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20 Nov: @ 16:05:25 
FFCPP Soc Fish Creek PP--Shannon Terrace, Calgary, Alberta, CA; Tuesday 20-Nov-2018 [[email protected] [Albertabird]]
19 Nov: @ 21:24:55 
FFCPP Soc Fish Creek PP Shannon Terrace, Calgary, Alberta, CA; Monday 19-Nov-2018 [[email protected] [Albertabird]]
18 Nov: @ 21:40:28 
FFCPP Soc Weaselhead Flats Sunday 2018-11-18 [[email protected] [Albertabird]]
18 Nov: @ 18:21:37 
Grande Prairie - Muskoseepi Park, Nov 17 +18, 2018 [David Rhody [email protected] [Albertabird]]
18 Nov: @ 14:50:02 
Re: Digest Number 6504 [Gavin McKinnon [email protected] [Albertabird]]
18 Nov: @ 13:27:17 
Re: Digest Number 6504 [Gavin McKinnon [email protected] [Albertabird]]
18 Nov: @ 13:25:52 
Re: Priddis Christmas Bird Count (CBC) [1 Attachment] [Caroline Lambert [email protected] [Albertabird]]
18 Nov: @ 12:38:49 
RE: Digest Number 6504 ['Doug Collister' [email protected] [Albertabird]]
17 Nov: @ 18:56:43 
FFCPP Soc Calgary - Weaselhead Natural Area - Saturday, November 17, 2018 [[email protected] [Albertabird]]
17 Nov: @ 18:29:50 
Priddis Christmas Bird Count (CBC) [2 Attachments] [Gavin McKinnon [email protected] [Albertabird]]
15 Nov: @ 15:34:54 
FFCPP Soc Calgary--Weaselhead Natural Area, Calgary, Alberta, CA; Thursday 15-Nov-2018 [[email protected] [Albertabird]]
14 Nov: @ 22:08:17 
Snowy Owl ['Malcolm McDonald' [email protected] [Albertabird]]
14 Nov: @ 17:18:15 
FFCPP Soc Calgary--Weaselhead Natural Area, Calgary, Alberta, CA; Wednesday 14-Nov-2018 [[email protected] [Albertabird]]
14 Nov: @ 16:28:47 
Grande Prairie County - Bear Lake, Nov 13, 2018 [David Rhody [email protected] [Albertabird]]
13 Nov: @ 14:27:21 
FFCPP Soc Calgary--Weaselhead Natural Area, Calgary, Alberta, CA; Tuesday 13-Nov-2018 [[email protected] [Albertabird]]
12 Nov: @ 21:35:07 
Odd duck at Carburn Park, September 2, 2018. [Dan A [email protected] [Albertabird]]
12 Nov: @ 19:55:14 
FFCPP Soc Fish Creek PP, Weaselhead Flats Calgary, Alberta, CA; Monday 12-Nov-2018 [[email protected] [Albertabird]]
12 Nov: @ 19:05:47 
Grande Prairie - Crystal Lake, Nov 12, 2018 [David Rhody [email protected] [Albertabird]]
11 Nov: @ 20:34:09 
FFCPP Soc Fish Creek PP--Votier's Flats, Calgary, Alberta, CA; Sunday 11-Nov-2018 [[email protected] [Albertabird]]
10 Nov: @ 21:24:16 
FFCPP Soc Fish Creek PP--Votier's Flats, Calgary, Alberta, CA; Saturday 10-Nov-2018 [[email protected] [Albertabird]]
09 Nov: @ 17:35:02 
FW: eBird Canada Report - Lethbridge--Indian Battle Park , Nov 9, 2018 [[email protected] [Albertabird]]
08 Nov: @ 16:25:43 
FFCPP Soc Fish Creek PP--Votier's Flats, Calgary, Alberta, CA; Thursday 08-Nov-2018 [[email protected] [Albertabird]]
07 Nov: @ 15:44:34 
FFCPP Soc Fish Creek PP--Votier's Flats, Calgary, Alberta, CA; Wednesday, 07-Nov-2018 [[email protected] [Albertabird]]
06 Nov: @ 15:00:19 
Late waterfowl migration in K-country [Caroline Lambert [email protected] [Albertabird]]
06 Nov: @ 14:32:33 
FFCPP Soc Fish Creek PP--Votier's Flats, Calgary, Alberta, CA; Tuesday 06-Nov-2018 [[email protected] [Albertabird]]
05 Nov: @ 20:33:29 
FFCPP Soc Fall Birding - Votier's Flats Fish Creek Provincial Park Monday 2018-11-05 [[email protected] [Albertabird]]
04 Nov: @ 19:14:05 
FFCPP Soc Fall Birding - Carburn Park Sunday 2018-11-04 [[email protected] [Albertabird]]
03 Nov: @ 19:15:07 
FFCPP Soc Calgary--Carburn Park, Calgary, Alberta, CA; Saturday, 3-Nov-2018 [[email protected] [Albertabird]]
03 Nov: @ 15:16:55 
Adult Mew Gull ['Robert Storms' [email protected] [Albertabird]]
01 Nov: @ 21:25:04 
FCCPP Soc Calgary--Carburn Park, Calgary, Alberta, CA; Thursday 01-Nov-2018 [[email protected] [Albertabird]]
31 Oct: @ 14:42:50 
FFCPP Soc Calgary--Carburn Park, Calgary, Alberta, CA; Wednesday, 31-Oct-2018 [[email protected] [Albertabird]]
31 Oct: @ 13:56:29 
Grande Prairie - Saskatoon Island Provincial Park, Oct 30, 2018 [David Rhody [email protected] [Albertabird]]
31 Oct: @ 06:40:55 
Birds & Beers in Calgary, November 1. [Bob Lefebvre [email protected] [Albertabird]]
30 Oct: @ 21:36:01 
Re: Possible Red-throated Loon at Barrier Lake [[email protected] [Albertabird]]
30 Oct: @ 15:38:38 
Re: Possible Red-throated Loon at Barrier Lake ['Mike Mulligan' [email protected] [Albertabird]]
30 Oct: @ 14:36:42 
FFCPP Soc Calgary--Carburn Park, Calgary, Alberta, CA; Tuesday, 30-Oct-2018 [[email protected] [Albertabird]]
29 Oct: @ 23:16:57 
Re: Possible Red-throated Loon at Barrier Lake [1 Attachment] [Caroline Lambert [email protected] [Albertabird]]
29 Oct: @ 20:09:30 
FFCPP Soc Carburn Park, Calgary, Alberta, CA. Monday, 29-Oct-2018 and 68 St Wetland (Sunday pm) [[email protected] [Albertabird]]
29 Oct: @ 15:01:38 
Possible Red-throated Loon at Barrier Lake [1 Attachment] [Caroline [email protected] [Albertabird]]
28 Oct: @ 19:51:55 
FFCPP Soc Calgary--Rotary/Mattamy Greenway (68 Street SE Wetlands), Calgary, Alberta, CA [[email protected] [Albertabird]]
28 Oct: @ 12:07:00 
Quest for a Pacific Loon [[email protected] [Albertabird]]
27 Oct: @ 16:15:21 
Nature Calgary Birding North Glenmore Park, 0900-1130 AM, Sat. Oct 27/18 [Janet Gill [email protected] [Albertabird]]
27 Oct: @ 16:12:37 
FFCPP Soc Calgary--Rotary/Mattamy Greenway (68 Street SE Wetlands), Calgary, Alberta, CA; Saturday, 27-Oct-2018 [[email protected] [Albertabird]]
26 Oct: @ 17:54:44 
Re: Swans in Marsland Basin ['Dave Russum' [email protected] [Albertabird]]
26 Oct: @ 10:41:39 
Re: Calgary Christmas bird feeder count [[email protected] [Albertabird]]
26 Oct: @ 08:45:43 
Re: Calgary Christmas bird feeder count [[email protected] [Albertabird]]
25 Oct: @ 21:05:37 
Grande Prairie birding - Oct 23-25, 2018 [David Rhody [email protected] [Albertabird]]
25 Oct: @ 16:18:46 
Scoters in the mountains [Caroline Lambert [email protected] [Albertabird]]
25 Oct: @ 14:54:36 
FFCPP Soc Calgary--Rotary/Mattamy Greenway (68 Street SE Wetlands), Calgary, Alberta, CA; Thursday 25-Oct-2018 [[email protected] [Albertabird]]
24 Oct: @ 15:06:13 
FFCPP Soc Calgary--Rotary/Mattamy Greenway (68 Street SE Wetlands), Calgary, Alberta, CA; Wednesday, 24-Oct-2018 [[email protected] [Albertabird]]





Subject: FFCPP Soc Fish Creek PP--Shannon Terrace, Calgary, Alberta, CA; Tuesday 20-Nov-2018
Date: Tue Nov 20 2018 16:05 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
Note: Ice grippers are recommended!



FFCPP Soc Fish Creek PP--Shannon Terrace, Calgary, Alberta, CA; Tuesday
20-Nov-2018 09:15 - 11:53. Light cloud, 4C to 9C



1. Canada Goose 250
2. Downy Woodpecker 5
3. Hairy Woodpecker 2
4. Northern Flicker 7
5. Blue Jay 12
6. Black-billed Magpie 12
7. Common Raven 6
8. Black-capped Chickadee 30
9. Mountain Chickadee 2
10. Boreal Chickadee 5
11. Red-breasted Nuthatch 15
12. White-breasted Nuthatch 10
13. Brown Creeper 3
14. Bohemian Waxwing 93
15. White-winged Crossbill 20
16. Dark-eyed Junco 2



1 White tailed deer

2 Mule deer

1 Richardson Ground squirrel

20 Red Squirrels



Leaders: Donna Franke, David Mitchell, Ron Ostrander, Diane Stinson, Gus
Yaki



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



Subject: FFCPP Soc Fish Creek PP Shannon Terrace, Calgary, Alberta, CA; Monday 19-Nov-2018
Date: Mon Nov 19 2018 21:24 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
FFCPP Soc Fish Creek PP Shannon Terrace, Calgary, Alberta, CA; Monday
19-Nov-2018 09:15 - 12:00. Blue sky morning, temperatures -1 to 3C. Two
groups, one walking west to bridge one and the other heading east toward
Bebo Grove.



1. Canada Goose-127
2. Downy Woodpecker-6
3. Hairy Woodpecker-2
4. Northern Flicker-1 (heard)
5. Blue Jay-6
6. Black-billed Magpie-9
7. Common Raven-3
8. Black-capped Chickadee-40
9. Red-breasted Nuthatch-18
10. White-breasted Nuthatch-5
11. Brown Creeper-2
12. Bohemian Waxwing-34
13. White-winged Crossbill-12
14. Pine Siskin-1 (heard)
15. Dark-eyed Junco-15





Red Squirrel-20

Mule Deer-1





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



Subject: FFCPP Soc Weaselhead Flats Sunday 2018-11-18
Date: Sun Nov 18 2018 21:40 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
FFCPP Soc Weaselhead Flats Sunday 2018-11-18 9am to noon



1. Canada Goose 150

2. Mallard 1

3. Common Goldeneye 1

4. Northern Goshawk 1 (juvenile)

5. Bald Eagle 1 (adult)

6. Great Horned Owl 1

7. Downy Woodpecker 4

8. Hairy Woodpecker 2

9. Northern Flicker 4

10. Northern Shrike 1

11. Blue Jay 2

12. Black-billed Magpie 11

13. Common Raven 9

14. Black-capped Chickadee 35

15. Mountain Chickadee 2

16. Boreal Chickadee 2

17. Red-breasted Nuthatch 5

18. White-breasted Nuthatch 2

19. American Robin 1

20. Bohemian Waxwing 60

21. Common Redpoll 15

22. White-winged Crossbill 90

23. Pine Siskin 5

24. Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored) 7



Red Squirrel 7



Leaders: Gavin McKinnon, Robb Bell, Bob Lefebvre, Wlad Franco-Valias





FFCPP Soc Weaselhead Flats Sunday 2018-11-18 1:15 to 3pm



1. Downy Woodpecker 7

2.Hairy Woodpecker 1

3. Northern Flicker 6

4. Blue Jay 7

5. Black-billed Magpie 14

6. Common Raven 3

7. Black-capped Chickadee

8. Mountain Chickadee 2

9. Red-breasted Nuthatch 2

10. White-breasted Nuthatch-2

11. Bohemian Waxwing 1

12. White-winged Crossbill 6

13. Dark-eyed Junco 1



Mammals; Red Squirrel 6

Eastern Gray Squirrel 2

Meadow Vole 1



Leaders, Jennifer Solem , Bernie Diebolt



Subject: Grande Prairie - Muskoseepi Park, Nov 17 +18, 2018
Date: Sun Nov 18 2018 18:21 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
As noted before, I'm no longer seeing many species now that the water bodies are frozen over. Parts of Bear Creek in the city are still open. Both yesterday and today, I was very surprised to see a lone Canada goose while walking in different parts of the park (no overlap).. Yesterday the goose was in the open running water of Bear Creek in the southerly section of the Park, today in a ditch behind a lumber yard with no water about 3km away from yesterday's sighting (it flushed when I walked near it, then landed about 300m away in another ditch). It may be the same lone goose I saw yesterday and the one I kept seeing on the Reservoir in late summer/early autumn. It did not seem to associate with other geese. Whatever the case may be, this one (assuming it's only one and not 2!) missed the bus south with other geese in early November when massive flocks were passing through on a daily basis. 
Today Sunday, the weather was mostly cloudy with a+3 temperature. Yesterday it was sunny and colder at -8C. Species count today was 8, yesterday 9, with 11 different species overall. I keep being on the lookout for owls, but so far no luck this season.
Sightings on Sunday November 18, 2018Canada Goose 1 Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 1
Merlin 1
Blue Jay 2
Black-billed Magpie 13
Common Raven 21
Black-capped Chickadee 1
Bohemian Waxwing 45
View this checklist online athttps://ebird.org/view/checkli...
Sightings on Saturday November 17, 2018Canada Goose 1
Hairy Woodpecker 1
Blue Jay 7
Black-billed Magpie 8
Common Raven 8
Black-capped Chickadee 15
White-breasted Nuthatch 2
Bohemian Waxwing 45
Pine Grosbeak 1
View this checklist online athttps://ebird.org/view/checkli...

Good birding!
David RhodyGrande Prairie








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Subject: Digest Number 6504
Date: Sun Nov 18 2018 14:50 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
On Sun, Nov 18, 2018 at 12:27 PM Gavin McKinnon 
wrote:

> Hi Doug,
>
> This is the circle that Bird Studies Canada™s sent me. They said that it
> is not exactly ideal but we can work with it. If you have and more
> questions or concerns feel free to email me again.
>
>
> Gavin
>
> On Sun, Nov 18, 2018 at 11:38 AM 'Doug Collister' [email protected]
> [Albertabird] wrote:
>
>>
>>
>> Hi Gavin
>>
>> Your new CBC circle overlaps the long-standing Sheep River CBC circle.
>> Have you registered this circle with Audubon? If so I am surprised they
>> didn™t alert you. Audubon will not certify your circle if it overlaps.
>>
>> Doug Collister
>> Sheep River CBC compiler
>>
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: [email protected]
>> Sent: November-18-18 2:57 AM
>> To: [email protected]
>> Subject: [Albertabird] Digest Number 6504
>>
>> There are 2 messages in this issue.
>>
>> Topics in this digest:
>>
>> 1. Priddis Christmas Bird Count (CBC)
>> From: Gavin McKinnon
>>
>> 2. FFCPP Soc Calgary - Weaselhead Natural Area - Saturday, November 17,
>> From: firstmac53
>>
>> Messages
>> __________________________________________________________
>> 1. Priddis Christmas Bird Count (CBC)
>> Posted by: "Gavin McKinnon" [email protected] gmckinnonbird
>> Date: Sat Nov 17, 2018 4:27 pm ((PST))
>>
>> This year I have started a new Christmas Bird Count Center it around
>> Priddis. It is a brand new Count circle that covers many great birding
>> areas including Brown-Lowery Provincial Park and Plummers road and also
>> some great bird feeding stations. We should also have the chance to see
>> some interesting species such as Northern Pygmy-Owl, Evening Grosbeak (type
>> 1), Ruffed Grouse, and Black-backed Woodpecker. As this counts coordinator
>> it is my job to recruit volunteers, we have already had close to twenty
>> people express interest in joining the count. We are always looking for new
>> participants regardless of birding experience. The count will be held on
>> Saturday, December 22, 2018 and we will meet at the Priddis General store
>> at 8:30 and we should wrap up by 4:35 but, you are welcome to come and go
>> as you please. If you are interested in owling before the regular count
>> starts please contact me personally. If you have any questions or you would
>> like to register please email me at ([email protected]) or phone
>> (403-519-8703).
>>
>> *If you would like to participate as a leader please mention it to me
>>
>> Thanks,
>>
>> Gavin McKinnon
>> Calgary
>>
>> Messages in this topic (1)
>> __________________________________________________________
>> __________________________________________________________
>> 2. FFCPP Soc Calgary - Weaselhead Natural Area - Saturday, November 17,
>> Posted by: [email protected] firstmac53
>> Date: Sat Nov 17, 2018 4:56 pm ((PST))
>>
>> FFCPP Soc Calgary - Weaselhead Natural Area - Saturday, November 17, 2018
>> 9am-12:15pm -14 at start to -2. Sunny, light wind
>>
>> 1 Cackling Goose
>> 140 Canada Goose
>> 1 Bufflehead
>> 1 Common Goldeneye
>> 2 Common Merganser
>> 1 Sharp-shinned Hawk
>> 1 Cooper's Hawk
>> 2 Bald Eagle
>> 1 Rough-legged Hawk
>> 5 Downy Woodpecker
>> 1 Hairy Woodpecker
>> 5 Northern Flicker
>> 1 Northern Shrike
>> 4 Blue Jay
>> 14 Black-billed Magpie
>> 12 Common Raven
>> 35 Black-capped Chickadee
>> 4 Boreal Chickadee
>> 2 Red-breasted Nuthatch
>> 1 White-breasted Nuthatch
>> 2 Brown Creeper
>> 60 Bohemian Waxwing
>> 14 White-winged Crossbill
>>
>> Red Squirrels - 7
>> Eastern Gray Squirrel - 1
>> White-tail Deer - 4
>>
>> Leaders: Wayne Walker, Rob Worona, John Stegeman, Trevor Churchill
>>
>> Northern Shrike from Saturday morning
>>
>> Messages in this topic (1)
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Subject: Digest Number 6504
Date: Sun Nov 18 2018 13:27 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hi Doug,
This is the circle that Bird Studies Canada™s sent me.. They said that it is not exactly ideal but we can work with it. If you have and more questions or concerns feel free to email me again.

Gavin
On Sun, Nov 18, 2018 at 11:38 AM 'Doug Collister' [email protected] [Albertabird] <[email protected]> wrote:

























Hi Gavin


Your new CBC circle overlaps the long-standing Sheep River CBC circle. Have you registered this circle with Audubon? If so I am surprised they didn™t alert you. Audubon will not certify your circle if it overlaps.


Doug Collister

Sheep River CBC compiler


-----Original Message-----

From: [email protected] <[email protected]>

Sent: November-18-18 2:57 AM

To: [email protected]

Subject: [Albertabird] Digest Number 6504


There are 2 messages in this issue.


Topics in this digest:


1. Priddis Christmas Bird Count (CBC)

From: Gavin McKinnon


2. FFCPP Soc Calgary - Weaselhead Natural Area - Saturday, November 17,

From: firstmac53


Messages

__________________________________________________________

1. Priddis Christmas Bird Count (CBC)

Posted by: "Gavin McKinnon" [email protected] gmckinnonbird

Date: Sat Nov 17, 2018 4:27 pm ((PST))


This year I have started a new Christmas Bird Count Center it around Priddis. It is a brand new Count circle that covers many great birding areas including Brown-Lowery Provincial Park and Plummers road and also some great bird feeding stations. We should also have the chance to see some interesting species such as Northern Pygmy-Owl, Evening Grosbeak (type 1), Ruffed Grouse, and Black-backed Woodpecker. As this counts coordinator it is my job to recruit volunteers, we have already had close to twenty people express interest in joining the count. We are always looking for new participants regardless of birding experience. The count will be held on Saturday, December 22, 2018 and we will meet at the Priddis General store at 8:30 and we should wrap up by 4:35 but, you are welcome to come and go as you please. If you are interested in owling before the regular count starts please contact me personally. If you have any questions or you would like to register please email me at ([email protected]) or phone (403-519-8703).


*If you would like to participate as a leader please mention it to me


Thanks,


Gavin McKinnon

Calgary


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2. FFCPP Soc Calgary - Weaselhead Natural Area - Saturday, November 17,

Posted by: [email protected] firstmac53

Date: Sat Nov 17, 2018 4:56 pm ((PST))


FFCPP Soc Calgary - Weaselhead Natural Area - Saturday, November 17, 2018 9am-12:15pm -14 at start to -2. Sunny, light wind


1 Cackling Goose

140 Canada Goose

1 Bufflehead

1 Common Goldeneye

2 Common Merganser

1 Sharp-shinned Hawk

1 Cooper's Hawk

2 Bald Eagle

1 Rough-legged Hawk

5 Downy Woodpecker

1 Hairy Woodpecker

5 Northern Flicker

1 Northern Shrike

4 Blue Jay

14 Black-billed Magpie

12 Common Raven

35 Black-capped Chickadee

4 Boreal Chickadee

2 Red-breasted Nuthatch

1 White-breasted Nuthatch

2 Brown Creeper

60 Bohemian Waxwing

14 White-winged Crossbill


Red Squirrels - 7

Eastern Gray Squirrel - 1

White-tail Deer - 4


Leaders: Wayne Walker, Rob Worona, John Stegeman, Trevor Churchill


Northern Shrike from Saturday morning


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Subject:
Date: Sun Nov 18 2018 13:25 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
The new CBC circle overlaps slightly with both the Sheep River and the
Calgary count circles. However, the new circle appears on both the
Audubon website and the Bird Studies Canada website. Attached is a
screen shot of the BSG page showing the circles. Apparently that small
amount of overlap is OK? Seems like the new circle could have been
shifted to the northwest a bit to avoid any overlap.

Caroline Lambert
Canmore

On 2018-11-18 11:38, 'Doug Collister' [email protected] [Albertabird]
wrote:
>
> Hi Gavin
>
> Your new CBC circle overlaps the long-standing Sheep River CBC circle.
> Have you registered this circle with Audubon? If so I am surprised
> they didn?t alert you. Audubon will not ?certify? your circle if it
> overlaps.
>
> Doug Collister
> Sheep River CBC compiler
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: [email protected]
> Sent: November-18-18 2:57 AM
> To: [email protected]
> Subject: [Albertabird] Digest Number 6504
>
> There are 2 messages in this issue.
>
> Topics in this digest:
>
> 1. Priddis Christmas Bird Count (CBC)
> From: Gavin McKinnon
>
> 2. FFCPP Soc Calgary - Weaselhead Natural Area - Saturday, November 17,
> From: firstmac53
>
> Messages
> __________________________________________________________
> 1. Priddis Christmas Bird Count (CBC)
> Posted by: "Gavin McKinnon" [email protected] gmckinnonbird
> Date: Sat Nov 17, 2018 4:27 pm ((PST))
>
> This year I have started a new Christmas Bird Count Center it around
> Priddis. It is a brand new Count circle that covers many great birding
> areas including Brown-Lowery Provincial Park and Plummers road and
> also some great bird feeding stations. We should also have the chance
> to see some interesting species such as Northern Pygmy-Owl, Evening
> Grosbeak (type 1), Ruffed Grouse, and Black-backed Woodpecker. As this
> counts coordinator it is my job to recruit volunteers, we have already
> had close to twenty people express interest in joining the count. We
> are always looking for new participants regardless of birding
> experience. The count will be held on Saturday, December 22, 2018 and
> we will meet at the Priddis General store at 8:30 and we should wrap
> up by 4:35 but, you are welcome to come and go as you please. If you
> are interested in ?owling? before the regular count starts please
> contact me personally. If you have any questions or you would like to
> register please email me at ([email protected]) or phone
> (403-519-8703).
>
> *If you would like to participate as a leader please mention it to me
>
> Thanks,
>
> Gavin McKinnon
> Calgary
>
> Messages in this topic (1)
> __________________________________________________________
> __________________________________________________________
> 2. FFCPP Soc Calgary - Weaselhead Natural Area - Saturday, November 17,
> Posted by: [email protected] firstmac53
> Date: Sat Nov 17, 2018 4:56 pm ((PST))
>
> FFCPP Soc Calgary - Weaselhead Natural Area - Saturday, November 17,
> 2018 9am-12:15pm -14 at start to -2. Sunny, light wind
>
> 1 Cackling Goose
> 140 Canada Goose
> 1 Bufflehead
> 1 Common Goldeneye
> 2 Common Merganser
> 1 Sharp-shinned Hawk
> 1 Cooper's Hawk
> 2 Bald Eagle
> 1 Rough-legged Hawk
> 5 Downy Woodpecker
> 1 Hairy Woodpecker
> 5 Northern Flicker
> 1 Northern Shrike
> 4 Blue Jay
> 14 Black-billed Magpie
> 12 Common Raven
> 35 Black-capped Chickadee
> 4 Boreal Chickadee
> 2 Red-breasted Nuthatch
> 1 White-breasted Nuthatch
> 2 Brown Creeper
> 60 Bohemian Waxwing
> 14 White-winged Crossbill
>
> Red Squirrels - 7
> Eastern Gray Squirrel - 1
> White-tail Deer - 4
>
> Leaders: Wayne Walker, Rob Worona, John Stegeman, Trevor Churchill
>
> Northern Shrike from Saturday morning
>
> Messages in this topic (1)
>
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>
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Subject: Digest Number 6504
Date: Sun Nov 18 2018 12:38 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hi Gavin

Your new CBC circle overlaps the long-standing Sheep River CBC circle. Have you registered this circle with Audubon? If so I am surprised they didn™t alert you. Audubon will not certify your circle if it overlaps.

Doug Collister
Sheep River CBC compiler

-----Original Message-----
From: [email protected]
Sent: November-18-18 2:57 AM
To: [email protected]
Subject: [Albertabird] Digest Number 6504

There are 2 messages in this issue.

Topics in this digest:

1. Priddis Christmas Bird Count (CBC)
From: Gavin McKinnon

2. FFCPP Soc Calgary - Weaselhead Natural Area - Saturday, November 17,
From: firstmac53


Messages
________________________________________________________________________
1. Priddis Christmas Bird Count (CBC)
Posted by: "Gavin McKinnon" [email protected] gmckinnonbird
Date: Sat Nov 17, 2018 4:27 pm ((PST))

This year I have started a new Christmas Bird Count Center it around Priddis. It is a brand new Count circle that covers many great birding areas including Brown-Lowery Provincial Park and Plummers road and also some great bird feeding stations. We should also have the chance to see some interesting species such as Northern Pygmy-Owl, Evening Grosbeak (type 1), Ruffed Grouse, and Black-backed Woodpecker. As this counts coordinator it is my job to recruit volunteers, we have already had close to twenty people express interest in joining the count. We are always looking for new participants regardless of birding experience. The count will be held on Saturday, December 22, 2018 and we will meet at the Priddis General store at 8:30 and we should wrap up by 4:35 but, you are welcome to come and go as you please. If you are interested in owling before the regular count starts please contact me personally. If you have any questions or you would like to register please email me at ([email protected]) or phone (403-519-8703).

*If you would like to participate as a leader please mention it to me


Thanks,

Gavin McKinnon
Calgary



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2. FFCPP Soc Calgary - Weaselhead Natural Area - Saturday, November 17,
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Date: Sat Nov 17, 2018 4:56 pm ((PST))

FFCPP Soc Calgary - Weaselhead Natural Area - Saturday, November 17, 2018 9am-12:15pm -14 at start to -2. Sunny, light wind

1 Cackling Goose
140 Canada Goose
1 Bufflehead
1 Common Goldeneye
2 Common Merganser
1 Sharp-shinned Hawk
1 Cooper's Hawk
2 Bald Eagle
1 Rough-legged Hawk
5 Downy Woodpecker
1 Hairy Woodpecker
5 Northern Flicker
1 Northern Shrike
4 Blue Jay
14 Black-billed Magpie
12 Common Raven
35 Black-capped Chickadee
4 Boreal Chickadee
2 Red-breasted Nuthatch
1 White-breasted Nuthatch
2 Brown Creeper
60 Bohemian Waxwing
14 White-winged Crossbill



Red Squirrels - 7
Eastern Gray Squirrel - 1
White-tail Deer - 4


Leaders: Wayne Walker, Rob Worona, John Stegeman, Trevor Churchill





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Subject: FFCPP Soc Calgary - Weaselhead Natural Area - Saturday, November 17, 2018
Date: Sat Nov 17 2018 18:56 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
FFCPP Soc Calgary - Weaselhead Natural Area - Saturday, November 17, 2018
9am-12:15pm -14 at start to -2. Sunny, light wind

1 Cackling Goose
140 Canada Goose
1 Bufflehead
1 Common Goldeneye
2 Common Merganser
1 Sharp-shinned Hawk
1 Cooper's Hawk
2 Bald Eagle
1 Rough-legged Hawk
5 Downy Woodpecker
1 Hairy Woodpecker
5 Northern Flicker
1 Northern Shrike
4 Blue Jay
14 Black-billed Magpie
12 Common Raven
35 Black-capped Chickadee
4 Boreal Chickadee
2 Red-breasted Nuthatch
1 White-breasted Nuthatch
2 Brown Creeper
60 Bohemian Waxwing
14 White-winged Crossbill



Red Squirrels - 7
Eastern Gray Squirrel - 1
White-tail Deer - 4


Leaders: Wayne Walker, Rob Worona, John Stegeman, Trevor Churchill





Northern Shrike from Saturday morning



Subject:
Date: Sat Nov 17 2018 18:29 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
This year I have started a new Christmas Bird Count Center it around Priddis. It is a brand new Count circle that covers many great birding areas including Brown-Lowery Provincial Park and Plummers road and also some great bird feeding stations. We should also have the chance to see some interesting species such as Northern Pygmy-Owl, Evening Grosbeak (type 1), Ruffed Grouse, and Black-backed Woodpecker. As this counts coordinator it is my job to recruit volunteers, we have already had close to twenty people express interest in joining the count. We are always looking for new participants regardless of birding experience. The count will be held on Saturday, December 22, 2018 and we will meet at the Priddis General store at 8:30 and we should wrap up by 4:35 but, you are welcome to come and go as you please. If you are interested in owling before the regular count starts please contact  me personally. If you have any questions or you would like to register please email me at ([email protected]) or phone (403-519-8703).

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Subject: FFCPP Soc Calgary--Weaselhead Natural Area, Calgary, Alberta, CA; Thursday 15-Nov-2018
Date: Thu Nov 15 2018 15:34 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
FFCPP Soc Calgary--Weaselhead Natural Area, Calgary, Alberta, CA; Thursday
15-Nov-2018 09:15 - 12:25. Sunny, 2C to 9C



1. Canada Goose 350
2. Trumpeter Swan 1
3. Mallard 200
4. Common Goldeneye 8
5. Northern Goshawk 1
6. Bald Eagle 1
7. Downy Woodpecker 6
8. Northern Flicker 6
9. Blue Jay 1
10. Black-billed Magpie 7
11. Common Raven 4
12. Black-capped Chickadee 25 *
13. Mountain Chickadee 1 *
14. Boreal Chickadee 2 *
15. Red-breasted Nuthatch 2
16. White-breasted Nuthatch 4
17. American Robin 2
18. Bohemian Waxwing 25
19. White-winged Crossbill 35



3 White tailed deer

12 Red squirrels



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



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* All three Chickadee species were seen near the "Chickadee Log" at the
same time.



Subject: Snowy Owl
Date: Wed Nov 14 2018 22:08 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
On an afternoon visit to Wyndham-Carseland PP today (November 14th) we saw a
SNOWY OWL on a power pole along SR 564 east of Hwy 9. Checking our records,
I found that of the 150 or so we have, only 9 had been in November and
today's was the earliest we had seen one.



Not much to be seen at Carseland weir (we only checked out the river). One
Great Blue Heron, a single Ringed-billed Gull and three Redheads were about
the only noteworthy sightings. A rather gloomy afternoon under the Chinook
arch.



Malcolm & Joan McDonald

Calgary



Subject: FFCPP Soc Calgary--Weaselhead Natural Area, Calgary, Alberta, CA; Wednesday 14-Nov-2018
Date: Wed Nov 14 2018 17:18 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
FFCPP Soc Calgary--Weaselhead Natural Area, Calgary, Alberta, CA; Wednesday
14-Nov-2018 09:15 - 12:09. Chinook cloud, 6C to 9C



1. Canada Goose 11
2. Trumpeter Swan 1
3. Mallard 5
4. Northern Pintail 1
5. Common Merganser 6
6. Sharp-shinned Hawk 1
7. Bald Eagle 1
8. Downy Woodpecker 2
9. Hairy Woodpecker 1
10. Northern Flicker 1
11. Blue Jay 5
12. Black-billed Magpie 9
13. American Crow 1
14. Common Raven 7
15. Black-capped Chickadee 22
16. Mountain Chickadee 1
17. Red-breasted Nuthatch 2
18. White-breasted Nuthatch 1
19. American Robin 2
20. Bohemian Waxwing 250
21. White-winged Crossbill 35
22. Dark-eyed Junco 1



Update to Tuesday list: Common Redpoll 2



1 Coyote

8 Red squirrels

5 White tailed deer

1 Eastern gray squirrel



Leaders: Peter Hoyer, David Mitchell, Ron Ostrander, Leao Vermeylen, Gus
Yaki



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Subject: Grande Prairie County - Bear Lake, Nov 13, 2018
Date: Wed Nov 14 2018 16:28 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
Having heard that a short-eared owl had been seen at Bear Lake, just outside the city limits of Grande Prairie, we headed out there yesterday morning and circumnavigated about 70% of the lake on the north, east and south sides/ends. The lake is completely frozen over. It was a partially sunny day with temperatures in the -3C to -1C range. We missed seeing the owl, and saw only 7 species, as follows:


Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 21

Bald Eagle 13 (Since e-Bird said this was a high number for this location at this time of year, I submitted the following details: These birds were a mix of adults and juveniles in small groups at different locations around the lake, the biggest group being 5. With absence of waterfowl on the lake due to its recent freeze-over, it is highly unlikely that this number of eagles will be able to sustain themselves for long at this location, and that they will be migrating soon.)

Red-tailed Hawk 1

Blue Jay 2

Black-billed Magpie 29

Common Raven 42

Black-capped Chickadee 4
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Subject: FFCPP Soc Calgary--Weaselhead Natural Area, Calgary, Alberta, CA; Tuesday 13-Nov-2018
Date: Tue Nov 13 2018 14:27 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
FFCPP Soc Calgary--Weaselhead Natural Area, Calgary, Alberta, CA; Tuesday
13-Nov-2018 09:15 - 12:12. Chinook clouds, -1C to 6C



1. Canada Goose 100
2. Trumpeter Swan 1 Juvenile
3. American Wigeon 1
4. Mallard 1
5. Northern Pintail 1
6. Common Merganser 4 Males
7. Bald Eagle 1 Juvenile
8. Downy Woodpecker 2
9. Hairy Woodpecker 1
10. Northern Flicker 1
11. Blue Jay 3
12. Black-billed Magpie 20
13. American Crow 1
14. Common Raven 6
15. Black-capped Chickadee 18
16. Mountain Chickadee 2
17. Red-breasted Nuthatch 1
18. White-breasted Nuthatch 2
19. American Dipper 2
20. Varied Thrush 1
21. American Robin 2
22. Bohemian Waxwing 500
23. Red Crossbill 2
24. White-winged Crossbill 200
25. American Tree Sparrow 1
26. Dark-eyed Junco 4



3 White tailed deer

10 Red squirrels

1 walking stick in Elbow River.



Leaders Donna Franke, David Mitchell, Stephen Phelps, Dave Russum, Gus Yaki



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Subject: Odd duck at Carburn Park, September 2, 2018.
Date: Mon Nov 12 2018 21:35 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
A bit late to the party, but Id like some additional input on a duck that I observed at Carburn Park back in September this year. It seemed somewhat unusual, but for the most part, quite similar to the others that it was associating with.


There are 6 photos at the link below:

https://flic.kr/s/aHsmvMMsxc

Ill keep the currently floated hypotheses private for now until I get some consensus or other suggestions.


Good birding,

Daniel Arndt

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Subject: FFCPP Soc Fish Creek PP, Weaselhead Flats Calgary, Alberta, CA; Monday 12-Nov-2018
Date: Mon Nov 12 2018 19:55 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
FFCPP Soc Fish Creek PP,  Weaselhead Flats Calgary, Alberta, CA; Monday
12-Nov-2018 09:15 - 12:10. Cloudy to clearing with sun, light winds,
temperatures -5 to 5C.



1. *Canada Goose-33
2. Trumpeter Swan-1 juv
3. American Wigeon-2
4. *Common Goldeneye-2
5. Downy Woodpecker-5
6. Hairy Woodpecker-1
7. Northern Flicker-6
8. Blue Jay-10
9. Black-billed Magpie-7
10. Common Raven-3
11. Black-capped Chickadee-30
12. Mountain Chickadee-2
13. Boreal Chickadee-1
14. Red-breasted Nuthatch-2
15. White-breasted Nuthatch-6
16. VARIED THRUSH-1
17. Bohemian Waxwing-200
18. White-winged Crossbill-150
19. Dark-eyed Junco-1
20. Brown-headed Cowbird-1



Coyote-2

Meadow Vole-2

Red Squirrel-9

White-tailed Deer-5





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

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Subject: Grande Prairie - Crystal Lake, Nov 12, 2018
Date: Mon Nov 12 2018 19:05 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
A short visit to Crystal Lake today resulted in the sighting of my first pine grosbeak of the season. A very handsome male, it was feeding nonchalantly about 3 meters above the trail and was confiding enough to let me and other pedestrians pass by without flushing.
Apart from the ever-prevalent flocks of Bohemian waxwings (and 5 white-winged crossbills seen yesterday at South Bear Creek), there is little to get excited about around the city with so few species staying here for the winter. I did see a lonely American robin lingering around my Swanavon neighborhood 3 days ago too.
Here is today's list of 8 species:
Blue Jay 1

Black-billed Magpie 12

Common Raven 1

Black-capped Chickadee 5

Red-breasted Nuthatch 1 (heard only)

Bohemian Waxwing 113

Pine Grosbeak 1 (first of the season)

House Sparrow 2

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Subject: FFCPP Soc Fish Creek PP--Votier's Flats, Calgary, Alberta, CA; Sunday 11-Nov-2018
Date: Sun Nov 11 2018 20:34 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
FFCPP Soc Fish Creek PP--Votier's Flats, Calgary, Alberta, CA; Sunday
11-Nov-2018 9:00 AM - 12:08 PM

1. Snow Goose 4
2. Cackling Goose 1
3. Canada Goose 500
4. Mallard 6
5. Bald Eagle 1
6. Northern Pygmy-Owl 1 one heard, and possibly a second one at
opposite end of the park
7. Downy Woodpecker 3
8. Hairy Woodpecker 1
9. Northern Flicker 8
10. Northern Shrike 1
11. Blue Jay 1 heard only
12. Black-billed Magpie 12
13. American Crow 1
14. Common Raven 10
15. Black-capped Chickadee 20

16. White-breasted Nuthatch 1
17. Red-breasted Nuthatch 1
18. American Dipper 1
19. Golden-crowned Kinglet 1 heard only
20. Townsend's Solitaire 3
21. American Robin 6
22. Bohemian Waxwing 2500
23. White-winged Crossbill 20



Mammals:
1 Meadow Vole
7 Mule Deer
4 White-tailed Deer
2 Coyote
2 American Mink



Leaders: Gavin McKinnon, Bob Lefebvre, Robb Bell



FFCPP Soc Fish Creek PP--Votier's Flats, Calgary, Alberta, CA; Sunday
11-Nov-2018 1:15 to 3:00



1. Canada Goose-1

2. Ring-necked Pheasant-1

3. Bald Eagle-2

4. Downy Woodpecker-2

5. Northern Flicker-4

6. Blue Jay-2 heard

7. Black-billed Magpie-8

8. Common Raven-10

9. Black-capped Chickadee-14

10. American Dipper-1

11. Townsend's Solitaire-1



Mammals:

Red Squirrel 3

White-tailed Deer 3

Mule Deer 3

Coyote 1



Leaders; Jennifer Solem Bernie Diebolt



Subject: FFCPP Soc Fish Creek PP--Votier's Flats, Calgary, Alberta, CA; Saturday 10-Nov-2018
Date: Sat Nov 10 2018 21:24 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
FFCPP Soc Fish Creek PP--Votier's Flats, Calgary, Alberta, CA; Saturday
10-Nov-2018 09:00 - 12:00 pm. Heavy cloud, brief snow squall, ending with
short sunny period, temperatures -2 to 1C.



1. Canada Goose-30
2. Mallard-9
3. Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)-1
4. Accipiter species-1
5. Belted Kingfisher-1
6. Downy Woodpecker-6
7. Hairy Woodpecker-2
8. Northern Flicker-3
9. Blue Jay-7
10. Black-billed Magpie-8
11. Common Raven-9
12. Black-capped Chickadee-32
13. MOUNTAIN CHICKADEE-1
14. Red-breasted Nuthatch-5
15. White-breasted Nuthatch-7
16. American Dipper-1
17. American Robin-7
18. Bohemian Waxwing-60





Meadow Vole-1

Red Squirrel-6

Mule Deer-8

White-tailed Deer-1





Leaders: John Stegeman, Robert Worona, Wayne & Joan Walker



Subject: FW: eBird Canada Report - Lethbridge--Indian Battle Park , Nov 9, 2018
Date: Fri Nov 9 2018 17:35 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
Below is an eBird report I just submitted. I have never seen Wild Turkeys in Lethbridge before. Some pictures are included in the report. These birds are good flyers and had no trouble gaining altitude from the ground to 25' up to a branch when a small dog chased one. I was wondering if anyone thinks these are not the Wild Turkeys we see in the Cypress Hills and Crowsnest Pass/Beaver Mines area.

Ken Orich
Lethbridge

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Subject: eBird Canada Report - Lethbridge--Indian Battle Park , Nov 9, 2018

Lethbridge--Indian Battle Park, Lethbridge, Alberta, CA Nov 9, 2018 2:13 PM - 2:48 PM
Protocol: Traveling
0.2 kilometer(s)
2 species

Wild Turkey 7 When I first found the Turkeys, they were scattered between 15 ft. and 40 ft. high in the branches of Plains Cottonwoods. After awhile they dropped to the ground and started feeding. Reports are they have been sighted for approx. a week. I have no idea how they arrived here from their normal range.
Black-billed Magpie 2

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Subject: FFCPP Soc Fish Creek PP--Votier's Flats, Calgary, Alberta, CA; Thursday 08-Nov-2018
Date: Thu Nov 8 2018 16:25 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
FFCPP Soc Fish Creek PP--Votier's Flats, Calgary, Alberta, CA; Thursday
08-Nov-2018 09:15 - 11:53. Sunny -10 to -2C



1. Canada Goose 120
2. Mallard 4
3. gull sp. 1
4. Downy Woodpecker 8
5. Hairy Woodpecker 2
6. Northern Flicker 15
7. Merlin 2
8. Blue Jay 8
9. Black-billed Magpie 30
10. Common Raven 8
11. Black-capped Chickadee 50
12. Boreal Chickadee 1
13. Red-breasted Nuthatch 12
14. White-breasted Nuthatch 6
15. American Dipper 1
16. Townsend's Solitaire 6
17. American Robin 1
18. Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored) 10
19. Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon) 1



6 Deer

4 Red Squirrels

2 Eastern gray squirrels

2 Coyotes



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



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Subject: FFCPP Soc Fish Creek PP--Votier's Flats, Calgary, Alberta, CA; Wednesday, 07-Nov-2018
Date: Wed Nov 7 2018 15:44 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
FFCPP Soc Fish Creek PP--Votier's Flats, Calgary, Alberta, CA; Wednesday,
07-Nov-2018 09:15 - 11:48. Sunny, -7 to -4C



1. Canada Goose 700
2. Trumpeter/Tundra Swan 15
3. Mallard 5
4. Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 2
5. gull sp. 1
6. Cooper's Hawk 1
7. Bald Eagle 1
8. Red-tailed Hawk (Harlan's) 1
9. Downy Woodpecker 4
10. Hairy Woodpecker 4
11. Northern Flicker 6
12. Merlin 1
13. Blue Jay 1
14. Black-billed Magpie 20
15. American Crow 1
16. Common Raven 6
17. Black-capped Chickadee 50
18. Red-breasted Nuthatch 5
19. White-breasted Nuthatch 3
20. Townsend's Solitaire 3
21. American Robin 6
22. Bohemian Waxwing 30
23. House Finch 7
24. Dark-eyed Junco 6



1 Eastern gray squirrel

2 Least weasels

2 Mule deer

6 Red squirrels



Leaders: David Mitchell, Ron Ostrander, Leao Vermeylen, Gus Yaki



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Subject: Late waterfowl migration in K-country
Date: Tue Nov 6 2018 15:00 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
Yesterday I went to explore the lakes along Highway 40 again. On the
way, Gap Lake and Seebe Dam had nothing on them. Barrier Lake had an
assortment of ducks and geese, but as usual, birding there was
frustrating as many of the birds hug the far shore and are hard to ID
even with good optics. From what I could tell, most were Mallards. From
the dam I thought I saw a loon towards the far end of the lake, but
moving down to view points farther south, I couldn't relocate it. Most
noticeable on the lake were larger numbers of Bufflehead and Hooded
Mergansers than previously - to me that means we're near the end of
migration, as if the cooling temperatures and late date were not enough
to indicate that. Also noticeable was the number of skeins of Canada
Geese flying overhead. Some landed on the lake, only to take off again
as a Bald Eagle came along, causing most of the ducks, as well as the
geese, to lift off.

The north end of Lower Lake Kananaskis had a smattering of ducks -
mostly Bufflehead and Hooded Mergansers and Mallards again. More Canada
Geese flew overhead. The other end of the lower lake had Bufflehead all
over the place. I tried counting them, but at any one time many of them
were diving underwater, so it was an impossible task. I put 175 on the
eBird list, but there were probably lots more. There were also lots more
Mallards and Hooded Mergansers, and a few other birds like Eared Grebes
and Common Goldeneyes. The upper lake had, guess what, yet more Hooded
Mergansers and Bufflehead. And more Canada Geese flying south, seemingly
trying to stay ahead of the snow squall that was approaching from the north.

Not many other birds were seen - around the Kananaskis Lakes I had Snow
Buntings, Pine Grosbeaks, Canada Jays, and several Spruce Grouse along
the roads - I'm guessing the latter are more visible when the weather is
cold and snowy and there's less traffic!

As for the Canada Geese - while the observers at the eagle migration
count site saw just one migrating raptor during the day, they had 35
flocks of Canada Geese fly over them, for a total of over 3,000. That's
quite a lot for the mountains.

On the way home I stopped briefly at Lac des Arcs. The numbers of birds
there does not seem to have dropped, in spite of ice encroaching on the
lake. There are still many swans, Canada Geese, wigeons, Mallards, all
three merganser types, and a few of other species like pintails and
Western Grebes. With lows around -5C and -10C for the next week, I
expect most of those will disappear quickly.

Good birding,

Caroline Lambert
Canmore


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Subject: FFCPP Soc Fish Creek PP--Votier's Flats, Calgary, Alberta, CA; Tuesday 06-Nov-2018
Date: Tue Nov 6 2018 14:32 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
FFCPP Soc Fish Creek PP--Votier's Flats, Calgary, Alberta, CA; Tuesday
06-Nov-2018 09:15 - 12:13. Cloudy, some snow, -6 to -2C



1. Canada Goose 40
2. American Wigeon 2
3. Mallard 14
4. Bufflehead 1
5. Common Goldeneye 1
6. Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 1
7. Sharp-shinned Hawk 1
8. Northern Goshawk 1
9. Downy Woodpecker 3
10. Hairy Woodpecker 1
11. Northern Flicker 3
12. Blue Jay 4
13. Black-billed Magpie 16
14. Common Raven 10
15. Black-capped Chickadee 10
16. Red-breasted Nuthatch 3
17. White-breasted Nuthatch 3
18. American Dipper 1
19. Townsend's Solitaire 3



1 White tailed deer

8 Mule deer

1 American mink

1 Meadow vole



Leaders: Donna Franke, David Mitchell, Stephen Phelps, Diane Stinson, Gus
Yaki



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Subject: FFCPP Soc Fall Birding - Votier's Flats Fish Creek Provincial Park Monday 2018-11-05
Date: Mon Nov 5 2018 20:33 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
FFCPP Soc Fall Birding - Votier's Flats Fish Creek Provincial Park Monday
2018-11-05 9:15 to 12:00 pm. Overcast, calm with occasional light breeze
from the N, periods of light snow. Temperatures -6 to -3C.





1. *Canada Goose-1 000+
2. *Swan sp-97
3. Mallard-3
4. Common Merganser-3
5. Gull sp-8
6. Bald Eagle-1ad
7. Rough-legged Hawk-1
8. Downy Woodpecker-4
9. Hairy Woodpecker-2
10. Northern Flicker-5
11. Blue Jay-6
12. Black-billed Magpie-4
13. American Crow-1 heard
14. Common Raven-6
15. Black-capped Chickadee-65
16. Red-breasted Nuthatch-6
17. White-breasted Nuthatch-12
18. American Robin-3
19. Bohemian Waxwing-90
20. White-winged Crossbill-11





*Note: Observed that swans and geese were flying at high altitudes, in
formation and in large numbers.





Muskrat-1

Coyote-1

Red Squirrel-7

Mule Deer-1

White-tailed Deer-4





Leaders: Doug Maxwell, Jennifer Solem, Wayne Walker



Subject: FFCPP Soc Fall Birding - Carburn Park Sunday 2018-11-04
Date: Sun Nov 4 2018 19:14 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
FFCPP Soc Fall Birding - Carburn Park Sunday 2018-11-04 9:00 to noon



1. Canada Goose 6
2. American Wigeon 6
3. Mallard 64
4. Bufflehead 26
5. Common Goldeneye 5
Common Goldeneye x Hooded Merganser 1

6. Common Merganser (North American) 7
7. Ring-necked Pheasant (Ring-necked) 1
8. Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 9
9. Ring-billed Gull 96
10. California Gull 2
11. Herring Gull 4
12. Cooper's Hawk 1
13. Downy Woodpecker 5
14. Hairy Woodpecker 1
15. Northern Flicker 6

16. falcon sp. 1
17. Black-billed Magpie 12
18. American Crow 2
19. Common Raven 8
20. Black-capped Chickadee 24
21. Red-breasted Nuthatch 2
22. White-breasted Nuthatch 5
23. Brown Creeper 1
24. Bohemian Waxwing 25

25. House Finch 9
26. Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored) 12

27. House Sparrow 1



Eastern Grey Squirrel 9

Muskrat 3

White-tailed Deer 9



Leaders: Robb Bell, Bob Lefebvre, Gavin McKinnon, Wlad Franco-Valias









FFCPP Soc Fall Birding - Carburn Park Sunday 2018-11-04 1:15- 3:00



1. Canada Goose-1

2. American Wigeon-1

3. Mallard-35

4. Bufflehead-60

5. Common Goldeneye-3

6. Common Merganser-2

7. Rock Pigeon-3

8. Ring-billed Gull-35

9. Herring Gull-1

10. Downy Woodpecker-9

11. Hairy Woodpecker-1

12. Northern Flicker-6

13. Black-billed Magpie-8

14. Common Raven-5

15. Black-capped Chickadee-25

16. White-breasted Nuthatch-3





Mammals White-tailed Deer 4

Eastern Grey Squirrel 6

Beaver 1



Leaders: Jennifer Solem, Bernie Diebolt



Subject: FFCPP Soc Calgary--Carburn Park, Calgary, Alberta, CA; Saturday, 3-Nov-2018
Date: Sat Nov 3 2018 19:15 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
FFCPP Soc Calgary--Carburn Park, Calgary, Alberta, CA; Saturday, 3-Nov-2018
09:00 - 12:00. Mostly sunny and calm, -2C to 6C.

1. Canada Goose-21
2. Wood Duck-1
3. American Wigeon-5
4. Mallard-50
5. Harlequin Duck-1 male
6. Bufflehead-41
7. Common Goldeneye-5
8. Common Merganser-6
9. Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)-1
10. Killdeer-2
11. Ring-billed Gull-80
12. Herring Gull-2
13. Bald Eagle-1 juv
14. Downy Woodpecker-15
15. Hairy Woodpecker-2
16. Northern Flicker-12
17. Black-billed Magpie-12
18. American Crow-3
19. Common Raven-2
20. Black-capped Chickadee-32
21. Red-breasted Nuthatch-2
22. White-breasted Nuthatch-6
23. Brown Creeper-1
24. Golden-crowned Kinglet-1
25. European Starling-4
26. House Finch-1
27. Dark-eyed Junco-8
28. Swamp Sparrow-1 seen by John S
29. House Sparrow-3

Muskrat-4

Eastern gray squirrel-13
White-tailed Deer-6

Leaders: Jennifer Solem, John Stegeman, Rob Worona, Joan and Wayne Walker



Subject: Adult Mew Gull
Date: Sat Nov 3 2018 15:16 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
1 seen at Pearce Estate Park at 11am today.



Robert Storms

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Subject: FCCPP Soc Calgary--Carburn Park, Calgary, Alberta, CA; Thursday 01-Nov-2018
Date: Thu Nov 1 2018 21:25 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
FCCPP Soc Calgary--Carburn Park, Calgary, Alberta, CA; Thursday 01-Nov-2018
09:15 - 11:56



1. Canada Goose 19
2. American Wigeon 2
3. Mallard 120
4. Bufflehead 49
5. Common Goldeneye 10
6. Common Merganser 15
7. Ring-necked Pheasant 1
8. Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 9
9. Ring-billed Gull 150
10. Herring Gull 1
11. Lesser Black-backed Gull 1
12. Downy Woodpecker 13
13. Northern Flicker 3
14. Blue Jay 1
15. Black-billed Magpie 22
16. American Crow 4
17. Common Raven 10
18. Black-capped Chickadee 42
19. Red-breasted Nuthatch 1
20. White-breasted Nuthatch 5
21. Golden-crowned Kinglet 1
22. European Starling 1
23. Dark-eyed Junco 14



For Wednesday's list, add one female Red-winged Blackbird (needed
photographic analysis)



6 White tailed deer

2 Beavers

3 Muskrat

10 Eastern gray squirrel



Leaders: Fred Bowen, Rob Brown, Dermot Lane, Lori Mainland, David Mitchell,
Stephen Phelps, John Thompson





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Subject: FFCPP Soc Calgary--Carburn Park, Calgary, Alberta, CA; Wednesday, 31-Oct-2018
Date: Wed Oct 31 2018 14:42 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
FFCPP Soc Calgary--Carburn Park, Calgary, Alberta, CA; Wednesday,
31-Oct-2018 09:15 - 11:49. Light cloud, 2C to 5C



1. Canada Goose 1
2. American Wigeon 6
3. Mallard 70
4. Bufflehead 46
5. Common Goldeneye 3
6. Common Merganser 6
7. Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 3
8. Ring-billed Gull 75
9. California Gull 1
10. Herring Gull 3
11. Lesser Black-backed Gull 1
12. Downy Woodpecker 7
13. Northern Flicker 4
14. Blue Jay 3
15. Black-billed Magpie 25
16. American Crow 13
17. Common Raven 4
18. Black-capped Chickadee 30
19. Red-breasted Nuthatch 1
20. White-breasted Nuthatch 1
21. European Starling 12
22. American Tree Sparrow 3
23. Dark-eyed Junco 15
24. Harris's Sparrow 1
25. House Sparrow 2



5 White tailed deer

12 Eastern gray squirrels

2 Muskrats

1 Mink



Leaders: Peter Hoyer, David Mitchell, Ron Ostrander, Leao (Scarecrow)
Vermeylen, Gus Yaki



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Subject: Grande Prairie - Saskatoon Island Provincial Park, Oct 30, 2018
Date: Wed Oct 31 2018 13:56 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
On this sunny, but cool (+4-6C) morning, with no ice yet formed on either Saskatoon or Little Lakes, I was able to observe several species of ducks and, of course, lots of Canada geese during a 2-hour visit to the Park yesterday. Following are the 15 species (+1 other taxa) observed:


Canada Goose 4270

Trumpeter Swan 4 (2 adults, 2 juveniles)

American Wigeon 5

Mallard 2

Greater/Lesser Scaup 100 (too distant to ID to species)

Surf Scoter 50

Bufflehead 32

Barrow's Goldeneye 3

Western Grebe 1 (surprised to see this one so late!)

Bald Eagle 1

Blue Jay 1

Black-billed Magpie 3

Common Raven 14

Black-capped Chickadee 1

American Robin 1

Common Redpoll 22
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Subject: Birds & Beers in Calgary, November 1.
Date: Wed Oct 31 2018 6:40 am
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
The next Birds & Beers in Calgary is this Thursday, November 1. We meet at the Legion at 9202 Horton Road SW. Everyone is welcome to come. The room will be open at 6 pm. At about 7:15 there will be a presentation by Dave Russum. He will give a slideshow and brief talk about two trips he led to southern Alberta last spring. Dave had participated in the Prairie Walk that Gus Yaki led across southern Alberta in 2017, so in 2018 he followed up with two trips, one to the Cypress Hills area and another to the SW corner of the province. He will also talk about plans for more such trips in 2019.See this.Bob Lefebvre, Calgary

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Subject: Possible Red-throated Loon at Barrier Lake
Date: Tue Oct 30 2018 21:36 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
Thanks, Caroline!  We ran out of time and light to get a clinching photo on Sunday, so I'm really glad you could re-find this bird and confirm it.



Neil Denton
Canmore, AB



Subject: Possible Red-throated Loon at Barrier Lake
Date: Tue Oct 30 2018 15:38 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
very nice, Caroline

Mike



From: Caroline Lambert [email protected] [Albertabird]
Sent: Monday, October 29, 2018 10:09 PM
To: [email protected]
Subject: Re: [Albertabird] Possible Red-throated Loon at Barrier Lake [1 Attachment]





To follow up with this post, the loons were wary of people on shore and I couldn't get close enough for a really good photo, despite moving back and forth between the dam and the viewing spot half way down the lake a couple of times. However, the attached is good enough to show a Red-throated Loon along side the two Pacific Loons.

The Common Loon I'd seen earlier at Seebe Dam made for a loon trifecta.

Caroline Lambert
Canmore


On 2018-10-29 13:29, Caroline [email protected] [Albertabird] wrote:


Alerted by the Dentons of a possible Red-throated Loon on Barrier Lake, I stopped by there today. There were three loons, two Pacific and the suspected RTLO. It looks good to me like RTLO, although I do not profess to be an expert with these immature loons.

I won't have time to process my photos until tonight, but in the interest of alerting anyone who might care, I thought I would send this.

At Seebe Dam there was a Common Loon.

Caroline Lambert
Canmore

Caroline
Sent from my phone



Subject: FFCPP Soc Calgary--Carburn Park, Calgary, Alberta, CA; Tuesday, 30-Oct-2018
Date: Tue Oct 30 2018 14:36 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
FFCPP Soc Calgary--Carburn Park, Calgary, Alberta, CA; Tuesday, 30-Oct-2018
09:15 - 12:02. Mostly sunny, 0C to 9C.



1. Canada Goose 12
2. American Wigeon 10
3. Mallard 96
4. Harlequin Duck 1 Male
5. Bufflehead 43
6. Common Goldeneye 15
7. Common Merganser 3
8. Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 4
9. American Coot 1
10. Ring-billed Gull 139
11. Great Horned Owl 1
12. Downy Woodpecker 6
13. Hairy Woodpecker 3
14. Northern Flicker 7
15. Blue Jay 1
16. Black-billed Magpie 20
17. American Crow 12
18. Common Raven 7
19. Black-capped Chickadee 39
20. Red-breasted Nuthatch 4
21. White-breasted Nuthatch 6
22. European Starling 1
23. Dark-eyed Junco 25
24. House Sparrow 1



4 Muskrats

10 Eastern gray squirrels

1 Red squirrel

1 American mink

8 White tailed deer

2 Mule deer



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



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Subject:
Date: Mon Oct 29 2018 23:16 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
To follow up with this post, the loons were wary of people on shore and
I couldn't get close enough for a really good photo, despite moving back
and forth between the dam and the viewing spot half way down the lake a
couple of times. However, the attached is good enough to show a
Red-throated Loon along side the two Pacific Loons.

The Common Loon I'd seen earlier at Seebe Dam made for a loon trifecta.

Caroline Lambert
Canmore

On 2018-10-29 13:29, Caroline [email protected] [Albertabird] wrote:
>
> Alerted by the Dentons of a possible Red-throated Loon on Barrier
> Lake, I stopped by there today. There were three loons, two Pacific
> and the suspected RTLO. It looks good to me like RTLO, although I do
> not profess to be an expert with these immature loons.
>
> I won't have time to process my photos until tonight, but in the
> interest of alerting anyone who might care, I thought I would send this.
>
> At Seebe Dam there was a Common Loon.
>
> Caroline Lambert
> Canmore
>
> Caroline
> Sent from my phone
>
>



Subject: FFCPP Soc Carburn Park, Calgary, Alberta, CA. Monday, 29-Oct-2018 and 68 St Wetland (Sunday pm)
Date: Mon Oct 29 2018 20:09 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
FFCPP Soc Carburn Park, Calgary, Alberta, CA. Monday, 29-Oct-2018 09:15 -
12:00. Sunny skies and calm, 2C to 8C.

1. American Wigeon -12
2. Mallard -66
3. Harlequin Duck -1
4. Bufflehead -61
5. Common Goldeneye -5
6. Hooded Merganser -3
7. Common Merganser -10
8. Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) -3
9. Wilson's Snipe -1
10. Ring-billed Gull -200
11. Herring Gull -2
12. Rough-legged Hawk -1
13. Downy Woodpecker -7
14. Hairy Woodpecker -2
15. Northern Flicker -12
16. Merlin -2
17. Blue Jay -1 heard
18. Black-billed Magpie -12
19. Common Raven -2
20. Black-capped Chickadee 30
21. Red-breasted Nuthatch -3
22. White-breasted Nuthatch -4
23. American Robin -1
24. European Starling -5
25. Dark-eyed Junco -16
26. House Sparrow -6



American Beaver -1

Muskrat -5

Eastern Grey Squirrel - 30

White-tailed Deer -5



Leaders: Peter Hoyer, Doug Maxwell, Jennifer Solem, Joan & Wayne Walker
(403-271-4578)





FFCPPSoc. Calgary-Rotary/Mattamy Greenway (68th Street SE Wetlands) Calgary,
Sunday 28-Oct-2018, 1:00pm





1. Canada Goose-300

2. Northern Shoveler-1

3. Gadwall-2

4. American Wigeon-2

5. Mallard-175

6. Northern Pintail-3

7 Redhead-1

8. Bufflehead-21

9. Common Goldeneye-5

10. Hooded Merganser-25

11. Common Merganser-2

12. Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon-26

13. American Coot-3

14. Ring-billed Gull-250

15. Herring Gull-9

16. Sharp-shinned Hawk-1

17. Black-billed Magpie-19

18. American Crow-9

19. Common Raven-5

20. Black- capped Chickadee -3

21. Red-breasted Nuthatch-1

22. Brown Creeper-1, heard by Ivy

23. Dark-eyed Junco-1



Mammals 1 Muskrat



Leaders Jennifer Solem, Bernie Diebolt



Subject:
Date: Mon Oct 29 2018 15:01 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
Alerted by the Dentons of a possible Red-throated Loon on Barrier Lake, I stopped by there today. There were three loons, two Pacific and the suspected RTLO. It looks good to me like RTLO, although I do not profess to be an expert with these immature loons. 

I won't have time to process my photos until tonight, but in the interest of alerting anyone who might care, I thought I would send this.

At Seebe Dam there was a Common Loon.

Caroline Lambert
Canmore

Caroline
Sent from my phone



Subject: FFCPP Soc Calgary--Rotary/Mattamy Greenway (68 Street SE Wetlands), Calgary, Alberta, CA
Date: Sun Oct 28 2018 19:51 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
FFCPP Soc Calgary--Rotary/Mattamy Greenway (68 Street SE Wetlands), Calgary,
Alberta, CA; Sunday 2019-10-28 9:00 to noon



1. Canada Goose 30

2. Northern Shoveler 15

3. Gadwall 8

4. American Wigeon 2

5. Mallard 60

6. Northern Pintail 8

7. Redhead 1

8. Lesser Scaup 2

9. Bufflehead 20

10.Common Goldeneye 11

11. Barrow's Goldeneye 1

12. Hooded Merganser 32

13. Common Merganser (North American) 4

14. Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 50

15. American Coot (Red-shielded) 5

16. Ring-billed Gull 600

17. California Gull 4

18. Herring Gull 30

19. Black-billed Magpie 10

20. Common Raven 4

21. Black-capped Chickadee 8

22. Red-breasted Nuthatch 3

23. American Robin 2

24. European Starling 10

25. Common Redpoll 6

26. American Tree Sparrow 6

27. Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored) 10



Muskrat 2

Grey Squirrel 1



Leaders: Gavin McKinnon, Bob Lefebvre, Wlad Franco-Valias



Subject: Quest for a Pacific Loon
Date: Sun Oct 28 2018 12:07 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
On Saturday, David Scott and I headed out to search for a Pacific Loon. We
rolled out of Lethbridge at 07:30 in calm, pleasant morning conditions. Our
first stop in the plan was to check out Clear Lake with Pine Coulee
Reservoir the destination. Clear Lake was quiet with Coots being the bird of
choice. While we were scanning for our target, a couple flocks of hundreds
of Canada Geese rolled in with a few Greater White-fronted Geese mixed in. A
small flock of approx.. 40 Snow Geese joined the frenzied honking. We pulled
stakes and headed to Pine Coulee Reservoir. Brisk westerly winds greeted us.
To our surprise, it was almost devoid of birds. Our 1st birds were a couple
Sharp-tailed Grouse. If I recall correctly, I think we had 9 species. Coots
were highest in number with approx. 20 of the head-bobbers. A female or
immature Black Scoter was hanging out near 3 or 4 Bufflehead.



Not finding our Pacific Loon, we decided to head up to Chain Lakes via the
Flying E Road. Other than being very scenic, the trip was uneventful. Chain
Lakes was windy as all get out. A couple Canada Geese, Magpies and a couple
Horned Grebes were all we could find at the south end. We scooted up to the
north end and picked up a Common Loon. Extensive work could not turn it into
anything else! Since no eBird reports came in from Calgary on exotic gulls,
we decided to make a run for Waterton Lakes NP. A report of gulls would have
sent us north. On our trip to Waterton, the wind made sure we knew it was
going to make birding in Waterton pure hell.



As expected, the wind beat us ragged. We did pick up another Common Loon and
a few Horned Grebe, as well as a few Magpies and Common Raven. Payne Lake
has given us Pacific Loons in the past, so our journey continued with the
wind at our back. At least Payne Lake had a lot more waterfowl with hundreds
of Coots, some Horned, Red-necked and Eared Grebe. A light-colored gull flew
by and landed in a campsite near us. We drove up to it, admired and
photographed it. Thayer's? 1st winter Mew? Poor judgement on 1st year
Ring-billed? We were reasonably sure it wasn't a 1st winter Ring-billed and
ruled it out pending further investigation on the computer. Still not
finding our target bird, we decided to finish the day at Police Outpost
Prov. Park. A Pacific Loon had been reported there at the beginning of the
week. Still windy when we arrived, but at least we found some cover.



Police Outpost had the highest number of waterfowl with hundreds of Coots.
Ruddy Ducks and Bufflehead were in abundance too and a few Western Grebe
were floating around. Target bird was missed.



Do you think I was going to end this email without mentioning the Black
Scoter again! It was a lifer for me, a lifer for David in Alberta and a
year-bird for both of us. The bird was a few hundred meters south of the
boat launch on the west side of Pine Coulee Reservoir. Pictures confirming
ID were taken. Also, the light-colored gull turned out to be an Iceland
(Thayer's) Gull. It was hanging out in the SE corner of Payne Lake at the
1st campsite off the dam. This was a year-bird for both of us. I guess the
search for target birds sometimes leads you to some fantastic surprises. If
we'd found the Pacific Loon the weekend before or at Clear Lake, we would
not have gone to Pine Coulee. If someone would have reported Thayer's Gull
in Calgary, we may well have headed up that way and missed a very easy find
at Payne Lake. Isn't birding unpredictable!



Ken Orich

Lethbridge



Subject: Nature Calgary Birding North Glenmore Park, 0900-1130 AM, Sat. Oct 27/18
Date: Sat Oct 27 2018 16:15 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
A cool but calm & clear morning greeted the 9 participants in this 'still
under construction' SW Calgary park.

1. Snow Goose - 30 flying overhead in arc formation
2. Canada Goose - 7
3. Mallard - 16
4. Common Goldeneye - 5
5. Bufflehead - 27
6. Ring-billed Gull - 3
7. Downy Woodpecker - 1
8. Northern Flicker - 4, including one Yellow-shafted
9. Blue Jay - 2
10. Black-billed Magpie - 7
11. Common Raven - 2
12. Black-capped Chickadee - 18
13. Red-breasted Nuthatch - 2
14. Dark-eyed Junco - 10

Least Chipmunk - 1
Muskrat - 2

Leaders: Bernie Diebolt, Janet Gill
Calgary



Subject: FFCPP Soc Calgary--Rotary/Mattamy Greenway (68 Street SE Wetlands), Calgary, Alberta, CA; Saturday, 27-Oct-2018
Date: Sat Oct 27 2018 16:12 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
FFCPP Soc Calgary--Rotary/Mattamy Greenway (68 Street SE Wetlands), Calgary,
Alberta, CA; Saturday, 27-Oct-2018 9:00 - 11:42



1. Canada Goose 150
2. Northern Shoveler 8
3. Gadwall 7
4. American Wigeon 3
5. Mallard 125
6. Northern Pintail 5
7. Redhead 3
8. Bufflehead 2
9. Common Goldeneye 15
10. Hooded Merganser 10
11. Common Merganser 5
12. Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 30
13. American Coot 11
14. Bonaparte's Gull 2
15. Ring-billed Gull 500
16. California Gull 4
17. Herring Gull 16
18. Northern Flicker 1
19. Merlin 1
20. Blue Jay 1
21. Black-billed Magpie 11
22. American Crow 10
23. Common Raven 4
24. Black-capped Chickadee 6
25. Red-breasted Nuthatch 2
26. Golden-crowned Kinglet 1
27. Common Redpoll 6
28. Dark-eyed Junco 6





Wayne Walker, Joan Walker, John Stegeman, Jennifer Solem, Robert Worona



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Subject: Swans in Marsland Basin
Date: Fri Oct 26 2018 17:54 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
Linda - Thanks for listing this sighting.  
We visited Marsland yesterday (25th Oct) and found your swan hanging out by the viewpoint - close enough that the yellow bill was visible with the naked eye. It moved off to the far side of the slough shortly after we arrived. Don Cassidy included a photo with our ebird list.
Happy birding,
Dave & Susan Russum

From: [email protected] [Albertabird]
Sent: Tuesday, October 23, 2018 6:27 PM
To: Alberta[email protected]
Subject: [Albertabird] Swans in Marsland Basin [2 Attachments]




Today we visited Marsland Basin and while scoping the swans to estimate how many Trumpeter and how many Tundra, we found a swan with a large yellow patch at the base of the bill. Appears to be a Bewick's, a variety (or sub-species?) of Tundra Swan which breeds in Asia and Europe. The bird seemed to swim and feed with another Tundra Swan which had only a trace of yellow at the base of the bill. Please see photos. Is it really Bewick's? Have these been seen very often in Canada?




Linda Vaxvick
NW Calgary, AB



Subject: Re: Calgary Christmas bird feeder count
Date: Fri Oct 26 2018 10:41 am
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
I would like to join in this as well. I would like more details to be sure that I'm clear of what is expected.

In previous years, I've noticed people giving counts from parts away from their homes. I would be interested in this as well but again, would need more details.


A better email to reach me at is [email protected] I will also add that I don't mind sharing the cost of the phone calls in November. One volunteer shouldn't have to pay for it alone.


Thanks Barb!


Kathy Grill
Calgary Pineridge



Subject: Re: Calgary Christmas bird feeder count
Date: Fri Oct 26 2018 8:45 am
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
Would be happy to help; have numerous bird feeders; in Parkland se

email [email protected]



Subject: Grande Prairie birding - Oct 23-25, 2018
Date: Thu Oct 25 2018 21:05 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
Species diversity has waned considerably in recent weeks although open waters still afford good staging locations for migrant waterfowl. All 3 days covered under this report were bright and sunny with temperatures in the+10 C range. Over the 3 days, a total of 22 different species were observed, with the most being at Crystal Lake today.

1, Crystal Lake, Oct 25, 2018 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM
16 species as follows:

Canada Goose 425

American Wigeon 220

Mallard 10

Redhead 2

Bufflehead 35

American Coot 14

Ring-billed Gull 4

Bald Eagle 1

Downy Woodpecker 1

Blue Jay 1

Black-billed Magpie 6

American Crow 1

Black-capped Chickadee 2

European Starling 17

House Finch 2

House Sparrow 19
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2. Muskoseepi Park, Oct 24, 2018 1:15 PM - 3:00 PM
8 species, as follows:
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 5
Black-billed Magpie 19
Common Raven 3
Black-capped Chickadee 11
Red-breasted Nuthatch 1
White-breasted Nuthatch 2
Bohemian Waxwing 18
House Sparrow 3
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Muskoseepi Park (Reservoir), Oct 23, 2018 2:50 PM - 3:40 PM
7 species, as follows:
Mallard 11
Green-winged Teal 8
Bufflehead 6
Ring-billed Gull 110
Black-billed Magpie 5
Common Raven 1
Black-capped Chickadee 2
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Good birding!
David RhodyGrande Prairie








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Subject: Scoters in the mountains
Date: Thu Oct 25 2018 16:18 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
With recent reports of Black Scoters in various parts of the province, I
decided on Tuesday to check out some bodies of water in the mountains,
from Canmore to Seebe Dam to the Kananaskis Lakes.

Overall it was somewhat disappointing. None of the ponds had any
waterfowl, except Wedge Pond, which had a single Red-necked Grebe. Seebe
Dam had one Common Loon and a family of Trumpeter Swans. Barrier Lake
was frustrating with what few birds there were on the opposite side of
the lake. From the parking lot half way along the lake, I could make out
a couple of Western Grebes, a few Mallards, and a few Common Mergansers.

The north end of Lower Kananaskis Lake had some Common Goldeneyes. Near
the Lower Lake Campground area a few more water birds could be seen.
There was one group of coots, and a raft of Red-necked Grebes. There
were scoters; two White-winged Scoters and four Surf Scoters. It was
amusing in an annoying way that it looked like the Surf Scoters, which
were hard to see from the eastern shore, were very close to the western
shore, but when I went around to the western shore, they looked closer
to the eastern shore! But I had good enough views to determine they were
"just" Surf Scoters and not something more interesting.

The best bird of the day was my first Snow Bunting of the season near
the Upper Kananaskis Lake. That lake had a Horned Grebe and yet more
Red-necked Grebes.

Last stop was Lac des Arcs on the way home. That was another frustrating
stop. There were hundreds of waterfowl on the lake, but, predictably,
all on the far side. It was a fairly warm day, and with the resultant
heat shimmer, it was hard even to make out the Canada Geese in the
distant parts of the lake. Most of the "ducks" turned out to be coots -
at least 500 of them. There were over 100 swans too, of both species. Of
the other ducks, there were many wigeons and Mallards and pintails, but
beyond those that were close to the road it was impossible to get IDs -
there could have been anything out there. Since it was the end of a
longish day, I opted not to lug my gear out to the blinds to get closer
to some of the birds; maybe another day.

Caroline Lambert
Canmore


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Subject: FFCPP Soc Calgary--Rotary/Mattamy Greenway (68 Street SE Wetlands), Calgary, Alberta, CA; Thursday 25-Oct-2018
Date: Thu Oct 25 2018 14:54 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
FFCPP Soc Calgary--Rotary/Mattamy Greenway (68 Street SE Wetlands), Calgary,
Alberta, CA; Thursday 25-Oct-2018 09:15 - 12:00. Mostly sunny, 4C to 15C.



1. Canada Goose 25
2. Blue-winged Teal 1
3. Northern Shoveler 8
4. Gadwall 4
5. American Wigeon 16
6. Mallard 200
7. Northern Pintail 12
8. Redhead 2
9. Bufflehead 14
10. Hooded Merganser 26
11. Common Merganser 10
12. American Coot 32
13. Greater Yellowlegs 1
14. Ring-billed Gull 450
15. Herring Gull 6
16. Northern Flicker 1
17. Blue Jay 1
18. Black-billed Magpie 14
19. American Crow 3
20. Black-capped Chickadee 3
21. Red-breasted Nuthatch 1
22. Golden-crowned Kinglet 1
23. European Starling 3
24. House Finch 1
25. American Tree Sparrow 3
26. Dark-eyed Junco 7
27. House Sparrow 3



1 Coyote



Leaders: Rob Brown, Dermot Lane, Lori Mainland, David Mitchell



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Subject: FFCPP Soc Calgary--Rotary/Mattamy Greenway (68 Street SE Wetlands), Calgary, Alberta, CA; Wednesday, 24-Oct-2018
Date: Wed Oct 24 2018 15:06 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
FFCPP Soc Calgary--Rotary/Mattamy Greenway (68 Street SE Wetlands), Calgary,
Alberta, CA; Wednesday, 24-Oct-2018 09:15 - 11:56. Light cloud, windy, 3C to
14C



1. Canada Goose 200
2. Trumpeter/Tundra Swan 11
3. Northern Shoveler 9
4. Gadwall 20
5. American Wigeon 15
6. Mallard 500
7. Northern Pintail 10
8. Redhead 2
9. Bufflehead 12
10. Common Goldeneye 10
11. Hooded Merganser 19
12. Common Merganser 3
13. Gray Partridge 5
14. Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 4
15. American Coot 40
16. Ring-billed Gull 600
17. California Gull 1
18. Herring Gull 7
19. Northern Flicker 1
20. Merlin 1
21. Black-billed Magpie 10
22. American Crow 3
23. Common Raven 2
24. Black-capped Chickadee 3
25. Red-breasted Nuthatch 1
26. American Robin 1
27. House Finch 3
28. American Tree Sparrow 10
29. Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored) 6
30. Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon) 1
31. White-throated Sparrow 1



2 Coyotes

3 Muskrats



Leaders: Peter Hoyer, David Mitchell, Leao Vermeylen, Gus Yaki



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