West Coast Rollout

I love this time of year when spring migration is just starting and the number of shopping carts on Vancouver Island are starting to build. Hard to believe with the recent snow fall we’ve had that last week we were battling through a couple of windy and wet days. It’s often said that storm days are great for birding since …

What was that Bird?

OK folks – here’s a little challenge for you on a gray west coast Sunday. It’s time to crack open those bird books and see if you can figure out what bird this is. Post a comment below with the field marks that you used to help you identify the bird. I’ll post a couple of better photos (which show …

Beige Rustler Returns

Beige Rustlers are early winter migrants on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. Look for them in back alleys and other edge habitat, particularly in areas thick with fallen leaves. Beige Rustler Classification: B/1 or possibly A/9 While out on a family walk around the neighbourhood I spotted another lifer for me – the Beige Rustler. These large carts are late winter …

Silver Rivercarts Return to Spawn

Salmon aren’t the only species returning to the Courtenay River to spawn. The Courtenay River is awash in life and death these days. Spawned out salmon litter the banks of the river. Gulls have gathered to feed on the carcasses and countless diving ducks are feasting on salmon eggs washed downstream. With death comes new life. Silver Rivercart Classification: B/12 …

Under the Weather

My apologies for not posting regularly this week – I’ve been fighting a particularly nasty stomach bug and have been spending most of my time in the bathroom or in bed (that’s all the information that you need, or probably want, to know.) Hopefully I’ll be back up to speed in this coming week. In the meantime, feel free to …

Celebrate Canada’s National Parks!

If you’ve shot some video in one of Canada’s 42 national parks this summer you might want to check this fantastic contest out. Contest closes October 12, 2010. Celebrate Parks Video Contest – October 12, 2010 Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) is running a nation-wide online video contest to inspire Canadians to share their stories of Canada’s national parks …

An Update…

Greetings and salutations folks – my apologies that the posts have been few and far between over the last couple of weeks. I’ve been juggling a number of different projects and as a result my blog has fallen by the wayside. I’m now almost completely caught up so should be posting a little more regularly, if not every day, at …

Crimson Wanderers

Crimson Wanderers Crimson Wanderer Classification: B/1 Fairly common in my neighbourhood near downtown Courtenay, Crimson Wanderers tend to graze in small herds or singly. They are skittish and frighten easily, often moving from one place to another frequently. Distinctively red in colour, this shy species can be enticed closer with offerings of plastic bags and other small items. Crimson Wanderer …