BC Birding – December 2014 edition

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Would you like to read an overview of rare bird sightings this fall in British Columbia? Are you intrigued to know how nest parasitism by cuckoos means more success for parasitized than un-parasitized nests for certain species? Are sparrows really the Rodney Dangerfields of birds? Are you looking for more details of the May 29th to 31st, 2015 BCFO Annual General Meeting to be held in Oliver? And really, what is the story behind that Bald Eagle above feasting on a large rainbow trout?

Answers to all the above questions and more can be found in the latest edition of our newsmagazine BC Birding, now available for download or reading on-line in the members area above. 

Bird Records Committee and CBC’s

We’ve recently added some new information and documents to two areas of our website.

Under the BRC tab above you’ll find a new BRC General Information page which, among other things, offers downloadable copies of the BCFO Rare Bird Report Form. Also, the BRC has published its Provincial Review List, which you will find under the same drop-down menu. Submissions of rare bird sightings are invited and encouraged.

A "Good Bird" on any BC Christmas Bird Count!

A “Good Bird” on any BC Christmas Bird Count!

Our listing of Christmas Bird Count dates and information from around the Province is also up and running. You’ll find it under the CBC’s tab above.

 

Bird Records Committee – October 2014 Accepted Records

The latest set of accepted records of the Bird Records Committee is now posted in BRC Public under the BRC drop-down menu above. You may also link directly to the page here.

A full report of all the committee’s Round 4 deliberations will be published in an upcoming issue of BCFO’s journal, British Columbia Birds.

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Which whip-poor-will? Photo: Adrian Dorst

 

 

British Columbia Birds – In Press article

The following In press paper from British Columbia Birds is now available on the BCFO Member’s area of the web site:

Towers, J. R., R, Atkins, K. Howard, J. Sykes, and G. Dunstan. 2015. The first confirmed record of a Blue-footed Booby in Canada.

BCFO Featured Photographers #8 – John and Sheila Linn

BCFO proudly presents Number 8 in our series of ‘Featured Photographers’, and this time we are breaking new ground. Firstly, our FP is a team rather than an individual, namely John and Sheila Linn of Burnaby. This friendly and amicable couple, each toting DSLR cameras with identical long lenses, is often encountered by Lower Mainland birders who visit nature parks near the Linn’s home territory. As a second ‘first’ we are being treated to the results of their efforts, as their photos have not been previously posted anywhere for viewing.

To view John and Sheila’s work click here, or use the drop down menu under <Features <Featured Photographer above.

BC Birding September 2014 Edition

Sept2014NewsmagCoverThe latest issue of BC Birding is now available for reading or downloading from the Members’ Area. Between the covers you’ll find a rich smorgasbord of news, articles and reports covering the Pemberton AGM and various field trips, our regular Reflective Birder column, a continuing series of scientific journal article summaries, articles on Western Sandpiper migration, avian mortality on roads, and a spectacular bird mural on Haida Gwaii. And much more….

Salmon Arm Two-Day Field Trip – Waitlist

Ted Hillary’s Two-Day Trip to Salmon Arm, August 30th to 31st, is now at capacity. However, Ted has graciously offered to keep a waitlist of interested people to fill in for any late cancellations. There were a number in 2012 when this trip was last offered.

If you wish to be placed on the waitlist, send Ted an email to that effect, or give him a call. Contact information can be found under the Events tab above, under Tours and Trips.

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Long-billed or Short-billed? Perhaps Ted Hillary’s Salmon Arm trip will help you sort them out.

 

Bird Records Committee – July 2014 Accepted Records

The latest set of accepted records of the Bird Records Committee is now posted in BRC Public under the BRC drop-down menu above. You may also link directly to the page here.

A full report of all the committee’s Round 3 deliberations will be published in an upcoming issue of BCFO’s journal, British Columbia Birds.

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Photo: Ian Routley

BCFO Featured Photographer #7 – Thor Manson

BCFO is pleased to present the 7th of our series of ‘Featured Photographers’. In the limelight this time is Thor Manson from Gallager Lake in the South Okanagan, our 3rd (of 7) photographer hailing from this hotbed of birding activity. Thor is one of those long-time birders who after retiring has travelled widely, amassing an enviable ABA Lifelist. Along the way he fairly recently took up the camera, with some considerable success as you will see. The affable Viking has done well.

To view Thor’s work click here, or use the drop down menu under <Features <Featured Photographer above.

Featured Article – Dippers and Ice

We are pleased to formally announce a new component of the BCFO website designed to complement articles that appear in shorter forms in our newsmagazine BC Birding.

Inaugurating this series, Alistair Fraser has written a fascinating article describing how the American Dippers of Kokanee Creek in the West Kootenay manage to continue foraging when ice starts to form both on and in the creek, and threatens their access to vital food supplies.

To link to the full article, click here, or use the Features drop down menu above.

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An abbreviated version of this article appeared in the June 2014 edition of BC Birding, but space limitations meant we were unable to publish it in full, and include all the excellent photographs that went along with it. It’s here now for your enjoyment.