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
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
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
"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
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.
Early in August, the fence in the back of John Tschopp's field looked different. He got out the binoculars and zeroes in on some Turkey Vultures. Many Turkey Vultures, in fact. Usually, explains Tschopp, the presence of so many turkey vultures indicates a carcass, but not in this case. No dead animal to be found and … Continue reading Just a couple of turkey vultures sitting on the fence
On August 14, I got this wonderful emailed Bird Update from John Tschopp: A resident on Collins road in Pemberton came home today to find a beautiful live sculpture floating on his garden pond. A single American White Pelican decided to test the waters of Pemberton. This is a first for Pemberton and will be added … Continue reading Meet the pelican who took a right turn at the beach and ended up in Pemberton