SPRING is not only a busy time for birds, but it's also a busy time for birders.
THERE are signs everywhere that spring has arrived, like bright golden skunk cabbage, cream-coloured Indian plum and pink salmonberry flowers adding their cheer to the greenery.
WHAT were those indignant sounding screams coming from a raptor circling high in the sky above Maplewood Conservation Area one crisp winter morning?
SPARROWS are sometimes called LBJs or little brown jobs, simply because some are various shades of brown.
IT HAS OFTEN BEEN SAID THAT FOR NATURE SEEKERS, EACH MONTH, EACH WEEK AND EACH DAY HAS ITS OWN SPECIAL REWARDS - AND WINTER IS NO EXCEPTION.
IT was a glorious sight to see the North Shore Mountains sparking with a cloak of snow recently.
"WHERE have all the swallows gone?" is a question I'm often asked.
WHEN summer draws to a close, pink fireweed flowers present a beautiful picture against the autumn sky, and blackberries glisten on their canes providing tasty treats for hungry birds.
Fall brings with it many changes. Cottonwoods and maples put on a fine show of colour; and colourful mushrooms seem to pop up everywhere in local woods. And, our feathered friends are on the move.
AUTUMN is a busy time for birds with some migrating to sunny parts down south, with others coming down from the interior or north to settle in for the winter.
Every summer at Maplewood Conservation Area, the Wild Bird Trust holds a big-sit event.
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VISITORS to the shores of Burrard Inlet, like Maplewood Conservation Area's Osprey Point, enjoy many wonderful sounds like singing eagles, chirping ospreys and the cries of gulls.
IT has been called the "Miracle of Migration" as birds travel thousands of kilometres, often from one continent to another, or even opposite ends of the earth.
SPRING migration this year has produced some very interesting bird sightings, including Say's phoebe at Maplewood Conservation Area in April.
SIGNS of spring are all about the North Shore, from the golden blooms of skunk cabbage, or swamp lantern, to the delicate pink of salmonberry flowers, and the hot pink of redflowering currant.
Anna's Hummingbirds are nesting, snow drops are putting on a dazzling display, and there's a definite dawn chorus each morning of singing birds. Towhees are trilling, chickadees are "tea-timing" (or is it "cheeseburgers?") and robins greet the dawn with their wonderful "cheerily, cheerily, cheer-up" song.
AUTUMN is the season when birds are really on the move (such as in peak migration) but by December, birds that are going to stay for the winter have settled in.
IT'S a fact that southwestern B.C. is a major wintering area for birds, and is not only of provincial, but national and world importance.