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18 Mar: @ 18:19:47 
Grande Prairie County - Wapiti Dunes Trails - Twp Rd 710, Mar 18, 2019 [David Rhody [email protected] [Albertabird]]
18 Mar: @ 15:54:30 
FFCPP Soc Fish Creek PP-Beaverdam Flats, Calgary, Alberta, CA; Monday 18-Mar-2019 [[email protected] [Albertabird]]
17 Mar: @ 21:11:17 
FFCPP Society Calgary-Shannon Terrace, Calgary, Alberta, CA; Sunday 17-Mar-2019 [[email protected] [Albertabird]]
16 Mar: @ 21:16:34 
Gulls at East Calgary Landfill ['Malcolm McDonald' [email protected] [Albertabird]]
16 Mar: @ 16:53:40 
FFCPP Society Fish Creek PP--Shannon Terrace, Calgary, Alberta, CA; Saturday 16-Mar-2019 [[email protected] [Albertabird]]
15 Mar: @ 18:04:58 
Re: Frank Lake [Jill Bhar [email protected] [Albertabird]]
15 Mar: @ 17:31:04 
Frank Lake ['Ken Scott' [email protected] [Albertabird]]
14 Mar: @ 15:28:58 
FFCPP Society Fish Creek PP--Shannon Terrace, Calgary, Alberta, CA; Thursday 14-Mar-2019 [[email protected] [Albertabird]]
13 Mar: @ 22:11:44 
VARC Bird Identification Workshop [[email protected] [Albertabird]]
13 Mar: @ 16:35:27 
FFCPP Society Fish Creek PP--Shannon Terrace, Calgary, Alberta, CA; Wednesday13-Mar-2019 [[email protected] [Albertabird]]
12 Mar: @ 14:15:14 
FFCPP Society Fish Creek PP--Shannon Terrace, Calgary, Alberta, CA; Tuesday 12-Mar-2019 [[email protected] [Albertabird]]
11 Mar: @ 21:46:41 
VARC Bird Monitoring and Banding AND Bird Identification Workshops! [[email protected] [Albertabird]]
11 Mar: @ 16:59:54 
FFCPP Society Calgary-Shannon Terrace, Fish Creek Provincial Park, Calgary, Alberta, CA; Monday 11-Mar-2019 [[email protected] [Albertabird]]
10 Mar: @ 20:15:39 
FFCPP Society Fish Creek PP--Boat Launch, Calgary, Alberta, CA; Sunday 10-Mar-2019 [[email protected] [Albertabird]]
09 Mar: @ 21:23:53 
snow goose sighting ['Mike Mulligan' [email protected] [Albertabird]]
09 Mar: @ 18:06:40 
FFCPP Society Fish Creek PP--Boat Launch, Calgary, Alberta, CA; Saturday 09-Mar-2019 [[email protected] [Albertabird]]
09 Mar: @ 17:38:37 
Wild Bird Store Confederation Park/Queens Park Cemetery [[email protected] [Albertabird]]
09 Mar: @ 17:36:57 
Nature Calgary Birding - Magpie Dawn Dispersal from Weaselhead Park Calgary [Bernie Diebolt [email protected] [Albertabird]]
07 Mar: @ 21:02:36 
Re: Places to see White-tailed Ptarmigan in winter [Connor Charchuk [email protected] [Albertabird]]
07 Mar: @ 18:04:38 
Re: Places to see White-tailed Ptarmigan in winter [Sean Evans [email protected] [Albertabird]]
07 Mar: @ 17:47:20 
Re: Places to see White-tailed Ptarmigan in winter [Caroline Lambert [email protected] [Albertabird]]
07 Mar: @ 16:44:54 
FFCPP Society Fish Creek PP--Boat Launch, Calgary, Alberta, CA; Thursday 07-Mar-2019 [[email protected] [Albertabird]]
07 Mar: @ 10:40:17 
Re: Places to see White-tailed Ptarmigan in winter [boblane1 [email protected] [Albertabird]]
07 Mar: @ 08:30:58 
Places to see White-tailed Ptarmigan in winter [Connor Charchuk [email protected] [Albertabird]]
06 Mar: @ 18:03:28 
FFCPP Society Fish Creek PP--Boat Launch, Calgary, Alberta, CA; Wednesday 06-Mar-2019 [[email protected] [Albertabird]]
06 Mar: @ 16:25:20 
Fw: Monthly Elbow River Bird Survey, Stanley Park to Glenmore Dam, 08:11:45 am, Tue, O5 Mary 2019. Sunny, calm, -19 to -04°VC. ['Gus - CCNA' [email protected] [Albertabird]]
06 Mar: @ 11:26:17 
Update on the Magrath Red-bellied Woodpecker [[email protected] [Albertabird]]
06 Mar: @ 09:56:52 
FFCPP Society Fish Creek PP--Boat Launch, Calgary, Alberta, CA; Tuesday 05-Mar-2019 [[email protected] [Albertabird]]
04 Mar: @ 19:10:49 
FFCPP Society Calgary-Boat Launch, Calgary, Alberta, CA; Monday 04-Mar-2019 [[email protected] [Albertabird]]
02 Mar: @ 17:54:13 
Golden Eagles on the move. [[email protected] [Albertabird]]
02 Mar: @ 13:40:39 
Re: Gray-crowned Rosy-Finches for Calgary Area List [[email protected] [Albertabird]]
28 Feb: @ 14:36:33 
FFCPP Society Calgary--Inglewood Bird Sanctuary, Calgary, Alberta, CA; Thursday 28-Feb-2019 [[email protected] [Albertabird]]
28 Feb: @ 12:36:02 
Red-bellied Woodpecker - Magrath [[email protected] [Albertabird]]
28 Feb: @ 08:47:06 
Re: Last Day for the Winter Lists! [Dan A [email protected] [Albertabird]]
28 Feb: @ 08:38:37 
Re: Last Day for the Winter Lists! [Caroline Lambert [email protected] [Albertabird]]
28 Feb: @ 08:18:13 
Last Day for the Winter Lists! [[email protected] [Albertabird]]
27 Feb: @ 23:05:14 
Gray-crowned Rosy-Finches for Calgary Area List ['Malcolm McDonald' [email protected] [Albertabird]]
27 Feb: @ 14:11:09 
FFCPP Society Calgary--Inglewood Bird Sanctuary, Calgary, Alberta, CA; Wednesday 27-Feb-2019 [[email protected] [Albertabird]]
27 Feb: @ 09:30:54 
Lapland longspurs - NOT! ['Malcolm McDonald' [email protected] [Albertabird]]
26 Feb: @ 22:54:02 
Lapland longspurs at Frank Lake ['Malcolm McDonald' [email protected] [Albertabird]]
26 Feb: @ 16:12:32 
FFCPP Society Calgary--Inglewood Bird Sanctuary, Calgary, Alberta, CA; Tuesday 26-Feb-2019 [[email protected] [Albertabird]]
24 Feb: @ 00:45:49 
Re: IBS today [Pam Hardy [email protected] [Albertabird]]
23 Feb: @ 21:11:15 
Annual Snowy Owl Prowl - Nature Calgary [[email protected] [Albertabird]]
23 Feb: @ 17:02:54 
FFCPP Society Calgary--Griffith Woods Park, Calgary, Alberta, CA; Saturday 23-Feb-2019 [[email protected] [Albertabird]]
20 Feb: @ 14:17:21 
FFCPP Society Calgary--Griffith Woods Park, Calgary, Alberta, CA; Wednesday 20-Feb-2019 [[email protected] [Albertabird]]
19 Feb: @ 15:03:06 
FFCPP Society Calgary--Griffith Woods Park, Calgary, Alberta, CA; Tuesday 19-Feb-2019 [[email protected] [Albertabird]]
19 Feb: @ 08:18:41 
Birds and Beers this Thursday [Bob Lefebvre [email protected] [Albertabird]]
18 Feb: @ 18:34:08 
FFCPP Society Calgary--Griffith Woods Park, Calgary, Alberta, CA; Monday 08-Feb-2019 [[email protected] [Albertabird]]
13 Feb: @ 21:30:53 
Re: IBS today [[email protected] [Albertabird]]
13 Feb: @ 13:03:22 
Significant Great Horned Owl Recovery [GRAHAME BOOTH [email protected] [Albertabird]]





Subject: Grande Prairie County - Wapiti Dunes Trails - Twp Rd 710, Mar 18, 2019
Date: Mon Mar 18 2019 18:19 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
It was a mild (+3 to 9C), sunny morning for a 5.2 km hike on these trails just south of Grande Prairie city. No migrants have appeared yet, so the same few species that I've been seeing since January are usually what I still see. However, today I saw Boreal Chickadees (one of which landed on my hat) and a Canada Jay, both of which I've seen at this location, but not for awhile.
Here is the list of 8 species observed today:
Bald Eagle 4

Canada Jay 1

Blue Jay 5 (a party doing what looked like a noisy mating "dance")

Common Raven 17

Black-capped Chickadee 1

Boreal Chickadee 4

Red-breasted Nuthatch 3

Common Redpoll 5
View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checkli...

No woodpeckers were seen today, but I usually see both Downy and Hairy on my different walks, plus White-breasted Nuthatches and, occasionally, Pine Grosbeaks. Last week I saw my first Merlin of the year, and the American Crows are becoming more plentiful (a very small number over-wintered in GP). No geese, ducks or gulls yet as water bodies are still largely frozen over -- although creeks are opening up.
Good birding!
David RhodyGrande Prairie








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Subject: FFCPP Soc Fish Creek PP-Beaverdam Flats, Calgary, Alberta, CA; Monday 18-Mar-2019
Date: Mon Mar 18 2019 15:54 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
FFCPP Soc Fish Creek PP-Beaverdam Flats, Calgary, Alberta, CA; Monday
18-Mar-2019, 09:15 - 12:00 PM. Sunny with calm to light winds coming from
the NW, temperature -2 to 11 beautiful degrees. 17 participants.

1. Canada Goose-100

2. Mallard-200

3. Bufflehead-8

4. Common Goldeneye-30

5. Common Merganser-1

6. Ring-necked Pheasant-1

7. GULL SP-3

8. Rock Pigeon-1

9. Downy Woodpecker-8

10. Hairy Woodpecker-4

11. Northern Flicker-20

12. Blue Jay-2

13. Black-billed Magpie-12

14. Common Raven-6

15. Black-capped Chickadee-20

16. White-breasted Nuthatch-3

17. America Robin-4

18. European Starling-10

19. House Sparrow-6

Eastern Grey Squirrel-1



Leaders: Peter Hoyer, Doug Maxwell, Jennifer Solem, Wayne Walker



Subject: FFCPP Society Calgary-Shannon Terrace, Calgary, Alberta, CA; Sunday 17-Mar-2019
Date: Sun Mar 17 2019 21:11 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
FFCPP Society Calgary-Shannon Terrace, Calgary, Alberta, CA; Sunday
17-Mar-2019, 09:00 - 12:00. Mostly clear, calm, -5C to 5C.





1. Canada Goose 23
2. Downy Woodpecker 8
3. Hairy Woodpecker 1
4. Northern Flicker 8
5. Blue Jay 20
6. Common Raven 12
7. Black-capped Chickadee 30
8. Mountain Chickadee 4
9. Boreal Chickadee 3
10. Red-breasted Nuthatch 12
11. White-breasted Nuthatch 4
12. Brown Creeper 3
13. Bohemian Waxwing 1
14. House Finch 2
15. Common Redpoll 12
16. White-winged Crossbill 2
17. Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored) 10





Leaders: Robb Bell, Dan Arndt, Wlad Franco-Valias





FFCPP Society Calgary-Shannon Terrace, Calgary, Alberta, CA; Sunday
17-Mar-2019, 1:15 - 3:00



1. Bald Eagle 1

2. Northern Pygmy Owl 1 (heard near the parking lot)

3.Downy Woodpecker 4

4. Pileated Woodpecker 1

5.Blue Jay 5

6. Black-billed Magpie 1

7. Common Raven 4

8. Black-capped Chickadee 44

9. Red-breasted Nuthatch 4

10. White-breasted Nuthatch 1

11. Dark-eyed Junco 3



Mammals Red Squirrel 5



Leaders Jennifer Solem, Bernie Diebolt



Subject: Gulls at East Calgary Landfill
Date: Sat Mar 16 2019 21:16 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
We checked out the East Calgary Landfill this morning (Sat 16th) from Peigan
Trail to see if any gulls had arrived yet. There were two gulls sitting and
flying around where the garbage was being dumped. They were rather distant
but we thought they were probably California Gulls.



Joan & Malcolm McDonald

Calgary



Subject: FFCPP Society Fish Creek PP--Shannon Terrace, Calgary, Alberta, CA; Saturday 16-Mar-2019
Date: Sat Mar 16 2019 16:53 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
FFCPP Society Fish Creek PP--Shannon Terrace, Calgary, Alberta, CA; Saturday
16-Mar-2019 09:03 - 12:03. Sunny, -7 to +4 and calm.



1. Canada Goose 25
2. American Three-toed Woodpecker 1
3. Downy Woodpecker 5
4. Pileated Woodpecker 1
5. Northern Flicker 2
6. Blue Jay 3
7. Black-billed Magpie 2
8. Common Raven 12
9. Black-capped Chickadee 35
10. Mountain Chickadee 3
11. Boreal Chickadee 12
12. Red-breasted Nuthatch 8
13. White-breasted Nuthatch 4
14. Brown Creeper 1
15. House Finch 1
16. Common Redpoll 3
17. White-winged Crossbill 6
18. Pine Siskin 1
19. Dark-eyed Junco 6



Leaders: Wayne & Joan Walker, Doug Maxwell, Trevor Churchill and Rob Worona



View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checkli...



Subject: Frank Lake
Date: Fri Mar 15 2019 18:04 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
I was told it opens when there is open water.
Jill Bhar, High River
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Anyone know if Frank Lake is now open, or if not, when its likely to open? Thanks.Ken Scott, Calgary





















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Subject: Frank Lake
Date: Fri Mar 15 2019 17:31 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
Anyone know if Frank Lake is now open, or if not, when it's likely to open?
Thanks.

Ken Scott, Calgary



Subject: FFCPP Society Fish Creek PP--Shannon Terrace, Calgary, Alberta, CA; Thursday 14-Mar-2019
Date: Thu Mar 14 2019 15:28 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
FFCPP Society Fish Creek PP--Shannon Terrace, Calgary, Alberta, CA; Thursday
14-Mar-2019 09:15 - 12:00. Sunny, -5C to 1C



1. Canada Goose 30
2. Downy Woodpecker 8
3. Hairy Woodpecker 1
4. Northern Flicker 5
5. Northern Shrike 1
6. Blue Jay 1
7. Black-billed Magpie 3
8. Common Raven 6
9. Black-capped Chickadee 35
10. Mountain Chickadee 2
11. Boreal Chickadee 6
12. Red-breasted Nuthatch 10
13. Brown Creeper 2
14. Townsend's Solitaire 1
15. Bohemian Waxwing 47
16. House Finch 1
17. White-winged Crossbill 14
18. Pine Siskin 12
19. Dark-eyed Junco 4



10 Red squirrels



Leaders: Rob and Teresa Brown, Fred Bowen, Dermot Lane, Lori Mainland, David
Mitchell, Stephen Phelps



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Subject: VARC Bird Identification Workshop
Date: Wed Mar 13 2019 22:11 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
I inserted the incorrect link for the VARC Bird Identification Workshop  please go to our new website for full course details:



http://www.birdvancouver.com/w... http://www.birdvancouver.com/w...



Apologies and thank you!


Derek Matthews
Vancouver Avian Research Centre,
Vancouver, BC, Canada



Subject: FFCPP Society Fish Creek PP--Shannon Terrace, Calgary, Alberta, CA; Wednesday13-Mar-2019
Date: Wed Mar 13 2019 16:35 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
FFCPP Society Fish Creek PP--Shannon Terrace, Calgary, Alberta, CA;
Wednesday13-Mar-2019 09:15 - 12:00. Sunny, -6C to 1C



1. Canada Goose 50
2. Downy Woodpecker 8
3. Northern Flicker 10
4. Northern Shrike 1
5. Blue Jay 4
6. Black-billed Magpie 4
7. Common Raven 14
8. Black-capped Chickadee 45
9. Mountain Chickadee 1
10. Boreal Chickadee 2
11. Red-breasted Nuthatch 11
12. White-breasted Nuthatch 3
13. Brown Creeper 2
14. Townsend's Solitaire 1
15. House Finch 3 Heard
16. Red Crossbill 1
17. White-winged Crossbill 6
18. Dark-eyed Junco 2



30 Red squirrels



Leaders: Peter Hoyer, David Mitchell, Leao Vermeylen





View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checkli...



Subject: FFCPP Society Fish Creek PP--Shannon Terrace, Calgary, Alberta, CA; Tuesday 12-Mar-2019
Date: Tue Mar 12 2019 14:15 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
FFCPP Society Fish Creek PP--Shannon Terrace, Calgary, Alberta, CA; Tuesday
12-Mar-2019 09:15 - 12:00. Cloudy, -4C to 1C.



Safety: Ice grips recommended



1. Canada Goose 130
2. Mallard 12
3. Northern Goshawk 1
4. Northern Pygmy-Owl 1 Heard
5. Downy Woodpecker 8
6. Hairy Woodpecker 1
7. Northern Flicker 3
8. Blue Jay 3
9. Black-billed Magpie 1
10. Common Raven 12
11. Black-capped Chickadee 46
12. Mountain Chickadee 2
13. Boreal Chickadee 5
14. Red-breasted Nuthatch 13
15. White-breasted Nuthatch 2
16. Townsend's Solitaire 1 Heard
17. Bohemian Waxwing 45
18. House Finch 1
19. White-winged Crossbill 25



12 Red squirrels

3 Eastern gray squirrels



Leaders: John and Lorri Anderson, Donna Franke, David Mitchell, Stephen
Phelps, John Thompson



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Subject: VARC Bird Monitoring and Banding AND Bird Identification Workshops!
Date: Mon Mar 11 2019 21:46 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
The Vancouver Avian Research Centre is pleased to announce dates for 2019 spring Bird Monitoring and Banding AND Bird Identification Workshops.

Bird Monitoring and Banding Workshop:

May 10 - 12

The Bird Monitoring and Banding Workshop is designed for people with little or no bird banding or bird in the hand experience and provides a fantastic opportunity to see birds up close and personal, to learn about their plumage, molt sequences and life habits.
http://www.birdvancouver.com/b...

The Bird Identification Workshop is designed for beginner and intermediate birders who may wish to participate in citizen science projects such as the BC Breeding Bird Atlas or similar programs or who just want to take their bird knowledge and identification skills to the next level.

This course covers groups, topography, field marks, song, habitat, molt, ageing and more and includes a guided field session to the Colony Farm banding station. Although developed for beginner and intermediate birders the ornithological aspects of the course benefit even the most experienced birders and the workshop is invaluable for birders traveling overseas.



Bird Identification Workshop:
May 25 26 (in association with UBC Botanical Gardens)

Most of all, these workshops are designed to be a fun and interesting experience and a way to take your interest in birds and the environment to the next level. View our website testimonials pages for both courses to see what people who have attended the workshops have to say and why the average rating from course participants is 9.5 out of 10!!
Full details of course schedules and content and registration information can be found online at:

http://www.birdvancouver.com/w...

Derek Matthews
NABC Certified Trainer
Vancouver Avian Research Centre
www.birdvancouver.com



Subject: FFCPP Society Calgary-Shannon Terrace, Fish Creek Provincial Park, Calgary, Alberta, CA; Monday 11-Mar-2019
Date: Mon Mar 11 2019 16:59 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
FFCPP Society Calgary-Shannon Terrace, Fish Creek Provincial Park, Calgary,
Alberta, CA; Monday 11-Mar-2019; 9:15 to 12:00 pm. Heavy Chinook cloud
with calm to light winds for most of the morning, -5 to 1C.



Participants were encouraged to wear ice grips and watch for hazards and icy
patches on the pathways due to recent snow melt.



1. Canada Goose-36
2. Mallard-4
3. Downy Woodpecker-4
4. Black-billed Magpie-1
5. Common Raven-4
6. Black-capped Chickadee-30
7. Mountain Chickadee-1
8. Boreal Chickadee-3
9. Red-breasted Nuthatch-10
10. White-breasted Nuthatch-6
11. TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE-1
12. America Robin-1
13. Bohemian Waxwing-4
14. Red Crossbill-1

Red Squirrel-21



Leaders: Perter Hoyer, Doug Maxwell, Jennifer Solem, Wayne Walker



Subject: FFCPP Society Fish Creek PP--Boat Launch, Calgary, Alberta, CA; Sunday 10-Mar-2019
Date: Sun Mar 10 2019 20:15 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
FFCPP Society Fish Creek PP--Boat Launch, Calgary, Alberta, CA; Sunday 10-Mar-2019 09:00 - 12:10.Clear, calm, -12C to -2C


Safety Issues: Ice grips recommended, everyone had weather appropriate clothing and were given the option to return to their cars if too cold.



1. Canada Goose 300
2. Mallard 60
3. Common Goldeneye 60
4. Common Merganser (North American) 1
5. Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 6
6. Bald Eagle 1
7. Great Horned Owl 2
8. Downy Woodpecker 4
9. Northern Flicker 10
10. Northern Shrike 1
11. Black-billed Magpie 8
12. Common Raven 4
13. Black-capped Chickadee 14
14. White-breasted Nuthatch 4
15. European Starling 1
16. House Finch 1
Leaders: Gavin McKinnon, Robb Bell, Wlad Franco-Valias
FFCPP Society Fish Creek PP--Boat Launch, Calgary, Alberta, CA; Sunday 10-Mar-2019 1:15 to 3:00
1. Canada Goose 3
2. Trumpeter/ Tundra Swan 2
3. Mallard 80
4. Bufflehead 7
5. Common Goldeneye 120
6.Common Merganser 6
7. Bald Eagle 1 Juv.
8. Great Horned Owl 4
9. Downy Woodpecker 4
10. Hairy Woodpecker 1
11. Northern Flicker 2
12. Black-billed Magpie 11
13. Common Raven 5
14. Black-capped Chickadee 25
15.Red-breasted Nuthatch 2
16. White-breasted Nuthatch 3
Mammals Red Squirrel 5
White-tailed Deer 3
Porcupine 1
Leaders Jennifer Solem, Bernie Diebolt








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Subject: snow goose sighting
Date: Sat Mar 9 2019 21:23 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
Patrick Bulman told me that he saw a single Snow Goose flying with a small group of Canadas this afternoon, as he was walking the ridge by Douglasdale & Mackenzie (in south Calgary).

Mike Mulligan
Calgary



Subject: FFCPP Society Fish Creek PP--Boat Launch, Calgary, Alberta, CA; Saturday 09-Mar-2019
Date: Sat Mar 9 2019 18:06 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
FFCPP Society Fish Creek PP--Boat Launch, Calgary, Alberta, CA; Saturday
09-Mar-2019 09:00 - 12:00. Temperature -6 to +3, cloudy to mostly sunny,
wind calm.



Safety discussion included recommending ice grippers and vehicle security.



1. Canada Goose 500
2. Trumpeter Swan 2
3. Mallard 300
4. Redhead 1
5. Bufflehead 10
6. Common Goldeneye 80
7. Common Merganser 7
8. Ring-necked Pheasant 1
9. Sharp-shinned Hawk 1
10. Great Horned Owl 3
11. Downy Woodpecker 5
12. Hairy Woodpecker 2
13. Pileated Woodpecker 1
14. Northern Flicker 20
15. Merlin 1
16. Black-billed Magpie 6
17. Common Raven 8
18. Black-capped Chickadee 40
19. Red-breasted Nuthatch 2
20. White-breasted Nuthatch 3
21. American Robin 1
22. House Finch 1



2 White-tailed Deer



View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checkli...



Leaders Wayne & Joan Walker, Trevor Churchill, Doug Maxwell and Rob Worona



Subject: Wild Bird Store Confederation Park/Queens Park Cemetery
Date: Sat Mar 9 2019 17:38 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
Calgary--Confederation Park, Calgary, Alberta, CA
Mar 9, 2019 8:24 AM - 9:59 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.889 kilometer(s)
21 species

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 22
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) 150
Downy Woodpecker (Dryobates pubescens) 8
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus) 11
Merlin (Falco columbarius) 1
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) 4
Black-billed Magpie (Pica hudsonia) 4
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) 1
Common Raven (Corvus corax) 3
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) 25
Red-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta canadensis) 2
White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis) 3
Brown Creeper (Certhia americana) 2
American Robin (Turdus migratorius) 6
Bohemian Waxwing (Bombycilla garrulus) 50
House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus) 8
Common Redpoll (Acanthis flammea) 350
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis) 1
Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis) 25
Rusty Blackbird (Euphagus carolinus) 1
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) 5


Calgary--Queen's Park Cemetery, Calgary, Alberta, CA
Mar 9, 2019 10:05 AM - 10:36 AM
Protocol: Traveling
0.701 kilometer(s)
14 species

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 43
Sharp-shinned Hawk (Accipiter striatus) 1
Downy Woodpecker (Dryobates pubescens) 2
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus) 4
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) 1
Black-billed Magpie (Pica hudsonia) 25
Common Raven (Corvus corax) 2
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) 14
Red-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta canadensis) 6
Bohemian Waxwing (Bombycilla garrulus) 1000
Common Redpoll (Acanthis flammea) 30
White-winged Crossbill (Loxia leucoptera) 250
Pine Siskin (Spinus pinus) 2
Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis) 2


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Subject: Nature Calgary Birding - Magpie Dawn Dispersal from Weaselhead Park Calgary
Date: Sat Mar 9 2019 17:36 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
9 of us early risers made it to the bluff above Weaselhead Park before sunrise to see the Black-billed Magpies leave their roost in the park to spread out across the city.It was a very low count of 45 Black-billed Magpies, we usually get hundreds .We then walked down into the Weaselhead and had a pretty good morning of birding. We saw...
Canada Goose 1Northern Goshawk 1Downy Woodpecker 3Hairy Woodpecker 2Northern Flicker 3Pileated Woodpecker 1Blue Jay 7Black-billed Magpie 50 5 more to the 45 we had on the bluffAmerican Crow 3Common Raven 12Black-capped Chickadee 24Red-breasted Nuthatch 2White-breasted Nuthatch 1Bohemian Waxwing 200Common Redpoll 7White-winged Crossbill 6
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Subject: Places to see White-tailed Ptarmigan in winter
Date: Thu Mar 7 2019 21:02 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
Thank you to everyone who replied! Hopefully Ill have some photos to share when I get back from my trip.
Connor CharchukEdmonton

On Mar 7, 2019, at 17:04, Sean Evans [email protected] [Albertabird] <[email protected]> wrote:What a great summary Caroline. I will file this away for future reference.Sean EvansSherwood Park
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On Thursday, March 7, 2019, 4:47 PM, Caroline [email protected][Albertabird] <[email protected]> wrote:Probably your best bet is Bow Summit - around the lodge at the lake or in the meadows along Hwy 93 in that area. I've always found ptarmigan tracks there when I've gone there to look for them, but the ptarmigans themselves can be problematic to locate. But that's true anywhere.As for hiking - check for avalanche conditions. People used to find ptarmigan at the Plain of the Six Glaciers beyond Lake Louise, but it's now closed in winter because of avalanche safety. Most often, people find them by accident when out on snowshoes or cross-country skis. As you probably know, they like soft snow to burrow under, so places that are heavily used by people on snowshoes or cross-country skis are not great for ptarmigan. Apparently the Chester Lake trail in K-country used to have them, but if you go there you'll find human tracks criss-crossing all over the place. I've been up there twice in winter and not seen any, or even any ptarmigan tracks. In general they don't come down much below 2000m, which is why Bow Summit is a good place to look since you can drive there. Otherwise, expect a lot of uphill hiking. If you don't have snowshoes, most trails should be packed down by now and accessible without gear, although ice grips are always good to have.Avalanche warnings:https://avalanche.pc.gc.ca/ind... NP closures and restrictions:https://www.pc.gc.ca/apps/scon... trail reports:https://www.albertaparks.ca/pa... LambertCanmoreOn 2019-03-07 07:30, Connor [email protected][Albertabird] wrote:Hi folks,Im heading down to Canmore/Banff area for a few days this weekend, and I was hoping to do some hiking in areas where I might find ptarmigan. Could anyone recommend me some hikes where theyve seen or they know there is a chance to find ptarmigan in the winter? Ive only ever found them in Jasper before, so itd be nice to see them in a new area.If you dont feel comfortable disclosing locational details publicly, please feel free to email me directly [email protected] thanks,Connor CharchukEdmonton








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Subject: Places to see White-tailed Ptarmigan in winter
Date: Thu Mar 7 2019 18:04 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
What a great summary Caroline. I will file this away for future reference.
Sean EvansSherwood Park


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On Thursday, March 7, 2019, 4:47 PM, Caroline Lambert [email protected] [Albertabird] <[email protected]> wrote:













Probably your best bet is Bow Summit - around the lodge at the
lake or in the meadows along Hwy 93 in that area. I've always
found ptarmigan tracks there when I've gone there to look for
them, but the ptarmigans themselves can be problematic to locate.
But that's true anywhere.
As for hiking - check for avalanche conditions. People used to
find ptarmigan at the Plain of the Six Glaciers beyond Lake
Louise, but it's now closed in winter because of avalanche safety.
Most often, people find them by accident when out on snowshoes or
cross-country skis. As you probably know, they like soft snow to
burrow under, so places that are heavily used by people on
snowshoes or cross-country skis are not great for ptarmigan.
Apparently the Chester Lake trail in K-country used to have them,
but if you go there you'll find human tracks criss-crossing all
over the place. I've been up there twice in winter and not seen
any, or even any ptarmigan tracks. In general they don't come down
much below 2000m, which is why Bow Summit is a good place to look
since you can drive there. Otherwise, expect a lot of uphill
hiking. If you don't have snowshoes, most trails should be packed
down by now and accessible without gear, although ice grips are
always good to have.
Avalanche warnings:


https://avalanche.pc.gc.ca/ind...


Banff NP closures and restrictions:



https://www.pc.gc.ca/apps/scon...



Kananaskis trail reports:




https://www.albertaparks.ca/pa...




Caroline Lambert
Canmore
On 2019-03-07 07:30, Connor Charchuk
[email protected] [Albertabird] wrote:





Hi folks,

Im heading down to Canmore/Banff area for a
few days this weekend, and I was hoping to do some hiking
in areas where I might find ptarmigan. Could anyone
recommend me some hikes where theyve seen or they know
there is a chance to find ptarmigan in the winter? Ive
only ever found them in Jasper before, so itd be nice to
see them in a new area.

If you dont feel comfortable disclosing
locational details publicly, please feel free to email me
directly at [email protected]

Many thanks,

Connor Charchuk
Edmonton





























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Subject: Places to see White-tailed Ptarmigan in winter
Date: Thu Mar 7 2019 17:47 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
Probably your best bet is Bow Summit - around the lodge at the lake or
in the meadows along Hwy 93 in that area. I've always found ptarmigan
tracks there when I've gone there to look for them, but the ptarmigans
themselves can be problematic to locate. But that's true anywhere.

As for hiking - check for avalanche conditions. People used to find
ptarmigan at the Plain of the Six Glaciers beyond Lake Louise, but it's
now closed in winter because of avalanche safety. Most often, people
find them by accident when out on snowshoes or cross-country skis. As
you probably know, they like soft snow to burrow under, so places that
are heavily used by people on snowshoes or cross-country skis are not
great for ptarmigan. Apparently the Chester Lake trail in K-country used
to have them, but if you go there you'll find human tracks
criss-crossing all over the place. I've been up there twice in winter
and not seen any, or even any ptarmigan tracks. In general they don't
come down much below 2000m, which is why Bow Summit is a good place to
look since you can drive there. Otherwise, expect a lot of uphill
hiking. If you don't have snowshoes, most trails should be packed down
by now and accessible without gear, although ice grips are always good
to have.

Avalanche warnings:

https://avalanche.pc.gc.ca/ind...
https://www.avalanche.ca/forec...

Banff NP closures and restrictions:

https://www.pc.gc.ca/apps/scon...

Kananaskis trail reports:

https://www.albertaparks.ca/pa...

Caroline Lambert
Canmore

On 2019-03-07 07:30, Connor Charchuk [email protected] [Albertabird]
wrote:
>
> Hi folks,
>
>
> I?m heading down to Canmore/Banff area for a few days this weekend,
> and I was hoping to do some hiking in areas where I might find
> ptarmigan. Could anyone recommend me some hikes where they?ve seen or
> they know there is a chance to find ptarmigan in the winter? I?ve only
> ever found them in Jasper before, so it?d be nice to see them in a new
> area.
>
> If you don?t feel comfortable disclosing locational details publicly,
> please feel free to email me directly at [email protected]
>
>
> Many thanks,
>
> Connor Charchuk
> Edmonton
>
>
>



Subject: FFCPP Society Fish Creek PP--Boat Launch, Calgary, Alberta, CA; Thursday 07-Mar-2019
Date: Thu Mar 7 2019 16:44 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
FFCPP Society Fish Creek PP--Boat Launch, Calgary, Alberta, CA; Thursday
07-Mar-2019 09:15 - 11:32. Mostly sunny, no wind, -17C to -12C



1. Canada Goose 277
2. Mallard 8
3. Bufflehead 12
4. Common Goldeneye 72
5. Barrow's Goldeneye 2
6. Common Merganser 4
7. Ring-necked Pheasant 2
8. Great Horned Owl 3
9. Downy Woodpecker 5
10. Hairy Woodpecker 1
11. Northern Flicker 8
12. Black-billed Magpie 4
13. American Crow 1
14. Common Raven 9
15. Black-capped Chickadee 20
16. Red-breasted Nuthatch 1
17. White-breasted Nuthatch 5
18. Bohemian Waxwing 30



1 Porcupine

3 Coyotes

3 Eastern gray squirrels

3 White tailed deer



Leaders: Fred Bowen, Lori Mainland, David Mitchell, Stephen Phelps, John
Thompson, Gus Yaki





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Subject: Places to see White-tailed Ptarmigan in winter
Date: Thu Mar 7 2019 10:40 am
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
If you go south, to the point of The Great Divide, I have seen them there. Also, Golden-mantled (Ground) Squirrels.
(You can also register for permission to have funeral ashes dispersed there).
I recommend returning by the same route. Continuingsouthward to the FN turns into a very long drive homeward.

Bob
Robert K. Lane, PhD
St. Albert, AB, Canada
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From: "Connor Charchuk [email protected] [Albertabird]" <[email protected]>
To: "[email protected] [Albertabird]" <[email protected]>
Sent: Thursday, March 7, 2019 7:30:36 AM
Subject: [Albertabird] Places to see White-tailed Ptarmigan in winter











Hi folks,
Im heading down to Canmore/Banff area for a few days this weekend, and I was hoping to do some hiking in areas where I might find ptarmigan. Could anyone recommend me some hikes where theyve seen or they know there is a chance to find ptarmigan in the winter? Ive only ever found them in Jasper before, so itd be nice to see them in a new area.
If you dont feel comfortable disclosing locational details publicly, please feel free to email me directly at [email protected]
Many thanks,
Connor CharchukEdmonton
























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Subject: Places to see White-tailed Ptarmigan in winter
Date: Thu Mar 7 2019 8:30 am
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hi folks,
Im heading down to Canmore/Banff area for a few days this weekend, and I was hoping to do some hiking in areas where I might find ptarmigan. Could anyone recommend me some hikes where theyve seen or they know there is a chance to find ptarmigan in the winter? Ive only ever found them in Jasper before, so itd be nice to see them in a new area.
If you dont feel comfortable disclosing locational details publicly, please feel free to email me directly at [email protected]
Many thanks,
Connor CharchukEdmonton









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Subject: FFCPP Society Fish Creek PP--Boat Launch, Calgary, Alberta, CA; Wednesday 06-Mar-2019
Date: Wed Mar 6 2019 18:03 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
FFCPP Society Fish Creek PP--Boat Launch, Calgary, Alberta, CA; Wednesday
06-Mar-2019 09:15 - 11:58. Sunny, mist on river, -21C to -14C, very light
wind



1. Canada Goose 180
2. Trumpeter Swan 1
3. Mallard 3
4. Bufflehead 2
5. Common Goldeneye 30
6. Common Merganser 2
7. Bald Eagle 2 - 1 adult and 1 sub-adult
8. Great Horned Owl 3 - male at nest 1, male and female at nest 2.
9. Downy Woodpecker 2
10. Hairy Woodpecker 1
11. Pileated Woodpecker 1
12. Northern Flicker 8
13. Black-billed Magpie 5
14. Common Raven 12
15. Black-capped Chickadee 20
16. White-breasted Nuthatch 2



1 Porcupine

1 Coyote

3 Eastern gray squirrels



Leaders: Peter Hoyer, David Mitchell, Leao Vermeylen





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Subject: Fw: Monthly Elbow River Bird Survey, Stanley Park to Glenmore Dam, 08:11:45 am, Tue, O5 Mary 2019. Sunny, calm, -19 to -04°VC.
Date: Wed Mar 6 2019 16:25 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
----- Original Message -----
From: Jim St Laurent

To: [email protected]
Sent: Tuesday, March 05, 2019 11:48 AM
Subject: eBird Trip Summary -- Today


eBird Checklist Summary for: Mar 5, 2019

Number of
Checklists: 3
Number of Taxa: 21

Checklists included in this
summary:
(1): Calgary--Glenmore Dam East
Date: Mar 5, 2019 at 11:07
AM
(2): Calgary--Sandy Beach Park
Date: Mar 5, 2019 at 9:12 AM
(3):
Calgary--Stanley Park
Date: Mar 5, 2019 at 8:08 AM

1100 Canada Goose
-- (1),(2)
93 Mallard -- (1),(2)
2 Common Merganser -- (1)
7 Rock
Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) -- (1)
1 Sharp-shinned Hawk -- (1)
10 Downy
Woodpecker -- (2),(3)
3 Hairy Woodpecker -- (2),(3)
10 Northern Flicker --
(1),(2),(3)
3 Blue Jay -- (2)
41 Black-billed Magpie -- (1),(2),(3)
4
American Crow -- (1),(3)
11 Common Raven -- (1),(2),(3)
68 Black-capped
Chickadee -- (2),(3)
8 Red-breasted Nuthatch -- (2),(3)
2 White-breasted
Nuthatch -- (2)
3 American Robin -- (1),(2)
3 European Starling --
(2)
376 Bohemian Waxwing -- (2),(3)
5 White-winged Crossbill -- (3)
3
Dark-eyed Junco -- (3)
23 House Sparrow -- (1),(2),(3)

This trip
summary was created using the eBird app for iPhone and iPad.
See eBird
for more information.


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Subject: Update on the Magrath Red-bellied Woodpecker
Date: Wed Mar 6 2019 11:26 am
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
Went down there this a.m. and it was still there.  I could not find the house with the bird feeders but parked in the snow off the road and walked around.  It was in a small row of popular trees along the 2nd street, maybe about 25 yards from the corner.  At least a half dozen flickers floating around so you have to glass carefully.
Thanks Gavin for the initial notice..
Roger Hildebrand



Subject: FFCPP Society Fish Creek PP--Boat Launch, Calgary, Alberta, CA; Tuesday 05-Mar-2019
Date: Wed Mar 6 2019 9:56 am
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
FFCPP Society Fish Creek PP--Boat Launch, Calgary, Alberta, CA; Tuesday
05-Mar-2019 09:15 - 11:55. Sunny, very little wind, -16C to -12C.



Safety Issues: Ice grips recommended



1. Canada Goose 320
2. Trumpeter Swan 1
3. Mallard 35
4. Bufflehead 5
5. Common Goldeneye 70
6. Barrow's Goldeneye 1
7. Common Merganser 4
8. Great Horned Owl 3
9. Downy Woodpecker 5
10. Hairy Woodpecker 1
11. Northern Flicker 8
12. Black-billed Magpie 10
13. Common Raven 8
14. Black-capped Chickadee 15
15. Red-breasted Nuthatch 2
16. White-breasted Nuthatch 5
17. House Finch 3



1 Porcupine

3 Eastern gray squirrels



Leaders: John and Lori Anderson, David Mitchell, John Thompson



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Subject: FFCPP Society Calgary-Boat Launch, Calgary, Alberta, CA; Monday 04-Mar-2019
Date: Mon Mar 4 2019 19:10 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
FFCPP Society Calgary-Boat Launch, Calgary, Alberta, CA; Monday 04-Mar-2019,
1:00 - 3:30 pm. Clear, sunny afternoon, light winds from the NW,
temperatures ranging -11 to -7C.

Safety: Checked twice during the walk to see if participants were
comfortable and wanted to continue.



1. Canada Goose-400
2. Swan sp-1
3. Mallard-60
4. Bufflehead-6
5. Common Goldeneye-55
6. Common Merganser-3
7. Bald Eagle-2, 1m, 1 juv
8. Great Horned Owl-1
9. Downy Woodpecker-4
10. Hairy Woodpecker-2
11. Northern Flicker-3
12. Pileated Woodpecker-1
13. Black-billed Magpie-2
14. Common Raven-6
15. Black-capped Chickadee-20
16. Red-breasted Nuthatch-1
17. White-breasted Nuthatch-4



Coyote-2

Eastern Grey Squirrel-1





Leaders: Peter Hoyer, Jennifer Solem, Wayne Walker



Subject: Golden Eagles on the move.
Date: Sat Mar 2 2019 17:54 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
Today David Scott and I headed south towards the Milk River Ridge to find a much-needed Sharp-tailed Grouse for Davids 2019 list. We departed Lethbridge under clear, cold (-30C) skies. At least it was calm. It didnt take long before we were at -36C in the Stirling Lake area. While we were travelling grid roads just north and west of Stirling Lake we picked up a Snowy Owl, Lapland Longspur, Snow Bunting and Horned Lark. The trip southerly to the Milk River Ridge Reservoir was uneventful with the exception of little-travelled, drifted roads and a cold, barren Arctic-imaged landscape. We drifted east on the north side of the Ridge Reservoir and saw the odd small flock of Horned Larks. At the SE corner of the Ridge Reservoir and Hwy. 506, we checked small bit of open water on the outflow below the highway. A few Mallards were seen through the mist rising off the water.
From there we continued west along 506 for a bit, then turned south on the Knight Ranch access road. More drift-busting got us to the top of the ridge. Shortly thereafter we spotted 4 Common Ravens about 10km north of the ranch yard. Birds were absent after that. When we arrived at the hay yard, a few House Sparrows were present, but not our target grouse. David spotted some game-birds flying over by the cattle-holding area (east of the hay yard), so we punched through a drifted road (4x4ing at its best). We stopped and talked to one of the ranch-hands and he told us there had been lots of Sharpies there a few days ago. He gave us permission to walk around the buildings. 4 Ring-necked Pheasants, 4 or 5 Magpies, 30 or so Snow Buntings and 20+ House Sparrows were the fruit of the search. Time for Plan C. On our way out, David spotted a bird feeding on top of a hay bale off in the distance. Target bird found one Sharp-tailed Grouse!
The trip back to Hwy. 506 was birdless. We turned east on 506 and stopped at the outflow creek at the reservoir again. David spotted a small bird and a few seconds later I had a look at it too. Five Mallards were puddling around in the open water. With much effort and boots full of snow, David was able to get pictures and confirm ID as a Song Sparrow, a year-bird for both of us. We were planning on heading to Warner via backroads, but they hadnt been travelled and it looked like a self-induced gong-show in the making. I opted to stay on Hwy. 506 to Hwy. 4. Along the way, we found our first Golden Eagle of the day, as well as a scattering of Horned Larks. Turning south on Hwy. 4, it wasnt long before we found our second Golden Eagle. We had decided to keep birding with a hope and a prayer, we might get lucky and find a Gyrfalcon, early Meadowlark or Ferruginous Hawk. The remainder of the trip to Milk River was uneventful.
We made a quick, cursory check of Milk River. Most alleys were drifted shut. I was hoping we might luck out and find the Harriss Sparrow David found on the Milk River CBC. A couple hundred Feral Pigeons, a few Eurasian Collared-Doves, House Sparrows, House Finches and a Red-breasted Nuthatch were observed. We decided to make the loop to Del Bonita and then north to Magrath. Along Hwy 501, we found our third Golden Eagle, a mature Bald Eagle (they are rarely seen along here until they start migrating in March), 3 Gray Partridge, a few Ravens and small flocks of Horned Larks.
At Del Bonita, we turned north on Hwy. 62 towards Magrath. Before we dropped off the Ridge, we came across 3 Golden Eagles together and another 4 together before we got to the McIntyre Ranch turn-off. Finding 10 Golden Eagles in one day, especially the grouping of the last 7 lead me to believe they are migrating. The rest of our trip was uneventful with the exception of spotting a Rough-legged Hawk near Lethbridge.
Ken Orich
Lethbridge








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Subject: Re: Gray-crowned Rosy-Finches for Calgary Area List
Date: Sat Mar 2 2019 13:40 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
Malcolm & Joan:

Thank you for making this post about the Gray-Crowned Rosy-Finches!
We drove up to Exshaw on March 1 (-20 Deg C) and watched a flock of at least 150 feeding in a yard on the east end of Exshaw.
They were quite flighty, lifting off as one flock, circling and then settling back down in the yard & near by trees, multiple times.
This has been our nemesis bird for the past couple of years.
This is a great opportunity to view & photograph these birds if anyone needs them for their 2019 sightings!

Lorrie Anderson



Subject: FFCPP Society Calgary--Inglewood Bird Sanctuary, Calgary, Alberta, CA; Thursday 28-Feb-2019
Date: Thu Feb 28 2019 14:36 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
FFCPP Society Calgary--Inglewood Bird Sanctuary, Calgary, Alberta, CA;
Thursday 28-Feb-2019 09:15 - 11:32. Sunny, light wind, -11C to -3C - another
pleasant winter day





1. Canada Goose 800
2. Mallard 1000
3. Common Goldeneye 20
4. Common Merganser 1
5. Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 10
6. Bald Eagle 30 Continuing birds
7. Downy Woodpecker 2
8. Hairy Woodpecker 3
9. Northern Flicker 4
10. Black-billed Magpie 12
11. American Crow 6
12. Common Raven 28
13. Black-capped Chickadee 25
14. Red-breasted Nuthatch 1
15. White-breasted Nuthatch 2
16. European Starling 7
17. House Sparrow 2



1 Coyote



Leaders: Dermot Lane, Lori Mainland, David Mitchell, Stephen Phelps





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Subject: Red-bellied Woodpecker - Magrath
Date: Thu Feb 28 2019 12:36 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
For anyone that is not aware a female Red-bellied Woodpecker has been visiting a feeder in Magrath for the last couple of days. The feeder is visable from the road and the owner is quite friendly. Please respect their property if you go visit
I first located the RBWO at the intersection of 5 Ave & 2 St when I heard it calling. I then saw it fly to the feeder it repeated this pattern about three times when no at the feeder it was near the intersection and it was quite vocal.


Good birding,

Gavin McKinnon
Calgary




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Subject: Last Day for the Winter Lists!
Date: Thu Feb 28 2019 8:47 am
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
I can add four to that list.

I had 7 Clarks Nutcracker, near Waiparous Village last week.
One Long-eared Owl near Indus earlier this week.

One Wood Duck at Prince's Island Park this morning.

One Northern Saw-whet Owl in Fish Creek Provincial Park in late December.

I believe someone else on eBird had reported a Black-backed Woodpecker at Brown-Lowery PP in early January, possibly Gavin McKinnon.

Cheers,

Daniel Arndt
Cell: (403) 836-7405
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www.birdscalgary.comwww.birdscalgary.com>



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Sent: Thursday, February 28, 07:18
Subject: [Albertabird] Last Day for the Winter Lists!
To: [email protected]



Today is the last day of the three-month winter birding period. With the recent additions of Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch and Red-winged Blackbird, the Calgary list stands at an even 100 species. You can see the winter lists here. The Edmonton list is at 87, the Bow Valley List is 64, and the Alberta list is an incredible 161, which includes some subspecies but which I believe is nevertheless an all-time high.

There are still a few missing species on the Calgary list. If you've observed any of these in the 80-km circle since December 1, post it on Albertabird.
Wood Duck
Spruce Grouse
Wilson's Snipe
Cooper's Hawk
Long-eared Owl
Northern Saw-whet Owl
Black-backed Woodpecker
Steller's Jay
Clark's Nutcracker
Song Sparrow
Common Grackle

It seem unlikely that we will get any February gulls this year as none have arrived even in southern Alberta yet.

Bob Lefebvre, Calgary



Subject: Last Day for the Winter Lists!
Date: Thu Feb 28 2019 8:38 am
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
The Bow Valley list now stands at 65. I've been working hard to find
more to add to the lists. Last night I went out to listen for owls. At
my very first stop I heard a Northern Saw-whet Owl. That was very
encouraging, and added one to the list, but it was a false hope for more.

I've also been watching out for migrating Golden Eagles. The official
Golden Eagle migration count starts tomorrow, and we often get a few
trickling through before the count window starts. Although the weather
the last couple of days has been pleasant for humans, it has not been
good for migration - what little wind there is, is blowing in the wrong
direction.

One more day to go. Intrepid back country skiers found some of the more
tricky birds, like Boreal Owl, White-tailed Ptarmigan, and Dusky Grouse.
The only birds we could realistically add to the list are Barred Owl,
Northern Hawk Owl, Evening Grosbeak, and Golden Eagle.

Caroline Lambert
Canmore


On 2019-02-28 7:17 a.m., [email protected] [Albertabird] wrote:
>
> Today is the last day of the three-month winter birding period. With
> the recent additions of Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch and Red-winged
> Blackbird, the Calgary list stands at an even 100 species. You can
> see the winter lists here
> . The Edmonton
> list is at 87, the Bow Valley List is 64, and the Alberta list is an
> incredible 161, which includes some subspecies but which I believe is
> nevertheless an all-time high.
>
>
> There are still a few missing species on the Calgary list. If you've
> observed any of these in the 80-km circle since December 1, post it on
> Albertabird.
>
> Wood Duck
>
> Spruce Grouse
>
> Wilson's Snipe
>
> Cooper's Hawk
>
> Long-eared Owl
>
> Northern Saw-whet Owl
>
> Black-back ed Woodpecker
>
> Steller's Jay
>
> Clark's Nutcracker
>
> Song Sparrow
>
> Common Grackle
>
>
> It seem unlikely that we will get any February gulls this year as none
> have arrived even in southern Alberta yet.
>
>
> Bob Lefebvre, Calgary
>
>



Subject: Last Day for the Winter Lists!
Date: Thu Feb 28 2019 8:18 am
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
Today is the last day of the three-month winter birding period. With the recent additions of Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch and Red-winged Blackbird, the Calgary list stands at an even 100 species.  You can see the winter lists here https://albertawinterbirds.org... The Edmonton list is at 87, the Bow Valley List is 64, and the Alberta list is an incredible 161, which includes some subspecies but which I believe is nevertheless an all-time high.


There are still a few missing species on the Calgary list. If you've observed any of these in the 80-km circle since December 1, post it on Albertabird.
Wood Duck
Spruce Grouse
Wilson's Snipe
Cooper's Hawk
Long-eared Owl
Northern Saw-whet Owl
Black-backed Woodpecker
Steller's Jay
Clark's Nutcracker
Song Sparrow
Common Grackle


It seem unlikely that we will get any February gulls this year as none have arrived even in southern Alberta yet.


Bob Lefebvre, Calgary



Subject: Gray-crowned Rosy-Finches for Calgary Area List
Date: Wed Feb 27 2019 23:05 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
This morning there were more than fifty GRAY-CROWNED ROSY-FINCHES at the
east end of the village of Exshaw. Looking at Bob LeFebvre's map of the
circle I think this puts them within the Calgary Winter List Birding Area.
These are the first we've seen since the beginning of November last year.



Malcolm & Joan McDonald

Calgary



Subject: FFCPP Society Calgary--Inglewood Bird Sanctuary, Calgary, Alberta, CA; Wednesday 27-Feb-2019
Date: Wed Feb 27 2019 14:11 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
FFCPP Society Calgary--Inglewood Bird Sanctuary, Calgary, Alberta, CA;
Wednesday 27-Feb-2019 09:15 - 11:47. Beautiful winter day! Sunny, -16C to
-5C, very little wind



Safety Awareness - Ice grips recommended.



1. Cackling Goose 1 - spotted by Peter
2. Canada Goose 1200
3. Mallard 500
4. Common Goldeneye 6
5. Common Merganser 2
6. Bald Eagle 28
7. Downy Woodpecker 3
8. Northern Flicker 2
9. Black-billed Magpie 8
10. American Crow 2
11. Common Raven 25
12. Black-capped Chickadee 12
13. White-breasted Nuthatch 2
14. European Starling 6



2 Porcupines



Leaders: Peter Hoyer, David Mitchell, Leao Vermeylen



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Subject: Lapland longspurs - NOT!
Date: Wed Feb 27 2019 9:30 am
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
Just to advise you that we have realized the error in the ID of these birds
and that what we have are Redpolls! The message has been deleted from
Albertabird.

I guess we were a month early for April 1st.



Malcolm & Joan McDonald

Calgary



Subject: Lapland longspurs at Frank Lake
Date: Tue Feb 26 2019 22:54 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
With just three days left to wrap up our Winter List we headed down to the
Frank Lake area, our target being Lapland Longspurs. Driving down RR 282 to
the west of the lake things did not seem promising with just the occasional
Horned Lark bouncing around in the bright sunshine. However, after turning
east onto 594 Ave we were suddenly surrounded by a low flying flock of about
ninety LAPLAND LONGSPURS. We had just about 5 minutes to enjoy them before
the flock swirled away heading north.



After this success we expected to see a few more longspur flocks but driving
around for the rest of the day produced no more. One large flock of Horned
Larks did contain a few Snow Buntings but other than these we had just one
Snowy Owl atop a pylon, two Short-eared Owls, and a Northern Harrier. The
only Partridges we saw were a small group of 5 hunkered down in the snow
beside some bushes.



Joan & Malcolm McDonald

Calgary



Subject: FFCPP Society Calgary--Inglewood Bird Sanctuary, Calgary, Alberta, CA; Tuesday 26-Feb-2019
Date: Tue Feb 26 2019 16:12 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
FFCPP Society  Calgary--Inglewood Bird Sanctuary, Calgary, Alberta, CA;
Tuesday 26-Feb-2019 13:00 - 14:54



1. Canada Goose 1500
2. Mallard 1500
3. Common Goldeneye 17
4. Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 4
5. Bald Eagle 23
6. Hairy Woodpecker 1
7. Northern Flicker 1
8. Black-billed Magpie 15
9. Common Raven 35
10. Black-capped Chickadee 15



Leaders: John and Lori Anderson, David Mitchell, Stephen Phelps



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Subject: IBS today
Date: Sun Feb 24 2019 0:45 am
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
Wow Janet,

We saw 8 (5 adults & 3 immatures) on Tuesday and I thought that was a lot
in one place.
Must have been amazing to see. Here are a few of my photos from Tuesday.

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~Pam Hardy



On Tue, Feb 12, 2019 at 8:00 PM Janet Gill [email protected]
[Albertabird] wrote:

>
>
> Anyone wanting to see/photograph Bald Eagles might want to take a walk
> through Inglewood Bird Sanctuary. Around 2:pm this afternoon I found myself
> looking at 19 Eagles perched in the bare trees surrounding the field along
> the pathway left of the T intersection leading to the river. I didn't do an
> accurate count (me bad) but a guess would be 8 Adults/11 immatures. Does
> anyone know if this is a record number of Bald Eagles seen at the Bird
> Sanctuary. In my 30+ years of birding in the city I have never seen this
> many in any one place.
>
> Janet Gill,
> Calgary
>
>
>



Subject: Annual Snowy Owl Prowl - Nature Calgary
Date: Sat Feb 23 2019 21:11 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
21 brave participants ventured out on a very cold and windy day to trek east of Calgary to find Snowy Owls. Even with the bitterly cold conditions, the birds did not disappoint. We found 5 Snowy Owls throughout the day, but the highlight was seeing over 6000 snow buntings amongst 8 different flocks throughout the day. The largest flocks we saw was about 1800 birds, which was a mixed flock with about 200 Horned Larks. The buntings must be migrating north! All and all a great day!


Saturday February 23, 2019
10am-4pm -17C, Wind N20-29KM/Hr
21 participants


1075 Canada Geese
12 Gray Partridge
90 Rock Pigeon
1 Great Horned Owl (being chased through trees by Ravens)
5 Snowy Owls - all males, 4 1st year, 1 adult
6 Black-billed Magpie
10 Common Raven
205 Horned Lark - 200 were in a mixed flock with Snow Buntings
40 Common Redpoll
6000 8 different flocks over the day; 1600, 1600, 400, 100, 300, 300, 1000, 1000


Melanie Seneviratne
Calgary, Alberta



Subject: FFCPP Society Calgary--Griffith Woods Park, Calgary, Alberta, CA; Saturday 23-Feb-2019
Date: Sat Feb 23 2019 17:02 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
FFCPP Society Calgary--Griffith Woods Park, Calgary, Alberta, CA; Saturday
23-Feb-2019 09:00 - 12:15. -16 degrees C winds NW cloudy with 20 cm of fresh
snow



Safety Awareness: Prior to the walk we talked about trail conditions and
that boot grippers should be worn as well as checking each other for
exposure. Half of the group returned to their vehicles at 11 am; the
remainder continued to the NW area of the park and the upper pond.



1. Canada Goose 150
2. Mallard 5
3. Common Merganser 1
4. American Three-toed Woodpecker 1
5. Downy Woodpecker 2
6. Hairy Woodpecker 2
7. Northern Flicker 3
8. Blue Jay 5
9. Black-billed Magpie 8
10. Common Raven 15
11. Black-capped Chickadee 20
12. Boreal Chickadee 9
13. Red-breasted Nuthatch 2
14. White-breasted Nuthatch 1
15. Brown Creeper 1
16. American Dipper 1 New west end bridge.
17. Bohemian Waxwing 30
18. Common Redpoll 20
19. White-winged Crossbill 200
20. House Sparrow 15



One Red Squirrel called



Leaders: Wayne & Joan Walker and Rob Worona



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Subject: FFCPP Society Calgary--Griffith Woods Park, Calgary, Alberta, CA; Wednesday 20-Feb-2019
Date: Wed Feb 20 2019 14:17 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
FFCPP Society Calgary--Griffith Woods Park, Calgary, Alberta, CA; Wednesday
20-Feb-2019 09:15 - 11:49. -8C to -2C, cloudy with light snow



1. Canada Goose 40
2. Mallard 4
3. Downy Woodpecker 2
4. Northern Flicker 2
5. Black-billed Magpie 3
6. Common Raven 6
7. Black-capped Chickadee 30
8. Boreal Chickadee 1
9. Red-breasted Nuthatch 4
10. White-winged Crossbill 20



4 Red squirrels



Leaders: Peter Hoyer, David Mitchell, Leao Vermeylen



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Subject: FFCPP Society Calgary--Griffith Woods Park, Calgary, Alberta, CA; Tuesday 19-Feb-2019
Date: Tue Feb 19 2019 15:03 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
FFCPP Society Calgary--Griffith Woods Park, Calgary, Alberta, CA; Tuesday
19-Feb-2019 09:15 - 12:27. Sunny, light wind -10C to -2C. A beautiful winter
day!





1. Canada Goose 6
2. Mallard 4
3. Bald Eagle 1
4. American Three-toed Woodpecker 1
5. Downy Woodpecker 1
6. Northern Flicker 2
7. Blue Jay 7
8. Black-billed Magpie 5
9. Common Raven 7
10. Black-capped Chickadee 25
11. Boreal Chickadee 5
12. Red-breasted Nuthatch 2
13. White-breasted Nuthatch 7
14. Common Redpoll 12
15. White-winged Crossbill 25



1 Red squirrel

1 Snowshoe hare



Leaders: John and Lorrie Anderson, Donna Franke, David Mitchell, Stephen
Phelps



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Subject: Birds and Beers this Thursday
Date: Tue Feb 19 2019 8:18 am
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
There will be a Birds and Beers this Thursday, February 21, at the Legion at 9202 Horton Rd SW in Calgary. Everyone is welcome to join us and have an informal chat about birds.
Bob Lefebvre, Calgary









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Subject: FFCPP Society Calgary--Griffith Woods Park, Calgary, Alberta, CA; Monday 08-Feb-2019
Date: Mon Feb 18 2019 18:34 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
FFCPP Society Calgary--Griffith Woods Park, Calgary, Alberta, CA; Monday
08-Feb-2019; 9:15 to 12:20 pm. A beautiful blue-sky, winter day, clam
winds, temperatures ranging from -25 to -16C. Ten eager participants
enjoyed this ideal day for birding.

1. Canada Goose-50
2. Mallard-5
3. Great Horned Owl- fresh small rodent tracks leading to a perfect owl
imprint in the snow, sad tail's end for the little rodent
4. Downy Woodpecker-2
5. Hairy Woodpecker-1
6. Northern Flicker-2
7. Pileated Woodpecker-1 heard
8. Northern Shrike-1 probable, not confirmed
9. Blue Jay-2
10. Black-billed Magpie-5
11. Common Raven-12
12. Black-capped Chickadee-13
13. Boreal Chickadee-2
14. Red-breasted Nuthatch-2
15. White-breasted Nuthatch-6
16. Brown Creeper-2
17. Bohemian Waxwing-1
18. House Finch-18
19. White-winged Crossbill-13
20. Pine Siskin-2
21. House Sparrow-6

Red Squirrel-6

White-tailed Deer-1



Leaders: Peter Hoyer, Doug Maxwell, Jennifer Solem, Wayne Walker



Subject: IBS today
Date: Wed Feb 13 2019 21:30 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
Thanks, Caroline. I was not aware eagle migration started this early but I did wonder about the proximity of food for them in that area.

Janet



Subject: Significant Great Horned Owl Recovery
Date: Wed Feb 13 2019 13:03 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
Quite a few of you know that I banded Great Horned Owlets in the nest in the late 1990's thru the mid 2000's. You provided me with nest locations and in some cases assisted in the banding process. Additionally, you read a few articles I wrote/co-wrote and attended presentations regarding my findings during the project.

After many, many years of no re-encounters of the banded birds, I recently received information from the Bird Banding Office of a significant encounter.

On May 1, 2002, I banded 3 owlets in a nest near the Bearspaw Reservoir in NW Calgary. The owlets were 21-28 days old at banding. On Dec 16, 2018 one of the owls was found on the side of the road W of Didsbury, AB, near Hwy 766. While these reports are most often sad due to the death of the bird, it provides tremendous information. At the time of death, the owl was 16 years and 8 months old. The average life expectancy of a Great Horned in the wild, is 13 years. Beat the odds of not making it past year 1 or 2 and in fact exceeded the average life expectancy. The owl moved almost 60km directly north of its natal site and I suspect bred in the area for most of it's life.

Thank you to those that provided information during this project. This is the type of valuable data that can be obtained.

Regards,

Grahame Booth
Calgary, AB



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