Birds of November: raptors, snow buntings, and a great horned owl

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Peregrine falcon, perched in a cottonwood tree. Photo by john Tschopp. November 2018

Yesterday proved to be a good day for our birding correspondent, John Tschopp, with sightings of a portrait-ready snow bunting, a peregrine falcon in a roadside cottonwood, trumpeter swans, northern harriers and even a kestrel.

Tschopp had already spied a small flock of snow buntings, the previous week. Rare visitors to Pemberton Valley, snow buntings do not show every winter.

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Flock of snow buntings, spotted November 7 2018. Photo by John Tschopp

Before the day was done, Tschopp was called by Heather Baines, who was on an owl recovery mission near Wilson Road. The duo retrieved a Great Horned Owl from beside a chicken coop. With much clicking of the beak, it was boxed up and sent of to the Owl Recovery Centre in Delta.

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Great Horned Owl. Photo by John Tschopp. November 15 2018

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Arctic snow bunting, on its vacation in Pemberton. Photo by John Tschopp.

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Snow Bunting. Photo by John Tschopp.

2 thoughts on “Birds of November: raptors, snow buntings, and a great horned owl

  1. Lisa Richardson says:

    I’d be a complete bird-ignoramus without John’s emails and photos. As it is, I’m a partial bird ignoramus… but that’s progress. I read that they’re an arctic bird. Cool the way they make the world literally smaller and more connected.

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