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

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

Seasonal observations: It’s spring and love is in the air

My favourite correspondent, John Tschopp, has broken away from his usual orthithological themed observations to share this one, for our collective phenology journal. Phenology, derived from the Greek word phaino, meaning "to show or appear," is literally "the science of appearance." It is a segment of ecology focused on the study of periodic plant and animal lifecycle … Continue reading Seasonal observations: It’s spring and love is in the air

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