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20 Nov: @ 21:47:46 
Fw: 3 pictures for you [3 Attachments] ['Gus - CCNA' gyaki@calcna.ab.ca [Albertabird]]
20 Nov: @ 20:46:21 
3 pictures for you [Janet Gill gillannjanet@gmail.com [Albertabird]]
20 Nov: @ 20:28:43 
Re: 3 pictures for you [gillannjanet@gmail.com [Albertabird]]
20 Nov: @ 17:33:40 
Re: 3 pictures for you ['Mike Mulligan' potoo@shaw.ca [Albertabird]]
20 Nov: @ 17:26:41 
Big flocks of Bohemian waxwings in Grande Prairie [David Rhody drhody@gmail.com [Albertabird]]
20 Nov: @ 16:56:21 
Nature Calgary Field Trip, Inglewood Sanctuary, Sat. Nov. 18/17 [Janet Gill gillannjanet@gmail.com [Albertabird]]
20 Nov: @ 16:29:29 
3 pictures for you [Janet Gill gillannjanet@gmail.com [Albertabird]]
20 Nov: @ 12:43:30 
Re: FFCPPSoc. Birding, Weaselhead Natural Area, SW Calgary. 1:15- 4:PM Sunday, Nov 18/17 [gillannjanet@gmail.com [Albertabird]]
19 Nov: @ 18:56:42 
FFCPPSoc. Birding, Weaselhead Natural Area, SW Calgary. 1:15- 4:PM Sunday, Nov 18/17 [Janet Gill gillannjanet@gmail.com [Albertabird]]
19 Nov: @ 17:01:00 
eBird -- Calgary--Weaselhead Natural Area -- Nov 19, 2017 ['Gus - CCNA' gyaki@calcna.ab.ca [Albertabird]]
19 Nov: @ 14:08:18 
Re: White-winged crossbill [Andrew Stiles andrewprestonstiles@yahoo.ca [Albertabird]]
19 Nov: @ 11:33:06 
White-winged crossbill [Charles Scialfa scialfa@ucalgary.ca [Albertabird]]
19 Nov: @ 07:36:09 
White-tailed ptarmigan image [Charles Scialfa scialfa@ucalgary.ca [Albertabird]]
19 Nov: @ 07:28:15 
White-tailed ptarmigan [Charles Scialfa scialfa@ucalgary.ca [Albertabird]]
18 Nov: @ 19:42:57 
FFCPPSoc. Birding, Weaselhead Natural Area, SW Calgary. 0900-1215, Sat, 18Nov2017. ['Gus - CCNA' gyaki@calcna.ab.ca [Albertabird]]
18 Nov: @ 14:48:12 
Nature Calgary Field Trip Birding Inglewood Sanctuary, Calgary. 9 - 11:30, Sat. Nov. 18/17 [Janet Gill gillannjanet@gmail.com [Albertabird]]
16 Nov: @ 17:16:31 
FFCPP Soc Calgary--Weaselhead Natural Area, Calgary, Alberta, CA 16-Nov-2017 ['David Mitchell' davidamitchell@shaw.ca [Albertabird]]
15 Nov: @ 14:51:02 
FFCPP Soc Calgary--Weaselhead Natural Area, Calgary, Alberta, CA, 15-Nov-2017 ['David Mitchell' davidamitchell@shaw.ca [Albertabird]]
14 Nov: @ 22:13:38 
Re: Bohemian waxwings in Grande Prairie [Cindy ercot@shaw.ca [Albertabird]]
14 Nov: @ 15:24:40 
Bohemian waxwings in Grande Prairie [David Rhody drhody@gmail.com [Albertabird]]
14 Nov: @ 15:04:29 
Re: Common Redpolls arrived at my feeders in Shawnessy. Now in Varsity too. [1 Attachment] [BARB COOTE brc2004@shaw.ca [Albertabird]]
14 Nov: @ 14:16:16 
FFCPP Soc Calgary--Weaselhead Natural Area, Calgary, Alberta, CA.14-Nov-2017 ['David Mitchell' davidamitchell@shaw.ca [Albertabird]]
14 Nov: @ 06:00:47 
RE: Swans along the Bow River near Exshaw. ['Malcolm McDonald' luscinia@telus.net [Albertabird]]
13 Nov: @ 21:46:51 
Re: Swans along the Bow River near Exshaw. [Caroline Lambert caroline144@gmail.com [Albertabird]]
13 Nov: @ 21:24:51 
Swans along the Bow River near Exshaw. ['Malcolm McDonald' luscinia@telus.net [Albertabird]]
13 Nov: @ 16:53:01 
FFCPPSoc. Dinosauring, Weaselhead Natural Area, SW Calgary, 0915-1150, Mon, 13Nov2017 ['Gus - CCNA' gyaki@calcna.ab.ca [Albertabird]]
12 Nov: @ 20:08:39 
FFCPPSoc. Birding, Glennfield walking west to Votier's Flats, FCPP, SW Calgary. 1:15-4:PM, Sunday, Nov 12/17 [Janet Gill gillannjanet@gmail.com [Albertabird]]
12 Nov: @ 15:45:28 
FFCPPSoc. Birding, Glennfield walking west to Votier's Flats, FCPP, SW Calgary. 0900-1230, Sun, 12Nov2017 ['Gus - CCNA' gyaki@calcna.ab.ca [Albertabird]]
12 Nov: @ 15:33:16 
FFCPPSoc. Birding, Glennfield walking west to Votier's Flats, FCPP, SW Calgary. 0900-1230, Sun, 12Nov2017 [Dan A danielarndt@hotmail.com [Albertabird]]
12 Nov: @ 13:11:40 
Glaucous-winged Gull(JUVENILE-1st winter) ['Robert Storms' storms@shaw.ca [Albertabird]]
12 Nov: @ 10:30:21 
Re: Any news on Ptarmigan sightings on HWY 40? [isphotoman@yahoo.com [Albertabird]]
12 Nov: @ 01:35:49 
Re: Any news on Ptarmigan sightings on HWY 40? [geraldjr@telusplanet.net [Albertabird]]
12 Nov: @ 01:12:32 
Catbird [raywersh raywersh@telus.net [Albertabird]]
11 Nov: @ 21:48:46 
catbird ['Ray Wershler' raywersh@telus.net [Albertabird]]
11 Nov: @ 19:56:49 
FFCPPSoc. Birding, Glenfield walking west to Votier's Flats, FCPP, SW Calgary. 0900-1215, Sat, 11Nov2017 ['Gus - CCNA' gyaki@calcna.ab.ca [Albertabird]]
11 Nov: @ 12:35:12 
Any news on Ptarmigan sightings on HWY 40? [isphotoman@yahoo.com [Albertabird]]
10 Nov: @ 23:46:41 
Saskatoon Island Prov. Park: pine grosbeaks et al [David Rhody drhody@gmail.com [Albertabird]]
10 Nov: @ 22:41:56 
New arrivals at the lake [Bill Benford bill.benford@gmail.com [Albertabird]]
09 Nov: @ 20:45:22 
Re: Common Redpolls arrived at my feeders in Shawnessy [wbird7@gmail.com [Albertabird]]
09 Nov: @ 15:01:35 
Fish Creek PP--Votier's Flats, Calgary, Alberta, CA. 09-Nov-2017 ['David Mitchell' davidamitchell@shaw.ca [Albertabird]]
09 Nov: @ 12:40:22 
Fw: [BIRDCHAT] Snowy Owl Irruption Update Site For WI ['Mike Mulligan' potoo@shaw.ca [Albertabird]]
08 Nov: @ 14:42:16 
Fish Creek PP--Votier's Flats, Calgary, Alberta, CA. 08-Nov-2017 ['David Mitchell' davidamitchell@shaw.ca [Albertabird]]
07 Nov: @ 19:50:03 
Re: Lac des Arcs to Seebe Dam freeze up [Bob Parsons vintagebob2@gmail.com [Albertabird]]
07 Nov: @ 19:31:38 
More Redpolls ['Malcolm McDonald' luscinia@telus.net [Albertabird]]
07 Nov: @ 19:17:46 
Lac des Arcs to Seebe Dam freeze up [1 Attachment] [Caroline Lambert caroline144@gmail.com [Albertabird]]
07 Nov: @ 17:17:31 
VARC Fall Blog! [Derek@birdvancouver.com [Albertabird]]
07 Nov: @ 16:45:20 
Re: Common Redpolls arrived at my feeders in Shawnessy [Gerald Romanchuk geraldjr@telusplanet.net [Albertabird]]
07 Nov: @ 15:46:31 
Re: Common Redpolls arrived at my feeders in Shawnessy [PETER ROXBURGH roxburgh@shaw.ca [Albertabird]]
07 Nov: @ 15:40:18 
Common Redpolls arrived at my feeders in Shawnessy [maheigl@shaw.ca [Albertabird]]
07 Nov: @ 14:33:08 
Fish Creek PP--Votier's Flats, Calgary, Alberta, CA, 07-Nov-2017 ['David Mitchell' davidamitchell@shaw.ca [Albertabird]]





Subject:
Date: Mon Nov 20 2017 21:47 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
If you google www.birds.cornell.edu/crows/snowy.htm and go to BAD PHOTOS of Good Birds, then go down to IDENTIFICATION STUDIES, and then to Problem Geese: domestic geese and hybrids, by Kevin J. McGowan, you'll find photos of similar-looking birds.

Gus Yaki-403-243-2248

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Subject: [Albertabird] 3 pictures for you



Hybrid Geese seen at Ingelwood Sanctuary, Calgary, Sat. Nov 18/17. I
am posting with permission from the photographer, Pam H. Any comments
as to ID would be greatly appreciated. Thanks, Janet

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Subject: 3 pictures for you
Date: Mon Nov 20 2017 20:46 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hybrid Geese seen at Inglewood Sanctuary, Sat. Nov 18/17. Any thoughts?


You have been sent 3 pictures.


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Subject: 3 pictures for you
Date: Mon Nov 20 2017 20:28 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
I've spoken to spoken to 2 or 3 others with high powered cameras. Both say their shots aren't good. I will encourage them to send them to me. Mike, did you see the pictures on albertabird? I deleted my post because it appeared the pictures didn't come through. Thanks, Janet



Subject: 3 pictures for you
Date: Mon Nov 20 2017 17:33 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
Janet -- your photos don't show the entire bird, but the face resembles
Barnacle Goose which shares the genus with Canada, Cackling, Brant and a
couple others outside of continental North America. Barnacle does not appear
on the current list of Alberta birds.

You're right, it's possible/likely they are hybrids, or domestic escapes --
but the entire plumage is not visible in the photos.

Do you think that anyone else in the group took photos that might illustrate
more of the plumage?

Thanks for posting this.

Mike Mulligan
Calgary

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> Hybrid Geese seen at Ingelwood Sanctuary, Calgary, Sat. Nov 18/17. I
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Subject: Big flocks of Bohemian waxwings in Grande Prairie
Date: Mon Nov 20 2017 17:26 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
Both yesterday and today there were large flocks of Bohemian waxwings near our home in Grande Prairie -- yesterday estimated at 300+, today 200+ (yesterday was snowy and cold, today was sunny and much colder). They perch in the tops of tall trees and then appear to take turns dipping down to feast on the abundant mountain ash berries. This turn-taking at the berries seems to be intrinsic to their behaviour, Does anybody know why they do this in such orderly fashion without any apparent conflict, given their large numbers? They remind me of Brits queuing up to board the bus or subway!! Who learned it from whom, I wonder....
In addition, we observed 2 pine grosbeaks near, but not at, our feeders yesterday. Over 30 house sparrows consistently dominate the feeders, which gives precious little time for others to indulge. Two black-capped chickadees managed to get in during a sparrow lull on the weekend though.
On Thursday last week we drove out to Saskatoon Island PP again for a short visit. We observed 8 pine grosbeaks, 8 black-capped chickadees, several ravens and magpies, as well as one lone grey jay. We failed to see any raptors or Bohemian waxwings that day, nor did we see snowy owls along the road. We did observe a small flock of 12 snow buntings in a farmer's field on the way home.
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Subject: Nature Calgary Field Trip, Inglewood Sanctuary, Sat. Nov. 18/17
Date: Mon Nov 20 2017 16:56 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
Nature Calgary Field Trip, Inglewood Sanctuary, Sat. Nov. 18/17. I promised
photos of the hybrid Geese. Unfortunately I cannot figure out how to post
the ones sent to me so have asked the photographer, Pam Hardy, to do this
for me. She will join the group then post.

Janet Gill,
Calgary



Subject: 3 pictures for you
Date: Mon Nov 20 2017 16:29 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hybrid Geese seen at Ingelwood Sanctuary, Calgary, Sat. Nov 18/17. I
am posting with permission from the photographer, Pam H. Any comments
as to ID would be greatly appreciated. Thanks, Janet

You have been sent 3 pictures.


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Subject: Re: FFCPPSoc. Birding, Weaselhead Natural Area, SW Calgary. 1:15- 4:PM Sunday, Nov 18/17
Date: Mon Nov 20 2017 12:43 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
Correction: Date error. Should read Sunday, Nov 19/17. Also, my learned friend Dave, tells me the aircraft seen were CT-155 Hawks.

Janet



Subject: FFCPPSoc. Birding, Weaselhead Natural Area, SW Calgary. 1:15- 4:PM Sunday, Nov 18/17
Date: Sun Nov 19 2017 18:56 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
FFCPPSoc. Birding, Weaselhead Natural Area, SW Calgary. 1:15- 4:PM Sunday,
Nov 18/17. Strong & gusting west wind, lightly overcast with some sun, +8
to +6 Celsius. Group of 7.

1. Northern Goshawk - 1
2. Bald Eagle - 4 sightings, likely 1ad, 2 juv.
3. Northern Flicker - 1
4. Hairy Woodpecker - 1
5. Black-billed Magpie - 5
6. Common Raven - 24
7. Black-capped Chickadee - 35
8. White-breasted Nuthatch - 2
9. Bohemian Waxwing - 160
10. Common Redpoll - 1

Coyote - 3
Red Squirrel - 1
CF-18's - 4 (n formation)

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Subject: eBird -- Calgary--Weaselhead Natural Area -- Nov 19, 2017
Date: Sun Nov 19 2017 17:01 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
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Sent: Sunday, November 19, 2017 3:55 PM
Subject: Fw: eBird -- Calgary--Weaselhead Natural Area -- Nov 19, 2017


> FFCPPSoc. Birding, Weaselhead Natural Area, SW. Calgary, 0906 - 1211, Nov
> 19, 2017.
> Traveling 5.02 km. Sunny, calm, -1 to 5C. Combiined results 2 groups
>
>> 300 Canada Goose
>> 3 Mallard
>> 2 Common Goldeneye -- Male
>> 4 Common Merganser -- Males
>> 1 Sharp-shinned Hawk
>> 2 Great Horned Owl
>> 4 Downy Woodpecker
>> 1 Hairy Woodpecker
>> 4 Northern Flicker
>> 1 Pileated Woodpecker- heard.
>> 1 Northern Shrike
>> 2 Blue Jay
>> 10 Black-billed Magpie
>> 10 Common Raven
>> 25 Black-capped Chickadee
>> 2 Boreal Chickadee
>> 2 Red-breasted Nuthatch
>> 4 White-breasted Nuthatch
>> 150 Bohemian Waxwing
>> 8 Pine Grosbeak
>> 6 House Finch
>> 20 Common Redpoll
>> 1 White-winged Crossbill
>>
>> Number of Taxa: 23
>>
> Red Squirrel-5
> White-tailed Deer-3
> Meadow Vole/Deer Mouse track-1
> Snowshoe Hare tracks-many.
>
> Leaders, Wlad Franco-Valias, Rose Painter, Gus Yaki-403-243-2248



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Subject: White-winged crossbill
Date: Sun Nov 19 2017 14:08 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
and a Pacific Wren in Bowness Park at 1pm. Not far from the big dumpster at the west end
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White-winged crossbills at Queen™s Park Cemetery Nov. 19th 10 a.m.

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Subject: White-winged crossbill
Date: Sun Nov 19 2017 11:33 am
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
White-winged crossbills at Queen™s Park Cemetery Nov. 19th 10 a.m.

Chip Scialfa
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Subject: White-tailed ptarmigan image
Date: Sun Nov 19 2017 7:36 am
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hi again,
The photo that I attached originally could not be displayed so I™m sending a copy to see if a lower-resolution image will be shown. It may be a moot point since it showed up in my email msg butfor the archive.
Chip Scialfa
Calgary[cid:52C161D0-9B93-4120-951E-F4186B156932@telus]



Subject: White-tailed ptarmigan
Date: Sun Nov 19 2017 7:28 am
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
Several people have been asking about White-tailed ptarmigan in the Highwood Pass area. I saw one yesterday (Nov. 18th) about 1 km up the ski trail to Arethusa Cirque, which is just south of the Highwood Pass parking area. If you go, use snowshoes and please don™t walk in boots in the ski tracks. It messes things up for the skiers.

Chip Scialfa
Calgary, AB

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Subject: FFCPPSoc. Birding, Weaselhead Natural Area, SW Calgary. 0900-1215, Sat, 18Nov2017.
Date: Sat Nov 18 2017 19:42 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
FFCPPSoc.
Birding, Weaselhead Natural Area, SW Calgary. 0900-1215, Sat, 18Nov2017.
Chinook arch providing cloud cover most of the morning, one brief,
beautiful sunny period, calm, -6 to 2C
Combined results of two groups.




Canada Goose-50
Common Merganser-7
Bald Eagle-3, 2 ad, 1
juv
Rough-legged Hawk-1
juv
Downy
Woodpecker-8
Hairy
Woodpecker-2
Northern
Flicker-4
Pileated
Woodpecker-1
Blue Jay-8

Black-billed
Magpie-12
Common
Raven-20
Black-capped
Chickadee-37
Boreal
Chickadee-4
Red-breasted
Nuthatch-2
White-breasted
Nuthatch-4
Bohemian
Waxwing-75
Pine
Grosbeak-8
House
Finch-2
Common
Redpoll-9

Red
Squirrel-6
Coyote-1


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Subject: Nature Calgary Field Trip Birding Inglewood Sanctuary, Calgary. 9 - 11:30, Sat. Nov. 18/17
Date: Sat Nov 18 2017 14:48 pm
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Nature Calgary Field Trip Birding Inglewood Sanctuary, Calgary. 9 - 11:30,
Sat. Nov. 18/17. A morning of sun/cloud mix, calm winds, -9 to 0 Celsius.
Group of 11 participants.

1. Hybrid Goose - 4 -?family. Body of White-fronted Goose, dark neck, white
at base of beak going onto face/head. One bird had black bill, 3 had pink
bills. Legs of 2 of the birds appeared pink, other 2 appeared to have
yellow legs. Photos to follow.

2. Canada Goose - 4200
3. Mallard - 200
4. Lesser Scaup - 1
5. Common Goldeneye - 8
6. Bufflehead - 1 male
7. Common Merganser - 6
8. Bald Eagle - 4 sightings. 1 adult & at least 2 immatures.
9. Northern Flicker - 2
10. Downy Woodpecker - 1
11. Hairy Woodpecker - 1
12. Blue Jay - 1
13. Black-billed Magpie
14. American Crow - 1
15. Common Raven - 7
16. Black-capped Chickadee - 15
17. White-breasted Nuthatch - 3
18. European Starling - 4
19. Pine Grosbeak - 5

White-tailed Deer - 6 including young buck

Leader: Janet Gill
Calgary



Subject: FFCPP Soc Calgary--Weaselhead Natural Area, Calgary, Alberta, CA 16-Nov-2017
Date: Thu Nov 16 2017 17:16 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
FFCPP Soc Calgary--Weaselhead Natural Area, Calgary, Alberta, CA 16-Nov-2017
09:15 - 11:51. Snowing, -12 to -8C



1. Canada Goose 100
2. Mallard 7
3. Common Goldeneye 1
4. Hooded Merganser 9
5. Common Merganser 9
6. Northern Goshawk 1
7. Downy Woodpecker 4
8. Hairy Woodpecker 2
9. Northern Flicker 1
10. Pileated Woodpecker 1
11. Blue Jay 5
12. Black-billed Magpie 10
13. Common Raven 5
14. Black-capped Chickadee 35
15. Red-breasted Nuthatch 2
16. White-breasted Nuthatch 5
17. Bohemian Waxwing 375
18. Pine Grosbeak 2



4 White-tailed Deer

5 Red Squirrels

1 Eastern-gray squirrel

1 Least Chipmunk



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Subject: FFCPP Soc Calgary--Weaselhead Natural Area, Calgary, Alberta, CA, 15-Nov-2017
Date: Wed Nov 15 2017 14:51 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
FFCPP Soc Calgary--Weaselhead Natural Area, Calgary, Alberta, CA,
15-Nov-2017 09:15 - 12:00. Cloudy, -8 to -4



1. Canada Goose 150
2. Mallard 6
3. Common Goldeneye 11
4. Northern Goshawk 1
5. Bald Eagle 1 Adult
6. Downy Woodpecker 6
7. Hairy Woodpecker 1
8. Pileated Woodpecker 1
9. Blue Jay 4
10. Black-billed Magpie 5
11. Common Raven 10
12. Black-capped Chickadee 35
13. Boreal Chickadee 1
14. Red-breasted Nuthatch 2
15. White-breasted Nuthatch 2
16. Bohemian Waxwing 75
17. Pine Grosbeak 1
18. Common Redpoll 20



4 Red Squirrels

1 Eastern-gray squirrel



Leaders: Peter Hoyer, David Mitchell, Rose Painter, Gus Yaki



Subject: Re: Bohemian waxwings in Grande Prairie
Date: Tue Nov 14 2017 22:13 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
David, did you notice if there were any Cedar Waxwings mixed with the Bohemians? My sister-in-law, from Hythe, sent pictures to my dad a couple days ago of a large flock of Cedar Waxwings in her backyard. We thought that was unusual given the time of year.



Subject: Bohemian waxwings in Grande Prairie
Date: Tue Nov 14 2017 15:24 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
A flock of about 100 Bohemian Waxwings appeared out my kitchen window yesterday afternoon in Grande Prairie. As the Birds of Alberta book suggests, they "swerved like a giant amoeba" a few times before landing in the top of a very tall tree where they stayed for nearly an hour, with a few dropping down out of sight periodically to feast on mountain ash berries and then return to the high perch to let others take their place. This occurred during steady snowfall which has continued today -- but without any sign of the waxwings.
Meanwhile the house sparrows coming to my feeders doubled in numbers yesterday with the snowier weather. The 30 or so that have been here for a couple of weeks obviously let the good news out to their compatriots who are joining in the bounty. Alas for attracting chickadees, finches and grosbeaks with all the sparrows around!
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Subject:
Date: Tue Nov 14 2017 15:04 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
Well We bought a new feeder.  Much better than our 10-15+ year old one and bought new nyjer  seed for it and put it up on Sat. Came home today and there they were. Yeah!   Pampered birds for sure.  :).
Barb Coote Varsity Village Calgary

BTW. We bought the nyjer seed and a great feeder at FairPlay just west of Crowchild by the river.

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> Use
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Subject: FFCPP Soc Calgary--Weaselhead Natural Area, Calgary, Alberta, CA.14-Nov-2017
Date: Tue Nov 14 2017 14:16 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
FFCPP Soc Calgary--Weaselhead Natural Area, Calgary, Alberta, CA.14-Nov-2017
09:15 - 12:06. Cloudy -10 to -7C



1. Canada Goose 7
2. Mallard 8
3. Common Goldeneye 5
4. Downy Woodpecker 4
5. Hairy Woodpecker 2
6. Northern Flicker 2
7. Pileated Woodpecker 1
8. Blue Jay 4
9. Black-billed Magpie 10
10. Common Raven 6
11. Black-capped Chickadee 37
12. Boreal Chickadee 1
13. Red-breasted Nuthatch 3
14. White-breasted Nuthatch 4
15. Bohemian Waxwing 513
16. Dark-eyed Junco 1
17. Pine Grosbeak 2
18. House Finch 2
19. Common Redpoll 25
20. House Sparrow 12





3 White-tailed Deer

7 Red squirrels



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Subject: Swans along the Bow River near Exshaw.
Date: Tue Nov 14 2017 6:00 am
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
Caroline:  It certainly seems to be the same family.  Having the sun on them
makes a big difference! We saw them from Hwy 1A, much further away and with
the light behind them.



Malcolm McDonald

Calgary



From: Albertabird@yahoogroups.com [mailto:Albertabird@yahoogroups.com]
Sent: Monday, November 13, 2017 8:47 PM
To: Albertabird@yahoogroups.com
Subject: Re: [Albertabird] Swans along the Bow River near Exshaw.





I wonder if this is the same family of swans? I took a walk along the river
in Bow Valley Provincial Park yesterday (Sunday) and counted about 40 swans
spread along the river, now that the ice has broken up with the warmer
weather. This little group really stood out.

Caroline Lambert
Canmore

On 11/13/17 8:24 PM, 'Malcolm McDonald' luscinia@telus.net
[Albertabird] wrote:



This message was posted on Sunday evening but for some reason did not go out
so here is attempt number 2.



Among the 19 swans that we counted along the Bow River east of Exshaw on
Sunday morning was a family group of TRUMPETER SWANS with 6 very dark young.
We're not sure that we've ever seen such a successful family before. There
was also a male Canvasback as well as a few Mallards, Common Goldeneyes and
Canada Geese.



Along Vermilion Lakes Drive in Banff NP there was one TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE
on a dead snag and one RU STY BLACKBIRD poking around in the muddy edge of
Third Lake.



On the way home we checked around the Stoney Nakoda Casino to see if the
Rosy-Finches were still around but there seems to have been a changing of
the guard as the flock of about 50 birds in the carpark were our first of
the season SNOW BUNTINGS.



Malcolm & Joan McDonald

Calgary



Subject: Swans along the Bow River near Exshaw.
Date: Mon Nov 13 2017 21:46 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
I wonder if this is the same family of swans? I took a walk along the
river in Bow Valley Provincial Park yesterday (Sunday) and counted about
40 swans spread along the river, now that the ice has broken up with the
warmer weather. This little group really stood out.

Caroline Lambert
Canmore

On 11/13/17 8:24 PM, 'Malcolm McDonald' luscinia@telus.net [Albertabird]
wrote:
>
> This message was posted on Sunday evening but for some reason did not
> go out so here is attempt number 2.
>
> Among the 19 swans that we counted along the Bow River east of Exshaw
> on Sunday morning was a family group of TRUMPETER SWANS with 6 very
> dark young.? We?re not sure that we?ve ever seen such a successful
> family before.? There was also a male Canvasback as well as a few
> Mallards, Common Goldeneyes and Canada Geese.
>
> Along Vermilion Lakes Drive in Banff NP there was one TOWNSEND?S
> SOLITAIRE on a dead snag and one RU STY BLACKBIRD poking around in the
> muddy edge of Third Lake.
>
> On the way home we checked around the Stoney Nakoda Casino to see if
> the Rosy-Finches were still around but there seems to have been a
> changing of the guard as the flock of about 50 birds in the carpark
> were our first of the season SNOW BUNTINGS.
>
> Malcolm & Joan McDonald
>
> Calgary
>
>



Subject: Swans along the Bow River near Exshaw.
Date: Mon Nov 13 2017 21:24 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
This message was posted on Sunday evening but for some reason did not go out
so here is attempt number 2.



Among the 19 swans that we counted along the Bow River east of Exshaw on
Sunday morning was a family group of TRUMPETER SWANS with 6 very dark young.
We're not sure that we've ever seen such a successful family before. There
was also a male Canvasback as well as a few Mallards, Common Goldeneyes and
Canada Geese.



Along Vermilion Lakes Drive in Banff NP there was one TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE
on a dead snag and one RUSTY BLACKBIRD poking around in the muddy edge of
Third Lake.



On the way home we checked around the Stoney Nakoda Casino to see if the
Rosy-Finches were still around but there seems to have been a changing of
the guard as the flock of about 50 birds in the carpark were our first of
the season SNOW BUNTINGS.



Malcolm & Joan McDonald

Calgary



Subject: FFCPPSoc. Dinosauring, Weaselhead Natural Area, SW Calgary, 0915-1150, Mon, 13Nov2017
Date: Mon Nov 13 2017 16:53 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
FFCPPSoc. Dinosauring, Weaselhead Natural Area, SW
Calgary, 0915-1150, Mon, 13Nov2017. Sunny, calm, -5 to 5C. Combined
results of three groups. Work crew is distributing gravel washed off trail in
2005 flood.

Canada Goose-60
Mallard-3
Common Goldeneye-3
Northern Goshawk-1 juv.
Downy Woodpecker-5
Hairy Woodpecker-3
Northern Flicker-2
Northern Shrike-1
Blue Jay-6
Black-billed Magpie-8
Common Raven-5
Black-capped Chickadee-30
Boreal Chickadee-1
Red-breasted Nuthatch-3
Bohemian Waxwing-0, heard
White-breasted Nuthatch-6
Pine Grosbeak-8
House Finch-5
Common Redpoll-3
Eastern Gray Squirrel-2
Red Squirrel -4
American Beaver-1
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Subject: FFCPPSoc. Birding, Glennfield walking west to Votier's Flats, FCPP, SW Calgary. 1:15-4:PM, Sunday, Nov 12/17
Date: Sun Nov 12 2017 20:08 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
FFCPPSoc. Birding, Glennfield walking west to Votier's Flats, FCPP, SW
Calgary. 1:15-4:PM, Sunday, Nov 12/17. Sunny, calm, +6 to +4 Celsius. Group
of 6 participants.

1. Mallard - 4
2. Common Goldeneye - 35+ seen flying
3. Bald Eagle - 1
4. Rock (Feral) Pigeon - 2
5. Great Horned Owl - 1
6. Belted Kingfisher - reported x2 by others
7. Northern Flicker - 6
8. Downy Woodpecker - 4
9. Blue Jay - 1 heard
10. Black-billed Magpie - 9
11. Common Raven - 6
12. Black-capped Chickadee - 13
13. Boreal Chickadee - 1 heard
14. American Robin - 6
15. Pine Grosbeak - 1

American Mink - 1
Red Squirrel - 2
Eastern Gray Squirrel - 1 Black Morph
White-tailed Deer - 2 (1 buck, 1 doe)

Leaders: Bernie Diebolt, Janet Gill
Calgary



Subject: FFCPPSoc. Birding, Glennfield walking west to Votier's Flats, FCPP, SW Calgary. 0900-1230, Sun, 12Nov2017
Date: Sun Nov 12 2017 15:45 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
FFCPPSoc. Birding, Glennfield walking west to Votier's Flats, FCPP, SW
Calgary. 0900-1230, Sun, 12Nov2017. Sunn, calm, -2 to 5C. 31
participants. Combined results of two groups.



Canada Goose 300+
Mallard - 6
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 1
Ring-billed Gull - 1
Rock Pigeon - 1
Great Horned Owl - 1
Belted Kingfisher 1m
Downy Woodpecker - 7
Hairy Woodpecker - 2
Northern Flicker - 8
Pileated Woodpecker - 1
Merlin 1+
Northern Shrike - 1
Blue Jay - 4
Black-billed Magpie - 15
Common Raven - 8
Black-capped Chickadee 20+
Red-breasted Nuthatch - 8
White-breasted Nuthatch - 4
Golden-crowned Kinglet - 1
Townsend's Solitaire - 1
American Robin - 12
Bohemian Waxwing 750+
Pine Grosbeak - 5
House Finch - 3
Common Redpoll - 2
Red Crossbill - 2
White-winged Crossbill 8White-tailed Deer 1
Mule Deer 1
Red Squirrel 4
Least Weasel 1
American Mink 1

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Subject: FFCPPSoc. Birding, Glennfield walking west to Votier's Flats, FCPP, SW Calgary. 0900-1230, Sun, 12Nov2017
Date: Sun Nov 12 2017 15:33 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
FFCPPSoc. Birding, Glenfield walking west to Votier's Flats, FCPP, SW Calgary. 0900-1230, Sun, 12Nov2017. Sunny and calm, -2 to 5C. 31 participants. Combined results of two groups.



Canada Goose 300+
Mallard - 6
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 1
Ring-billed Gull - 1
Rock Pigeon - 1
Great Horned Owl - 1
Belted Kingfisher 1m
Downy Woodpecker - 7
Hairy Woodpecker - 2
Northern Flicker - 8
Pileated Woodpecker - 1
Merlin 1+
Northern Shrike - 1
Blue Jay - 4
Black-billed Magpie - 15
Common Raven - 8
Black-capped Chickadee 20+
Red-breasted Nuthatch - 8
White-breasted Nuthatch - 4
Golden-crowned Kinglet - 1
Townsend's Solitaire - 1
American Robin - 12
Bohemian Waxwing 750+
Pine Grosbeak - 5
House Finch - 3
Common Redpoll - 2
Red Crossbill - 2
White-winged Crossbill 8White-tailed Deer 1
Mule Deer 1
Red Squirrel 4
Least Weasel 1
American Mink 1

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Subject: Glaucous-winged Gull(JUVENILE-1st winter)
Date: Sun Nov 12 2017 13:11 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
1 seen this morning with Brad Edwardh at the Inglewood b.s. Primarily in
juvenile plumage but transitioning to 1st winter.



Robert Storms



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Subject: Any news on Ptarmigan sightings on HWY 40?
Date: Sun Nov 12 2017 10:30 am
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
I did! Mums the word.
Claude



Subject: Any news on Ptarmigan sightings on HWY 40?
Date: Sun Nov 12 2017 1:35 am
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hi Claude,

You may have missed the conversation we had last week:
https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/g...

Gerald Romanchuk
Edmonton



> On Nov 11, 2017, at 11:35 AM, isphotoman@yahoo.com [Albertabird] wrote:
>
>
> Hi, I'm just checking to see if anyone has heard of any current Ptarmigan sightings near the Highwood pass on Highway 40? I'd like to see one this year.
>
>
> Thanks!
> Claude Benoit
> Calgary
>
>
>
>



Subject: Catbird
Date: Sun Nov 12 2017 1:12 am
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
After lunch in Canmore, my wife and I made a short stop in Exshaw.Very surprised to see a Gray Catbird at the north side of the hamlet. There are feeders with lots of the regularly occurring species. A large tree has just been cut down there.
Ray WershlerCalgary

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Subject: catbird
Date: Sat Nov 11 2017 21:48 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
I've been having trouble sending this e-mail, so if you receive it more than
once, please excuse me.



After lunch in Canmore today, my wife and I made a short stop in Exshaw
(2:30). I was very surprised to find a very vocal Gray Catbird at the north
side of the hamlet. It was where the mountain comes close to the road by
some feeders. A large tree has just been removed right at this spot (stump
and saw dust).



Cheers,

Ray Wershler

Calgary



Subject: FFCPPSoc. Birding, Glenfield walking west to Votier's Flats, FCPP, SW Calgary. 0900-1215, Sat, 11Nov2017
Date: Sat Nov 11 2017 19:56 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
FFCPPSoc. Birding, Glenfield walking west to Votier's Flats, FCPP, SW
Calgary. 0900-1215, Sat, 11Nov2017. Sunny and calm, a beautiful morning,
-5 to 5C. combined results of two groups.



Canada Goose-50
Mallard-7
Ring-necked Pheasant-1
Sharp-shinned Hawk-1
Rock Pigeon-3
Northern Pygmy-Owl-1
Belted Kingfisher-2
Downy Woodpecker-4
Hairy Woodpecker-2
Northern Flicker-4
Blue Jay-2
Black-billed Magpie-7
Common Raven-6
Black-capped Chickadee-50
Mountain Chickadee-2
BorealChickadee-1
Red-breasted Nuthatch-5
White-breasted Nuthatch-2
Townsend™s Solitaire-1
American Robin-10
Bohemian Waxwing-9
America Tree Sparrow-1
Rusty Blackbird-1
Pine Grosbeak-8
White-winged Crossbill-6White-tailed Deer-4
Mule Deer-5
EasternGrey Squirrel-1
Red Squirrel-2


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Subject: Any news on Ptarmigan sightings on HWY 40?
Date: Sat Nov 11 2017 12:35 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hi, I'm just checking to see if anyone has heard of any current Ptarmigan sightings near the Highwood pass on Highway 40? I'd like to see one this year.


Thanks!
Claude Benoit
Calgary



Subject: Saskatoon Island Prov. Park: pine grosbeaks et al
Date: Fri Nov 10 2017 23:46 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
On this bright sunny day in the Grande Prairie area my wife and I made the 20-km trip west of Grande Prairie to Saskatoon Island PP. All water is solidly frozen over, so no waterbirds of any kind were in evidence. We saw the following :

Black-billed magpie: 5Northern raven: 4Rough-legged hawk: 1Sharp-shinned hawk: 1Black-capped chickadee: 6Bohemian waxwing: 20+Pine grosbeak: 3
We had hoped to see a snowy owl on our drive to the park but no luck today.
Tomorrow Project Feederwatch starts. My feeders are up and running in Grande Prairie but I'm only attracting about 30 house sparrows so far. At this rate it won't be a very interesting feeder experience this winter!
Good birding!
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Subject: New arrivals at the lake
Date: Fri Nov 10 2017 22:41 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hello fellow birders.

Today we had approximately 36 Bohemian Waxwings in our Maple. They were
feeding on the Cottoneaster Berries in the hedges.

We also had one single Male Pine Grosbeak at our feeders.

We are still seeing the dozen or more Black capped Chickadees, the White
breasted Nuthatch and the pair of Downy Woodpeckers.

We still have half a dozen Blue Jays at the feeders and one Red-Squirrel
too.

The odd Canada Goose can still be heard, but the flocks have left as all
of the area lakes are frozen.


That's all for now. More news as they arrive.

Bill Benford

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Subject: Common Redpolls arrived at my feeders in Shawnessy
Date: Thu Nov 9 2017 20:45 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
Peter, email me at wbird7@ gmail.com and I'll tell you where you can buy bird seed in Calgary.
Bob Lefebvre
Calgary



Subject: Fish Creek PP--Votier's Flats, Calgary, Alberta, CA. 09-Nov-2017
Date: Thu Nov 9 2017 15:01 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
Fish Creek PP--Votier's Flats, Calgary, Alberta, CA. 09-Nov-2017 09:12 -
12:07. -14 to -7C, cloudy



1. Canada Goose 100
2. Mallard 15
3. Ring-necked Pheasant 1
4. Sharp-shinned Hawk 1
5. Bald Eagle 3
6. Killdeer 1
7. Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 8
8. Northern Pygmy-Owl 1
9. Belted Kingfisher 1
10. Downy Woodpecker 1
11. Hairy Woodpecker 2
12. Northern Flicker 2
13. Northern Shrike 1
14. Blue Jay 2
15. Black-billed Magpie 20
16. Common Raven 18
17. Black-capped Chickadee 25
18. Mountain Chickadee 2
19. Boreal Chickadee 1
20. Red-breasted Nuthatch 5
21. White-breasted Nuthatch 5
22. American Robin 8
23. Bohemian Waxwing 350
24. American Tree Sparrow 1
25. Dark-eyed Junco 1
26. Pine Grosbeak 100
27. House Finch 7



1 Deer mouse

7 Mule deer

6 White-tailed deer

2 Red squirrels



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Subject: Snowy Owl Irruption Update Site For WI
Date: Thu Nov 9 2017 12:40 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
Lifted from BirdChat

Mike Mulligan
Calgary

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From: "Daniel Edelstein"
Sent: Thursday, November 09, 2017 10:41 AM
To:
Subject: [BIRDCHAT] Snowy Owl Irruption Update Site For WI....& Link To
"Aging & Sexing" Photos

> Good day:
>
> The WI Dept. of Natural Resource™s Ryan Brady has created and written an
> excellent web site
> that highlights the current irruption status of Snowy Owl in WI:
>
> http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/Wildli...
>
>
> Several excellent links are included at the bottom of the page at the
> above link.
>
> Lastly:
>
> Related, one of the links allows access to a photo expose and
> complementary narrative by Kevin McGowan.
> He employs resources from the Cornell University Museum of Vertebrates
> Ornithology Collection
> to feature excellent photos that help age and sex Snowy Owl individuals.
>
> Feel free to see:
>
> http://www.birds.cornell.edu/c...
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>
> Regards, Daniel
> 12 Kingfisher Ct.
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Subject: Fish Creek PP--Votier's Flats, Calgary, Alberta, CA. 08-Nov-2017
Date: Wed Nov 8 2017 14:42 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
Fish Creek PP--Votier's Flats, Calgary, Alberta, CA. 08-Nov-2017 9:15 -
12:00. Sunny, -10 to -7C





1. Canada Goose 2
2. Mallard 7
3. Ring-necked Pheasant 2
4. Accipiter sp. 1
5. Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 5
6. Northern Pygmy-Owl 1
7. Belted Kingfisher 2
8. Downy Woodpecker 6
9. Hairy Woodpecker 2
10. Northern Flicker 8
11. Blue Jay 1
12. Black-billed Magpie 12
13. Common Raven 4
14. Black-capped Chickadee 40
15. Mountain Chickadee 1
16. Boreal Chickadee 3
17. Red-breasted Nuthatch 6
18. White-breasted Nuthatch 6
19. Townsend's Solitaire 1
20. American Robin 30
21. Pine Grosbeak 100
22. House Finch 9
23. Common Redpoll 20
24. White-winged Crossbill 1



2 White-tailed Deer

3 Mule Deer

2 Red Squirrel



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Subject: Lac des Arcs to Seebe Dam freeze up
Date: Tue Nov 7 2017 19:50 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
Should be interesting to see if enough water for the swans to take off..LOL.
Bob P Edmonton
On Tue, Nov 7, 2017 at 6:17 PM, Caroline Lambert caroline144@gmail.com [Albertabird] <Albertabird@yahoogroups.com> wrote:

























It's been interesting watching the nearby bodies of water freeze up over

the last week. It's hard to believe that just 9 days ago, Lac des Arcs

was nearly all ice-free, with over 150 swans, and hundreds of geese,

ducks, coots, and grebes. Two days after that, just before the cold and

snow came, there was ice covering most of the lake. Only 60 swans were

left, plus a couple of hundred ducks, mostly Mallards and American

Wigeons. All the diving birds had gone. The next time I went by, three

days ago, it was completely frozen, no birds in sight.


The water around Seebe Dam froze quickly too. A week ago it was

ice-free, but four days later was frozen around the dam and up the

rivers (Kananaskis and Bow), as far as could be seen. There haven't been

many birds hanging out there this season - just the occasional loon and

grebe and a few geese and swans. There is an ice-free spot of water to

the right of the dam, and that has been occupied for the last few days

with a few of those brown ducks (Redheads and scaup, as far as I could

tell).


The swans haven't gone, though. Driving along Highway 1A south of Exshaw

you can get glimpses of the Bow River. Four days ago there were still

large stretches of open water, and you could see Canada Geese, swans,

and a few ducks in some areas. Every day the amount of open water is

becoming smaller, but it seems it is still not time for those geese and

swans to leave! Today, they seemed very crowded ... in this area, in the

attached photo, there were just a few spots of open water, with about 50

swans, 50 geese, and a few Mallards, wigeons, and goldeneyes. North of

Exshaw there is much more ice-free river, but the birds really seem to

like this spot. It'll be interesting to see how long they stay there ...

it's getting a bit warmer over the next few days, but still below freezing.


Caroline Lambert

Canmore






























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Subject: More Redpolls
Date: Tue Nov 7 2017 19:31 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
Since we had the 2 Redpolls on Nov 4th we've seen the odd one for brief
visits. However, this afternoon we had a HOARY REDPOLL visit our yard. It
looked as if it would visit our feeders but all the activity from sparrows
and House Finches discouraged it and after sitting watching from a fence for
a few minutes it flew off. The very white breast and rump really stood out.



Also seen today was a single PINE SISKIN which had extremely bright yellow
patches on the wings and tail. It did feed voraciously for about 10
minutes.



Malcolm & Joan McDonald

Calgary



Subject:
Date: Tue Nov 7 2017 19:17 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
It's been interesting watching the nearby bodies of water freeze up over
the last week. It's hard to believe that just 9 days ago, Lac des Arcs
was nearly all ice-free, with over 150 swans, and hundreds of geese,
ducks, coots, and grebes. Two days after that, just before the cold and
snow came, there was ice covering most of the lake. Only 60 swans were
left, plus a couple of hundred ducks, mostly Mallards and American
Wigeons. All the diving birds had gone. The next time I went by, three
days ago, it was completely frozen, no birds in sight.

The water around Seebe Dam froze quickly too. A week ago it was
ice-free, but four days later was frozen around the dam and up the
rivers (Kananaskis and Bow), as far as could be seen. There haven't been
many birds hanging out there this season - just the occasional loon and
grebe and a few geese and swans. There is an ice-free spot of water to
the right of the dam, and that has been occupied for the last few days
with a few of those brown ducks (Redheads and scaup, as far as I could
tell).

The swans haven't gone, though. Driving along Highway 1A south of Exshaw
you can get glimpses of the Bow River. Four days ago there were still
large stretches of open water, and you could see Canada Geese, swans,
and a few ducks in some areas. Every day the amount of open water is
becoming smaller, but it seems it is still not time for those geese and
swans to leave! Today, they seemed very crowded ... in this area, in the
attached photo, there were just a few spots of open water, with about 50
swans, 50 geese, and a few Mallards, wigeons, and goldeneyes. North of
Exshaw there is much more ice-free river, but the birds really seem to
like this spot. It'll be interesting to see how long they stay there ...
it's getting a bit warmer over the next few days, but still below freezing.

Caroline Lambert
Canmore

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Subject: VARC Fall Blog!
Date: Tue Nov 7 2017 17:17 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hi Birders and Banders,


I™ve just uploaded the VARC fall blog with all the activity from a busy period of monitoring and banding at Colony Farm.
We had an influx of sparrows (including Red Fox and White-throated Sparrows) with large numbers moving through the park, so this blog is definitely the sparrow blog with a photo essay on tricky sparrow identification in the late summer, separating juvenile Swamp and Song and Swamp and Lincoln™s Sparrows and information on tricky molt and aging of Zonotrichia sparrows.

http://www.birdvancouver.com/b... http://www.birdvancouver.com/b...


Happy fall and winter birding and banding!


Derek Matthews
Vancouver Avian Research Centre
Vancouver, BC, Canada



Subject: Common Redpolls arrived at my feeders in Shawnessy
Date: Tue Nov 7 2017 16:45 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hi Folks,
Just have to do a bit of nagging ˜ and remind everyone that our guidelines ask people to sign off with our names AND locations.
Believe it or not there are people in this group who aren™t from Calgary ˜ and it helps put things in perspective if we know where the post is coming from.
Thanks and Good Birding!
Gerald RomanchukEdmonton
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Could somebody please help with where to buy wild bird seed as the store that I went to is now closed,! Peter Roxburgh.

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Nov. 7 2017About 10 common Redpolls arrived at my Niger seed feeders today.Also at my feeders were:Black-capped chickadees -4Pine Siskins -8House finches - 12Red-breastfed Nuthatches - 4Downy woodpecker - 1 FEnglish House Sparrows - 6
Thanks,Mike Heigl



































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Subject: Common Redpolls arrived at my feeders in Shawnessy
Date: Tue Nov 7 2017 15:46 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
Could somebody please help with where to buy wild bird seed as the store that I went to is now closed,!  Peter Roxburgh.

Sent from my iPad

> On Nov 7, 2017, at 2:40 PM, maheigl@shaw.ca [Albertabird] wrote:
>
> Nov. 7 2017
>
> About 10 common Redpolls arrived at my Niger seed feeders today.
>
> Also at my feeders were:
>
> Black-capped chickadees -4
>
> Pine Siskins -8
>
> House finches - 12
>
> Red-breastfed Nuthatches - 4
>
> Downy woodpecker - 1 F
>
> English House Sparrows - 6
>
>
>
> Thanks,
>
> Mike Heigl
>
>



Subject: Common Redpolls arrived at my feeders in Shawnessy
Date: Tue Nov 7 2017 15:40 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
Nov. 7 2017
About 10 common Redpolls arrived at my Niger seed feeders today.
Also at my feeders were:
Black-capped chickadees -4
Pine Siskins -8
House finches - 12
Red-breastfed Nuthatches - 4
Downy woodpecker - 1 F
English House Sparrows - 6


Thanks,
Mike Heigl



Subject: Fish Creek PP--Votier's Flats, Calgary, Alberta, CA, 07-Nov-2017
Date: Tue Nov 7 2017 14:33 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
Fish Creek PP--Votier's Flats, Calgary, Alberta, CA, 07-Nov-2017 9:15 -
12:10. Sunny -14 to -4C



1. Canada Goose 66
2. Mallard 8
3. Accipiter sp. 1
4. Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 20
5. Northern Pygmy-Owl 1
6. Downy Woodpecker 7
7. Northern Flicker 12
8. Pileated Woodpecker 2
9. Merlin 1
10. Northern Shrike 1
11. Blue Jay 9
12. Black-billed Magpie 20
13. American Crow 3
14. Common Raven 10
15. Black-capped Chickadee 60
16. Mountain Chickadee 2
17. Boreal Chickadee 1
18. Red-breasted Nuthatch 7
19. White-breasted Nuthatch 4
20. Townsend's Solitaire 2
21. American Robin 5
22. Bohemian Waxwing 25
23. Dark-eyed Junco 1
24. Pine Grosbeak 47
25. Common Redpoll 21





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