Birdwatching

Birder Geoffrey Newell, 25, spots and identifies birds flying overhead in a clearing around Uplands Park early on Saturday, July 31. (Evert Lindquist/News Staff)

Talented birder resumes immersive tours at Oak Bay’s Cattle Point

52 bird species spotted by dozens of attendees during first bird walk in months

 

A Blue Jay, commonly found in the Central and Eastern United States and the southeastern coast of Canada, was spotted in Sooke on Dec. 27. (Contributed – Robin Robinson)

Blue jay, usually found in southeastern Canada, spotted in Sooke

Around 80 birders counted 118 different species within a single day

 

A common pochard swims at a pond at Morningstar Golf Club in Parksville. (Mike Yip photo)

Nanoose Bay photographer’s rare find causes a stir among birdwatchers

Common pochard, which isn’t common at all, spotted at golf course pond

 

A finch pauses on a branch while foraging for food at Buttertubs Marsh this week. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

A charm of finches lifts Christmas bird count numbers in Nanaimo

14,000 more birds tallied than in last year’s count

A finch pauses on a branch while foraging for food at Buttertubs Marsh this week. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
Victoria’s Christmas Bird Count has finished with a total of 142 individual bird species spotted within a single day. (Mark Byrne photo)

Rare bird usually found between Oregon and South America spotted on Vancouver Island

Greater Victoria birders spot more than 140 bird species within a single day

Victoria’s Christmas Bird Count has finished with a total of 142 individual bird species spotted within a single day. (Mark Byrne photo)
Oak Bay resident Jacques Sirois happened upon an eagle hunting a yearling seal. (Photo courtesy Jacques Sirois)

Oak Bay resident stumbles upon eagle hunting seal, grabs camera just in time

The eagle did ‘a perfect butterfly stroke to shore’ with its prey, photographer says

Oak Bay resident Jacques Sirois happened upon an eagle hunting a yearling seal. (Photo courtesy Jacques Sirois)
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)
A flock of Lesser Goldfinch birds were seen in Oak Bay this week. (File contributed/ Geoffery Newell)

Rare flock of birds spotted in Oak Bay

Flock of Lesser Goldfinch birds seen on Vancouver Island for the first time

A flock of Lesser Goldfinch birds were seen in Oak Bay this week. (File contributed/ Geoffery Newell)