Shy Blue Tipper

Shy Blue Tipper showing its characteristic defensive position. Shy Blue Tipper Classification: B/1 or possibly A/9 The defensive behaviour of this cart makes it easy to identify. When approached by a perceived threat it immediately places the nose of its basket to the ground and raises its rear wheels to the sky. Shy Blue Tipper with wheels raised in defense. …

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 …

If You Go Out in the Woods Today…

A Slime Mould (Myxomycetes) slowly advancing over moss. The wet and cool conditions in the woods are ideal for all sorts of strange things in the woods. This week I came across some very cool slime mould at Miracle Beach Provincial Park. Slime moulds have a weird combination of both fungi and animal characteristics. Like animals, they are capable of …

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 …