Monthly Archives: August 2015

A Deficit of Nature

On the Wing – July 30 2015 Rain pours down and fills the creeks and rivers. Salmon have a chance. Adults return to their natal streams and tiny alevins leave their gravel home, become fry and head towards the ocean. … Continue reading

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Oystercatchers, Pine Grosbeaks and Bumblebees

On the Wing – July 24 2015 It is calm. Western Sandpipers skitter through the seaweed until a Black Oystercatcher calls the alarm from far down the beach. Panic in the skies. The peregrine is back! It rises from behind … Continue reading

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Ravens in the cherries; Canada Geese back home

On the Wing – July 17 2015 Birds love soft weather. The hard wind has stopped (for now) there’s a misty drizzle, a bit of rain-fog and the cherries are ripe. We couldn’t figure out what the noise and banging … Continue reading

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Semipalmated Plovers and Goldeneye chicks

On the Wing – June 26 2015. It’s hard to believe, but the southbound migration is underway! We are only past midsummer and already the first wave of Western Sandpipers are feeding on the beach. Some of the bigger shorebirds have … Continue reading

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Birds, Berries and Baths

On the Wing – July 10 2015 Berry picking is in full swing. The huckleberries are early from the dry, sunny weather and out on the berry patch the only sound is the gentle song of the Hermit Thrush. It’s … Continue reading

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Summer Shearwaters, petrels and phalaropes

On the Wing – July 3 2015 The day was clear and calm and we could see for miles. BC Ferries “Northern Adventure” ran through flocks of Sooty Shearwaters on the way to Prince Rupert, and, mixed with the shearwaters was … Continue reading

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Bird Songs and Cranes

On the wing – June 19 2015 The sun shines bright. Too bright sometimes. Birds don’t sing as much during a high pressure system as they do under low cloud. Their sound doesn’t carry as well. That’s how it seems … Continue reading

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