Monday, December 31, 2007

Black-throated Blue Warbler

This fantastic rare Black-throated Blue Warbler stuck around at a feeder in Nanoose long enough for me to see it! Not only a Vancouver Island bird, this was my lifer! I could have got a better photo had i'd been able to stop shaking. What a beauty. This is the 6th record, to my knowledge, of a Black-throated Blue Warbler in British Columbia.

Monday, December 24, 2007

Cackling Goose

It is always worth scrutinizing the resident population of Canada Goose for anything different. Today there was a Cackling Goose feeding along-side the residents. Hundreds of these northern Cacklers are seen off Tofino in the fall and occasionally one or two will refuel or even winter here. Though similar in looks to the Canada, these Cackling Geese which been recently split from a subspecies of Canada Goose to a full species, they are much smaller with a rounder head, stubbier bill and shorter neck. There are four subspecies of Cackling Goose, this being minima, darker and the smallest of the subspecies and lacking the prominent white neck ring. This Cackling Goose (Minima) breeds in southwest Alaska.