Posted by: jockmackenzie | July 4, 2009

“. . . the hunter home from the hill.”

In the words of Robert Louis Stevenson above, and in the words of Jack Nicholson in The Shining, “Hi Lloyd. Been away. Now I’m back.” And it’s good to be back. The last week and a  bit saw us on the road to Telkwa, British Columbia and back, approximately 24 hours of driving time. The Banff-Jasper Highway has some outstanding scenery; the drive through to McBride, Prince George, and west to Smithers is also unique – especially if bear and deer along the highway is of interest.

As I ease back into education mode, here are a few travelogue pics for any of the frequent guests to this blog. More pedagogical points will follow soon.



The Black-chinned Hummingbird is a relative newcomer to the McBride area of British Columbia, shown here (I think) on one of the numerous feeders at the Scarecrow Bed & Breakfast which is about 10 km west of McBride. The fabulous hosts, the wonderful food, the opportunity for us to bring our Black Lab (Coal), and a unique setting make the Scarecrow our accommodation of choice. 

Someone said, “If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you always got.” Scarecrow hosts, Tweazle and Peter Hollist, have always feed the multitude of Ruby-throated (Calliope) and Rufous Hummingbirds and have always gotten almost more of these miniature marvels than they can keep up with. Through happenstance (and a Bulkley Valley Bird Guide), I was alerted to the interloper Black-chinned newbie. Sure enough, a few minutes standing a foot or so away from the feeder allowed the photo above. 

Our kids call Janet and I “bird nerds” but it’s more because of our interest in the critters than our deep knowledge base. To me, the bird in the picture looks like she (??) has a black-chin? Is this really a Black-chinned Hummingbird? If you know, please get in touch. 


Definitely, the Rufous Hummingbird. 



The view from our house-sitting yard, on Hislop Road, overlooking Tyhee Lake. 


The best view of all, Avery Clare – a year old in August.

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