I’m back… sort of!


Dear reader…

As you know, I have stopped posting to my blog since the Fall of 2016. I have returned for a brief moment, however, to let you know that I was pleased to be interviewed for a blog post by Sharon McInnes, a regular contributor at Bird Canada. If you have a moment, please take a moment to read her article and look at my photos (including the one posted above. To read Sharon’s article, please click here!

Unsolicited Praise: Pat Bumstead


This week, I would like to give a tip of the hat to Pat Bumstead. This blogger, naturalist and birder is based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Pat is pretty passionate about birds and about their role in the larger ecosystem. In March 2009 she decided to enter the blogosphere and launched Bird Canada, a decision she says has changed her life. She also contributes to the Birding Is Fun and Birds Calgary blogs, and is a Canadian co-ordinator for the Pledge to Fledge program of the Global Birding Initiative. In the name of full disclosure, I should finish this paragraph by saying that when, in early 2013, she decided to convert her blog to a multi-author affair, I asked to join the effort and Pat accepted!

When you read Pat’s blog posts, you never know what you will learn (and normally, you will learn a lot!). To see what I mean, take a look here, here, here or here! I also cannot resist pointing you to her most popular post, “Unbelievable Snowy Owl Behaviour,” published almost two years ago, on November 19, 2012. I strongly urge you to take a look at her blog and especially take a look at some of the older articles.

I must admit I had some difficulties choosing a photo for this week’s post, because Pat is fairly discrete about her favourite birds. I’m guessing that’s because he likes them all! Still, I have noted that she seems especially fond of owls – as she pointed out in one of her first blog posts on March 31, 2009, “to many birdwatchers, owls are the ultimate challenge.” As a result, I chose a photo of a Northern Saw-whet Owl that I took in March 2014 at the Reifle Migrating Bird Sanctuary in Delta, BC. (I wish I had noted the out of focus green branch just in front of the owl before taking the photo, but I still like the result – besides, this means I have to return to Reifle to try to get a better photo of these beautiful small owls.)

Scrumptious starfish!


I took this photo of a flying Glaucous-winged Gull with a purple/red starfish* in its mouth next to Stanley Park’s Seawall in Vancouver… I wish I hadn’t clipped off its left wing, but I still like the drama! Have a great week.

*According to an article in Wikipedia, this starfish may be the “Pisaster ochraceus, generally known as the purple sea star, ochre sea star or ochre starfish, … a common starfish found among the waters of the Pacific Ocean. Identified as a keystone species, Pisaster is considered an important indicator for the health of the intertidal zone.” Unfortunately, I just read an article in our local newspaper that these starfish may be falling prey to a mysterious disease, so our coasts may be less healthy than they should be. Climate change may once again be at issue…