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Home Care In Birds Landing, CA

Home Care Birds Landing, CA

They say that your golden years are the best years of your life. For most older Americans, that's how it should be - a time to relax, reflect, and live life in a familiar place. After all, senior citizens in the U.S. have worked tirelessly to build a better economy, serve their communities, and raise families.

However, as seniors grow older, completing daily tasks like showering and enjoying activities such as visiting the historic Birds Landing Station gets harder without someone by their side. Unfortunately, many older Americans aren't able to rely on their adult children for help. The reality in today's world is that family members do not have the skills or time to dedicate to caring for their parents. That's where Always Best Care Senior Services comes in.

Our in-home care services are for people who prefer to stay at home as they grow older but need ongoing care that family or friends cannot provide. More and more older adults prefer to live far away from long-term, institutionalized facilities and closer to the place where they feel most comfortable - their home. Home care in Birds Landing, CA is a safe, effective way to give your loved ones the care they need when they need it the most.

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The Always Best Care Difference

Since 1996, Always Best Care has provided non-medical in-home care for seniors to help them maintain a healthy lifestyle as they get older. We are proud to have helped more than 25,000 seniors maintain higher levels of dignity and respect. We focus on providing seniors with the highest level of in-home care available so that they may live happily and independently.

Unlike some senior care companies, we genuinely want to be included in our clients' lives. We believe that personalized care is always the better option over a "one size fits all" approach. To make sure our senior clients receive the best care possible, we pair them with compassionate caregivers who understand their unique needs. That way, they may provide care accordingly without compromising their wellbeing.

The Always Best Care difference lies in life's little moments - where compassionate care and trustworthy experience come together to help seniors live a fruitful, healthy life. Whether you are an aging adult that can't quite keep up with life's daily tasks or the child of a senior who needs regular in-home services, Always Best Care is here to help.


“When I fell and broke my hip in 5 places, my wife needed help taking care of me after hip surgery. The hospital handed us a binder with many resources but would not recommend any one company over another. We called each option for in home care and were immediately impressed with Always Best Care. My call was answered right away and I was routed to the correct team member to make an appointment for an evaluation. Two representatives came out right on time, including Lori Yeager, RN, their Quality Care Director. What also impressed us was two days later, their lead caregiver visited our home to be sure their team of caregivers understood exactly what the needs were and to learn our home layout. When I called other organizations, I was told they did not perform an evaluation. They would just connect me with a contractor and that was it. They would not be able to replace a caregiver if they did not show up or needed to reschedule. That was a deal breaker for us. Always Best Care provided excellent home aid resources from May through August, 2023. Their dedicated scheduler Joselynne was a pleasure to work with. They have a patient portal where the home aid enters notes for each day of care. I cannot speak highly enough of Always Best Care – what a well-run organization. It gives me peace of mind to have such a great resource should we need in home care again. Thank you Lori, Jessica, Joselynne, Ty and the entire team. We sincerely appreciate your help.”

James N.

“Lori was extremely helpful and successful in finding a placement for my husband. So grateful!”

Sandy P.

“Always Best Care Senior Services have been very helpful and accommodating. I am always able to to reach someone at the office to resolve any issues. Marcia and Joselynne does a great job.”

ingrid C.

“I was referred to Always Best Care Senior Services and I'm very happy with them. Couldn't ask for better care for my husband and support for me. When I call them Marsha, Laurie, Joslene they get me the information that I need. If I forgot someones name I'm sorry. Always the Best Care is the Best.”

Colleen A.

“I really appreciate the wonderful caregiver we were assigned! She helps us so much. Thank you for this wonderful service.”

Jerusha A.

“Best care ever, I am really happy with the service . I would recommend Best care to anyone needing assistance.”

Val V.

“Lori Yeager, Came to my house to sign me up the service, she was incredible, very knowledgeable and thorough in every thing to about the service. I was very pleased and excited to start the service ????”

Richard L.

“I just spoke with Lori from Always Best Care Senior Services today in my home. She was knowledgeable and informative. She spent time with me and answered all my questions. A very nice lady. She gave me information and other sources that I could follow through with that would benefit my husband who has dementia. I was impressed with her knowledge of things. She explained everything throughly. I plan on using their services. Thank you Lori!!”

Donna H.

“I am new to Always Best Care Senior Services but I am impressed by the care and concern they have shown. The caretaker they provided is awesome. If you need assistance, you should give them a call.”

Jackie M.

“Always Best Care has provided my husband, Fred, and I with excellent support and care. The care takers that have visited us were on time, friendly and very helpful. I would highly recommend this company to help care for your loved one. I can’t say enough about the service we’ve received and will continue to receive.”

Dawn F.

“A warm and friendly staff that graciously tends to our households’ ever changing needs. Big thank you to the reliable, knowledgeable, and empathetic faces that have helped my grandfather through this life changing transition.”

Solomon F.

“I am very pleased with the service I am receiving. I am extremely happy that they keep tabs on me, they are always calling to check on me. I have had some really wonderful girls taking really good care of me at home. They have done extra things for me like take me to the doctor and out for errands. I would highly recommend Always Best Care Senior Services of Solano County to provide you care if you need some extra support. -George T. Dornbach, Vacaville, CA”

George D.

“So far so good. But ifI had any complaints you would hereabout it”

Nancy K.

“I gave Always Best Care (ABC) a 5 star rating because the caregivers are amazing! The caregivers that we have worked with are experienced, professional and reliable. They give us a piece of mind knowing that our family member is being well cared for. Maintaining the client’s privacy and dignity was a huge factor when we were looking for care and ABC has exhibited those factors. The ABC Caregivers and Scheduling staff are awesome! Communication is key to us, even though there were a few glitches we managed to resolve it. ABC is a great fit for our family and I would recommend anyone looking for quality care for a loved one to give them a call and check it out.”

J F.

“Always Best Care has done great for me and my family. The caregivers are attentive and professional. We are grateful for them.”

Duane D.

“I (we, family) have been with ABC almost 2 years. The agency helps me with three parents, two dads and relief for my mother. Our caregivers are INCREDIBLE. We tend to need different level of care for different reasons at different times. All caregivers tend to parents needs, requests and help compassionately, professionally and with little or no instruction needed. The administration gets 5++ stars. From me. Kinks can happen for everyone. My family prob gets awards for that LOL. If any challenge comes up EVERYONE works diligently, compassionately to fix it. There is know way I could do this with/for parents without administrative, medical and caregivers. My dad Korea Vet, my stepdad WWII Purple Heart. Both dads are grateful for the help and companionship. We (family) all are so grateful we have so much confidence with this agency. We thank our Veterans, never forget to thank your caregivers. I highly recommend this company!”

Kathryn S.

“We have been with Always Best Care Senior Services for 5 months now for my dad and are very pleased with their services. Dan, Marcia, Josseline and everyone at the office are very helpful, patient and professional, yet compassionate. When I was gone for some family business Dan and Marcia kept me updated and called me if needed. The caregivers that have been here are great and are always positive and caring. Thank you, ABC, for taking care of my Dad!”

Debbi W.

What is Non-Medical Senior Care in Birds Landing, CA?


Home is where the heart is. While that saying can sound a tad cliche, it is especially true for many seniors living in America. When given a choice, older adults most often prefer to grow older at home. An AARP study found that three out of four adults over the age of 50 want to stay in their homes and communities as they age.


When you begin to think about why, it makes sense. Home offers a sense of security, comfort, and familiarity.


The truth is, as we age, we begin to rely on others for help. When a family is too busy or lives too far away to fulfill this role, in-home senior care is often the best solution. Home care services allow seniors to enjoy personal independence while also receiving trustworthy assistance from a trained caregiver.


At Always Best Care, we offer a comprehensive range of home care services to help seniors stay healthy while they get the help they need to remain independent. As your senior loved one gets older, giving them the gift of senior care is one of the best ways to show your love, even if you live far away.

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Types of Elderly Care in Birds Landing, CA

To give our senior clients the best care possible, we offer a full spectrum of in-home care services:

Personal Care

Personal Care Services

If your senior loved one has specific care needs, our personal care services are a great choice to consider. Personal care includes the standard caregiving duties associated with companion care and includes help with tasks such as dressing and grooming. Personal care can also help individuals with chronic conditions like diabetes.

Common personal care services include assistance with:

  • Eating
  • Mobility Issues
  • Incontinence
  • Bathing
  • Dressing
  • Grooming

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Home Helper

Home Helper Services

Sometimes, seniors need helpful reminders to maintain a high quality of life at home. If you or your senior has trouble with everyday tasks like cooking, our home helper services will be very beneficial.

Common home helper care services include assistance with:

  • Medication Reminders
  • Meal Preparation
  • Pet Care
  • Prescription Refills
  • Morning Wake-Up
  • Walking
  • Reading
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Companionship Services

Companionship Services

Using this kind of care is a fantastic way to make life easier for you or your senior loved one. At Always Best Care, our talented caregivers often fill the role of a companion for seniors. That way, older adults can enjoy their favorite local activities, such as visiting Birds Landing Hunting Preserve with friends while also receiving the care they need daily or weekly.

Common companionship services include:

  • Grocery Shopping
  • Transportation to Appointments
  • Nutritional Assistance
  • Conversation
  • Planning Outings
  • Completing Errands
  • Transportation to Community
  • Events and Social Outings
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Respite Care

Respite Care Services

According to AARP, more than 53 million adults living in the U.S. provide care to someone over 50 years old. Unfortunately, these caregivers experience stress, exhaustion, and even depression. Our respite care services help family caregivers address urgent obligations, spend time with their children, and enjoy nearby activities. Perhaps more importantly, respite care gives family members time to recharge and regroup. Taking personal time to de-stress reduces the risk of caregiver burnout. So, if you've always wanted to eat at the local The Iron Gate or visit Eugene O'Neill National Historic Site, don't feel bad. Doing so is great for both you and your loved one.

At the end of the day, our goal is to become a valuable part of your senior's daily routine. That way, we may help give them the highest quality of life possible. We know that staying at home is important for your loved one, and we are here to help make sure that is possible.

If you have been on the fence about non-medical home care, there has never been a better time than now to give your senior the care, assistance, and companionship they deserve.

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Benefits of Home Care in Birds Landing, CA

Always Best Care in-home services are for older adults who prefer to stay at home but need ongoing care that friends and family cannot provide. In-home care is a safe, effective way for seniors to age gracefully in a familiar place and live independent, non-institutionalized lives. The benefits of non-medical home care are numerous. Here are just a few reasons to consider senior care services from Always Best Care:

Always Best Care offers a full array of care options for patients at all levels of health. With our trusted elderly care services, your loved one will receive the level of care necessary for them to enjoy the highest possible quality of life.

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Aging in Place: The Preferred Choice for Most Seniors

While it's true that some seniors have complicated medical needs that prevent them from staying at home, aging in place is often the best arrangement for seniors and their families. With a trusted caregiver, seniors have the opportunity to live with a sense of dignity and do so as they see fit - something that is unavailable to many older people today.

In-home care makes it possible for millions of seniors to age in place every year. Rather than moving to a strange nursing home, seniors have the chance to stay at home where they feel the happiest and most comfortable.

Here are just a few of the reasons why older men and women prefer to age at home:

How much does a senior's home truly mean to them?

A study published by the American Society on Aging found that more than half of seniors say their home's emotional value means more than how much their home is worth in monetary value. It stands to reason, then, that a senior's home is where they want to grow old.

With the help of elderly care in Birds Landing, CA, seniors don't have to age in a sterilized care facility. Instead, they can age gracefully in the place they want to be most: their home. In contrast, seniors who move to a long-term care facility must adapt to new environments, new people, and new systems that the facility implements. At this stage in life, this kind of drastic change can be more harmful than helpful.

Institutional care facilities like nursing homes often put large groups of people together to live in one location. On any given day, dozens of staff members and caregivers run in and out of these facilities. Being around so many new people in a relatively small living environment can be dangerous for a seniors' health and wellbeing. When you consider that thousands of seniors passed away in nursing homes during the COVID-19 pandemic, opting for in-home care is often a safer, healthier choice for seniors.

Aging in place has been shown to improve seniors' quality of life, which helps boost physical health and also helps insulate them from viral and bacterial risks found in elderly living facilities.

For many seniors, the ability to live independently with assistance from a caregiver is a priceless option. With in-home care, seniors experience a higher level of independence and freedom - much more so than in other settings like a nursing home. When a senior has the chance to age in place, they get to live life on their own terms, inside the house that they helped make into a home. More independence means more control over their personal lives, too, which leads to increased levels of fulfillment, happiness, and personal gratification. Over time, these positive feelings can manifest into a healthier, longer life.

More independence, a healthier life, and increased comfort are only a few benefits of aging in place. You have to take into consideration the role of cost and convenience. Simply put, it's usually easier and more affordable to help seniors age in place than it is to move them into an institutional care facility. According to the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, seniors who age in the comfort of their homes can save thousands of dollars per month.

In-home care services from Always Best Care, for instance, are often less expensive than long-term solutions, which can cost upwards of six figures per year. To make matters worse, many residential care facilities are reluctant to accept long-term care insurance and other types of payment assistance.

With Always Best Care's home care services, seniors and their families have a greater level of control over their care plans. In-home care gives seniors the chance to form a bond with a trusted caregiver and also receive unmatched care that is catered to their needs. In long-term care facilities, seniors and their loved ones have much less control over their care plan and have less of a say in who provides their care.

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Affordable Care

In-home care is a valuable resource that empowers seniors to age in place on their own terms. However, a big concern for many families and their loved ones is how much in-home care costs. If you're worried that in-home care is too expensive, you may be pleasantly surprised to learn that it is one of the most affordable senior care arrangements available.

Typically, hiring an Always Best Care in-home caregiver for a few hours a week is more affordable than sending your loved one to a long-term care facility. This is true even for seniors with more complex care needs.

At Always Best Care, we will work closely with you and your family to develop a Care Plan that not only meets your care needs, but your budget requirements, too. Once we discover the level of care that you or your senior need, we develop an in-home care plan that you can afford.

In addition to our flexible care options, families should also consider the following resources to help offset potential home care costs:

If your loved one qualifies, Medicaid may help reduce in-home care costs. Review your CA's Medicaid program laws and benefits, and make sure your senior's financial and medical needs meet Medicaid eligibility requirements.
Attendance and aid benefits through military service can cover a portion of the costs associated with in-home care for veterans and their spouses.
Many senior care services like in-home care are included in long-term care insurance options. Research different long-term care solutions to find a plan that provides coverage for senior care.
Home care can be included as part of a senior's private insurance plan. Read over your loved one's insurance policy carefully or speak with their insurance provider to determine if in-home care is covered.
Depending on the life insurance plan, you may be able to apply your policy toward long-term care. You may be able to use long-term-care coverage to help pay for in-home elderly care.
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Compassionate Care. Trusted Caregivers.

When you or your senior loved one needs assistance managing daily tasks at home, finding a qualified caregiver can be challenging. It takes a special kind of person to provide reliable care for your senior loved one. However, a caregiver's role involves more than meal preparation and medication reminders. Many seniors rely on their caregivers for companionship, too.

Our companion care services give seniors the chance to socialize in a safe environment and engage in activities at home. These important efforts boost morale and provide much-needed relief from repetitive daily routines. A one-on-one, engaging conversation can sharpen seniors' minds and give them something in which to be excited.

At Always Best Care, we only hire care providers that we would trust to care for our own loved ones. Our senior caregivers in Birds Landing, CA understand how important it is to listen and communicate with their seniors. A seemingly small interaction, like a short hug goodbye, can make a major difference in a senior's day. Instead of battling against feelings of isolation, seniors begin to look forward to seeing their caregiver each week.

Understanding the nuances of senior care is just one of the reasons why our care providers are so great at their job.

Unlike some senior care companies, our caregivers must undergo extensive training before they work for Always Best Care. In addition, our caregivers receive ongoing training throughout the year. This training ensures that their standard of care matches up to the high standards we've come to expect. During this training, they will brush up on their communication skills, safety awareness, and symptom spotting. That way, your loved one receives the highest level of non-medical home care from day one.

Assisted Living Referral Services

While it's true that many seniors prefer to age at home, sometimes in-home care isn't the best fit. For those seniors and their families, choosing an assisted living facility makes more sense. Unfortunately, finding the optimal care facility is easier said than done in today's day and age. That's when Always Best Care's assisted living referral services begin to make a lot of sense.

Assisted living is a form of housing intended for seniors who require varying degrees of medical and personal attention. Accommodations may include single rooms, apartments, or shared living arrangements. Assisted living communities are typically designed to resemble a home-like environment and are physically constructed to encourage the independence of residents.

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At assisted living communities, seniors receive help with daily activities such as bathing, dressing, and eating. They may also benefit from coordination of services with outside healthcare providers, and monitoring of resident activities to ensure their health, safety, and well-being. Caregivers who work at assisted living communities can also provide medication administration and personal care services for older adults.

Other services offered within assisted living communities can include some or all of the following:

  • Housekeeping
  • Laundry
  • Recreational Activities
  • Social Outings
  • Emergency Medical Response
  • Medication Monitoring
  • Family Visitation
  • Personal Care
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At Always Best Care, our representatives can match your senior's emotional, physical, and financial needs with viable assisted living communities nearby. Results are based on comparative data, so you can select the best choice for you or your loved one.

Always Best Care works closely with local senior living communities to gain valuable knowledge that we then use to help seniors and their loved ones make informed decisions. This information can include basic care and rent, resident availability, and services provided. Because Always Best Care is compensated by these communities, we provide senior living referral services at no extra cost to you.

Some of the most popular assisted living communities to consider in our area include the following:

  • The Commons at Dallas Ranch
  • Good Samaritan Care Home
  • Santa Teresa Care Home
  • Carlton Senior Living Davis
  • Viera Residential Care Home
  • Country Place Assisted Living
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For many seniors, moving into a senior living community revolves around how and when they want to make a transition to more involved care. Some seniors are more proactive about transitioning to independent living. Others choose to remain home until their care needs or other requirements are satisfied. Remember - our staff is here to help. Contact our office today to learn more about assisted living communities and how we can find a facility that exceeds your expectations.

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Taking the First Step with Always Best Care

The first step in getting quality in-home care starts with a personal consultation with an experienced Always Best Care Care Coordinator. This initial consultation is crucial for our team to learn more about you or your elderly loved one to discover the level of care required. Topics of this consultation typically include:

A discussion of your needs and how our trained caregivers can offer assistance in the most effective way


A draft of your care plan, which includes highly detailed notes and a framework for the care that you or your senior will receive


Discuss payment options and help coordinate billing with your insurance provider


Our caregivers are trained to spot changes that clients exhibit, like mental and physical decline. As your trusted senior care company, we will constantly assess and update your Care Plan to meet any new emotional, intellectual, physical, and emotional needs.

If you have never considered in-home care before, we understand that you and your family may have concerns about your Care Plan and its Care Coordinator. To help give you peace of mind, know that every team member and caregiver must undergo comprehensive training before being assigned to a Care Plan.

At the end of the day, we only hire the best of the best at Always Best Care. Whether you need home care in Birds Landing, CA 24-hours a day or only need a respite for a couple of hours, we are here to serve you.

When you're ready, we encourage you to contact your local Always Best Care representative to set up a Care Consultation. Our Care Coordinators would be happy to meet with you in person to get to know you better, discuss your needs, and help put together a personalized Care Plan specific to your needs.

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Latest News in Birds Landing, CA

See a swoop of swifts? Here's why a group of birders is trying to count them all

At dusk in September, Winifred Wake can often be found sitting on a lawn chair in London, Ont., watching hundreds of birds circle chimneys.She's counting chimney swifts, threatened tiny black birds that pass through southwestern Ontario during their fall migration journey to Central and South America."I think they're a fascinating part of nature," she said. "This time of year, hundreds will spend nights together in old unlined brick chimneys."Wake is a member of Nature London, a group of 50 volunteers...

At dusk in September, Winifred Wake can often be found sitting on a lawn chair in London, Ont., watching hundreds of birds circle chimneys.

She's counting chimney swifts, threatened tiny black birds that pass through southwestern Ontario during their fall migration journey to Central and South America.

"I think they're a fascinating part of nature," she said. "This time of year, hundreds will spend nights together in old unlined brick chimneys."

Wake is a member of Nature London, a group of 50 volunteers who work to monitor and protect the birds and other species.

The chimney swift is of great interest, as their populations have declined by more than 90 per cent since 1970, according to Birds Canada, landing them on the federal Species at Risk Act list.

Nature London, which is affiliated with Ontario Nature and Nature Canada, monitors 18 chimneys in the city, keeping track of swift populations from year to year.

"They're continuing to decline, and it's important we provide protection for birds," said Wake.

"They're very much dependent on the goodwill of humans to preserve some of these chimneys for them to have habitat to nest in or to rest for the night and roost.

"We don't have as many or any old growth forests with hollow trees where they could nest or roost anymore, so that habitat is gone."

Each bird also eats about 1,000 insects a day, but with insect population in decline, habitat loss and extreme weather, their food source is dwindling.

Hub for chimney swift advocacy

Earlier this week, volunteers counted over 300 swifts at a warehouse sporting chimneys in south London, while another 300 were counted near the downtown. The numbers change day to day as new birds arrive and others continue to migrate.

London has earned a reputation as a hub for chimney swift knowledge and advocacy.

In the past two weeks, wildlife rescues from Quebec and eastern Ontario came to the city to release orphaned chimney swifts with Nature London volunteers.

Connie Black drove to London from north of Kingston, Ont., to release seven orphaned chimney swifts into a group of roosting swifts. She runs a home-based bird rescue, Destined to Fly, focusing on species at risk.

"You have a great group there that actually monitors all the roosts — which we need to know," Black said.

London earned official bird-friendly city status last year by Nature Canada, based on threat reduction, protecting natural habitats and community education.

Wake and her group are part of those efforts.

"London has actually become probably the centre of swift monitoring activities for Ontario," Wake said.

Disrupted food chain

Glenn Berry, a volunteer with Nature London's chimney swift team, knows more needs to be done to protect the birds, which feed on insects.

"We have a bug-hostile world now," he said. "We've been at war with bugs for quite a while, but that's also a food source that's part of the food chain that's been disrupted."

Wake agrees.

"Insect populations have been plummeting, and that is considered a major reason why they're in decline," she said. "People need to be aware that we have responsibilities for caring for the rest of the creatures in the world."

Planting more native species of plants, protecting natural areas and reducing roadside mowing would help, she said.

"Anything people can do to reduce your ecological footprint to help the planet and help swifts is all good."



Michelle Both is a reporter and content producer for CBC London. She holds a master's degree in journalism and communication from Western University. You can reach her at [email protected].

'Is this it?' Passengers describe tense landing after Edmonton-bound flight strikes geese

An Edmonton-bound Swoop flight was forced to make an emergency landing after it struck a bird.Officials at Abbotsford Airport, about 55 kilometres east of Vancouver, reported that an aircraft struck a bird after taking off.The plane landed safely before 9 a.m. PT Tuesday.“Passengers have been offloaded into the terminal safely,” the airport tweeted. “Updates will be available in the coming hours.”Swoop later confirmed Flight W0312 landed safely in Abbotsford “due to a bird strike afte...

An Edmonton-bound Swoop flight was forced to make an emergency landing after it struck a bird.

Officials at Abbotsford Airport, about 55 kilometres east of Vancouver, reported that an aircraft struck a bird after taking off.

The plane landed safely before 9 a.m. PT Tuesday.

“Passengers have been offloaded into the terminal safely,” the airport tweeted. “Updates will be available in the coming hours.”

Swoop later confirmed Flight W0312 landed safely in Abbotsford “due to a bird strike after departure.”

Update: We can confirm Flight 312 landed safely in Abbotsford due to a bird strike shortly after departure. All travellers were offloaded safely and without incident. Thank you to our captain and crew for ensuring the safety of our travellers.

— FlySwoop (@FlySwoop) September 10, 2019

Flight W0312 showed as “delayed” on Swoop’s website.

Passengers on the plane said they heard a loud thud followed by flames coming from an engine immediately after taking off.

"Basically as the aircraft was rolling down the runway, it felt like we hit a bump," said Edmonton man Fadhl Abu-Ghanem. "Next thing I know I start seeing flames coming out of the right engine…I also felt very strong heat... I looked around for a flight attendant and couldn’t find one so I just started yelling 'There’s fire, fire, fire right engine, fire right engine!'"

Abu-Ghanem said everyone started to yell about the flames before the captain made an announcement that the aircraft struck some geese and would be making an emergency landing.

"It was very overwhelming, you don't expect it," said Abu-Ghanem. "I started texting my mom saying 'Something's wrong with the airplane. I love you.'"

Passenger Bruce Mason had a similar reaction and praised the captain and crew for their calm response.

"I've been on a plane before where the tire blew out when it was on take-off. That's pretty benign compared to this," he said. "There's smoke, there's fire and you think 'Well, is this it?'"

Passenger Donna-Lee Rayner said she and others were waiting at the Abbotsford Airport while maintenance crews checked out the plane.

According to the Abbotsford Airport's website, the flight was delayed until 8 p.m. PT.

There were no reported injuries.

There were seven reported bird strikes at Abbotsford International Airport in August of 2019, though none had any documented effect on airport operations, according to Transport Canada.


Air Canada flight lands safely after Mayday call when plane struck flock of birds

Article contentAn Air Canada flight had a “bit of a hairy landing” at the Ottawa Airport early Thursday after the plane hit a flock of birds.An Air Canada spokeswoman said that flight AC342, with 170 passengers on board, which was scheduled to arrive from Vancouver at 12:46 a.m., made contact with birds on the descent and “as per our operating procedures airport services were called.”Article content“The flight landed safely and no one was hurt,” she added.Article conten...

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An Air Canada flight had a “bit of a hairy landing” at the Ottawa Airport early Thursday after the plane hit a flock of birds.

An Air Canada spokeswoman said that flight AC342, with 170 passengers on board, which was scheduled to arrive from Vancouver at 12:46 a.m., made contact with birds on the descent and “as per our operating procedures airport services were called.”

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“The flight landed safely and no one was hurt,” she added.

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The plane, which made it to the gate at 1:22 a.m., is now in maintenance.

A passenger tweeted “hats off to the Air Canada pilots (and) crew for keeping everything under control” adding that the flight landed safely then sat on the runway for a while as a safety precaution before being towed to the gate.

Bit of a harry landing @FlyYOW tonight after hitting some birds but hats off to the @AirCanada pilots & crew for keeping everything under control. Landed safely & then sat on the runway for awhile as a safety precaution before being towed to the gate. #ottnews

— Mich (@Mich___MB) March 28, 2019

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Another passenger tweeted there was a “huge bang in the port (left) engine 30 seconds before landing.”

My flight hit a flock of birds on final. Huge bang. They shut down the port engine 30 sec before landing. We’ve landed but are surrounded by emergency vehicles. We are parked in the middle…

— Rich Loen (@richloen) March 28, 2019

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Ottawa eyed by dockless scooter-sharing company with controversial history in the US

Tiny blackpoll warbler flies 3 days non-stop in record migration

Birds equipped with tracking backpack show how species vanishes each fallScientists have figured out how a tiny songbird called the blackpoll warbler mysteriously vanishes from most of Canada each fall.It turns out that when the bird disappears from human sight, it embarks on one of the most amazing migrations in the world.The blackpoll warbler weighs just 12 grams – less than two loonies. But the new tracking study shows it is capable of flying up to 2,770 kilometres over the western Atlantic Ocean over three da...

Birds equipped with tracking backpack show how species vanishes each fall

Scientists have figured out how a tiny songbird called the blackpoll warbler mysteriously vanishes from most of Canada each fall.

It turns out that when the bird disappears from human sight, it embarks on one of the most amazing migrations in the world.

The blackpoll warbler weighs just 12 grams – less than two loonies. But the new tracking study shows it is capable of flying up to 2,770 kilometres over the western Atlantic Ocean over three days, without stopping to eat or rest.

That's the longest overwater flight for a bird of this size in the world, said Ryan Norris, a biologist at Ontario's University of Guelph.

"We were totally amazed when we found out," said Norris, co-author of a study describing the feat.

The study was published this week in the journal Biology Letters.

The blackpoll warbler breeds in the boreal forest that stretches across Canada from Newfoundland and Labrador to the Yukon, and spends its winter in northeastern South America. On its way north each spring, it passes through Canada's more populated south, singing its distinctive high-pitched song along the way, Norris said.

But each fall, it disappears without a trace from all except the easternmost part of the boreal forest.

"That got people wondering: 'Where do they go in the fall?'"

Reports of blackpoll warblers landing on ships in the Atlantic Ocean during bad weather led some scientists to suspect that perhaps they migrated over water instead of land in the fall. But researchers had no direct evidence.

Finally, a few years ago, a new technology became available to biologists like Norris – tiny tracking devices that could be attached to the back of a blackpoll warbler like a backpack.

The trackers had a mass of just half a gram, making them light enough for a 12-gram bird to carry.

They measure light levels, providing data about latitude from the timing of sunrise and sunset, and about longitude from the timing of solar noon, which varies with longitude.

Unfortunately, the devices need to be physically recovered in order to get the data.

"You can't sit at your desk and monitor the flight of the blackpoll warbler," Norris said. "You have to leave your office the next year and go find the blackpoll warbler, and that can be kind of a needle in a haystack."

Norris later learned that other biologists at the University of Massachusetts had come up with the same idea. The researchers decided to work together – the Canadians tracked birds from Nova Scotia, and the Americans tracked birds from Vermont.

In total, they put geolocators on 37 birds, and managed to recover five the next year.

Average non-stop flight was 2540 km

Those five birds flew an average of 2,540 kilometres during a non-stop flight over the western Atlantic Ocean that averaged 62 hours. The birds landed in the Caribbean, where they spent a few days refuelling before moving on to Venezuela.

Norris said that when he saw the results, "I was jumping up and down… I consider this a 50-year unsolved mystery."

Norris suspects that blackpoll warblers from as far west as the Yukon gather in the Maritimes and New England to make the non-stop flight over the Atlantic Ocean. However, it will take more research to find that out.

Scientists aren't yet sure why the birds do this instead of taking a three-week journey over land, stopping regularly to refuel, as they do in the spring.

Norris says it may be because the non-stop flight makes them less prone to being eaten by predators along the way. The express journey also gets them to their wintering grounds earlier, and that may help them get prime real estate there, with better access to food, for example.

It's a bird! It's a plane! It's a… whale?

Plane spotters had a whale of a time in St. John's on Wednesday with the arrival of the Airbus Beluga, but no one was blubbering about the cold — it was all fin and games as they watched the giant plane touch down.The plane, carrying a satellite for British telecommunications company Inmarsat, stopped at St. John's International Airport to refuel before continuing to Cape Canaveral in Florida.Will Goodridge — a Gander flight student and self-proclaimed aviation enthusiast — was at the airport watching when the...

Plane spotters had a whale of a time in St. John's on Wednesday with the arrival of the Airbus Beluga, but no one was blubbering about the cold — it was all fin and games as they watched the giant plane touch down.

The plane, carrying a satellite for British telecommunications company Inmarsat, stopped at St. John's International Airport to refuel before continuing to Cape Canaveral in Florida.

Will Goodridge — a Gander flight student and self-proclaimed aviation enthusiast — was at the airport watching when the Beluga arrived.

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The distinctive Airbus Beluga plane — shaped like the eponymous whale — landed in St. John's on Wednesday, and planespotters were there to see it.

"When you got a plane like the Beluga coming in, as an enthusiast, you got to come up. No question," he said.

He has seen an Airbus Beluga once before, when he was flying in Gander. The Beluga was taking off at that time, and Goodridge still enjoys telling the... tail.

Jillian Rice, Inmarsat's regional human resources director, said this type of aircraft is rare.

"There are actually only five Belugas, not counting the XL Beluga, so it's a rare sighting and it's exciting for us to see this here today," she said.

"Standing next to something that so many of our employees have worked so diligently with Airbus employees on is just a real feeling of pride and accomplishment."

Goodridge said the Airbus Beluga was designed to transport aircraft parts, such as wings. It would transport those components to Airbus's manufacturing plant in France. Now, he said, the Beluga is used for other missions, like delivering satellites.

Plane passion

Goodridge spent five years studying business at Memorial University before applying to flight school because of his lifelong interest in planes.

He isn't sure where his interest comes from — ever since he was a kid, he has just been fascinated — but that passion has lingered for his entire life. And where there's a whale, there's a way.

"Every time I knew there was a cool plane coming to St. John's … I'd always make my way out. And I was always fascinated by it."

Goodridge said he wasn't surprised to see dozens of people at the airport waiting to watch the Beluga land.

"I don't know a single person who doesn't look up in the sky when they hear an airplane," he said.

Rice said excited aircraft enthusiasts can see the Airbus Beluga when it stops to fuel up on the way back to France.

The satellite will be launched at the end of February.

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