Monthly Archives: October 2016

December 11 2015 – Salting the Highway; a death trap for birds

December 11 2015 – Large flocks of small birds swing over the fields then land and nibble on alder catkins. It might be one of those years when members of the finch family come down from the north and spend … Continue reading

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December 4 2015 – Of Doves and Hawks

December 4 2015 – There were no doves. Now there are lots of them. They come to feeders, get taken by hawks and one recently lost its tail completely, possibly from a hawk attack. The dove escaped and flew into … Continue reading

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November 28 2015 – Birds in the City

November 28 2015 – It was good flying weather. Vancouver was cool and sunny and a small flock of Bushtits flitted through the trees near the Vancouver Art Gallery. As we watched them a CBC reporter asked us what we … Continue reading

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November 20 2015; Minimum Viable Populations

 November 20, 2015 – The big chill is here. There’s usually a few frosty days at the end of November which drives many birds further south and they don’t return until spring. The Christmas Bird Count is coming up, an … Continue reading

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November 13 2015 – Changing Evolution; survival of the smallest

November 13 2015 – A raft of Green-winged Teal slips along the edge of the Sanctuary nipping on aquatic vegetation. These ducks don’t dive, they just feed quietly until an eagle puts them up or the tide rises and they … Continue reading

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October 29 2015 – Migratory miracles

October 29 2105 – Red Crossbills are not usually seen from the ‘Northern Expedition’ when crossing Hecate Strait. But there they were, four of them, out in the middle of the strait. They kept up with, then overtook, the ship … Continue reading

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October 16 2015 – A Rare Bird Offshore

2015 – As we were driving north we decided to turn into the parking lot beside the Gwaii Trust office in Skidegate. There were all kinds of diving ducks in the bay and Peter was concentrating on the flocks of … Continue reading

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