Archives for BC birds

Sandpipers

One of the shore birds we saw while walking the beaches in September in British Columbia was the sandpiper.  At first I thought these are the least sandpipers as they were fairly small, but they could be sanderlings which also look very similar.  There are about 20 species and identification can be a challenge.
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Steller Jays

We were fasciated to see many different varieties of birds on our trip to British Columbia in November 2011. The Steller Jay was a new siting for us, as we don’t get them here in Ontario.  Stellar jays are native to North America (west coast) and are related to the bluejays that frequent Ontario.  It is sometimes referred to as mountain jay or pine jay.  Stellar jays are sited mostly on Vancouver Island and on the southern mainland of the province. The noisy lens friends were captured from the balcony of the cottage where we stayed in Ucluelet on the
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Dark Eyed Juncos

On our trip to British Columbia in November 2011 we spotted some different birds than we see here in Ontario.  The dark eyed, or Oregon juncos out there are just a bit different from the slate coloured juncos we see at home. These cute little sparrow like birds were in a large flock around the garden at our daughter’s home. They find their food mainly on the ground but will go into the feeders. They are common residents around that part of Canada.  Over winter they will venture into other areas. The colouring on these juncos is just a bit
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Red Shafted Flicker

On our trip to British Columbia, Canada in November 2011 we were fascinated to see many different species of birds.Here are some photos of the red shafted flicker that frequently visited our daughter’s garden.We first spotted the flicker sitting on a fence post at the back of the garden.  Just look at all those spots on its belly.  He looked very much like the flickers we have here in Ontario, but a bit of searching in the bird books told me that the red shafted ones live in Western Canada and the yellow shafted flickers are the ones we see
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