Archives for BC birds

Quails for Q

Categories: Birds, British Columbia, and Lens Friends.

 We loved seeing quail on our visits to British Columbia.  Some research tells me this is a California quail, found along the Pacific coast of the USA and Vancouver Island and the southern part of British Columbia.   They are small to mid size birds in the pheasant family. The distinctive head markings on the male are lovely and don’t you just love that little plume feather on the top of its head?  It’s made up of 6 feathers that curl towards the front.  The female has a little top knot but it doesn’t curl as much as the male one. Here
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The Spotted Towhee

Categories: Birds, British Columbia, and Lens Friends.

~ The spotted towhee is a western bird and we were lucky to spot some on our last trip to British Columbia. Towhees hop around moving leaves for find food. Above is the male towhee and below is the female (not the best photo) This over sized sparrow is usually a ground feeder but they will go to the feeders. When we first saw the towhee we were walking the Galloping Goose trail and it flew in front of us and landed in one of the trees.  Our first instinct was to say it was a robin as the flash
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Spotting Eagles

Categories: Birds and British Columbia.

E for Eagles. The thing we look for the most when visiting British Columbia is the eagles.  Our favourite place to see them is Goldstream Park in Victoria BC. This year we were so lucky to see many eagles, perhaps because of the time of year we were visiting.  They go to the park because of the salmon run and in mid December there were many salmon dead on the banks of the stream (finished spawning) and the eagles are there to have a feast. It was a foggy day when we visiting but there were so many eagles in
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Black Turnstones

Categories: Birds, British Columbia, and Lens Friends.

~ Our latest visit to British Columbia gave us the opportunity to check off many different species of birds, ducks and shore birds. The Black Turnstone was spotted on a rainy day while visiting Whiffin Spit.  This was the same day we saw the Whiffin Spit Christmas tree.  If you missed the post about that you can view it here. This species loves the rocky Pacific coast.  It’s a medium sized, short legged shore bird about 20-25 cm long. I love all the barnacles on the rocks in this photo.  This bird will peck inside the barnacles to find food.
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Sandpipers

Categories: Birds, British Columbia, and Lens Friends.

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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Shore Birds at Whiffin Spit

Categories: Birds and British Columbia.

We loved taking a lot of different walks on our trip to British Columbia this past July.  We are always on the lookout for birds that we don’t see here in Ontario.  This time we spotted a couple of different shore birds on a walk at Whiffin Spit. There are so many varieties of shore birds and many of them have similar features.  Some have very distinguishing marks and are easy to identify.  Some we saw were harder to put a name too.  Our daughter out west has been searching through their birding books.  I’ve been searching the internet and I
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Steller Jays

Categories: Birds and British Columbia.

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

Categories: Birds and British Columbia.

  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
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