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I JUST SAW A YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER IN BC!!!!!!

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Today I got my 11th new BC Bird this year and it was a bird I never dreamt of seeing in BC. It was a Yellow-browed Warbler!!. The first record for Canada and of course BC!.

Today Chek News and The Times Colonist interviewed me as well.  This bird was big. It attracted birders from across the ABA including WA and CA!. It is listed as an ABA Code 4 Bird and this is the first mainland North American Record. The only other records were in Alaska in St Paul and Gambell and one record in Mexico.

It was nice to see my friends from WA there Blair Bernson and Ann Marie Wood. Plus tons of friends from Vancouver Island and Vancouver. I was especially happy to see that young birders Liam and Rebecca not only got on the bird but also got decent photos of it!.

We went over the night before and stayed at a hotel so we could be there for dawn. We got there at 7:30 am just before sunrise and found the bird quickly at 7:45 am. It was down low at eye level and then quickly flew out high to the cottonwoods …

The Beautiful Bald Eagle...

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I went to Brunswick Point today and had an incredible encounter with a Bald Eagle. They hardly ever let you walk right up to them but this one did, allowing me to get some beautiful shots of this striking bird. It was a privilege to be so close to this powerful raptor.







Birding helps youth of all backgrounds and struggles

You should read about these inspirational young birders. They discuss how birding helped them cope with bullying at school; gave them a reprieve from their mental health issues and for some it also helped with their autism and dyslexia.

Some young people go through so much trauma in their daily lives and birding is a true reprieve.

It can help anyone at any age to feel peace, calm and wellness. Birds never judge us and give us so very many physical health and emotional benefits by getting out in bathe to view them.

If you want to be inspired read about these youth HERE 

A whole mix of good birds to be thankful for!

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October has been a great month for rarities. The gift that just keeps on giving it seems.  There was a Brown Booby and Common Crane which I was lucky enough to see. BC also had a Brown Shrike, Red-shouldered Hawk, Green-tailed Towhee and Red-throated Pipit.

There have also been some good local rarities like a Clay-colored Sparrow at Iona (Metro Vancouver bird #254) that I twitched. It was found by Harold Eyster and was feeding constantly at marker 59 at the beginning of the south jetty. It is so nice when birds are not a 4 km walk out to the end of the long south jetty --that's where they typically like to be.


Also I was lucky enough to see 2 Northern Pygmy-Owls in the local North Shore Mountains. They are such a treat and sometimes not that easy to find. They are so small and hard to see but their cute little "toots" give their locations away. At one point one of the little guys flew down at eye level with me but mostly stayed up high. The Northern Pygmy-Owl was Metro Van…

2 COMMON CRANES IN ONE YEAR!

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"Unbelievable"... that's the word I said when Mark Phinney sent me his pics of the Common Crane he had just seen in Peace River. This would be BC's 2nd record of this majestic bird.

On Oct 4rd, Mark had gone to look for a bird that Jeannie Smith from Alberta thought may have been a Whooping Crane. When Mark got there he found it was an even rarer bird - a Common Crane!.

I really wanted to go see this bird so thanks to Ilya's Aeroplan points I was lucky enough to go. Thank you Ilya!. A whole group of us got together and shared a rental car as well and drove out to the spot at the crack of dawn. The bird was an hour away from Fort St. John near the little town of Rolla. This was by far the furthest I have ever traveled in the province to chase a bird.

When we pulled up just after sunrise we were taken aback by the large number of Sandhill Cranes. There was over 2000 Sandhill Cranes!. It made me think of the large flocks I would see every fall in SK. I just love the so…

BROWN BOOBY IN VANCOUVER!!!!!!!!!

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Today (Oct 1, 2019) was an incredible day. My friend John Reynolds invited me out on his boat to twitch the Brown Booby. He bought  a new beautiful boat so when I got to the dock at Vanier Park to meet him I had no idea that was his boat! I had been on his old one before and what a beautiful upgrade. There was 9 of us friends on board and we set off to try and find this marvelous bird. 

There has never been a twitchable Brown Booby in Vancouver. This is only the second record of one. Most Brown Boobies are seen by fisherman and they don't stick around long. This bird was first found by Dan Pontalti and Grant Edwards on Sept 21, 2019. Unfortunately due to distance they were not able to photograph it. Then on Sept 29, 2019 Rick Zapf was able to photograph the bird off the south jetty.

So back to our trip we went out and began finding huge flocks of  thousands of Bonaparte's Gulls. In those flocks we found 3 Parasitic Jaegers. Lovely adults and some young ones. They are such cool l…

Watch new program about Canada's declining Grassland Birds

Tonight on CBC David Suzuki hosted a fantastic program called "Grasslands: A Hidden Wilderness." It dealt mainly about the decline of Canada's grasslands birds but also other animals that are suffering such as the Swift Fox, Black-footed Ferret, Bison, Grizzlies and Pronghorn. The footage of the Greater Sage-Grouse is especially beautiful.

It is well worth a watch. We really have changed our prairie landscape to quite devastating effects but the people in the film working to protect the habitat and animals give me some hope.

If you missed it on CBC you can watch it for free on their website at this link HERE.

Watch the new Netflix documentary called "Birders"

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If you have a Netflix subscription you can watch a new 40 min documentary entitled "Birders."

I watched it and it's fantastic. It deals with the issue birds are facing along the south Texas/Mexican border and how Trump's wall will negatively effect them.

I stayed at the Alamo Inn featured in here and have been to many of the hotspots listed.

Watch the trailer here:


It is available to stream now on Netflix for all subscribers.

*An aside -  if you haven't heard there is new fascinating research on Barn Owls that proves that moonlight allows white-plumaged Barn Owls to hunt better by stunning their prey longer.*

A quick trip to AZ!

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I have been following some of the rarities being seen in Southeastern Arizona lately and there were 3 that had my mouth watering. I love hummingbirds and have ALWAYS wanted to see a Berylline and White-eared and when I knew there was some long staying individuals I was intrigued. When I noticed the Common Crane which I dipped on in June was still present I thought it would be worth a trip. I looked for a seat sale but it was a fortune from Vancouver due to the long weekend but there was a cheap flight for only 200$ Cad out of Bellingham so I grabbed that and flew to Mesa.  Ilya had wanted to join me but due to work conflicts he couldn't.

It was my first time flying into this airport and won't be my last. It couldn't have been easier a tiny airport and you walk right out to your rental car. No big shuttle buses and long waits like at the large PHX terminal. Plus this airport is way closer to the birds in southeastern AZ!.
I went straight to Ash Canyon B&B to look for the …