More Owls Die From Rat Poison In BC's Lower Mainland...

There have been more owls showing up dead in the lower mainland this time Great Horned Owls and Northern Saw-whet Owls that are testing positive for rodenticide. This time the deaths publicized are in Coquitlam. They used one of my photos for it.

It feels like we keep pounding our heads against a brick wall but eventually things will change. Let's not give up, keep writing your MLA's and MP's.

You can read the article HERE

On a happy note birds and wildlife should get some reprieve from drone fliers. Starting June 1st they will need federally issued licenses and have to attend a safety training course. Read about that HERE.

SW BC’s first record of Cape May Warbler

Today I went to look for the first record of a Cape May Warbler in SW BC. On Jan 1st my friend Neal Doan emailed me to ask what warbler he had found as he couldn't match any of the locally occurring ones in his field guide. Well when I wrote him back to tell him it was  Cape May with multiple "WOW's" he was thrilled. He found it while simply out for his dog walk. Great job Neal!

Even though they breed in the extreme north of our province (Peace Region); this is the closest record of this species occurring near Vancouver. The other distantly close record was a bird Chris Charlesworth found in Jan, 2006 in Nakusp which is in the Kootenays.

It was pouring rain... just bucketing. I went out in full rain gear prepared for the downpour. I wasn’t surprised to be the only one there. All the smart people went yesterday in the sun and dry weather. I found him immediately after walking the walkway. It’s too bad it was pouring so much because I would have liked to bird it prope…

The best and worst moments from my 2018 Metro Van Big Year...

My friend Rob gave me a great idea for a post today the best and worst moments from my Metro Van 2018 Big Year. I may have got 270 species but it was fraught with peril but also filled with wonderful memories. My first bird of my big year in 2018 was Bohemian Waxwing... I felt from that day onward... 2018 was off to a great start.

Rob knew that my nemesis was a Black-and-White Warbler. I had never seen one in Vancouver before. I kept looking for one and many were reported but I kept dipping. During my 2018 big year there was 6 reported in Vancouver. My friend Rob Lyske actually found 2 of them at Maplewood Flats in North Vancouver and I and my friend Roger Foxall chased both of them. Rob so kindly waited with the bird for us but from White Rock (where Roger lives) and Richmond (where I live) with traffic the bird of course disappeared each time. I also chased one in Jericho, UBC, and could never connect with one. I was convinced Black-and-White Warblers hated me. In fact I was sure o…

270 Bird Species This Year In Metro Vancouver and Happy New Year!

On Jan 1st, 2018 I decided that I would set out and try and get 270 birds in Metro Vancouver in one calendar year. Well I was able to achieve it today! It was so much work and I dipped on a common bird a "Horned Lark." I missed 2 Vancouver rarities including one mega that was Rob Lyske's "Loggerhead Shrike" because I arrived too late and I missed Kevin Louth's  Bar-tailed Godwit because I was gravely ill. The toughest bird this year for me to track down was a Northern Pygmy-Owl because I didn't join the crowds in 2018 to see the one at Maplewood. What a mistake that was! Well I never searched harder for a little Pygmy-Owl but today my hard work paid off when I found one in West Vancouver.

A big thanks to all my friends and family who helped me achieve my goal. Today I thought I was going to end at 269 until I heard the little owl and then saw him "tooting" at me.

I beat the previous record of 264 which I held last year and tonight I will have…

Young Women are changing the face of Birding everywhere!

It is so nice to see more and more young women (and women in general) getting into birding. It is a male dominated hobby, so the more women the better. Even better yet, it's great to see more racially diverse women getting into the hobby as it has traditionally been a Caucasian based hobby as well.

You should read about this incredible young woman from Uganda, who is changing the face of birding in her community in a very positive way HERE.

You can also read about the incredible movement of female millennial birders in America HERE.

We can see right here in BC how many young women are improving birding for us all with their sheer presence. Just think of Bridget Spencer, Toby Theriault, Cedar Forest, Rebecca and Emma Reader-Lee, Katya Kondratyuk , Alice Sun, Sasha Fairbairn and Willa Crowley just to name a few!

All these women are truly inspirational!

Here's to more GIRL POWER in Birding Everywhere! We should make sure to support and lift up young women birders and be inclusiv…

There is hope for the world's rarest bird... Also how will the new Sewage Treatment Plant at Iona affect birders?

The Madagascar Pochard was thought to be extinct after no one seeing it for 15 years but a small population was rediscovered and now captive birds are being released and there is renewed hope. Read the full story and watch the video about the birds and the incredible people who are helping them HERE.

There is a new Wastewater Treatment Plant being built at Iona. There is a public information session being held Wednesday, January 9, 2019 from 6 to 8:30 pm in the Auditorium at the Pacific Autism Family Network at 3688 Cessna Drive, Richmond. As us birders like to access this site it might be worth attending if you have any questions on how the new plant and land expansion will affect the birds and wildlife and any access to it.

All info HERE

Read an interview I did with The Richmond News and Christmas Greetings!

I recently did an interview with the Richmond News about winter birding; you can read it HERE.

Also, I want to wish every one of my blog readers and followers a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

I wish you many good birds, peace, love, happiness and all good things in 2019!

Come with me to Nome!

Chris Charlesworth has asked me to lead a trip for Avocet Tours to Nome in 2020 and 2021. Since I love Nome so much I had to say yes! Of all the places I have birded none were as cool (Well maybe that will change after my Ecuador trip). There really is “no place like Nome” as corny as that may sound.

The trip is June 3-10, 2020 and is 6500$ Cad per person everything is included except airfare. Ilya Povalyaev will be the second guide as well since we have so many participants.

Already 20 people have emailed Chris to tell him they are interested and want on. So it’s now time to secure your spot it will be first come first served!

Whoever can’t come on this trip due to availability will have first dibs on thee 2021 tour!

All details with itinerary and species list and how to book are HERE

Email me at or Chris Charlesworth at with any questions!

You can read my trip report from 2017 HERE

Hope to see you in Nome!


Yes, I got a Fieldfare today!! Let me back up. Yesterday, Roger Beardmore emailed me about a Fieldfare that he and his wife Nan and his friends Peter and Sharon Lawless had found on their local Christmas Bird Count in Salmon Arm. My jaw dropped at his stunning photos see them HERE.

I was so excited I told Roger I would be up the next morning and I rallied some friends to go. Brian Stech said he would drive and my friend Peter Candido said he wanted to go. First of all we thought 6 am would be fine but then Brian thought better of it and we decided to meet at 5 am. I am sure glad we did. We promptly departed at  5 am. I was surprised how non-tired I was. I got little sleep excited about this bird. It was a lifer for me and one I have always wanted to see in BC!... But Brian's friendly chatter kept me awake and I was glad for it. We talked a lot about my upcoming trip to Ecuador. Brian scared me about pickpockets and venemous deadly snakes. I even saw a photo of a man who lost his …

More Owls are dying in North Vancouver due to rat poison

.....and this is not just occuring in North Van but everywhere! Read more about this problem HERE.

Things you can do to help is to please stop using Rat Poison and tell all you know to stop using it as well. Many bird and animal lives will be saved if only the gov't would deregulalte the use and people would stop using it.

Also this is not about birds directly but more salmon means more Eagles .... but great news about the closure of several (17!) salmon farms in Vancouver Island. I hope this leads to more closures of open net fish farms and a transition to land based farming. We need to do all we can including closing the commercial fishery to help save endangered Salmon which benefit so many birds, animals like Orcas and ourselves! A big thank you to the Namgis, Kwikwasut'inuxw Haxwa'mis and Mamalilikulla people for fighting for this change.

To read about the closures click HERE.

To see my friend John Reynolds speaking about the plight of Chinook Salmon click HERE