All posts in "Birds"

Evening Grosbeaks In The Morning

By Heather / 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 […]


An Eagle Flew Over My House Today

By Heather / 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 […]


Anna’s Hummingbird – Same Time… Same Place

By Heather / 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. […]


If You Were Missing Some Phoebe’s We Found Them

By Heather / 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 […]


Loons, Scoters, And Oystercatchers

By Heather / 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 […]


Confessions Of An Amateur Bird Photographer

By Heather / 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 […]


Good Hair Day For A Red-Breasted Merganser

By Heather / March 28, 2017

My day was made by finding this red-breasted merganser in my viewfinder on this wet, cold, rainy morning in March. I set out for a walk in the rain to get out of the house, and as usual, my camera went with me. The only time I leave it at home is well… really… never. Maybe […]


Rufous Hummingbirds Make Their Spring Arrival

By Heather / March 22, 2017

Every year I wait to hear news of the rufous hummingbirds as they make their way north to us. People in the outlying areas report seeing one, then further up the coast, you’ll hear of another. All the while, I am keeping my eye on the hummingbird feeders that the Anna’s hummingbirds are so fiercely […]

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