Margo Hearne

An orange-crowned warbler

On the Wing: Springtime brings warmth, but also sadness this year

There are very few places like it on the B.C. coast and to see all that action — all those new arrivals quite makes the heart sing.

  • Apr 21, 2017
An orange-crowned warbler
Tundra Swans rest up in the Delkatla Wildlife Sanctuary.

On the Wing: Swans in the storm and Rufous in the rain

he swans were totally exhausted and needed to rest, and that’s what they did.

  • Apr 16, 2017
Tundra Swans rest up in the Delkatla Wildlife Sanctuary.
A pair of Greater Yellowlegs wading in the Delkatla Wildlife Sanctuary.

On the Wing: Warblers in the sun and shorebirds in the channels

If we want bird sanctuaries it’s best to put them where the birds are, not where we think they should be.

A pair of Greater Yellowlegs wading in the Delkatla Wildlife Sanctuary.

St. Paul’s Thrift Shop turns 20

The Thrift Shop began its days in the annex of the church basement on October 19, 1996 after a very successful rummage sale.

Rhinoceros Auklets swimming in bright blue water.

On the Wing: The wild’s unnaming of names

Seeing them as ‘other’ makes wildlife vulnerable to everything we continue to do that threatens their very survival.

  • Apr 3, 2017
Rhinoceros Auklets swimming in bright blue water.
Hungry robins gobble up red cotoneaster berries in the snow.

On the Wing: A berry bonanza and fleecy fibres at sea

The doves are cooing and the Killdeer are now on the nest.

Hungry robins gobble up red cotoneaster berries in the snow.
A Cedar Waxwing looks out from a snowy cotoneaster.

On the Wing: A preponderance of white and red

Given the nature of coastal weather, this snow could be all gone in a few days but right now it’s time to enjoy the show.

A Cedar Waxwing looks out from a snowy cotoneaster.
A trio of Greater White-fronted Geese take off from the tarmac of the Sandspit Airport on Saturday

On the Wing: Of space and time, patience and music

Birds don’t give a toss about Einstein’s intergalactic space-time continuum.

  • Mar 10, 2017
A trio of Greater White-fronted Geese take off from the tarmac of the Sandspit Airport on Saturday
A White-winged Crossbill looks down from a spruce.

On the Wing: Evocative sounds and messengers of the gods

Where there are large flocks of small birds, there will be raptors.

A White-winged Crossbill looks down from a spruce.
A cedar waxwing perches in holly.

Cedar Waxwings in the cotoneaster and cats on the prowl

Thousands of Bohemian Waxwings flew like tiny colourful jet-fighters and ate every Mountain Ash berry they could find.

A cedar waxwing perches in holly.
Male and female Pigeon Guillemots in a courtship display.

Icy Katabatic winds and buffalo dreams

Haida Gwaii lives in the middle of all these tempestuous earthly wonders and so do birds.

Male and female Pigeon Guillemots in a courtship display.
A meadowlark sings.

Islands birders are big fans of the CBC (Christmas Bird Count)

Volunteers counted 39,814 birds of 108 species for the islands Christmas Bird Count, including one first: the Northern Mockingbird.

A meadowlark sings.