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Peter and Margo’s on-line Birding Journal

FRIDAY, 15 JULY 2011

Our Haida Gwaii Birds


Welcome to our on-line birding journal about the birds we see on Haida Gwaii 

We, Peter Hamel and Margo Hearne have, birded the islands since 1982 and keep detailed records of what we see. We wrote the first bar-graph “Checklist of Birds of Haida Gwaii” in 2002. The checklist was designed by Masset artist Janet Baker. More species could be added to the list since then. Checklists are available through our email address ($4)

Many rare birds showed up on island in 2010. Peter found and identified a Prothonotary Warbler outside his office in Masset in September; Margo photographed it.

Peter found and identified a Black-throated Blue Warber in Sandspit in November; Margo photographed it. We work together. 


‘Tis the season to feed the hungry, Bohemian Waxwing in Masset

Margo also published the first book on the nesting songbirds of the islands “Small Birds Cling to Bare Branches – Nesting Songbirds of Haida Gwaii” with delightful, original illustrations by island artist Janetta Pirt.The book also comes complete with charts of the results of Breeding Bird Surveys since 1987. Copies can be ordered from and are available for $30 each which includes tax, shipping and handling.