Category Archives: Raptors

A Golden Guest

Local nature photographer Duane Starr has taken a series of outstanding pictures of a magnificent Golden Eagle. He says he came across a bird sitting on a rock on a small hill next to the road. Just as he stopped, … Continue reading

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Well, I Know It’s A Hawk

Juvenile raptor identification is a wonderful challenge, isn’t it? What do you think – did I have a Cooper’s Hawk or a Sharp-shinned Hawk in my backyard? Peruse the photos, make your decision and leave a comment below. It will … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday: An Evening Drive

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Vulture Awareness Day 2011- Bone Bustin’ Birds

Today is International Vulture Awareness Day. Always a fan of the underdog, I jump at the chance to talk about these birds, so for the past two years, I’ve featured Canada’s only vulture species- the Turkey Vulture. This year I … Continue reading

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Now I’ve Got You. Oops.

We’re into the dull birding month in my yard – I have house sparrows and more house sparrows, as the hatch year juveniles are now flying with the adults. House finches, mourning doves and black-capped chickadees make the occasional appearance, … Continue reading

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Wednesday Wings: Noisy Neighbors

For the past few weeks, several times a day, I have been forced to quickly abandon whatever I’m doing in the house and run outside. No, it’s not an earthquake. We have (at least) four merlins playing in the sky above … Continue reading

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Wednesday Wings: Ferruginous Five

Have you ever been so astonished by a bird sighting that your brain shuts down? No synapses firing, just a blank white void where your bird identification skills should be? It’s most disconcerting, I can tell you. One blisteringly hot … Continue reading

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Wednesday Wings: Tree Tops

At the back of our yard, we have a cluster of four fully mature white spruce trees – my own little boreal forest. These trees are about 50 feet high, and not surprisingly, a favorite perch of many birds. I … Continue reading

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Wednesday Wings: A Rough(ie) Trip

The amount of birding I have done this month is embarrassing. Between our continually crappy weather and the fact I have been designing a 100+ page website, we made one whole trip. But it was a good one! About an hour’s … Continue reading

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Wednesday Wings: A True Prairie Hawk

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