On the Wing

Workers with Port Edwards-based Kristoff Trucking remove some of the last remaining pieces of a barge hull abandoned since 2009 by the Seaplane Spit. (Peter Hamel/Haida Gwaii Observer)

On the Wing: Birds of the future, storms in the offing

By Margo Hearne So it goes. We are into September and the…

  • Sep 15, 2017
Workers with Port Edwards-based Kristoff Trucking remove some of the last remaining pieces of a barge hull abandoned since 2009 by the Seaplane Spit. (Peter Hamel/Haida Gwaii Observer)
Cranes calling loudly as they fly off during the solar eclipse. (Margo Hearne/Haida Gwaii Observer)

On the Wing: Eclipse agitation, ducks dabbling, and new culverts

By Margo Hearne The eclipse was wonderful. A foggy mist passed before…

  • Sep 1, 2017
Cranes calling loudly as they fly off during the solar eclipse. (Margo Hearne/Haida Gwaii Observer)
Barn Swallow chicks almost ready to fly. (Margo Hearne/Haida Gwaii Observer)

On the Wing: Geese in the meadow, swallows in the sky

By Margo Hearne The overcast has brought them down. Small shorebirds land…

  • Aug 25, 2017
Barn Swallow chicks almost ready to fly. (Margo Hearne/Haida Gwaii Observer)
A Sandhill Crane chick steps through the Delkatla Wildlife Sanctuary (Peter Hamel/Haida Gwaii Observer)

On the Wing: Landing in Delkatla in a very rainy July

By Margo Hearne The sweet month of July has passed us by.…

  • Aug 4, 2017
A Sandhill Crane chick steps through the Delkatla Wildlife Sanctuary (Peter Hamel/Haida Gwaii Observer)
A pair of Common Loons. (Gary J. Wedge/US Fish and Wildlife Service)

On the Wing: Mountains, valleys, lakes and loons

“Loons are excellent indicators of water quality.”

  • Jul 21, 2017
A pair of Common Loons. (Gary J. Wedge/US Fish and Wildlife Service)
Townsend’s Warblers dip in the birdbath. (Margo Hearne/Haida Gwaii Observer)

On the Wing: In a Forest Garden

“Birds are everywhere and most are coming into the birdbath.”

  • Jul 6, 2017
Townsend’s Warblers dip in the birdbath. (Margo Hearne/Haida Gwaii Observer)
A magpie (Margo Hearne/Haida Gwaii Observer)

On the Wing: Magpies, diversions, and crows

“It’s always exciting to find a new bird…”

  • Jun 23, 2017
A magpie (Margo Hearne/Haida Gwaii Observer)
On the Wing: Loons, Phoebes and Crested Auklets

On the Wing: Loons, Phoebes and Crested Auklets

“Sadly, Barn Swallows are taking a beating again this year.”

  • Jun 18, 2017
On the Wing: Loons, Phoebes and Crested Auklets
A Red-breasted Sapsucker (Francesco Veronesi/Flickr photo).

On the Wing: Bats, birds, and black westerlies

“‘Black westerlies’ keep the sea dark and churning, and the fog seemed to have teeth…”

  • Jun 9, 2017
A Red-breasted Sapsucker (Francesco Veronesi/Flickr photo).
On the Wing: Going with the flow

On the Wing: Going with the flow

“It all comes down to pressure and where the winds take us.”

  • Jun 1, 2017
On the Wing: Going with the flow
A Red-winged Blackbird, one of the most common birds in North America, caused quite a stir when it made a rare appearance in northern Scotland. (Alan Schmierer/Flickr)

On the Wing: Finding the Red-winged Blackbird

“Could we see such a furor over a rare bird here?”

  • May 13, 2017
A Red-winged Blackbird, one of the most common birds in North America, caused quite a stir when it made a rare appearance in northern Scotland. (Alan Schmierer/Flickr)