Archives for BC birds

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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Red Shafted Flicker

Categories: Birds and British Columbia.

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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