Category Archives: Birds and Bird Books

Eclipse agitation, ducks dabbling and new culverts

August 25 2017 – The solar eclipse was wonderful. A foggy mist passed before the sun just in time to allow for a few photographs. In Delkatla a flock of Sandhill Cranes that had been feeding quietly in the grass … Continue reading

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Magpies, diversions and crows

 Magpies, Diversions and Crows June 16 2017  The call came through last week. “I’ve seen a big bird,” said Leila. “With lots of black and white and lovely blue markings and a really long tail. I’ve never seen anything like … Continue reading

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April 21 2017 Action Central in the Wild

The sea is the great provider. Now the Shearwaters from Australia and New Zealand are out in Hecate Strait again in spite of the big seas this past week. Hundreds of them soar over the waves, black silhouettes against the … Continue reading

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April 7 2017 Swans in the Storm

The three Tundra Swans were tucked into themselves as a storm raged around them. Our neighbour, who lived overlooking Delkatla Wildlife Sanctuary, was concerned and wondered if they needed help. It was a valid concern, birds need our help more … Continue reading

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April 14 2017 Spring Birds Return

Tree Swallows are back, twittering over the dunes. It’s been a week of new arrivals. Townsends Warblers sing faintly in the trees, an Orange-crowned Warbler flits and dives into the underbrush and Rufous Hummingbirds appear island-wide. The big birds, Sandhill … 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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