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Fernie On Instagram : Birds

Last week I went birding with Nature Bob! I’d been hearing about this “famous” nature/birding guy since arriving in Fernie, but I never had the chance to meet him. Our paths finally crossed and he showed me some great feeders around town. The great part is that he knows *everyone* so rather than awkwardly taking photos over people’s fences, I was invited right in to get as close as I wanted. 🙌🙌 Thank you Nature Bob! Here is a Mountain Chickadee from our outing. _________________________________________ #your_best_birds #nuts_about_birds #bestbirdshots #bb_of_ig #kings_birds #bird_brilliance #eye_spy_birds #bns_birds #feather_perfection #birds_adored  #planetbirds #thebirdingsquad #birds_illife #sassy_birds #birds_captures #birdfreaks #nature_worldwide_birds  #nature_brilliance #nature_perfection #nature_sultans  #exclusive_wildlife #naturesbestphotomagazine  #eye_for_earth #IGS_CAN #NikonCA #sharecangeo #ferniestoke #kootrocks #fernie #mountainchickadee

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Fernie Nature Club – Bird Count

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A little information for you from Fernie Nature Club:

Please join the Fernie Nature Club for the annual Christmas Bird Count happening this year on Thursday, December 14! Please meet at 1042 – 10th Ave at 8:30am and then head out for the day. Enter through the carport entrance via the side door. Lunch and snacks will be available when you return.

PLEASE NOTE: Lee-Anne Walker will be doing the survey of Hosmer to the Fernie Visitor Information Centre on December 15 from 1-4 pm if anyone would like to join in on this date. Please meet Lee-Anne at the Wildsight Elk Valley office at 12:45pm.

The information on the numbers of birds and species from this count will be entered into a data base which is used by scientists and researchers who are looking at the trends over the past years. Since Fernie is located between the prairies and the West Coast, we can provide valuable information on what is happening in the bird world.

Please be prepared with the appropriate clothing, water. etc. You will be staying out in the field for the prime counting hours and will then meet up starting anywhere from 2-3pm for lunch/snacks and to turn in your tally.

If you wish to go birding on skis, snowshoes or a fat tire bike, please bring your gear with you. The Nature Club will give you an area that should work for you and you can head out.

If you cannot attend on December 14, you can still participate by counting birds at your backyard feeder during the 3 days before and 3 days after Dec 14 and we will record this as “species being present”.

The Nature Club would also like to start collecting the 2018 fees for BC Nature and the Fernie Nature Club. This year, the family rate at $25 and the single rate at $20. Approximately $15 of this goes to BC Nature which includes a subscription to their magazine, as well as their insurance, project and administration costs. For more info on the Fernie Nature Club or the Christmas Bird Count please contact Ron Lentz at Ron 250-430-7249.

I Thought Ducks Flew South In The Winter

winter ducks in fernie

I kept warning the kids that there may not be ducks in the pond. Was I wrong! There were plenty of ducks and I was shocked.

Hundreds Of Birds

winter birds in fernie
My guess is these birds are Waxwings…but I’m not a good guesser. I couldn’t really see them because there were too many of them and they didn’t stop moving! Beautiful though – the way they moved in the sky as a group. Like a beautifully choreographed dance.

Views Of Fernie :: My Hummingbird Feeding

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Views Of Fernie :: Grey Jay

Grey Jay in Fernie BC
I had no idea what this grey and white bird was when I first saw it around our house but I was excited. Turns out it’s a Grey Jay, also known as Whiskey-Jack.

Interesting facts:

Grey jays are monogamous unless their partner has disappeared or died.

“Any food intended for storage is manipulated in the mouth and formed into a bolus (rounded mass) that is coated with sticky saliva, adhering to anything it touches. The bolus is stored in bark crevices, under tufts of lichen, or among conifer needles.” (taken from Corvid Corner)

Listen to it’s song (screeching) here on whatbird.com.

Views Of Fernie :: Varied Thrush

Two Varied Thrush in Fernie BC
For the past few weeks I’ve been haunted by the call of the Varied Thrush (not really, but it’s so much more dramatic than just being curious.) We’ve all heard it before but maybe we couldn’t identify the sound. It’s that long, singular note that sounds similar to a steam whistle. So often I’ll hear the steam whistle sound but I’m unable to locate the bird…they’re so haunting.

I understand my picture above doesn’t give you a good look at the Varied Thrush, so here’s a link to get a closer look and to even hear a sample of their sing song.