Northern Flicker

I voted for Northern Flicker to be Vancouver’s official bird rather than Anna’s Hummingbird (sorry!). They are truly stunning woodpeckers – this juvenile male (note the pale orangeish malar stripe) was foraging for ants and insects on our lawn today.

IOC / VIBF Week!

The International Ornithological Congress (IOC) and inaugural Vancouver International Bird Festival (VIBF) took place the week of August 20th, 2018. It was an exciting week packed with events offering workshops, presentations, tours, exhibitions and lectures. Although the IOC is unlikely to be held in Vancouver again, the VIBF will be an annual event in August to celebrate birds and nature …

Purple Martin Nestling Banding

Our Purple Martin (PUMA) nest box monitoring program at the Conservation Area Maplewood is a joint program with Wild Bird Trust of B.C. (WBT) to monitor nesting behaviour and productivity.  Purple Martin populations along the West Coast of North America are a Species at Risk throughout their range. Our current conservation and research efforts are directed towards the Blue-listed (Vulnerable) …

Audubon’s Warbler

A Hutton’s Vireo arrived at the pond this morning but wouldn’t settle long enough to video but this gorgeous male Audubon’s Warbler arrived shortly afterwards!

Anna’s Hummingbird bathing!

Anna’s Hummingbird using one of the  stone gurglers in our garden to bathe. Must be like standing under Niagara Falls!

Bathing Birds

These recently fledged Townsend’s Warblers and Warbling Vireos were clearly unsure of water as a medium for bathing. Unlike adults that come in to the water and bathe for sustained periods, these birds would only flit in and out touching the surface of the water briefly before leaving!

Spotted Towhee

The Spotted Towhee can be difficult to see scratching around in the leaf litter, so your best chance for an unobstructed view of this handsome sparrow is at this time of the year, when males sing their buzzy songs from the tops of low trees and shrubs.

Vancouver International Bird Festival!

The VIBF is going BIG on BIRDS and VARC is a key partner! What? A celebration of NATURE through BIRDS! How? Vancouver is combining its long-standing Bird Week celebration with the most prestigious bird congress in the world to bring an exciting new International Bird Festival to Vancouver!Who?  Over 60 exhibitors, top nature artists, dozens of acclaimed speakers and presentations …

July 9th

Dave Watson sent this great photo of a juvenile Killdeer from a new area in his neighbourhood called “Blackburn lagoon”. The area has recently been open to the public after an extensive transformation from two waste settling ponds to an oasis for birds. Always nice to hear stories of habitat restoration rather then degradation! Like many plovers, Killdeer’s are well-known for their …