Category: bird watching

Bird identification: Eurasian collared-dove, part II

Self-tutoring about bird watching: the tutor continues about the Eurasian collared-dove. Back on April 2, 2016, I ID a Eurasian collared-dove. They’re prominent here; I recognize their owl-like cooing often. Lately I’ve been hearing a squawking sound; what could it

Bird watching: white-crowned sparrow, part II

Self-tutoring about birds: the tutor continues about the white-crowned sparrow. Back in my post from April 26, 2016, I finally notice a white-crowned sparrow. Recently I’ve been alerted to a certain bird call. Doubtless I’ve heard it for years, but

Black-capped chickadee: part II

Self-tutoring about bird watching: the tutor follows up about the black-capped chickadee. I mention a black-capped chickadee in my post from April 15, wherein I mention that some sources don’t acknowledge its presence here. Apparently, others report seeing black-capped chickadees

Bird watching: black-capped chickadee?

Self-tutoring about bird watching: the tutor observes black-capped chickadees. Reading today about black-capped chickadees, numerous sources suggest they don’t live on Vancouver Island. While I don’t want to be controversial, I believe that they do live here, and that I

Bird watching: Brewer’s Blackbird

Self-tutoring about birds: the tutor gratefully describes a recent introduction. Yesterday morning, loading the bags in the car at a resort on South Vancouver Island, I noticed a black bird behind me to the left, maybe about ten feet away.

Bird watching: chipping sparrow

Self-tutoring about birds: the tutor mentions an exciting observation. To quote the Beatles, “it’s been a long cold … winter.” Yet, it may be letting go: last night’s low was +4C. This morning indicated a change: in the dark, I

Bird watching: varied thrush, part II

Self-tutoring about seasonal lifestyle: the tutor mentions an observation. Before the cold and snow that dominated last week, I felt spring pushing up like new shoots. Once or twice, out in the yard, I heard the birds singing: perhaps they,

Bird watching (actually, bird listening): varied thrush

Keeping track of birds leads to self-tutoring: the tutor mentions the varied thrush. Often, birds prefer to be heard, not seen. So it can be with the varied thrush, whose song I’ve heard in the yard, but haven’t seen from

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Bird watching, lifestyle: Oregon dark-eyed junco, part II

Bird watching means constant self-tutoring. The tutor mentions another encounter with a dark-eyed junco. March 8 last year, my post was about a couple of dark-eyed juncos. This morning, I had no idea they’d compel me to write another post

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Bird watching, lifestyle: When a Steller’s jay comes calling….

Bird watching means self-tutoring. The tutor reports observing a Steller’s jay – an event he anticipates each year. My reading suggests that Vancouver Island is not part of the permanent range occupied by Steller’s jays. However, they absolutely do come

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