, I decided to take a stroll around some of the outlying areas of UBC’s Vancouver campus to see if I … Continue reading

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Interview with Young Manitoba Birder Josiah

For my post this month, I’m interviewing young birder Josiah from Manitoba. Josiah writes at his blog Birds in Your Backyard. PB: Please tell me a little bit about yourself. Josiah: I’m 12 years old and live just out of Winnipeg, … Continue reading

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Small home

Last year, I discovered a location in Fish Creek P.P. where I found 2 (and possibly all 3 species of hummingbirds that commonly occur in Calgary) nesting. In June, I had found a pair of Ruby-throated Hummingbirds and not long … Continue reading

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History and Birds: Stanley Park (Vancouver, BC)

Vancouver’s Stanley Park is one of Canada’s important urban parks, not only because of its large size, but also because of the richness of the ecosystems it shelters. More specifically, it features an important, year-long bird population, particularly during the … Continue reading

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