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19 Jul: @ 20:52:08 
SK/AB border to Calgary and area, and back (2019 June 7-10) [M A dudra.m@sasktel.net [Albertabird]]
17 Jul: @ 16:55:28 
Grande Prairie - Wapiti Dunes Trails - Twp Rd 710, Jul 17, 2019 [David Rhody drhody@gmail.com [Albertabird]]
15 Jul: @ 14:54:04 
Fwd: eBird Report - AB - GP County - Bear Lake, Jul 15, 2019 [David Rhody drhody@gmail.com [Albertabird]]
12 Jul: @ 15:12:03 
FW: eBird Report - Stirling Lake, Jul 12, 2019 [1 Attachment] [korich@telusplanet.net [Albertabird]]
12 Jul: @ 15:10:25 
FW: eBird Report - Tyrrell Lake, Jul 12, 2019 [korich@telusplanet.net [Albertabird]]
12 Jul: @ 10:38:11 
Brown-Lowry PP SW of Calgary [Peter Roxburgh roxburgh@shaw.ca [Albertabird]]
11 Jul: @ 17:27:37 
Grande Prairie - Saskatoon Island Provincial Park, Jul 11, 2019 [David Rhody drhody@gmail.com [Albertabird]]
09 Jul: @ 18:24:06 
Grande Prairie - Muskoseepi Park (Reservoir), Jul 9, 2019 [David Rhody drhody@gmail.com [Albertabird]]
08 Jul: @ 20:51:19 
A good season for sparrows and other families in Calgary Strathcona [Sandy Ayer SAyer@ambrose.edu [Albertabird]]
08 Jul: @ 18:50:55 
Grande Prairie - Crystal Lake, Jul 8, 2019 [David Rhody drhody@gmail.com [Albertabird]]
04 Jul: @ 16:04:04 
Fwd: eBird Report - AB - GP County - Bear Lake, Jul 4, 2019 [David Rhody drhody@gmail.com [Albertabird]]
02 Jul: @ 21:15:02 
Grande Prairie - Wapiti Dunes Trails - Twp Rd 710, Jul 2, 2019 [David Rhody drhody@gmail.com [Albertabird]]
01 Jul: @ 22:16:36 
Monthly Elbow River Bird Count - Mon, 01Jul2019 ['Gus - CCNA' gyaki@calcna.ab.ca [Albertabird]]
28 Jun: @ 19:56:21 
Re: Bird ID please [schaupmeyer@gmail.com [Albertabird]]
28 Jun: @ 19:27:27 
Re: Bird ID please [Caroline Lambert caroline144@gmail.com [Albertabird]]
28 Jun: @ 19:19:57 
Bird ID please [schaupmeyer@gmail.com [Albertabird]]
27 Jun: @ 18:00:27 
Grande Prairie - Ferguson Lake, Jun 27, 2019 [David Rhody drhody@gmail.com [Albertabird]]
25 Jun: @ 21:54:19 
Hybrid grosbeaks [3 Attachments] [Caroline Lambert caroline144@gmail.com [Albertabird]]
25 Jun: @ 15:47:04 
Grande Prairie - South Bear Creek, Jun 25, 2019 [David Rhody drhody@gmail.com [Albertabird]]
25 Jun: @ 12:53:19 
Request for Volunteers for a Study on Citizen Science Projects ['Malcolm McDonald' luscinia@telus.net [Albertabird]]
23 Jun: @ 20:17:34 
FFCPP Society Calgary--South Glenmore Park, Calgary, Alberta, CA; Sunday Jun 23, 2019 ['David Mitchell' davidamitchell@shaw.ca [Albertabird]]
23 Jun: @ 19:11:00 
Grande Prairie - Saskatoon Island Provincial Park, Jun 23, 2019 [David Rhody drhody@gmail.com [Albertabird]]
23 Jun: @ 14:23:30 
Harlequin duck [Charles Scialfa scialfa@ucalgary.ca [Albertabird]]
22 Jun: @ 17:29:14 
FFCPP Society Calgary--South Glenmore Park; Saturday Jun 22, 2019 ['David Mitchell' davidamitchell@shaw.ca [Albertabird]]
22 Jun: @ 16:56:13 
Grande Prairie - Crystal Lake, Jun 22, 2019 [David Rhody drhody@gmail.com [Albertabird]]
20 Jun: @ 22:15:00 
Re: FFCPP Society Calgary--South Glenmore Park, Calgary, Alberta, CA; Thursday 20-Jun-2019 [Michael Geldorp geldorpmh@hotmail.com [Albertabird]]
20 Jun: @ 20:13:34 
Re: FFCPP Society Calgary--South Glenmore Park, Calgary, Alberta, CA; Thursday 20-Jun-2019 [andersonlorrie@gmail.com [Albertabird]]
20 Jun: @ 19:21:50 
Re: FFCPP Society Calgary--South Glenmore Park, Calgary, Alberta, CA; Thursday 20-Jun-2019 [Michael Geldorp geldorpmh@hotmail.com [Albertabird]]
20 Jun: @ 15:06:30 
FFCPP Society Calgary--South Glenmore Park, Calgary, Alberta, CA; Thursday 20-Jun-2019 ['David Mitchell' davidamitchell@shaw.ca [Albertabird]]
20 Jun: @ 10:21:04 
Birds & Beers, Calgary, June 27 [Bob Lefebvre wbird7@gmail.com [Albertabird]]
19 Jun: @ 18:12:17 
Grande Prairie County - Bear Lake, Jun 19, 2019 [David Rhody drhody@gmail.com [Albertabird]]
19 Jun: @ 15:23:12 
FFCPP Society Calgary--South Glenmore Park, Calgary, Alberta, CA; Wednesday 19-Jun-2019 ['David Mitchell' davidamitchell@shaw.ca [Albertabird]]
19 Jun: @ 14:49:27 
Nikon P900 for sale [rklauke@mcsnet.ca [Albertabird]]
18 Jun: @ 23:36:09 
Grande Prairie - Wapiti Dunes Trails - Twp Rd 710, Jun 18, 2019 [David Rhody drhody@gmail.com [Albertabird]]
18 Jun: @ 14:54:19 
FFCPP Society Calgary--South Glenmore Park, Calgary, Alberta, CA; Tuesday 18-Jun-2019 ['David Mitchell' davidamitchell@shaw.ca [Albertabird]]
17 Jun: @ 19:36:58 
FFCPP Soc Fish Creek PP-South Glenmore Park, West End, Calgary, Alberta, CA; Monday 17-Jun-2019 ['David Mitchell' davidamitchell@shaw.ca [Albertabird]]
17 Jun: @ 19:29:09 
doggy eyes [George Newton vireo@shaw.ca [Albertabird]]
17 Jun: @ 17:12:01 
Grande Prairie - South Bear Creek, Jun 17, 2019 [David Rhody drhody@gmail.com [Albertabird]]
17 Jun: @ 09:18:34 
Nature Calgary – Winchell Lake and area – Sunday, June 16, 2019 [howard.heffler@yahoo.ca [Albertabird]]
16 Jun: @ 20:45:41 
FFCPP Society Calgary--Confluence Park, Calgary, Alberta, CA; Sunday 16-Jun-2019 ['David Mitchell' davidamitchell@shaw.ca [Albertabird]]
15 Jun: @ 20:36:34 
FFCPP Society Calgary--Confluence Park; Saturday Jun 15, 2019 ['David Mitchell' davidamitchell@shaw.ca [Albertabird]]
14 Jun: @ 08:38:01 
Birding SW of Calgary, Sunday June 9 [Bob Lefebvre wbird7@gmail.com [Albertabird]]





Subject: SK/AB border to Calgary and area, and back (2019 June 7-10)
Date: Fri Jul 19 2019 20:52 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
We left home at 10:15AM CST June 7 heading west on the TransCanada Hwy
(our destination being Calgary to visit our daughter and family.)


Along the TransCanada Highway, from *Saskatchewan / Alberta border to
Medicine Hat *(we crossed into Alberta at 12:05PM) we saw:? white gulls,
3 Black-billed Magpies, 7 American Crows, 3 Barn Swallows, Red-winged
Blackbirds, Brown-headed Cowbirds, 2 Western Meadowlarks, a few
Richardson's Ground Squirrels,

Driving through *Medicine Hat & Redcliff* we saw: several Rock Pigeons,
1 Black-billed Magpie, 2 American Crows, 1 European Starling, 1
Yellow-headed Blackbird, 1 Brown-headed Cowbird, and several House Sparrows.


*Medicine Hat - Redcliff west to Hwy 901 *(just east of Gleichen), we
saw:?? Canada Geese, ducks (including but not limited to Mallards,
Northern Shovelers), 1 Northern Harrier, 10 Swainson's Hawks, 1
Ferruginous Hawk, unidentified shorebirds, white gulls, 2 Western
Kingbirds, 1 Black-billed Magpie, 19 American Crows, Red-winged
Blackbirds, 1 Western Meadowlark, Yellow-headed Blackbirds, Common
Grackles, Brown-headed Cowbirds, Richardson's Ground Squirrels, and 1
Pronghorn.

Driving west along *Hwys 901 and 22X to Calgary* (arriving at our
Calgary destination in Cranston at 4:00PM), we saw: Canada Geese, ducks
including Mallards, Northern Shovelers and more, white gulls,
unidentified shorebirds, a number of Rock Pigeons (most were at and near
the grain terminal just east of Gleichen), 1 Eastern Kingbird,
5Black-billed Magpies, 2 American Crows, Red-winged Blackbirds,
Yellow-headed Blackbirds, Common Grackles, and Brown-headed Cowbirds.

Within the City of *Calgary* June 7-10,? we saw: ducks, Osprey, 2
Swainson's Hawks, gulls, Rock Pigeons, Mourning Doves, Black-billed
Magpies, American Crows, Common Ravens, American Robins, House Finches,
House Sparrows, and 1 White-tailed Jack Rabbit.

Mid-morning June 9, our daughter and family took us for a drive south of
Calgary along paved roads.... we ended up at Turner Valley for lunch,
then continued back to Calgary through Black Diamond and Okotoks,
returning to the city along Hwy #2.? We saw a number of birds ....
including:? Canada Geese, ducks, Swainson's Hawks, Red-tailed Hawks,
Mourning Doves, Western Kingbirds, Black-billed Magpies, American Crows,
Common Ravens,Tree Swallows, Barn Swallows, Mountain Bluebirds, Chipping
Sparrows, American Robins, Red-winged Blackbirds, Western Meadowlarks,
Common Grackles, Brown-headed Cowbirds, American Goldfinches, House
Sparrows, and White-tailed Deer.

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We left Calgary the morning of June 10 at 9:00AM CST and arrived home in
Swift Current at 2:50PM CST.

From the*Saskatchewan / Alberta border to Swift Current* (we crossed
into Saskatchewan at 1:15PM CST), we saw:

Driving east along *Hwys 22X and 901 *we saw:? Canada Geese, ducks
(including Mallards, Blue-winged Teals, Northern Shovelers, Eared Grebes
and more), 4 Swainson's Hawks, American Coots, Rock Pigeons, 14
Black-billed Magpies,14 American Crows, Red-winged Blackbirds, 1 Western
Meadowlark, Yellow-headed Blackbirds, Common Grackles, Brown-headed
Cowbirds, Little Brown Jobbies (LBJ's), and Richardson's Ground Squirrels.**

*Hwy 1 east of Gleichen to Redcliff/Medicine Hat* we saw: Canada Geese
(including a flock of approx 40 flying west of Bassano), ducks
(including but not limited to Mallards, Northern Shovelers), 2 American
White Pelicans, 9 Swainson's Hawks (including one on a nest), 2
Red-tailed Hawks, 1 Ferruginous Hawk, American Coots, 1 Wilson's Snipe,
white gulls, Rock Pigeons, 3 Western Kingbirds, 1 Black-billed Magpie, 7
American Crows, 1 American Robin, Red-winged Blackbirds, Western
Meadowlarks, Yellow-headed Blackbirds, Common Grackles, Brown-headed
Cowbirds, LBJ's, Richardson's Ground Squirrels, 2 Pronghorn, and 3
White-tailed Deer.

Driving through *Medicine Hat & Redcliff* (with a short detour within
the City), we saw: ducks (including Mallards), 1 Killdeer, Rock Pigeons,
1 Black-billed Magpie, 6 American Crows, 2 European Starlings, 7
Red-winged Blackbirds, 21 Common Grackles, 12 Brown-headed Cowbirds,
several House Sparrows and a few Richardson's Ground Squirrels.

From *Medicine Hat to the ***Sask/Alta border** (we crossed into
Saskatchewan at 1:15PM), we saw:? Mallards,? 3 Double-crested
Cormorants, 1 Great Blue Heron, Swainson's Hawks, Ring-billed Gulls,
white gulls, 1 Black-billed Magpie, 7 American Crows, 3 Barn Swallows,
Red-winged Blackbirds, 6 Western Meadowlarks,Common Grackles,
Brown-headed Cowbirds, a few LBJ's, and a few Richardson's Ground
Squirrels.

*
* I have posted the Saskatchewan bird sightings on the Sask Bird site:
https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/g...



- Mary Ann and Larry, Swift Current, SK
50? 17' 00" N - 107? 48' 00" W



Subject: Grande Prairie - Wapiti Dunes Trails - Twp Rd 710, Jul 17, 2019
Date: Wed Jul 17 2019 16:55 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
At the Wapiti Dunes Trail system this morning most of the waterfowl of previous visits were absent, as was the singing of the many songbirds observed there before. I'm having to rely largely on seeing them now, rather than hearing them in what appears to be an almost silent setting. While I was standing quietly in the woods at one point, a cow moose and her calf walked close by without giving any indication that they had seen me.The total bird tally for today was 21 species, as follows:Mallard 7

Red-necked Grebe 1 (juvenile)

Sora 3

American Coot 5 (includes 5 juveniles)

Wilson's Snipe 1

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1

Northern Flicker 2

Red-eyed Vireo 4

Blue Jay 1

American Crow 1

Common Raven 8

Black-capped Chickadee 6

American Robin 4

Cedar Waxwing 12

Dark-eyed Junco 1

White-throated Sparrow 6

Song Sparrow 1

Lincoln's Sparrow 4

Swamp Sparrow 1 (heard only)

Yellow Warbler 2

Yellow-rumped Warbler 2 (Myrtle)
View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checkli...

Good birding!
David RhodyGrande Prairie








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Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - AB - GP County - Bear Lake, Jul 15, 2019
Date: Mon Jul 15 2019 14:54 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
I had a productive 2-hour outing to Bear Lake this morning.. Very small flocks of shorebirds were present, but not the same ones as I saw last week except for long-billed dowichers whose numbers have increased substantially this week. The number of Franklin's Gulls was astounding, and mixed with them was the odd Bonaparte's which I had not seen there this year previously. Notable misses were several waterfowl species and American pelicans which are probably still around somewhere. Few songbirds are singing anymore, so many of them were missed today too..
Following is my list of 39 observed species:
Canada Goose 28

Trumpeter Swan 1

Mallard 11

Northern Pintail 8

Lesser Scaup 30

Bufflehead 1

Common Goldeneye 14

Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 2

American Coot 1

American Avocet 1

Semipalmated Plover 4

Killdeer 2

Semipalmated Sandpiper 2

Long-billed Dowitcher 27

Wilson's Snipe 1 (heard)

Bonaparte's Gull 4

Franklin's Gull 5000 (conservative estimate)

Ring-billed Gull 1

Common Tern 2

Double-crested Cormorant 3

Great Blue Heron 1

Cooper's Hawk 1

Red-tailed Hawk 1

Hairy Woodpecker 1

Black-billed Magpie 3

American Crow 4

Common Raven 2

Tree Swallow 2

House Wren 1

American Robin 1

European Starling 11

Clay-colored Sparrow 2

Vesper Sparrow 2

Savannah Sparrow 3

Song Sparrow 1

sparrow sp. 12

Yellow-headed Blackbird 2

Brewer's Blackbird 3

Common Grackle 1

Yellow Warbler 1
View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checkli...

Good birding!
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Date: Fri Jul 12 2019 15:12 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
I was out birding this morning. There isn't a lot of excitement south of Lethbridge yet, but a few shorebirds are on the move. The past month or so, every time I drive down Hwy. 4, I've noticed Stirling Lake was looking drier and drier; so I decided to take a few minutes to check it out. From the viewing platform, the entire lake is sans aqua. The mud flats are dry flats. Anyhow, I hope Stirling Lake becomes a lake again before major fall migration starts. I've attached a picture of it. Below is the eBird report for Stirling Lake.

On another note, I continued on to Tyrrell Lake. The ducks are brown ducks, so it was a case of duck, duck, duck, goose and so on. I didn't spend much time trying to figure them out. I did spot a Peregrine Falcon sitting on the rocky point, surrounded by Franklin's Gulls, some shorebirds and ducks. None of them seemed the least bit concerned it was there, maybe because it was on the ground. It did not look like it had a meal. There were also a couple Ferruginous Hawks a bit further on. Shorebird numbers (migrants) are picking up: Greater & Lesser Yellowlegs, Least Sandpipers, Long-billed Dowitchers. The other day, I saw a small flock of Semipalmated Sandpipers, but not today. Killdeer were flocking together and I only saw one American Avocet and no Black-necked Stilts. They may have already pulled the pin for points further south, but I didn't bird the whole area, so that is just speculation. Last time I was there, Red-winged, Yellow-headed and Brewer's Blackbirds, as well as Common Grackles and Starlings were already forming into mixed flocks. It is getting to be more of a case of finding the flocks now, whereas before I would find individuals, two's and three's continuously as I moved along the route. Well, that's about it for an update south of Lethbridge.

Ken Orich
Lethbridge

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Stirling Lake, Lethbridge, Alberta, CA
Jul 12, 2019 9:30 AM - 9:35 AM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments: Stirling Lake is completely dry.
5 species

Franklin's Gull 350
Ring-billed Gull 40
Northern Harrier 1
Marsh Wren 1
Red-winged Blackbird 8

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Subject: FW: eBird Report - Tyrrell Lake, Jul 12, 2019
Date: Fri Jul 12 2019 15:10 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
As an afterthought, some of you might be interested in seeing the species seen at Tyrrell Lake this morning as per my just recent report.

Ken Orich
Lethbridge

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Tyrrell Lake, Lethbridge, Alberta, CA
Jul 12, 2019 10:00 AM - 11:50 AM
Protocol: Traveling
4.9 kilometer(s)
37 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose 60
Gadwall 40
Lesser Scaup 10
Common Goldeneye 1
Ruddy Duck 40
duck sp. 300 Ducklings and eclipse plumage.
Eared Grebe 80
Mourning Dove 2
American Avocet 1
Killdeer 20
Marbled Godwit 4
Least Sandpiper 2 Photos taken.
Long-billed Dowitcher 4
Wilson's Phalarope 2
Spotted Sandpiper 1
Greater Yellowlegs 3
Willet 6
Lesser Yellowlegs 12
Franklin's Gull 250
Ring-billed Gull 6
California Gull 2
Common Tern 1
Forster's Tern 1
Double-crested Cormorant 3
American White Pelican 2
Swainson's Hawk 4 2 nestlings observed.
Ferruginous Hawk 2
Peregrine Falcon 1 Photos taken.
Say's Phoebe 1
Western Kingbird 4
Eastern Kingbird 4
Horned Lark 10
Barn Swallow 2
Cliff Swallow 10
European Starling 6
Clay-colored Sparrow 1
Western Meadowlark 3
Red-winged Blackbird 10

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Subject: Brown-Lowry PP SW of Calgary
Date: Fri Jul 12 2019 10:38 am
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
Beautiful yesterday for Stephen Boucher and I at Brown-Lowry PP.
Had dried out quite a bit and the walking good - taking in the perimeter circuit and not getting there early, still managed to hear singing and saw some of
Western Tanager, Hermit, Varied and Swainsons Thrushes, Townsend Solitaire, Tennessee Warbler and White-throated and Chipping Sparrow.
High point two Troglodytes - House Wren of course, and either Pacific or Winter, feeding young we thought, looked like the first with little supercilious and richly ruddy, but sounded more like Winter - but what would I know - one of my hearing aids is in for repair - so which should it be?
Also flirting Brown Creepers, 3 Three-toed Woodpecker, glimpse of a Black-back and to not give that much away - a Great Grey Owl at the SE corner open grassed area.
Vegetation particularly lush, butterflies - maybe held back some - but still at least 8 species.

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Subject: Grande Prairie - Saskatoon Island Provincial Park, Jul 11, 2019
Date: Thu Jul 11 2019 17:27 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
Good day at Saskatoon Island this morning: nice variety of waterfowl on the lake, and still singing songbirds in the woods, especially yellow warblers. Nothing surprising or unexpected though. Here is the species list (38):
Mallard 11 (female with 10 very young ducklings)

Lesser Scaup 250

Surf Scoter 10

Bufflehead 12

Common Goldeneye 2

Ruddy Duck 8

Horned Grebe 10

Red-necked Grebe 4

Eared Grebe 50

American Coot 10

Wilson's Snipe 1 (heard)

Spotted Sandpiper 1

Franklin's Gull 250

Herring Gull 1

Black Tern 24

Northern Harrier 1

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1

Northern Flicker 2

Alder Flycatcher 2

Eastern Phoebe 1 (heard)

Eastern Kingbird 3

Red-eyed Vireo 3

American Crow 2

Common Raven 2

Black-capped Chickadee 6

House Wren 2

American Robin 7

Cedar Waxwing 18

Clay-colored Sparrow 12

White-throated Sparrow 5

Savannah Sparrow 2

Song Sparrow 4

Lincoln's Sparrow 2

Red-winged Blackbird 2

Common Grackle 8

Common Yellowthroat 1

Yellow Warbler 19

Rose-breasted Grosbeak 1
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Subject: Grande Prairie - Muskoseepi Park (Reservoir), Jul 9, 2019
Date: Tue Jul 9 2019 18:24 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
A short walk of just over an hour late morning, under cloudy, cool (11C) skies, at the east side of the reservoir yielded a surprising number of species, 25 in total, including several families of youngsters. Water levels are high with no mudflats, so I was not expecting to see any shorebirds -- but managed 2, nonetheless. Not much singing going on, but did hear a white-throated sparrow and yellow warbler sing once each. Following is my list:Canada Goose 10  (includes 8 almost full-grown goslings)

Mallard 18 (includes 2 broods of 13 very young ones)

Lesser Scaup 5

Greater/Lesser Scaup 1

Bufflehead 1

Common Goldeneye 7 (female with 7 'teenagers')

Common Merganser 6

Spotted Sandpiper 2

Lesser Yellowlegs 1

Ring-billed Gull 3

Double-crested Cormorant 1

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1

Northern Flicker 3

Black-billed Magpie 3

American Crow 1

Black-capped Chickadee 3

House Wren 1

American Robin 4

Cedar Waxwing 3

Chipping Sparrow 2

White-throated Sparrow 1 (heard)

Lincoln's Sparrow 2

Red-winged Blackbird 5

Common Grackle 1

Yellow Warbler 1 (heard)

House Sparrow 6
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Subject: A good season for sparrows and other families in Calgary Strathcona
Date: Mon Jul 8 2019 20:51 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hi everyone,


Today I saw 21 species (see below) in my home patch, which I'll describe later. This seems to be an excellent year for sparrows in my neighborhood. I don't think I've ever had White-crowned Sparrows stick around past May, and here there are two adults on the undeveloped hillside in SE Strathcona, one of which is invariably singing the species' characteristic "I gotta go wee-wee now!" song as if he really meant it. (Of course, many of us could sing that song at virtually any time of the day and mean it!). About 10 days ago I saw what may have been a pair of juveniles in the same patch, but I can't be entirely sure. Also singing at the same location were at least one Lincoln's Sparrow and Savannah Sparrow, as well as the usual suspects, Clay-colored Sparrow. Uncharacteristically, there are no Chipping Sparrows this year in this part of the patch.


In Strathcona Ravine, which separates Strathcona and Christie neighborhoods, both Hairy and Downy Woodpeckers have bred this year, and there's a pair of White-throated Sparrows singing in the west end of the ravine. Again, a species that doesn't usually stick around.


Here's the list, in no particular order. The total matches my best ever daily total, which I'd previously reached only during spring or fall migration:


Ring-necked Pheasant

American Robin

Pine Siskin

House Sparrow

Clay-colored Sparrow

Savannah Sparrow

White-crowned Sparrow

White-throated Sparrow

Lincoln's Sparrow

Northern Flicker

Downy Woodpecker

Red-breasted Nuthatch

Clack-capped Chickadee

Brown-headed Cowbird

Franklin's Gull

Black-billed Magpie

American Crow

Common Raven

House Finch

House Wren

Rock Pigeon


My patch is my route to work that I've been taking for the past 10 years. It begins at my house on Strandell Cresc. in the extreme SE corner of Strathcona neighborhood and goes west for less than 100 m. on Strathcona Drive. It then cuts SW across playing fields to the top of a grassy hill where an asphalt pathway heads south between two condo developments to the undeveloped hillside I mentioned earlier. The southern end of the hillside path comes out at Strathcona Drive. Crossing the drive, the route takes the sidewalk that heads south into the ravine. As it descends the hill, the sidewalk bends west into Strathcona Ravine. My route leaves the ravine after about 700 m., where there's a set of stairs heading south (left) that takes you into Christie neighborhood. It then heads south across the ball diamond and soccer field to 17th Ave., and west along 17th Ave to 69th St. Then south again just past the C-Train parkade and then west through the grounds of Ernest Manning H S and the adjoining parking lot to Ambrose University, where I work.


I've so far seen 89 different species on this route.



Sandy Ayer

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Subject: Grande Prairie - Crystal Lake, Jul 8, 2019
Date: Mon Jul 8 2019 18:50 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
I've taken it upon myself to monitor the swan family at least once a week. Today I was delighted that the 5 cygnets are thriving and are considerably bigger than when I last posted.
Apart from the swans, I observed 30 other species, as follows:Trumpeter Swan 7 (the 5 cygnets are still there!)

Mallard 23 (includes some very small ones, teenagers and adults)

Canvasback 4 (2 youngsters)

Redhead 5

Ring-necked Duck 3

Lesser Scaup 20

Bufflehead 4

Ruddy Duck 9

Horned Grebe 11

Red-necked Grebe 3

Eared Grebe 32

Sora 1 (heard)

American Coot 6

Franklin's Gull 125

Black Tern 12

Downy Woodpecker 1

Northern Flicker 3

Black-billed Magpie 4

American Crow 5

Black-capped Chickadee 3

House Wren 1

American Robin 2

House Finch 3

Chipping Sparrow 1

Clay-colored Sparrow 2

White-throated Sparrow 3

Lincoln's Sparrow 3

Red-winged Blackbird 12

Common Grackle 8

Yellow Warbler 1 (heard)

House Sparrow 18
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Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - AB - GP County - Bear Lake, Jul 4, 2019
Date: Thu Jul 4 2019 16:04 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
I had a good day birding on the southern side of Bear Lake this morning under partially sunny skies. A few shorebirds appear to be starting to arrive back from their breeding grounds. My tally for the day was 46 species, as follows:
Trumpeter Swan 10

Blue-winged Teal 15

American Wigeon 20

Mallard 14 (includes 8 very young ones)

Northern Pintail 2

Green-winged Teal 45

Lesser Scaup 10

Bufflehead 1

Common Goldeneye 8

Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 1

American Coot 1

Marbled Godwit 7

Long-billed Dowitcher 3 (breeding males amongst other shorebirds)

Wilson's Snipe 2 (heard)

Spotted Sandpiper 1

Greater Yellowlegs 2

Lesser Yellowlegs 17

Franklin's Gull 5000 (many juveniles among adults)

Herring Gull 1

Common Tern 3

Double-crested Cormorant 4

American White Pelican 4

Red-tailed Hawk 1

Northern Flicker 2

Alder Flycatcher 1 (heard)

Black-billed Magpie 9

American Crow 6

Common Raven 1

Tree Swallow 19

Barn Swallow 2

Black-capped Chickadee 5

House Wren 2

American Robin 4

European Starling 18

Cedar Waxwing 5

Clay-colored Sparrow 8

White-throated Sparrow 1

Vesper Sparrow 3

Savannah Sparrow 5

Song Sparrow 3

Lincoln's Sparrow 1

Red-winged Blackbird 8

Brown-headed Cowbird 3

Common Grackle 7

Tennessee Warbler 1 (heard)

Yellow Warbler 5
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Subject: Grande Prairie - Wapiti Dunes Trails - Twp Rd 710, Jul 2, 2019
Date: Tue Jul 2 2019 21:15 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
Beautiful sunny morning with 13-15C temperatures. Many birds at this location, situated just south of the city, appear to be singing less now than just a week or so ago. I guess breeding season is starting to draw to a close. Tally for today was 21 species, as follows:
Mallard 3

Green-winged Teal 1

Horned Grebe 7 (includes 4 young ones)

Sora 3 (heard)

American Coot 5 (5 young ones)

Alder Flycatcher 2

Warbling Vireo 1

Red-eyed Vireo 2

Common Raven 5

Black-capped Chickadee 2

Swainson's Thrush 1

American Robin 2

Cedar Waxwing 2

White-winged Crossbill 6

White-throated Sparrow 4

Lincoln's Sparrow 2

Red-winged Blackbird 4

Connecticut Warbler 1 (heard)Tennessee Warbler 5 (heard)

Common Yellowthroat 2

American Redstart 1
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Subject: Monthly Elbow River Bird Count - Mon, 01Jul2019
Date: Mon Jul 1 2019 22:16 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
Monthly Elbow River Bird Count - Mon, 01Jul2019, Stanley Park to Glenmore Reservoir Dam, SW Calgary. Sunny, calm, 11-22C
1.. 35 - Canada Goose
2.. 30 - Mallard
3.. 2 - Common Goldeneye
4.. 9 - Common Merganser --3 adults + 6 young
5.. 2 - Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)
6.. 2 - Spotted Sandpiper
7.. 49 - Franklin's Gull
8.. 1 - Ring-billed Gull
9.. 5 - Double-crested Cormorant
10.. 5 - Osprey -- 2 ad. & 3 juv.
11.. 1 - Swainson's Hawk
12.. 1 - Belted Kingfisher
13.. 3 - Downy Woodpecker
14.. 6 - Hairy Woodpecker
15.. 7 - Northern Flicker
16.. 78 - Black-billed Magpie
17.. 31 - American Crow
18.. 1 - Common Raven
19.. 2 - Northern Rough-winged Swallow
20.. 8 - Tree Swallow
21.. 12 Bank Swallow
22.. 2 - swallow sp.
23.. 23 - Black-capped Chickadee
24.. 2 - Red-breasted Nuthatch
25.. 7 - House Wren
26.. 40 - American Robin
27.. 1 - Gray Catbird
28.. 1 - European Starling
29.. 12 - Cedar Waxwing
30.. 4 - House Finch
31.. 6 - Chipping Sparrow
32.. 14 - Clay-colored Sparrow
33.. 2 - White-throated Sparrow
34.. 5 - Song Sparrow
35.. 6 - Lincoln's Sparrow
36.. 9 Brown-headed Cowbird
37.. 1 - Common Yellowthroat
38.. 35 Yellow Warbler
39.. 26 House Sparrow
Mammals:
Eastern Grey Squirrel - 7
Red Squirrel - 4
European Rabbit - 1 black


Butterflies:
1.. Canadian Tiger Swallowtail - 1
2.. Cabbage White - 1
3.. Clouded Sulphur - 1
4.. Silvery Blue - 300+ (photo #1)
5.. Painted Lady - 2 (photo #2) < in very rough shape
6.. White Admiral - 2
7.. (Common) Ringlet - 8 (photo #3)






























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Subject: Re: Bird ID please
Date: Fri Jun 28 2019 19:56 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
Caroline Thank you. Much appreciated.
This bird had a lovely melodious song and allowed me within 2 m.
I will rename the files.



Clive Schaupmeyer
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Subject: Bird ID please
Date: Fri Jun 28 2019 19:27 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
Vesper Sparrow. Note the small rufous patch on the shoulders, the white
outer tail feathers, and bold eye ring.

Caroline Lambert
Canmore

On 2019-06-28 6:19 p.m., schaupmeyer@gmail.com [Albertabird] wrote:
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> Is this a Savannah sparrow? If not, can you please ID it?
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> Photographed June 28, near Cowley.
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> Thank you. Much appreciated.
>
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> Clive Schaupmeyer
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> Coaldale
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Subject: Bird ID please
Date: Fri Jun 28 2019 19:19 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
Is this a Savannah sparrow? If not, can you please ID it?
Photographed June 28, near Cowley.
Thank you. Much appreciated.


Clive Schaupmeyer
Coaldale



Subject: Grande Prairie - Ferguson Lake, Jun 27, 2019
Date: Thu Jun 27 2019 18:00 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
It was a mostly cloudy morning with a cool breeze and 15C temperatures. I scoped the north side of Lake Ferguson located just north of the city and the town of Clairmont. I didn't see as much waterfowl diversity or as many gulls as expected. Despite the recent rains, the decreased water level had exposed some mudflats on the shore which yielded both species of yellowlegs. The tally for the day was 30 species, as follows:
American Wigeon 7

Mallard 5

Green-winged Teal 6

Lesser Scaup 5

Ruddy Duck 4

Red-necked Grebe 1

Eared Grebe 25

Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 1

Killdeer 2

Solitary Sandpiper 1

Greater Yellowlegs 1

Lesser Yellowlegs 8

Franklin's Gull 15

Ring-billed Gull 1

California Gull 1

Red-tailed Hawk 1

Hairy Woodpecker 1

Eastern Kingbird 3

Black-billed Magpie 5

American Crow 3

Common Raven 39

House Wren 1

European Starling 26

Clay-colored Sparrow 2

Savannah Sparrow 1

Song Sparrow 2

Red-winged Blackbird 10

Common Grackle 2

Common Yellowthroat 1

Yellow Warbler 1
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Subject:
Date: Tue Jun 25 2019 21:54 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
I was birding today along Highway 520 east of Highway 22 (Porcupine
Hills), and encountered a couple of interesting birds.

I heard a Rose-breasted Grosbeak singing. Since I have not heard a lot
of singing Rose-breasted Grosbreaks in the past, I played the song to
see if it would come in and verify its identity. Two birds showed up.
One is a Rose-breasted Grosbeak, and the other is what seems to be a
hybrid Rose-breasted x Black-headed Grosbeak. I don't know which one was
singing (first three photos attached).

Then I moved west about 1km along the highway, and heard what I was
certain was a Black-headed Grosbeak singing (I'm more familiar with that
song). I played the song, and the bird showed up. At the time I thought
it was just a Black-headed Grosbeak, but in the photos I see that it has
a white belly (last three photos). Since Black-headed Grosbeaks usually
have yellow on the belly, would this be another hybrid - such as mostly
Black-headed with some Rose-breasted ancestry?

Any comments?

Caroline Lambert
Canmore

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Subject: Grande Prairie - South Bear Creek, Jun 25, 2019
Date: Tue Jun 25 2019 15:47 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
Mostly sunny morning with 15-17C temperatures. Throngs of mosquitoes chased me away prematurely!Tally was 21 species, as follows:
Franklin's Gull 23

Belted Kingfisher 1

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 2

Northern Flicker 1

Alder Flycatcher 2

Least Flycatcher 2

Red-eyed Vireo 2

American Crow 1

Common Raven 9

Black-capped Chickadee 4

American Robin 5

Cedar Waxwing 1

Pine Siskin 4

Chipping Sparrow 1

White-throated Sparrow 9

Lincoln's Sparrow 1

Tennessee Warbler 4Connecticut Warbler 1 (heard)

Yellow Warbler 11

Yellow-rumped Warbler 1

Rose-breasted Grosbeak 1
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Subject: Request for Volunteers for a Study on Citizen Science Projects
Date: Tue Jun 25 2019 12:53 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
Albertabirders:  We have been contacted by the Networked Expertise research
team at the University of Waterloo. They are looking to have citizen
scientists and researchers running citizen science projects participate in a
study that looks at how individuals involved in citizen science assess their
expertise and the competencies of their peers when working in teams and are
seeking volunteers. Participants will receive a $5 Amazon gift card for
their time.



Here is the invitation to participate. Volunteers should contact the people
whose names and contact information is attached directly. Please do not
post to Albertabird.



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Dear Prospective Participants,



This is an invitation to participate in a study concerning how "expertise"
is defined and identified in citizen science projects. We are looking to
interview citizen scientists, and researchers running citizen science
projects.



The purpose of the research is to understand how individuals involved in
citizen science assess their expertise and the competencies of their peers
in teams. The goal of this research is to better understand the implicit and
explicit assessment of expertise that STEM researchers use in
multidisciplinary collaboration. Understanding these mechanisms has
significance to training initiatives at local and national levels.



Participation in this study is voluntary. If you choose to participate in
this study, you will be asked to participate in a 30-minute interview with
Dr. Mehlenbacher or a member of her Networked Expertise research team. For
your time, you will receive a $5.00 Amazon gift card. You may sign-up to
participate here:
https://uwaterloo.ca1.qualtric...



This study has been reviewed and received ethics clearance through a
University of Waterloo Research Ethics Committee (ORE# 21110). If you have
questions for the Committee contact the Office of Research Ethics, at
1-519-888-4567 ext. 36005 or ore-ceo@uwaterloo.ca
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For all other questions contact please contact the project PI, Dr. Ashley
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Thank you in advance for your consideration and assistance.



All the best,



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Subject: FFCPP Society Calgary--South Glenmore Park, Calgary, Alberta, CA; Sunday Jun 23, 2019
Date: Sun Jun 23 2019 20:17 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
FFCPP Society Calgary--South Glenmore Park, Calgary, Alberta, CA; Sunday Jun
23, 2019 7:30 AM - 10:30 AM
32 species

1. Mallard 1
2. Ring-necked Duck 2
3. Common Goldeneye 2
4. Franklin's Gull 100
5. Great Blue Heron 1
6. Downy Woodpecker 1
7. Northern Flicker 1
8. Western Wood-Pewee 2
9. Least Flycatcher 20
10.Warbling Vireo 2
11. Red-eyed Vireo 12
12. Black-billed Magpie 3
13. American Crow 5
14. Common Raven 2
15. Tree Swallow 3
16. Black-capped Chickadee 2
17. Red-breasted Nuthatch 1
18. House Wren 22
19. Veery 3
20. American Robin 5
21. Gray Catbird 3
22. Cedar Waxwing 10
23. Clay-colored Sparrow 4
24. Dark-eyed Junco 1
25. White-crowned Sparrow 1
26. White-throated Sparrow 3
27. Savannah Sparrow 2
28. Song Sparrow 1
29. Red-winged Blackbird 30
30. Brown-headed Cowbird 1
31. Yellow Warbler 10
32. Rose-breasted Grosbeak 1

Mammals: 3 White-tailed deer, 1 Red Squirrel



Leader: Robb Bell





FFCPP Society Calgary--South Glenmore Park, Calgary, Alberta, CA; Sunday Jun
23, 2019 9:00 to noon



1. Ring-necked Duck 1

2. Common Goldeneye 1

3. Wilson's Snipe 1

4. Spotted Sandpiper 2

5. Franklin's Gull 50

6. Great Blue Heron 1

7. Downy Woodpecker 7

8. Hairy Woodpecker 1

9. Northern Flicker 1

10. Western Wood-Pewee 3

11. Least Flycatcher 9

12. Warbling Vireo 2

13. Red-eyed Vireo 10

14. Tree Swallow 4

15. Cliff Swallow 15

16. Black-capped Chickadee 5

17. White-breasted Nuthatch 2

18. House Wren 9

19. Veery 6

20. American Robin 4

21. Gray Catbird 2

22. Cedar Waxwing 8

23. House Finch 2

24. Pine Siskin 3

25. American Goldfinch 6

26. Chipping Sparrow 4

27. Clay-colored Sparrow 12

28. White-throated Sparrow 4

29. Savannah Sparrow 1

30. Song Sparrow 2

31. Lincoln's Sparrow 1

32. Red-winged Blackbird 16

33. Brown-headed Cowbird 4

34. Ovenbird 1

35. Yellow Warbler 6



Leader: Wlad Franco-Valias





FFCPP Society Calgary--South Glenmore Park, Calgary, Alberta, CA; Sunday Jun
23, 2019 1:15 to 3:15



1. Franklin's Gull 18
2. Swainson's Hawk 2
3. Red-tailed Hawk 1
4. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker1
5. Downy Woodpecker 1
6. Hairy Woodpecker 1
7. Least Flycatcher 5
8. Red-eyed Vireo 4
9. Black-billed Magpie 3
10. American Crow 1
11. Common Raven 2
12. Northern Rough-winged Swallow 2
13. Tree Swallow 4
14. Black-capped Chickadee 3
15. House Wren 12
16. American Robin 4
17. Cedar Waxwing 5
18. Clay-colored Sparrow 14
19. Savannah Sparrow 1
20. Yellow Warbler 5
21. Rose-breasted Grosbeak 2
22. House Sparrow 1



Mammals; Coyote 1 White-tailed Deer 2 Red Squirrel 1



Leaders Jennifer Solem, Bernie Diebolt



Subject: Grande Prairie - Saskatoon Island Provincial Park, Jun 23, 2019
Date: Sun Jun 23 2019 19:11 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
It was a cool, mostly cloudy morning; the wind picked up towards the end of the morning and rain started. I spent over 4 hours on this visit and observed 34 species, as follows:
Canada Goose 12 (includes 8 goslings)

Trumpeter Swan 4 (2 on Saskatoon Lake; 2 on Little Lake)

American Wigeon 3

Redhead 2

Lesser Scaup 110

Surf Scoter 2

Bufflehead 6

Ruddy Duck 4

Eared Grebe 30

American Coot 1

Franklin's Gull 150

Black Tern 22

Common Loon 2

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 2

Alder Flycatcher 2

Eastern Kingbird 1

Red-eyed Vireo 6

American Crow 4Common Raven 7

Tree Swallow 1

House Wren 3

American Robin 5

Gray Catbird 1

Cedar Waxwing 5

Clay-colored Sparrow 10

White-throated Sparrow 8

Song Sparrow 2

Lincoln's Sparrow 1

Yellow-headed Blackbird 11

Red-winged Blackbird 4

Brown-headed Cowbird 4

Brewer's Blackbird 2

Common Grackle 10

Yellow Warbler 36
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Subject: Harlequin duck
Date: Sun Jun 23 2019 14:23 pm
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A sub-adult, male Harlequin duck was seen by Bob Storms and me June 23 at approximately 8:30 a.m. on the Elbow River, in the Weaselhead area, just upstream from the SMALL pedestrian bridge south of the main river-crossing bridge.

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Subject: FFCPP Society Calgary--South Glenmore Park; Saturday Jun 22, 2019
Date: Sat Jun 22 2019 17:29 pm
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FFCPP Society Calgary--South Glenmore Park; Saturday Jun 22, 2019 9AM to
12PM. Due to slippery mud conditions we didn't get down to the reservoir



5 Ring-necked Duck

150 Franklin's Gull

1 Great Blue Heron

1 Bald Eagle

1 Red-tailed Hawk

1 Downy Woodpecker

2 Hairy Woodpecker

13 Least Flycatcher

3 Warbling Vireo

10 Red-eyed Vireo

5 Common Raven

7 Northern Rough-winged Swallow

40 Tree Swallow

1 Barn Swallow

8 Black-capped Chickadee

5 Red-breasted Nuthatch

1 White-breasted Nuthatch

14 House Wren

1 Veery

8 American Robin

4 Gray Catbird

25 Cedar Waxwing

8 American Goldfinch

16 Clay-colored Sparrow

3 White-throated Sparrow

2 Savannah Sparrow

2 Song Sparrow

1 Yellow-headed Blackbird

20 Red-winged Blackbird

13 Yellow Warbler

2 Rose-breasted Grosbeak

4 House Sparrow



3 red squirrels

1 deer

1 least chipmunk

1 coyote

6 swallow tail Butterflies



Leaders: Wayne Walker, ,Doug Maxwell , Joan Walker, Trevor Churchill



Number of Taxa: 32



Subject: Grande Prairie - Crystal Lake, Jun 22, 2019
Date: Sat Jun 22 2019 16:56 pm
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It was a bright sunny morning after the smoke/fog which blew in overnight dissipated. I was delighted to see that all 5 Trumpeter Swan cygnets are still with their parents. It was fun to see small mallards, canvasbacks and bufflehead, all staying very close to their mothers.

Total tally for today is 32, as follows:
Trumpeter Swan 7 (includes 5 cygnets)

Mallard 16 (includes 10 ducklings)

Canvasback 3 (includes 2 ducklings)

Redhead 2

Ring-necked Duck 15

Lesser Scaup 12

Bufflehead 4 (includes 1 duckling)

Ruddy Duck 5

Horned Grebe 21

Red-necked Grebe 2

Eared Grebe 3

American Coot 8

Franklin's Gull 100

Ring-billed Gull 5

Black Tern 1

Downy Woodpecker 1

Black-billed Magpie 6

American Crow 3

Black-capped Chickadee 6

House Wren 3

American Robin 3

Clay-colored Sparrow 4

White-throated Sparrow 2

Lincoln's Sparrow 1

Baltimore Oriole 2

Red-winged Blackbird 12

Brown-headed Cowbird 1

Common Grackle 2

Black-and-white Warbler 1

Yellow Warbler 1

Rose-breasted Grosbeak 1

House Sparrow 27
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Subject: FFCPP Society Calgary--South Glenmore Park, Calgary, Alberta, CA; Thursday 20-Jun-2019
Date: Thu Jun 20 2019 22:15 pm
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Great, thanks!

Michael Geldorp

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Sent: June 20, 2019 7:13 PM
To: Albertabird@yahoogroups.com
Subject: Re: [Albertabird] FFCPP Society Calgary--South Glenmore Park, Calgary, Alberta, CA; Thursday 20-Jun-2019



Hi Michael

Travel west on 90th Ave past the entrance to the Sailing Club on 24 St.
We park at the west end of 90 Ave. Where the road ends (construction zone)..
There is a City of Calgary parking lot (right turn).

Follow the paved walking pathway west into the aspen forest.

Lorrie Anderson



Subject: FFCPP Society Calgary--South Glenmore Park, Calgary, Alberta, CA; Thursday 20-Jun-2019
Date: Thu Jun 20 2019 20:13 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hi Michael

Travel west on 90th Ave past the entrance to the Sailing Club on 24 St.
We park at the west end of 90 Ave. Where the road ends (construction zone).
There is a City of Calgary parking lot (right turn).


Follow the paved walking pathway west into the aspen forest.


Lorrie Anderson



Subject: FFCPP Society Calgary--South Glenmore Park, Calgary, Alberta, CA; Thursday 20-Jun-2019
Date: Thu Jun 20 2019 19:21 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
What area of South Glenmore Park are these walks taking place? Are they west of the sailing club or between Glenmore Landing and the club?

Michael Geldorp
Calgary

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Sent: June 20, 2019 2:06 PM
To: albertabird@yahoogroups.com
Subject: [Albertabird] FFCPP Society Calgary--South Glenmore Park, Calgary, Alberta, CA; Thursday 20-Jun-2019



FFCPP Society Calgary--South Glenmore Park, Calgary, Alberta, CA; Thursday 20-Jun-2019 09:15 - 12:15



1. Canada Goose 8
2. American Wigeon 1
3. Mallard 2
4. Ring-necked Duck 4
5. Common Goldeneye 11 9 juv
6. Common Merganser 1
7. Spotted Sandpiper 3
8. Franklin's Gull 125
9. Great Blue Heron 2
10. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1
11. Downy Woodpecker 1
12. Western Wood-Pewee 1
13. Least Flycatcher 12
14. Red-eyed Vireo 8
15. Blue Jay 1
16. Common Raven 6
17. Northern Rough-winged Swallow 2
18. Tree Swallow 50
19. Bank Swallow 5
20. Black-capped Chickadee 7
21. Red-breasted Nuthatch 1
22. House Wren 8
23. Veery 2
24. American Robin 5
25. Cedar Waxwing 8
26. American Goldfinch 2
27. Clay-colored Sparrow 7
28. White-throated Sparrow 2
29. Savannah Sparrow 1
30. Red-winged Blackbird 20
31. Brown-headed Cowbird 2
32. Yellow Warbler 3
33. House Sparrow 1



2 Coyotes

4 White tailed deer

1 Mule deer

1 Least Chipmunk

2 Red squirrels



Leaders: David Mitchell, Stephen Phelps



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Subject: FFCPP Society Calgary--South Glenmore Park, Calgary, Alberta, CA; Thursday 20-Jun-2019
Date: Thu Jun 20 2019 15:06 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
FFCPP Society Calgary--South Glenmore Park, Calgary, Alberta, CA; Thursday
20-Jun-2019 09:15 - 12:15



1. Canada Goose 8
2. American Wigeon 1
3. Mallard 2
4. Ring-necked Duck 4
5. Common Goldeneye 11 9 juv
6. Common Merganser 1
7. Spotted Sandpiper 3
8. Franklin's Gull 125
9. Great Blue Heron 2
10. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1
11. Downy Woodpecker 1
12. Western Wood-Pewee 1
13. Least Flycatcher 12
14. Red-eyed Vireo 8
15. Blue Jay 1
16. Common Raven 6
17. Northern Rough-winged Swallow 2
18. Tree Swallow 50
19. Bank Swallow 5
20. Black-capped Chickadee 7
21. Red-breasted Nuthatch 1
22. House Wren 8
23. Veery 2
24. American Robin 5
25. Cedar Waxwing 8
26. American Goldfinch 2
27. Clay-colored Sparrow 7
28. White-throated Sparrow 2
29. Savannah Sparrow 1
30. Red-winged Blackbird 20
31. Brown-headed Cowbird 2
32. Yellow Warbler 3
33. House Sparrow 1



2 Coyotes

4 White tailed deer

1 Mule deer

1 Least Chipmunk

2 Red squirrels



Leaders: David Mitchell, Stephen Phelps



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Subject: Birds & Beers, Calgary, June 27
Date: Thu Jun 20 2019 10:21 am
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
There will be a Birds & Beers event in Calgary on Thursday June 27. Marshall Netherwood will do a presentation entitled "Birding and Botany on the Southern Alberta Walk with Gus Yaki." As usual, we meet at the Horton Road Legion, 9202 Horton Road SW, at 6 pm. The presentation will begin after 7 pm. Everyone is welcome!
More information here:Birds & Beers
Bob Lefebvre, Calgary








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Subject: Grande Prairie County - Bear Lake, Jun 19, 2019
Date: Wed Jun 19 2019 18:12 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
Mostly cloudy with a brisk westerly wind. For 2 hours this morning (9:20-11:20) I birded the eastern shore from the road and an open, now dry, meadow bordering the lake. Total tally was 40 species, as follows:
Canada Goose 28 (includes 18 goslings)

Trumpeter Swan 3

Blue-winged Teal 4

American Wigeon 65

Northern Pintail 8

Redhead 5

Lesser Scaup 7

Bufflehead 5

Killdeer 1

Wilson's Snipe 1 (heard)

Solitary Sandpiper 1

Franklin's Gull 350 (conservative estimate)

Ring-billed Gull 30

Herring Gull 3

Double-crested Cormorant 3

American White Pelican 21

Bald Eagle 2

Northern Flicker 1 (heard)

Eastern Phoebe 2

Eastern Kingbird 1

Black-billed Magpie 4

American Crow 4

Common Raven 5

Tree Swallow 4

Black-capped Chickadee 1

House Wren 2

American Robin 1

European Starling 12

Cedar Waxwing 2

Clay-colored Sparrow 6

White-throated Sparrow 1

Savannah Sparrow 9

Song Sparrow 2

Swamp Sparrow 1 (heard)

Baltimore Oriole 2

Red-winged Blackbird 8

Brown-headed Cowbird 2

Common Grackle 4

Connecticut Warbler 1 (heard)

Yellow Warbler 4
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Subject: FFCPP Society Calgary--South Glenmore Park, Calgary, Alberta, CA; Wednesday 19-Jun-2019
Date: Wed Jun 19 2019 15:23 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
FFCPP Society Calgary--South Glenmore Park, Calgary, Alberta, CA; Wednesday
19-Jun-2019 09:15 - 12:10



1. American Wigeon 3
2. Mallard 15
3. Ring-necked Duck 5
4. Common Goldeneye 1
5. Common Merganser 1
6. Spotted Sandpiper 3
7. Franklin's Gull 200
8. Great Blue Heron 2
9. Red-tailed Hawk 1
10. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 2
11. Downy Woodpecker 1
12. Hairy Woodpecker 1
13. Northern Flicker 1
14. Least Flycatcher 13
15. Red-eyed Vireo 8
16. Common Raven 6
17. Northern Rough-winged Swallow 3
18. Tree Swallow 60
19. Black-capped Chickadee 3
20. Red-breasted Nuthatch 1
21. House Wren 10
22. Veery 8
23. American Robin 10
24. Cedar Waxwing 12
25. American Goldfinch 2
26. Clay-colored Sparrow 5
27. White-throated Sparrow 2
28. Savannah Sparrow 1
29. Red-winged Blackbird 16
30. Brown-headed Cowbird 1
31. Yellow Warbler 10
32. Rose-breasted Grosbeak 2



1 Coyote

2 Red squirrels



Leaders: Peter Hoyer, David Mitchell, Wayne Walker



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Subject: Nikon P900 for sale
Date: Wed Jun 19 2019 14:49 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hi all
Have a used Nikon P900 super zoom for sale
Upgraded to P1000 and no longer need this camera,
This was a backup camera and was not used very much.
Richard Klaukej



Subject: Grande Prairie - Wapiti Dunes Trails - Twp Rd 710, Jun 18, 2019
Date: Tue Jun 18 2019 23:36 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
This was a post-rainstorm outing just south of the Grande Prairie city limits from 6:45 to 8:40 AM. Clouds of mosquitoes greeted me upon arrival, but I navigated myself, at the start, to more open trails where a brisk breeze kept them at bay, more or less. At times the chorus of birdsong was so intense that it was difficult to distinguish what was singing. In the end, I managed to tally 28 species, as follows: 
Mallard 12 (includes 10 ducklings)

Green-winged Teal 10 (includes 4 ducklings)

Horned Grebe 1

Red-necked Grebe 1

Wilson's Snipe 1

Solitary Sandpiper 1

Alder Flycatcher 1

Least Flycatcher 1

Red-eyed Vireo 1

Common Raven 6

Black-capped Chickadee 2

House Wren 2

Swainson's Thrush 1Hermit Thrush 1

American Robin 2

Cedar Waxwing 1

Purple Finch 1

Chipping Sparrow 3

Clay-colored Sparrow 1

Dark-eyed Junco 1

White-throated Sparrow 2

Lincoln's Sparrow 1

Swamp Sparrow 1

Red-winged Blackbird 2

Brown-headed Cowbird 4

Common Yellowthroat 2

Yellow Warbler 2

Yellow-rumped Warbler 1
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Subject: FFCPP Society Calgary--South Glenmore Park, Calgary, Alberta, CA; Tuesday 18-Jun-2019
Date: Tue Jun 18 2019 14:54 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
FFCPP Society Calgary--South Glenmore Park, Calgary, Alberta, CA; Tuesday
18-Jun-2019 09:15 - 12:15



1. Canada Goose 25
2. Northern Shoveler 6
3. Gadwall 4
4. American Wigeon 5
5. Mallard 5
6. Ring-necked Duck 6
7. Common Goldeneye 10 9 juv
8. Common Merganser 4
9. Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 1
10. Spotted Sandpiper 4
11. Franklin's Gull 200
12. Double-crested Cormorant 1
13. Great Blue Heron 5
14. Bald Eagle 1
15. Swainson's Hawk 1
16. Red-tailed Hawk 1
17. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 2
18. Downy Woodpecker 3
19. Hairy Woodpecker 2
20. Western Wood-Pewee 1
21. Least Flycatcher 22
22. Warbling Vireo 2
23. Red-eyed Vireo 9
24. Blue Jay 1
25. Black-billed Magpie 4
26. Common Raven 5
27. Tree Swallow 4
28. Black-capped Chickadee 10
29. Red-breasted Nuthatch 5
30. House Wren 12
31. Veery 8
32. American Robin 5
33. Gray Catbird 3
34. Cedar Waxwing 25
35. House Finch 2
36. American Goldfinch 10
37. Chipping Sparrow 5
38. Clay-colored Sparrow 11
39. White-throated Sparrow 3
40. Savannah Sparrow 1
41. Song Sparrow 2
42. Yellow-headed Blackbird 2
43. Red-winged Blackbird 17
44. Brown-headed Cowbird 7
45. Brewer's Blackbird 1
46. Yellow Warbler 17
47. House Sparrow 4



4 Red squirrels



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





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Subject: FFCPP Soc Fish Creek PP-South Glenmore Park, West End, Calgary, Alberta, CA; Monday 17-Jun-2019
Date: Mon Jun 17 2019 19:36 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
FFCPP Soc Fish Creek PPSouthGlenmore Park, West End, Calgary, Alberta, CA;Monday 17-Jun-2019 09:15 - 12:15. Clear and sunny, with light winds from the southeast,temperature14 to 22C. Canopy is very dense making itdifficultto see birds clearly.
Canada Goose-40
American Wigeon-3
Mallard-8 + 6 goslings
Ring-necked Duck-2
Common Goldeneye-3
Great Blue Heron-5
Red-tailed Hawk-1
Spotted Sandpiper-2
Franklins Gull-150
Ruby-throated Hummingbird-1
Hummingbird sp-1
Downy Woodpecker-4
Hairy Woodpecker-1
Least Flycatcher-20 heard
Philadelphia Vireo-1
Red-eyed Vireo-1 +12 heardBlue Jay-2
Black-billed Magpie-3
American Crow-1
Common Raven-4
Tree Swallow-6
Northern Rough-winged Swallow-4
Black-capped Chickadee-10
Red-breasted Nuthatch-6
House Wren-6
Veery-10 heardAmerican Robin-12
Gray Catbird-6
Cedar Waxwing-18
Yellow Warbler-12
ChippingSparrow-2
Clay-coloured Sparrow-5
White-throated Sparrow-1
Red-winged Blackbird-8
Brown-headed Cowbird-8
Striped Skunk-1
Red Squirrel-2
White-tailed Deer-1
Swallowtail Butterfly-10

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








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Subject: Grande Prairie - South Bear Creek, Jun 17, 2019
Date: Mon Jun 17 2019 17:12 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
Warm morning, lots of mosquitoes, 29 bird species identified:
Mallard 1

Franklin's Gull 15

Ring-billed Gull 7

Great Blue Heron 1

Belted Kingfisher 1

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1

Pileated Woodpecker 1

Northern Flicker 1

Least Flycatcher 1

Eastern Phoebe 2

Warbling Vireo 1

Red-eyed Vireo 10

American Crow 1

Common Raven 27

Northern Rough-winged Swallow 3

Black-capped Chickadee 2

House Wren 1

Swainson's Thrush 1

American Robin 7

Cedar Waxwing 2

Clay-colored Sparrow 2

White-throated Sparrow 6

Savannah Sparrow 2

Song Sparrow 1

Lincoln's Sparrow 3

Brewer's Blackbird 2

Ovenbird 2

Northern Waterthrush 1

Yellow Warbler 11
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Subject: Nature Calgary – Winchell Lake and area – Sunday, June 16, 2019
Date: Mon Jun 17 2019 9:18 am
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
We had 11 participants meet at Crowfoot Circle on Sunday at 7:00 AM. By meeting time, it was already 12 degrees and a cloudless, blue Alberta sky. The group included visitors from Indiana and Edmonton. WELCOME. In the past we have done a trip to the NW Quadrant which features a number of stops in the Water Valley area. We generally do not have time to stop properly at Winchell Lake, so the idea this time was to have a closer look at this spot and a few others we usually miss. We drove straight to Winchell Lake by 8:00 AM and spent an hour or two there and on nearby roads. Rather than a lot of driving, I tried to select a few locations and spend more time on foot. In such beautiful weather, how could we go wrong! After Winchell Lake, the stops included: Twp Rd 291B (affectionally known as Connecticut Warbler Valley), Perrenoud Nature Reserve and Ovans Slough. Thanks to Andrew for doing the eBirding. The consolidated list for the day was:

1
Canada Goose
5
2
Blue-winged Teal
1
3
Gadwall
2
4
Mallard
5
5
Ring-necked Duck
1
6
Lesser Scaup
10
7
Bufflehead
4
8
Ruddy Duck
10
9
Red-necked Grebe
2
10
Eared Grebe
5
11
Mourning Dove
2
12
Sora
1
13
Killdeer
1
14
Wilson's Snipe
2
15
Wilson's Phalarope
6
16
Spotted Sandpiper
2
17
Black Tern
2
18
Common Loon
2
19
Great Blue Heron
1
20
Golden Eagle
1
21
Sharp-shinned/Cooper's Hawk
1
22
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
1
23
Hairy Woodpecker
1
24
Northern Flicker
1
25
Olive-sided Flycatcher
2
26
Alder Flycatcher
3
27
Least Flycatcher
1
28
Eastern Kingbird
1
29
Blue-headed Vireo
2
30
Warbling Vireo
2
31
Red-eyed Vireo
1
32
Blue Jay
1
33
Tree Swallow
8
34
Black-capped Chickadee
2
35
Red-breasted Nuthatch
1
36
House Wren
2
37
Golden-crowned Kinglet
2
38
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
1
39
Mountain Bluebird
1
40
Townsend's Solitaire
3
41
Hermit Thrush
1
42
American Robin
10
43
Cedar Waxwing
10
44
Evening Grosbeak
1
45
Clay-colored Sparrow
4
46
Dark-eyed Junco
2
47
White-crowned Sparrow
1
48
White-throated Sparrow
6
49
Lincoln's Sparrow
4
50
Yellow-headed Blackbird
3
51
Red-winged Blackbird
16
52
Brown-headed Cowbird
6
53
Ovenbird
3
54
Northern Waterthrush
1
55
Tennessee Warbler
17
56
Yellow Warbler
1
57
Yellow-rumped Warbler
1
58
Western Tanager
2
59
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
1
1.


Howard Heffler
Calgary



Subject: FFCPP Society Calgary--Confluence Park, Calgary, Alberta, CA; Sunday 16-Jun-2019
Date: Sun Jun 16 2019 20:45 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
FFCPP Society Calgary--Confluence Park, Calgary, Alberta, CA; Sunday
16-Jun-2019 07:33 - 10:41



1. Northern Shoveler 1
2. American Wigeon 2
3. Mallard 6
4. Lesser Scaup 2
5. Gray Partridge 4
6. Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 2
7. American Avocet 2
8. Wilson's Snipe 1
9. Lesser Yellowlegs 2
10. Franklin's Gull 7
11. Double-crested Cormorant 1
12. Red-tailed Hawk 1
13. Black-billed Magpie 1
14. American Crow 2
15. Northern Rough-winged Swallow 1
16. Tree Swallow 6
17. Bank Swallow 4
18. Barn Swallow 5
19. American Robin 12
20. Gray Catbird 6
21. House Finch 3
22. American Goldfinch 4
23. Clay-colored Sparrow 15
24. Savannah Sparrow 8
25. Song Sparrow 3
26. Lincoln's Sparrow 1
27. Western Meadowlark 1
28. Red-winged Blackbird 14
29. Brown-headed Cowbird 5
30. Brewer's Blackbird 3
31. Yellow Warbler 6
32. House Sparrow 2



Coyote 1



Leaders: David Mitchell, Dave Rassum



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FFCPP Society Calgary--Confluence Park, Calgary, Alberta, CA Sunday , Jun
16, 2019 9:01 AM - 12:13 PM; Sunny. No wind. 12 - 24 Deg C. Lots of
cyclists to watch out for.



1. Gadwall 1
2. Mallard 8
3. Gray Partridge 2
4. Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 3
5. Sora 2 Seen & heard
6. Wilson's Snipe 1 Heard only
7. Spotted Sandpiper 1 Seen before session started
8. Franklin's Gull 8
9. Double-crested Cormorant 1
10. Swainson's Hawk 2
11. American Crow 3
12. Northern Rough-winged Swallow 1
13. Tree Swallow 8
14. Bank Swallow 20
15. Barn Swallow 8
16. American Robin 11
17. Gray Catbird 14
18. Cedar Waxwing 15
19. House Finch 2
20. American Goldfinch 21
21. Clay-colored Sparrow 16
22. Savannah Sparrow 13
23. Song Sparrow 9
24. Western Meadowlark 2 Both heard, one seen
25. Red-winged Blackbird 16
26. Brown-headed Cowbird 12
27. Yellow Warbler 18
28. House Sparrow 1



1 American Mink seen in the rocks below the bridge at the parking lot.

1 Coyote



Leaders: John & Lorrie Anderson



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FFCPP Society Calgary--Confluence Park, Calgary, Alberta, CA Sunday , Jun
16, 2019 1:15 to 3:00





1. Blue-winded Teal 2

2. Northern Shoveler 1

3. Gadwall 1

4. American Wigeon 3

5. Mallard 5

6. Lesser Scaup 2

7. Common Merganser 1

8. Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 12

9. Mourning Dove 1

10. American Avocet 2

11. Double-crested Cormorant 1

12. Northern Harrier 1

13. Swainson's Hawk 3

14. Black-billed Magpie 5

15. American Crow 3

16. Common Raven 2

17. Northern Rough-winged Swallow 5

18. Tree Swallow 35

19. Bank Swallow 12

20. Barn Swallow 12

21. American Robin 4

22. Clay-colored Sparrow 20

23. Vesper Sparrow 1

24. Savannah Sparrow 14

25. Song Sparrow 2

26. Western Meadowlark 1

27. Red -winged Blackbird 28

28. Brown-headed Cowbird 3

29. Brewers Blackbird 4

30. Yellow Warbler 24

31. American Goldfinch 1

32. House Sparrow 2



Mammals, White-tailed Deer, Coyote 1

Reptile , Wandering Garter snake 1



Leaders Jennifer Solem, Bernie Diebolt



Subject: FFCPP Society Calgary--Confluence Park; Saturday Jun 15, 2019
Date: Sat Jun 15 2019 20:36 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
FFCPP Society Calgary--Confluence Park; Saturday Jun 15, 2019. 9-12.  14
degrees to 19



1 Blue-winged Teal

2 American Wigeon

8 Mallard -- 2 ducklings

10 Lesser Scaup

2 Gray Partridge

13 Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)

2 Sora

3 Spotted Sandpiper

1 Franklin's Gull

1 Great Blue Heron

1 Northern Harrier

2 Swainson's Hawk

1 Eastern Kingbird

2 American Crow

2 Common Raven

3 Northern Rough-winged Swallow

20 Tree Swallow

10 Bank Swallow

4 Barn Swallow

20 American Robin

20 Gray Catbird -- Numerous throughout the walk

24 Cedar Waxwing

2 House Finch

16 American Goldfinch

30 Clay-colored Sparrow

2 Vesper Sparrow

10 Savannah Sparrow

10 Song Sparrow

2 Lincoln's Sparrow

5 Western Meadowlark

36 Red-winged Blackbird

6 Brown-headed Cowbird

3 Brewer's Blackbird

28 Yellow Warbler

6 House Sparrow



1 Coyote

1 Muskrat



Leaders: Wayne Walker, Doug Maxwell. Trevor Churchill



Subject: Birding SW of Calgary, Sunday June 9
Date: Fri Jun 14 2019 8:38 am
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
Fourteen birders took part in a Nature Calgary outing to the SW portion of the Calgary 80-km birding region last Sunday. Last year we started this trip in the Priddis area and worked our way south through the Sheep and Highwood River Valleys, but ran out of time to explore Williams Coulee West of Nanton. So this year I decided we should start at Williams Coulee and work our way back. We had great success right off the bat, finding a Prairie Falcon perched on the cliffs (we later saw another in flight a few kilometers farther west). We also had three Rock Wrens and three Say's Phoebe's, and a very young Moose at this first stop. A real highlight on Williams Coulee road was a Golden Eagle in flight, which flew into a nest. Through the scopes, we were able to see two young eagles in the nest. If the bird hadn't been flying we never would have seen this nest, which is well-hidden and inaccessible.
Also on this road we saw a Ferruginous Hawk on a nest. It was pretty obscured by leaves and branches but identifiable. I had scouted this spot the previous week and got great views of this bird on the nest.
On the Bar U Ranch Road, there were two Turkey Vultures in flight. I have covered this area for the May Species Count for ten years and have never seen a vulture there before. As several of the other birders remarked, Turkey Vultures seem to be expanding their presence in the Calgary birding region.
Most of the rest of the day was spent in the Highwood valley west of Longview. After a lot of searching we finally got Dusky Flycatcher (a pair) on the Emerald Lake Road (Twp 182 or 594 Street SW). This bird is usually present on the May Species Count but was not there this year on May 26, possibly having not arrived on the breeding grounds yet.

A quick stop at Highwood House (outside the 80-km circle) yielded great views of Rufous Hummingbirds at the feeders. Finally we went to the Highwood PRA campground road at the edge of Kananaskis, where MacGillivray's Warblers have been found in recent years (also not found on the May Species Count). We had no luck for quite a while, and decided to walk right into the unoccupied campground. One of the participants stayed back, and when we were gone, he had the MacGillivray's Warbler, singing in full view (he is a very experienced birder). We were unable to re-find the bird. In general, there seemed to be less birdsong and bird activity after the first couple of hours of the day than I expected at this time of year.
On this road we also had nice views of a Ruffed Grouse, two Wilson's Warblers, and a female American Redstart. A first-year male Lazuli Bunting was photographed.
This year we did not have time to go up the Sheep River Valley, so we made a beeline for Plummer's Road near Priddis, where we had excellent views of several Bobolinks.
Our count for the day was 82 species on the eBird lists submitted. There were also a few species seen incidentally that were not included.
Canada Goose
55
Blue-winged Teal
1
Mallard
14
Lesser Scaup
2
Bufflehead
14
Gray Partridge
2
Ruffed Grouse
1
Rock Pigeon
2
Mourning Dove
2
Rufous Hummingbird
3
Killdeer
3
Wilson's Snipe
2
Spotted Sandpiper
4
Black Tern
13
Double-crested Cormorant
1
Turkey Vulture
2
Golden Eagle
3
Northern Harrier
1
Bald Eagle
1
Swainson's Hawk
3
Red-tailed Hawk
8
Ferruginous Hawk
1
Hairy Woodpecker
1
Northern Flicker
5
American Kestrel
3
Prairie Falcon
2
Western Wood-Pewee
1
Alder Flycatcher
1
Least Flycatcher
1
Dusky Flycatcher
2
Empidonax sp.
1
Say's Phoebe
3
Eastern Kingbird
5
Loggerhead Shrike
1
Warbling Vireo
2
Black-billed Magpie
7
American Crow
2
Common Raven
10
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
23
Tree Swallow
16
Bank Swallow
2
Barn Swallow
3
Cliff Swallow
81
Red-breasted Nuthatch
1
Rock Wren
3
House Wren
7
Golden-crowned Kinglet
1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
4
Mountain Bluebird
7
American Robin
12
Gray Catbird
5
Brown Thrasher
1
European Starling
99
Cedar Waxwing
5
Pine Siskin
2
American Goldfinch
7
Chipping Sparrow
2
Clay-colored Sparrow
4
White-crowned Sparrow
1
White-throated Sparrow
1
Vesper Sparrow
2
Savannah Sparrow
6
Song Sparrow
1
Lincoln's Sparrow
4
Yellow-headed Blackbird
1
Bobolink
3
Western Meadowlark
1
Baltimore Oriole
2
Red-winged Blackbird
44
Brown-headed Cowbird
512
Brewer's Blackbird
5
Common Grackle
2
Northern Waterthrush
1
Tennessee Warbler
1
MacGillivray's Warbler
1
Common Yellowthroat
1
American Redstart
1
Yellow Warbler
5
Yellow-rumped Warbler
3
Wilson's Warbler
2
Lazuli Bunting
1
House Sparrow
5

Bob Lefebvre, Calgary








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