Lochaber Wild Kingdom

Having lived in Lochaber  for 30 years I have witnessed the rise and fall of many of our wilder residents. Some fluctuations are natural cycles, some may be due to global warming, some the negative impact of humans and some unplanned lucky breaks. We often think of...

Lochaber Spring Visiter

All winter long I glance at and under my bird feeders dozens of times a day. What a thrill when something unexpected appears. This morning I saw this years first (for me) fox sparrow busily scratching at seed otherwize wasted at the base of  a feeder.  Fox sparrows...

Wood Turtles (submitted by David Brown)

Lochaber Area Wood Turtle Sighting Under the Nova Scotia Endangered Species Act, the wood turtle was, in the year 2000, classified as vulnerable, meaning that there is concern for their future in Nova Scotia.  There are scattered populations of these turtles around...

Circle of Life

Life and Death in Lochaber Lochaber valley is blessed with an abundance of wildlife. There are times when it is a mixed blessing. One day in June, 2011, Harriet MacMillan, Hennie De Caluwe and I went for an evening’s fishing on Gillis Lake in Pinevale. On...

Winter Visiter

When we lived in Nunavut, before moving to Lochaber, we used to see clouds of Snow Buntings regularly in the spring and summer.  Since they and Ravens (oh, and Ptarmigans, but one rarely saw them) were the only birds around, it was always a treat to see the Snow...

Blue Grosbeak

Two Spectacular Visitors Nearly a year ago, in May 2012, we had two spectacular visitors to our birdfeeders on the west side of Lochaber Lake.  The first was a male Blue Grosbeak.  It was just there for a short while on one day, on its own, but what a treat!  It...