Unsolicited Praise: Pat Bumstead

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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.)

A small owl, simply…

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I took this photo of a lovely Northern Saw-whet Owl in March at the George C. Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary in Delta, BC. I will let the image do the talking, but will point out that this post continues my “bird photo blitz” for Vancouver Bird Week 2014.

D50 Archives: Barred Owl

For my first “D50 Archives” post of 2014 (BTW, if you follow the Gregorian calendar, Happy New Year!!!), I wanted to feature a rather soggy looking Barred Owl (en français: Chouette rayée | scientific name: Strix varia), taken on a rainy October day in 2012. Although I had already heard this bird’s impressive and booming voice, I had never seen one before. It was quite a thrill, especially since it is surprisingly difficult to see owls even when they are out and about in daylight.

Taken along the Lost Lagoon trail in Stanley Park, Vancouver, BC

Taken along the Lost Lagoon trail in Stanley Park, Vancouver, BC

A couple more bird photos for my readers…

The two photos featured below were taken a couple of weekends ago at the magnificent George C. Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary in Delta, BC, Canada. In a few of my previous posts, I featured some of the ducks and other waterbirds we saw at Reifel. Today, you may admire a Saw-whet Owl, a lovely, small owl and a House Sparrow, an often overlooked passerine.

If you live in or visit B.C.’s Lower Mainland and are in any way interested by nature, this a must-see spot. Before you do, I encourage you to look at the sanctuary’s official website (just click on the link included above).

Northern Saw-whet Owl | February 10, 2013 | George C. Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary | Delta, BC (Canada)

Northern Saw-whet Owl | February 10, 2013 | George C. Reifel
Migratory Bird Sanctuary | Delta, BC (Canada)

House Sparrow (male) | February 10, 2013 | George C. Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary | Delta, BC (Canada)

House Sparrow (male) | February 10, 2013 | George C. Reifel
Migratory Bird Sanctuary | Delta, BC (Canada)