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Turkey Vultures – Road Kill Connoisseurs

May 16, 2017

If you have ever seen a movie about the desert, you probably have seen a turkey vulture or black vulture. They are the bird version of a cleanup crew and when someone talks about picking the bones clean, just think vultures. They feed almost exclusively on carrion and lack the talons and sharp claws of […]

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Mother Killdeer Feigning A Broken Wing To Protect Her Chicks

May 7, 2017

I had one of those special moments the other day when I saw a mother killdeer feigning a broken wing to protect her chicks. It wasn’t like I was running around chasing them and she decided to step in because… as I have mentioned before, it really important to keep away from the adults and […]

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Evening Grosbeaks In The Morning

May 1, 2017

Very exciting day yesterday, the evening grosbeaks arrived about 8:15 am. They arrive once a year in the spring and they are a few weeks later than their arrival last year on April 11, 2016. They are immediately noticeable not only by their colouring but by their size. As I look out my window to […]

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An Eagle Flew Over My House Today

April 22, 2017

As I was sitting on the deck an eagle flew over my house. I didn’t actually see it at first as I was under the roof of the deck watching the birds at the bird feeder with my trusty camera. I always have my camera when I’m sitting outside as you just never know what […]

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Anna’s Hummingbird – Same Time… Same Place

April 18, 2017

There is one spot that an Anna’s Hummingbird returns to year after year with precision timing. I am so fortunate to have found this little bird in plain sight on one of my walks. People jog by him, walk by him, run dogs by him and he ignores them and holds fast to his territory. […]

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If You Were Missing Some Phoebe’s We Found Them

April 9, 2017

This spring in Victoria we are getting a few anomalies in the way of birds and in particular, some Say’s phoebes and a Black phoebe. They aren’t unknown in this area but are definitely out of their range of flight. At the time of writing this, there have been already been 13 Say’s phoebes in […]

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Spring Ramble With An Unexpected Ending

April 4, 2017

Yesterday had blue skies, sun and the land was beckoning me to go out for a spring ramble. How could one refuse? So I got in the car and headed out to a local park called Aylard Farm. Well actually it’s called East Sooke Regional Park, and only a portion of it is Aylard Farm. It used […]

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Loons, Scoters, And Oystercatchers

April 1, 2017

On the beach, yesterday I saw loons, scoters, and oystercatchers. It was amazing as they just happened to appears in just the right spot at just the right time. Or maybe it was me who was in the right spot at the right time. The sun came out so I left the computer to its […]

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Confessions Of An Amateur Bird Photographer

March 29, 2017

My name is Heather and I’m an amateur bird photographer, birder and naturalist. Amateur birder: I can spot and find birds but still need my trusty guide to identify them a lot of times, and although I can recognise a few bird songs of the most common variety I still need to verify them. If I don’t […]

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