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There back! Our beautiful, cryptically feathered nighthawk friends have returned from there winter vacation in the Southern Americas, heralding the arrival of the summer in central and southern British Columbia! I heard my very first CONI "peent" of the year and found this handsome male calling from a nearby acacia tree along the southern Thompson … Continue reading They’re Back! The Nighthawks have returned…
Spring has sprung, the grass has 'riz, I wonders wheres the birdies iz..?
It was a fantastic week volunteering for my first time at the VLBO, where I began learning how to assist the Bander In Charge (BIC), Doug Brown, at the Vaseaux Lake Migratory Bird Monitoring Station. Doug is one of the top birders in BC, who possesses an extraordinary wealth of experience & self taught knowledge … Continue reading Vaseaux Lake Birding Observatory
It was time to revisit an area I had gone rockhounding in near the Chilcotin area where I had seen some lovely hawks & and my first Great Grey Owl last year. During my previous visit I had been searching for opal & agate on a steep rocky outcrop high above the logging road when … Continue reading Rockhounding, Raptors, & some very Rare nighthawk observations near the Chilcotin.
An early summer camping & birding trip to Okanagan Falls Provincial Park Campground this year proved to be one of my more memorable adventures as my birdwatching interest began to seriously deepen. Within a week, I managed to list almost 60 different species of birds, a huge first in my 5 year gradual seduction into … Continue reading The First Adventure of the “Nighthawk Whisperer”
Here are a few pictures from this last month of birding & an update to my nightjar surveying adventures. After completing 6 nightjar surveys, my curiosity about these mysterious birds deepened. According to the National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America, subspecies map page 552, the Chordeiles Minor, sp. Minor, have a … Continue reading It’s been an awesome month for birding, and for the Nightjars!