Great Blue Heron Sightings Wanted

Great Blue Heron sightings are being sought in the Squamish-Lillooet Regional District (e.g., Pemberton, Whistler, Squamish, D'Arcy and surrounding areas). This is the third season heron sightings are being requested. Reporting heron sightings (i.e., number, specific location, time, direction flying, age) is important and very much appreciated, providing us with a better understanding of their population … Continue reading Great Blue Heron Sightings Wanted

Calling all owls – John Tschopp is offering a free portrait service

On February 10, John Tschopp, our birding correspondent, crossed paths with an old friend. This Short-eared Owl was soaking up the sun near Erickson Road, where SE Owls like to hunt mice. Is this bird on its way North already? Maybe it was pushed South by the big snow in central BC, too deep to … Continue reading Calling all owls – John Tschopp is offering a free portrait service

The Official Bird Tally: results of the 2017 Pemberton Christmas Bird Count are in and the numbers are the lowest on record

Thanks to Karl Ricker and the bird counters, for their ongoing observations of our habitat. Lots of commentators that 2017 was a lamentable year on many fronts. Seems the birds agreed. Here's to a more robust and thriving 2018. Pemberton Christmas Bird Count Highlights (2001 – 2017) by Karl Ricker Introduction: Year 2017 was plagued … Continue reading The Official Bird Tally: results of the 2017 Pemberton Christmas Bird Count are in and the numbers are the lowest on record

John Tschopp explains the pleasure of a roadside stop at Porteau Cove

Guest post by John Tschopp Last week I had to drive to North Vancouver. The weather was drab, cloudy, with intermittent rain. Since time was in my favor, I pulled onto the parking lot at Porteau Beach. Usually one passes that spot at 90 km/h. What a surprise ! Everywhere I looked, there was wildlife, … Continue reading John Tschopp explains the pleasure of a roadside stop at Porteau Cove

Sighted: Pinegrosbeaks snacking on maple seeds down by Naylor Trail

Last week, Hugh Naylor called in a sighting of pinegrosbeaks to fellow bird-watcher, John Tschopp, prompting John to head out for a photo session. Here is the result of that fruitful collaboration. They can be seen from the Naylor Trail, which runs from Urdal Rd below the railroad track to Lillooet river.  1 - 3pm … Continue reading Sighted: Pinegrosbeaks snacking on maple seeds down by Naylor Trail

Next stop, the Amazon. How local songbirds remind us that the world is much smaller than it seems

Every fall the veery travels more than 14,000 kilometres — from its summer home in the Pemberton valley to the jungles of the Amazon rainforest. Reading Joel Barde's recent Pique piece reminded me of learning about this project from our birding correspondent John Tschopp. One summer, university researchers caught three veeries from Tschopp’s property and … Continue reading Next stop, the Amazon. How local songbirds remind us that the world is much smaller than it seems

A little bit owl, a little bit hawk: Northern Harrier in the ‘hood

"eagle-eyed" John Tschopp spotted a northern harrier last Monday late in the afternoon while it was catching mice. When it was perched on a fence post, I  realized how owl-like some of its features are. It was already quite dark, not the best picture. It looks like a cross between an owl and a hawk. Some … Continue reading A little bit owl, a little bit hawk: Northern Harrier in the ‘hood

Birds can be deadly. The Christmas Bird Count won’t. Save the date. December 15.

John Tschopp shared the recent news of a Great Horned Owl doing battle in a local chicken coop. It won. Meal was successfully attained. Franzy Schnyder provided these pictures of the intruder. Save the date for the Pemberton Christmas Bird Count 2017. December 15. Based on the event's longstanding track record, there is zero likelihood … Continue reading Birds can be deadly. The Christmas Bird Count won’t. Save the date. December 15.