Birdwatching

Furry visitor to a Langley City garden in mid-August. (Heather Colpitts/Langley Advance Times)

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  • Sep 5, 2022

 

Bruce Thomson snapped a shot of what he calls a summer hummer. The hummingbird was spotted outside his Brookswood home recently. “Could be the flowers, or the sunshine, or maybe even all the fresh country air out here. But smiling hummers are everywhere in Langley these days.” (Special to Langley Advance Times)

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  • Aug 26, 2022

 

The Langley Field Naturalists, who remain clothed at all times, clarified some terminology after a recent story on the Aldergrove Nudist Club was published. (John Gordon/Langley Field Naturalists/Special to The Star)

LETTER: Langley naturalists group involved in many activities, all fully clothed

Local nature lovers offer cheeky clarification on terms such as nudist, naturist and naturalist

  • Aug 19, 2022

 

A Nazca booby rests on driftwood approximately four nautical miles south from the Trial Islands Ecological Reserve on July 24. Whale watcher Tasli Shaw sighted the bird, which only breeds as far north as southern California, for the first time on record in the Victoria Harbour Migratory Bird Sanctuary the day before. (Photo by Matt Stolmeier)

Rare bird sighting off B.C. coast excites whale watchers, leaves birders jealous

Bird the first Nazca booby ever observed in Victoria area, and just the 3rd ever in B.C.

A Nazca booby rests on driftwood approximately four nautical miles south from the Trial Islands Ecological Reserve on July 24. Whale watcher Tasli Shaw sighted the bird, which only breeds as far north as southern California, for the first time on record in the Victoria Harbour Migratory Bird Sanctuary the day before. (Photo by Matt Stolmeier)
The rare white raven Blizzard has taken centre stage at the North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre. (NIWRC photo)

Rare white raven grabs the spotlight at Vancouver Island wildlife centre

Iconic bird Blizzard can now be viewed by the public and is soaking up the attention

The rare white raven Blizzard has taken centre stage at the North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre. (NIWRC photo)
People have noticed pine siskins dying in the area, part of a trend of larger numbers of the finch flocking to the area about every five years. The larger numbers result in crowding and increased spread of salmonella. (Wikipedia photo)

Langley birdwatchers seeing dead finch species in higher numbers

Pine siskins are in the area in larger numbers. They are prone to salmonella which is fatal for them

People have noticed pine siskins dying in the area, part of a trend of larger numbers of the finch flocking to the area about every five years. The larger numbers result in crowding and increased spread of salmonella. (Wikipedia photo)
Volunteer citizen citizen scientists will be keeping a careful distance during the 121st annual Audubon bird count in Langley on Dec. 27. (John Gordon/special to Langley Advance Times)
Volunteer citizen citizen scientists will be keeping a careful distance during the 121st annual Audubon bird count in Langley on Dec. 27. (John Gordon/special to Langley Advance Times)
Langley birdwatcher John Gordon said his avocation is a good choice for seniors that allows them to socialize while maintaining safe distances (John Gordon/Special to Langley Advance Times)

Birdwatching may be the perfect sport for seniors during the pandemic

Social distancing? Check. Socializing with like-minded people? Check. Fun? You bet.

Langley birdwatcher John Gordon said his avocation is a good choice for seniors that allows them to socialize while maintaining safe distances (John Gordon/Special to Langley Advance Times)
A lazuli bunting, a North American songbird named for the gemstone lapis lazuli, was spotted in Fort Langley by Langley’s Ted Goshulak. The male bird is best recognized by its bright blue head and back, rusty-coloured breast, and white belly. This bird wasn’t alone on it’s perch for long, as a bee came in for a feeding. (Ted Goshulak/Special to Langley Advance Times)

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  • Sep 4, 2020
A lazuli bunting, a North American songbird named for the gemstone lapis lazuli, was spotted in Fort Langley by Langley’s Ted Goshulak. The male bird is best recognized by its bright blue head and back, rusty-coloured breast, and white belly. This bird wasn’t alone on it’s perch for long, as a bee came in for a feeding. (Ted Goshulak/Special to Langley Advance Times)
Glen Valley Watersheds Society record 73 different species at annual spring bird count

Glen Valley Watersheds Society record 73 different species at annual spring bird count

Red-breasted sapsuckers, flycatchers, cedar waxwings, and cliff swallows spotted in Langley

Glen Valley Watersheds Society record 73 different species at annual spring bird count
The yellow-rumped warbler tends to arrive on Vancouver Island in early March. (Black Press Media file)

Despite reports of decline, birds flocking to national parks in Canadian Rockies

Recent studies suggest overall bird population has slid by three billion since 1970

The yellow-rumped warbler tends to arrive on Vancouver Island in early March. (Black Press Media file)