Category: bird watching

Bird watching: bird in the sprinkler

Self-tutoring about bird lifestyle: the tutor reports an observation. I recall robins on the lawn during rain, but what about other birds? My gut says I seldom see them. This morning, after I turned on a sprinkler, I noticed a

Bird watching: red winged blackbird

Self-tutoring about birds: the tutor mentions an encounter Back on September 5, 2017, I mention looking at a goose across a lake in Nanaimo. At the same place this morning, I noticed a red winged blackbird. I heard the bird

Bird identification: red crossbill

Self-tutoring about birds: the tutor gives commentary. Yesterday I spent about five hours in the yard, catching up on chores. Early on, I heard a flushing sound, but couldn’t place it. Yet, it was energetic: I wondered why I could

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,

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