Author: Emily Sollows

  • WHAT THE PECK: The Eccentric Blue Jay

    WHAT THE PECK: The Eccentric Blue Jay

    Mysterious and quirky Blue Jays are known for their bright blue bodies and noisy calls, squawking and chirping like they’ve got the latest gossip straight from the bird feeder.

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  • Love Birds of the South Shore

    Love Birds of the South Shore

    Just like human love, bird love comes in many forms. Some birds form lifelong partnerships, others form bonds that last one or more breeding seasons, and some prefer a more casual, non-committal lifestyle. Here are some love languages of our local feathered friends.

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  • WHAT THE PECK: Cardinal Chronicles

    WHAT THE PECK: Cardinal Chronicles

    The radiant red cardinal with its distinctive crest is a picture of the holiday season, spotted on tree ornaments, grandma’s holiday cards, and wrapping paper.

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  • Light Cycle event returns for second year on South Shore

    Light Cycle event returns for second year on South Shore

    Light Cycle, a community cycling event, is returning for its second year on the South Shore.

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  • WHAT THE PECK: The Who’s Who of South Shore Owls

    WHAT THE PECK: The Who’s Who of South Shore Owls

    We have 11 species of owls in Nova Scotia — here are four of the more common (and coolest) wise fliers.

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  • Turkey Vultures: Savvy Scavengers & Nature’s Cleanup Crew 

    Turkey Vultures: Savvy Scavengers & Nature’s Cleanup Crew 

    Living between southern Canada and South America, turkey vulture sightings are becoming increasingly common in Lunenburg County.

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  • WHAT THE PECK: A Peek into the Pileated Woodpecker

    WHAT THE PECK: A Peek into the Pileated Woodpecker

    In the heart of the forest where the trees stand tall, a magnificent, mischievous creature rules the roost — the pileated woodpecker. With its vibrant plumage and distinctive “crazy laugh,” pileateds have a knack for drilling holes in trees that would put any construction crew to shame.

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  • The Belted Kingfisher: Royalty of the Avian Kingdom

    The Belted Kingfisher: Royalty of the Avian Kingdom

    Let’s dive into the wonderful world of the Belted Kingfisher. These small but mighty water kings are hard to miss with their blue-gray plumage, white collar, and shaggy crest. Females don a rusty ring on their bellies, a rare example of a female bird sporting more colour than a male. 

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  • Songbirds of the South Shore

    Songbirds of the South Shore

    The South Shore  is the perfect place to soak up the sweet music of summer, whether it’s catching a Folk Harbour concert in Lunenburg, or enjoying the dulcet birdsong of this marvelous season. We are blessed to have so many delightful songbirds playing their summer soundtracks in Lunenburg County. 

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  • WHAT THE PECK: Canada Goose

    WHAT THE PECK: Canada Goose

    There is perhaps no other bird that divides people so much as the Canada goose. We love them for their stately beauty and iconic V-shape flight patterns. We curse them for their large droppings, voracious appetites, and aggressive behaviour to perceived threats. 

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  • WHAT THE PECK: The Wee Chickadee

    WHAT THE PECK: The Wee Chickadee

    Does anything say spring more than the sound of birdsong wafting through your window in the morning? Part of this symphony is likely the tweets and chirps of the black-capped chickadee, a common sight and sound year-round here in Nova Scotia.

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  • WHAT THE PECK: Heron Happenings

    WHAT THE PECK: Heron Happenings

    (Illustration by Jessie McLaughlin) It’s April, which means the majestic great blue heron will be swooping onto a shoreline near you any day now. These little pterodactyls weigh only 5-6 […]

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