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27 Mar: @ 16:34:39 
Re: LBBG [1 Attachment] [Andrew Hart andrewhart@shaw.ca [Albertabird]]
27 Mar: @ 11:29:02 
LBBG [James Fox fox.james.ed@gmail.com [Albertabird]]
26 Mar: @ 22:57:41 
Barred Owl [2 Attachments] [Eddy Matuod gnude2000@yahoo.com [Albertabird]]
26 Mar: @ 19:41:32 
FRIENDS OF FISH CREEK PROVINCIAL PARK SOCIETY, Boat Launch, S. end of Bow Bottom Tr SE, 09:00-12:00, Sun 25 Mar 2017 ['Gus - CCNA' gyaki@calcna.ab.ca [Albertabird]]
26 Mar: @ 13:59:36 
Glaucous Gull at IBS ['Robert Storms' storms@shaw.ca [Albertabird]]
26 Mar: @ 11:36:20 
Glaucous Gull at IBS [mchagel@yahoo.com [Albertabird]]
26 Mar: @ 09:36:01 
Owls in Edmonton? [Michelle Beaubien micbeaubien@yahoo.ca [Albertabird]]
25 Mar: @ 15:50:21 
FFCPPSoc. Winter Birding, Boat Launch, FCPP, SE Calgary, 0915-1151, Mar 25, 2017 ['Gus - CCNA' gyaki@calcna.ab.ca [Albertabird]]
25 Mar: @ 14:06:26 
update LBBG ['Robert Storms' storms@shaw.ca [Albertabird]]
25 Mar: @ 12:30:08 
Lesser Black-backed Gull [mchagel@yahoo.com [Albertabird]]
24 Mar: @ 16:25:01 
Southern Alberta Lakes - March 24th ['Ken Orich' korich@telusplanet.net [Albertabird]]
24 Mar: @ 11:21:12 
frank lake ['Mike Mulligan' potoo@shaw.ca [Albertabird]]
23 Mar: @ 19:15:43 
FRIENDS OF FISH CREEK PROVINCIAL PARK SOCIETY, Boat Launch, S. end of Bow Bottom Tr SE, SE Calgary, 0915-11:45, Thu.23 Mar 2017. ['Gus - CCNA' gyaki@calcna.ab.ca [Albertabird]]
23 Mar: @ 09:13:30 
RFI - species locations ['Kieran Fahy' kieranfahy@eircom.net [Albertabird]]
22 Mar: @ 17:20:54 
FRIENDS OF FISH CREEK PROVINCIAL PARK SOCIETY, Boat Launch, S. end of Bow Bottom Tr SE, SE Calgary, 0915-12:00, Wed.21 Mar 2017. ['Gus - CCNA' gyaki@calcna.ab.ca [Albertabird]]
22 Mar: @ 11:55:01 
Chandler Seymour Robbins, 1918–2017 ['Mike Mulligan' potoo@shaw.ca [Albertabird]]
21 Mar: @ 23:09:03 
ENC's epic all day owling marathon [3 Attachments] [geraldjr@telusplanet.net [Albertabird]]
21 Mar: @ 21:31:58 
Snow Geese, Snow Geese, Snow Geese! ['Ken Orich' korich@telusplanet.net [Albertabird]]
21 Mar: @ 17:25:30 
FRIENDS OF FISH CREEK PROVINCIAL PARK SOCIETY, Boat Launch, S. end of Bow Bottom Tr SE, SE Calgary,. 0915-12:00, Tue.21 Mar 2017. ['Gus - CCNA' gyaki@calcna.ab.ca [Albertabird]]
20 Mar: @ 21:17:25 
Fw: FRIENDS OF FISH CREEK PROVINCIAL PARK SOCIETY, Boat Launch, S. end of Bow Bottom Tr SE, SE Calgary. 0915-12:00, Mon 20 Mar 2017. ['Gus - CCNA' gyaki@calcna.ab.ca [Albertabird]]
19 Mar: @ 21:15:35 
FRIENDS OF FISH CREEK PROVINCIAL PARK SOCIETY, Ponds E of 68 St. S.E., S.E. Calgary. 1:15- 3:45, Sun 19 Mar.19 2017. Partly sunny, 8°C, Windy gusting to 60kph ['Gus - CCNA' gyaki@calcna.ab.ca [Albertabird]]
19 Mar: @ 18:12:16 
FRIENDS OF FISH CREEK PROVINCIAL PARK SOCIETY, Ponds E of 68 St. SE, SE Calgary. 09:00-12:00, Sun 19 Mar 2017 ['Gus - CCNA' gyaki@calcna.ab.ca [Albertabird]]
19 Mar: @ 13:56:59 
Re: Raven in High River [boblane1 boblane1@telus.net [Albertabird]]
19 Mar: @ 10:05:14 
Raven in High River [jill.bhar@shaw.ca [Albertabird]]
18 Mar: @ 22:17:20 
East of Calgary [mcneilltc@shaw.ca [Albertabird]]
18 Mar: @ 20:46:15 
Nature Calgary field trip to Frank Lake. March 18, 2017. [1 Attachment] [Andrew Hart andrewhart@shaw.ca [Albertabird]]
18 Mar: @ 20:27:42 
Nature Calgary Birding to North Glenmore Park,8:30-11a.m., -2C to +12C partly oloudy, light to strong winds,near the end of the walk, 4 participants [Bernie Diebolt bdiebolt@gmail.com [Albertabird]]
18 Mar: @ 18:47:27 
FRIENDS OF FISH CREEK PROV. PARK SOCIETY WINTER BIRDING, E. of 68 St SE, SE Calgary. 0900-1200, Sat18Mar2017 ['Gus - CCNA' gyaki@calcna.ab.ca [Albertabird]]
18 Mar: @ 18:42:52 
Nature Calgary Field trip to see Northern Flying Squirrels [Bob Lefebvre wbird7@gmail.com [Albertabird]]
18 Mar: @ 11:57:55 
Mountain Bluebird and Song Sparrow [pat.lucas.alberta@gmail.com [Albertabird]]
17 Mar: @ 16:56:31 
Milk River Ridge Reservoir - March 17th ['Ken Orich' korich@telusplanet.net [Albertabird]]
17 Mar: @ 15:37:37 
New Arrivals [Bill Benford bill.benford@gmail.com [Albertabird]]
16 Mar: @ 19:15:29 
FRIENDS OF FISH CREEK PROV. PARK SOCIETY WINTER BIRDING, E. of 68 St SE, SE Calgary. 0915-1145, Thu16Mar2017 ['Gus - CCNA' gyaki@calcna.ab.ca [Albertabird]]
16 Mar: @ 16:52:10 
Re: European Starlings [Bob Lefebvre wbird7@gmail.com [Albertabird]]
16 Mar: @ 15:49:29 
North American Birds - Winter Bird Records ['James Fox' fox.james.ed@gmail.com [Albertabird]]
16 Mar: @ 13:12:24 
Milk River Ridge Reservoir - March 15th ['Ken Orich' korich@telusplanet.net [Albertabird]]
16 Mar: @ 11:35:50 
Re: European Starlings [Caroline Lambert caroline144@gmail.com [Albertabird]]
16 Mar: @ 11:17:35 
March 15 - Waterton Reservoir to Waterton Lakes NP [pat.lucas.alberta@gmail.com [Albertabird]]
16 Mar: @ 10:30:53 
European Starlings [kgbooks@shaw.ca [Albertabird]]
16 Mar: @ 08:16:46 
FRIENDS OF FISH CREEK PROV. PARK SOCIETY WINTER BIRDING, E. of 68 St SE, SE Calgary. 0915-1145, Wed15Mar2017. ['Gus - CCNA' gyaki@calcna.ab.ca [Albertabird]]
15 Mar: @ 14:58:27 
American Crow ['Ken Scott' scottgauthier@shaw.ca [Albertabird]]
14 Mar: @ 20:50:15 
FRIENDS OF FISH CREEK PROV. PARK SOCIETY WINTER BIRDING, E. of 68 St SE, SE Calgary. 0915-1145, Tue,14Mar2017. ['Gus - CCNA' gyaki@calcna.ab.ca [Albertabird]]
14 Mar: @ 10:09:59 
FW: eBird Report - Milk River Ridge Reservoir, Mar 13, 2017 ['Ken Orich' korich@telusplanet.net [Albertabird]]
13 Mar: @ 16:43:52 
FRIENDS OF FISH CREEK PROV. PARK SOCIETY WINTER BIRDING, E. of 68 St SE, SE Calgary. 0915-1215, Mon,13Mar2017. ['Gus - CCNA' gyaki@calcna.ab.ca [Albertabird]]
13 Mar: @ 12:12:27 
VARC Bird Monitoring and Banding Workshops [Derek@birdvancouver.com [Albertabird]]
12 Mar: @ 21:02:31 
Gulls Today at East Calgary Landfill ['Malcolm McDonald' luscinia@telus.net [Albertabird]]
12 Mar: @ 20:48:35 
FRIENDS OF FISH CREEK PROV. PARK SOCIETY WINTER BIRDING, Beaverdam Flats Park, 1315-1545. Sun 12 Mar 2017 ['Gus - CCNA' gyaki@calcna.ab.ca [Albertabird]]
12 Mar: @ 18:48:33 
FRIENDS OF FISH CREEK PROV. PARK SOCIETY WINTER BIRDING, Beaverdam Flats Park, 09:00-12:00. Sun 12 Mar 2017. ['Gus - CCNA' gyaki@calcna.ab.ca [Albertabird]]
11 Mar: @ 18:56:11 
Southern Alberta - March 11th ['Ken Orich' korich@telusplanet.net [Albertabird]]
11 Mar: @ 17:06:01 
FRIENDS OF FISH CREEK PROV. PARK SOCIETY WINTER BIRDING, Beaverdam Flats Park, SE Calgary, 0900-1115. Sat. 11Mar2017 ['Gus - CCNA' gyaki@calcna.ab.ca [Albertabird]]





Subject:
Date: Mon Mar 27 2017 16:34 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
I just got back from Pearce Estate Park.  At 1:45 the gull was still on
a rock just below the weir. Maybe it had not moved since James saw it.
It seemed to be sleeping but every now and then would raise its head and
briefly look around. After about 10 minutes it got up and lazily flew
in a low clockwise circle before coming to rest on a different rock a
few metres downstream, where it resumed its asleep/have a look
behaviour. For those of us fixed in the paradigm of trying to isolate a
special gull from a crowd of several hundred it was kind of unusual to
see that there were no other gulls in sight. Both rocks are easily
visible from the weir lookout area. Photo attached.

On the way back to the car park I encountered a vocal Brown Creeper.

Andrew Hart

Calgary



On 3/27/2017 10:27 AM, James Fox fox.james.ed@gmail.com [Albertabird] wrote:
>
> Hi
>
> The Lesser Black-backed Gull is sleeping on a rock just below the weir
> at Pearce Estate Park. It's been here for about 10 minutes so far.
>
> Good birding
> James Fox
> Edmonton
>
>



Subject: LBBG
Date: Mon Mar 27 2017 11:29 am
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hi

The Lesser Black-backed Gull is sleeping on a rock just below the weir at Pearce Estate Park. It's been here for about 10 minutes so far.

Good birding
James Fox
Edmonton

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Subject:
Date: Sun Mar 26 2017 22:57 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hi All,This morning (March 26, 2017) I had my first sighting (of the year) of a Barred Owlalong Sibbald Creek Trail (Hwy 68). I don't think this is the same owl sighted at Weaselheada month and a half ago which I missed. Two photos attached.


Good birding,
Eduardo 'Eddy' MatuodAirdrie City, Alberta



Subject: FRIENDS OF FISH CREEK PROVINCIAL PARK SOCIETY, Boat Launch, S. end of Bow Bottom Tr SE, 09:00-12:00, Sun 25 Mar 2017
Date: Sun Mar 26 2017 19:41 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
> FRIENDS OF FISH CREEK PROVINCIAL PARK SOCIETY, Boat Launch, S. end of Bow
> Bottom Tr SE, Calgary, 0900-12:00, Sun 25 Mar 2017. Mostly clear, calm, 3
> to 8C
>
> 1. Canada Goose - 60
> 2. Trumpeter Swan - 25 (flying overhead, one trumpeted)
> 3. American Wigeon - 33
> 4. Mallard - 100
> 5. Bufflehead - 6
> 6. Common Goldeneye - 30
> 7. Hooded Merganser - 1 -- Female
> 8. Common Merganser - 10
> 9. Bald Eagle - 5 -- All adults
> 10. Buteo sp. - 1 -- Likey a red-tailed but too far to ID for certain
> 11. Ring-billed Gull - 12
> 12. Herring Gull - 2
> 13. Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) -2 -- 1 on nest
> 14. Great Horned Owl - 1
> 15. Downy Woodpecker - 6
> 16. Northern Flicker - 15
> 17. Black-billed Magpie - 13
> 18. American Crow - 3
> 19. Common Raven - 5 -- 1 on nest
> 20. Black-capped Chickadee - 10
> 21. Red-breasted Nuthatch - 1
> 22. White-breasted Nuthatch - 3
> 23. American Robin - 6
> 24. European Starling - 100
>
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Subject: Glaucous Gull at IBS
Date: Sun Mar 26 2017 13:59 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
Thanks to Michael Hagel for reporting this bird. It was an adult sleeping
much of the time. John Thompson & I did see it walking about for approx. 5
minutes before it went back to sleep. It was still there at 11:45am.



Robert Storms

Calgary,AB



Subject: Glaucous Gull at IBS
Date: Sun Mar 26 2017 11:36 am
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
Bob Storms spotted a Glaucous Gull at the Inglewood Bird Sactuary the morning on the gravel bars.

Michael Hagel
Calgary AB

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Subject: Owls in Edmonton?
Date: Sun Mar 26 2017 9:36 am
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
I'm headed to Edmonton for a few days. Any suggestions on where I can see owls? I've managed to find great horned and great grey owls so everything else is on my list especially,  Saw-whet owls.  You can email me directly with advice.
Thanks!
Michelle
Calgary


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Subject: FFCPPSoc. Winter Birding, Boat Launch, FCPP, SE Calgary, 0915-1151, Mar 25, 2017
Date: Sat Mar 25 2017 15:50 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
FFCPPSoc. Winter Birding, Boat Launch, FCPP, SECalgary, 0915-1151,
Mar 25, 2017. Sunny, calm, 4-10C.
Traveling5.00 km

>
65 Canada Goose
> 2 American Wigeon
> 32 Mallard
> 5
Bufflehead
> 23 Common Goldeneye
> 1 Hooded Merganser
> 7
Common Merganser
> 1 Ring-necked Pheasant
> 3 Bald Eagle
> 10
Ring-billed Gull
> 1 Herring Gull
> 6 Rock Pigeon (Feral
Pigeon)
> 1 Great Horned Owl
> 8 Downy Woodpecker
> 1 Hairy
Woodpecker
> 8 Northern Flicker
> 16 Black-billed Magpie
> 8
American Crow
> 2 Common Raven
> 6 Black-capped Chickadee
> 1
White-breasted Nuthatch
> 5 American Robin
> 18 European
Starling
> 4 House Sparrow
>
> Number of Taxa: 24
>

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Subject: update LBBG
Date: Sat Mar 25 2017 14:06 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
When I left Pearce Estate at 1145am, the bird that Michael Hagel reported
for me was just downstream of the discharge outlet from the fish hatchery.
Thanks to Michael for posting for me earlier.



Robert Storms



Subject: Lesser Black-backed Gull
Date: Sat Mar 25 2017 12:30 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
An adult Lesser Black-backed Gull has been seen by Bob Storms at Pearce Estate Park, below the weir.

Michael Hagel
Calgary, AB

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Subject: Southern Alberta Lakes - March 24th
Date: Fri Mar 24 2017 16:25 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
This morning, my wife Annette and I headed out on a birding trip to check
some of the lakes/reservoirs south of Lethbridge. Snow Geese were the main
target bird. A quick stop at Stirling Lake showed it is still more than 90%
frozen over. Other than some Canada Geese, a few Tundra Swans standing on
the ice and some Common Goldeneye and Mallards swimming In a bit of open
water it was quiet. We did see a female Snowy Owl that moved from sitting
on beehives to land in the cattails along the shoreline. Just as we arrived
we saw a flock of 10,000+ Snow Geese lift off from a field a few miles to
the east, but they didn't come to the lake. Instead they flew over to the
SW for some other location.



Just when we arrived at Tyrrell Lake we picked up a Ferruginous Hawk. The
bulk of the lake is still frozen west of Rge. Rd. 17-4, but there are some
leads with a bit of open water. All kinds of waterfowl were lined up on the
ice, but it was too far to ID them with binoculars, so I passed on getting
out the scope. We checked out the Great Horned Owls then went to the far
east end to check for Snow Geese. When we first arrived, I estimated
between eight and ten thousand were on the water. Good numbers of American
Wigeon, Mallards, Common Goldeneye and Mallards were present. Just before
we left, Snow Geese started rolling in by waves of hundreds. We
repositioned ourselves and watched them come into the lake and an adjacent
field for more than half an hour. They kept coming and coming at 3 or 4
different elevations and the waves consisted of flocks varying from a couple
hundred to smaller ones of 20 to 40. It was non-stop for the entire time.
On leaving, my estimate, and very conservative was 120,000+. What a sight
to experience. Our truck/blind was right at the edge of all the action. We
picked up a Northern Harrier as we left.



We head westerly down Hwy. 506 to the Ridge Reservoir. It is totally open
now, or at least everything we could see was open. Canvasback, Redhead,
Common Goldeneye and Lesser Scaup were present and we picked up a pair of
Ring-necked Ducks and 2 Rough-legged Hawks. We went up to the Knight Ranch
and found 3 Golden Eagles, 1 Northern Harrier and another Rough-legged Hawk.



On our way home we saw our first Great Blue Heron of the year along Rge. Rd.
21-1 just south of Twp. Rd. 7-0. We had 32 species for our trip.



Ken Orich

Lethbridge



Subject: frank lake
Date: Fri Mar 24 2017 11:21 am
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
The gate to the road leading to the hide at Frank Lake is now open, according to Greg Wagner.

Mike Mulligan
Calgary



Subject: FRIENDS OF FISH CREEK PROVINCIAL PARK SOCIETY, Boat Launch, S. end of Bow Bottom Tr SE, SE Calgary, 0915-11:45, Thu.23 Mar 2017.
Date: Thu Mar 23 2017 19:15 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
FRIENDS OF
FISH CREEK PROVINCIAL PARK SOCIETY, Boat Launch, S. end of Bow Bottom Tr SE,
<?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags"
/>SE Calgary,0915-11:45, Thu.23 Mar 2017.
Sunny, calm, 1 to11C<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns =
"urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />

1.
Canada
Goose 30

2.
Mallard
40

3.
Bufflehead -
6

4.
Common
Goldeneye 30

5.
Common
Merganser-6

6.
Ring-billed
Gull-4+

7.
Rock
Pigeon-3+

8.
Great
Horned Owl-1 m. Attacked approaching Can.Geese.

9.
Downy
Woodpecker-4

10.
Northern
Flicker-15

11.
Black-billed
Magpie-3

12.
American
Crow-1

13.
Common
Raven-2, attending nest

14.
Black-capped
Chickadee-6

15.
White-breasted Nuthatch-1
heard

16.
American
Robin-3

17.
European
Starling-30

Meadow
Vole-1

Muskrat-2

White-tailed
Deer-3



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Mitchell, Gus Yaki


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Subject: RFI - species locations
Date: Thu Mar 23 2017 9:13 am
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hello all,



I am birder from Wexford, Ireland, who has recently joined this list as I
will be in Alberta for a few days in mid June this year on a family holiday.
I will be spending 4 nights based in Canmore and one in Calgary and wondered
could anyone assist me with likely locations for the following species close
to Canmore & Calgary?



Baird's Sparrow

Le Conte's Sparrow

Sharp-tailed Grouse

Sprague's Pipit

Swainson's Thrush (Russet-backed)

Brewers Sparrow (Timberline)

American Three-toed Woodpecker

Barred Owl

Black-backed Woodpecker

Boreal Chickadee

Brown Creeper


Calliope Hummingbird

Cassin's Vireo

Dusky Grouse

Evening Grosbeak

Grey-crowned Rosy Finch

Hawk Owl

Northern Pygmy Owl

Northern Saw-whet Owl

Pine Grosbeak

Rufous Hummingbird

Rusty Blackbird

Slate-colored Fox Sparrow

Spruce Grouse

Townsend's Solitaire

White-winged Crossbill

Varied Thrush

White-tailed Ptarmigan

Yellow Rail





Many thanks,



Kieran











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Subject: FRIENDS OF FISH CREEK PROVINCIAL PARK SOCIETY, Boat Launch, S. end of Bow Bottom Tr SE, SE Calgary, 0915-12:00, Wed.21 Mar 2017.
Date: Wed Mar 22 2017 17:20 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
FRIENDS OF
FISH CREEK PROVINCIAL PARK SOCIETY, Boat Launch, S. end of Bow Bottom Tr SE,
<?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags"
/>SE Calgary,0915-12:00, Wed.21 Mar 2017.
Rained overnight, clearing, becoming sunny, calm, 1 to 6C<?xml:namespace prefix
= o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />
1.
Canada
Goose 50
2.
Mallard
20
3.
Northern
Pintail-30
4.
Bufflehead -
10
5.
Common
Goldeneye 50
6.
Common
Merganser-10
7.
Rough-legged
Hawk-1
8.
Ring-billed
Gull-6+
9.
Rock
Pigeon-1+
10.
Great
Horned Owl-1 m.
11.
Downy
Woodpecker-2
12.
Northern
Flicker-20
13.
Northern
Shrike-1
14.
Black-billed
Magpie-6
15.
American
Crow-12
16.
Common
Raven-4+, attending nests
17.
Black-capped
Chickadee-10
18.
White-breasted
Nuthatch-1
19.
American
Robin-7
20.
European
Starling-100
21.
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Subject: Chandler Seymour Robbins, 1918–2017
Date: Wed Mar 22 2017 11:55 am
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
Chandler Robbins died two days ago. See notice below
from American Birding Association.

I still have, and occasionally refer to, my 50-year-old
Golden Guide.

Mike Mulligan
Calgary




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Chandler
Seymour Robbins,19182017by Ted
Floyd
Chandler
Seymour Robbins, one of the greatest birders and
field ornithologists of all time, died yesterday
in Columbia, Maryland. He was 98.
Robbins
created the Golden Guide, amongthe
most influential bird books ever published, and he
conceived the Breeding Bird Survey, a landmark
achievement in bird conservation. His
contributions to science and conservation were
prodigious.
Robbins
professional career, spanning seven decades,
significantly influenced nearly every serious
birder and ornithologist in the New World. Because
of Robbins, we are all better citizen-scientists.
And there is something else: Because of Robbins,
we are better citizens, period.
Robbins,
known as Chan to all, was universally acclaimed
as a gentleman. Chan was gracious and giving. He
was possessed of the deepest humanity. An
encounter with Robbins typically resulted in a
Chan story, usually entertaining and a bit
surreal, invariably humbling, and sometimes
literally life-changing.



Chandler
S. Robbins (19182017) was one of the leading
ornithologists of the 20th and early 21st
centuries.
Like
the time I met him when I was in high school.
I was at an ornithological conference, standing
alone at an exhibit. You look like someone who
should read this magazine, the slender man with
the crew cut said to me. He gave me his copy of
American Birds, and I became a subscriber
on the spot. That night I told my family Id met a
famous ornithologist and one of the nicest people
youll ever know. More than thirty years later, I
cant say that Ive known a greater ornithologist
or nicer person. And Im still a subscriber.
Like
the time he was on a field trip I was leading
while a college student. My co-leader blurted
out a comically bad misidentification, and I was
about to a make a public spectacle out of the man.
Chan would have none of it. He defused the
situation with wit and charmand no small amount
of bird biology. I was on my way to learning the
lesson that being a good birder is all about how
we treat other people.
Like
the time I was a young adult at a regional
scientific meeting. Its the only time I ever
saw Chan in a condition of distress. The emcee had
neglected to acknowledge a local birder for some
accomplishment, and Chan was genuinely pained by
the error of omission. He was the embodiment of a
quality that we so often read about, yet so rarely
encounter in this life: compassion.
Like
the last time I saw Chan in person. Although
he was visibly older, his legendary spirit was
undiminished. We sat down together for lunch, and
I was expecting to reminisce a bit. That was not
on Chans agenda. Instead, he focused on the
future. We need more bird monitoring than ever
before, he counseled; we especially need data on
survivorship and mortality; and we need to apply
digital technology to the bird conservation
agenda, not vice versa. I was busily taking notes.
Suddenly our server accidentally dropped something
at our table, whereupon Chan sprang from his chair
to assist. Note to self: bird monitoringmore
datadigital technologybut more than any of that,
be good to others.

I
can think of many people who have made me a better
birder and ornithologist, and Chandler S. Robbins
is certainly nearthe top of the list. I
sometimes wonder what would have become of me, had
the svelte man with the crew cut not given me his
copy of American Birds. Oh for sure, I
would have gone on to become a birder and
ornithologist. Thats not what I mean. What I mean
is this: What if Chanhadnt touched me with
his spirit of inclusivity and love? I dont know.
But I can definitively say the following: Chan
did reach out to me, all those years, and
my life has been richer and fulleras a
result.
Please
share your own Chan stories in the space
below.

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Subject:
Date: Tue Mar 21 2017 23:09 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
A question was posed… How many owl species could we find in one day? There’s 10 possibilities in the Edmonton area. Quite a lot of considerations in trying to work out an itinerary that has a chance to get as many owls as possible. Time, distance, time of year, scouting reports, etc. But we put together a crew of keen and enthusiastic (those words are code for "questionable judgement!”), owlers and met up at Sherwood Park 6am Saturday morning.

First stop was a couple of neighbourhoods overlooking Whitemud Creek. This part had to be extremely unsatisfying for most of the group. Imagine standing there in the dark listening to 2 or 3 people say they hear a distant Barred Owl. Then they say hear a Saw-whet. And all you hear is traffic noise! Not the greatest encounter, but we ticked off 2 owls and headed out of the city.

Heading west, we went up towards Calahoo, over to Imrie Park, near Alberta Beach, and back to the Yellowhead near Wabamun. A month or so ago, the route would’ve produced a few Great Grays. But none for us that day.

So, we headed further west towards Evansburg and went south of the highway on the other side of the Pembina. Stopped at a spot where there were 2 GGOWs a week ago, but still no luck. Further south at the famous Pygmy spot, our luck continued - no owls. A little ways down the road, Ann spotted a bird. By the time we backed up and checked the bird had flown. But a few of us heard some distant tooting. It was a Pygmy Owl. But again not very satisfying for most of the group.

Steve did distract from the disappointment by asking about some tracks in the snow. Turned out to be wolf tracks. Looked like a small pack had been roaming around. Interesting to see how the crusty snow had held them up in some places, but how they’d broken through in others:



By now it was 11am, we’d been out for for 5 hours and most of us hadn’t seen or heard ANY owls. But 5 minutes later, John J saved the day. He beat me to the punch and spotted another Pygmy right beside the road. This one was way more co-operative and got photographed like crazy:




We left that bird alone and continued on to Cynthia. Made a pit stop and we all basked in the 10 degree sunshine. Spring felt like it was springing. Manna even found a Milbert’s Tortoiseshell flitting around:


Photo: Manna Parseyan

We tried a few spots near Cynthia where Hawk Owls had been seen this winter. But they completely eluded us. It was one of the risks of running this trip in mid-March. Most wintering Hawk Owls seem to disperse by that time of year. Except, of course, the one Connor finds the day after the trip!!!

So we continued on through Lodgepole and then Drayton Valley. Then south towards Pigeon Lake. Touring through the country we saw lots of the first waves of spring migrants. Canada Geese, Crows, and Starlings. At one spot we saw a large flock of Crows wheeling around. It turned out that a Raven had singled out one rough-looking Crow and was intently chasing it. With a huge flock of Crows on its tail.

Shortly after this, we had the “Incident”. This is a great example of how all members should follow proper field trip etiquette and not lag too far behind. It started like this; car 4 radios car 5 and asks “was that an eagle on the left?” Car 5 (the last car) responds “there’s a what? on the right?” Car 5 proceeds to scan the wrong side of the road for an eternity! Meanwhile the rest of the convoy is gone out of sight. And out of radio contact. But they don’t seem to make any attempt to catch up.

Our intrepid car 5 ended up missing an important turn to the south. They continued east and ended up phoning car 3. The hilarity continued when between car 5 and car 3 no one could tell the difference between north and south! I finally got a hold of car 5 and found out the problems included one guy that didn’t have reading glasses and another guy who couldn’t read a map! Eventually and painfully we met up with car 5 and got all the owlers back in the convoy.

We cruised to the east and got out to the west side of Bittern Lake around 7:00. It didn’t take long before someone spotted a Short-eared Owl way out over the lake. Not a great look but Steve set up his big scope and we saw our 4th owl species of the day. Of course after struggling with looking at that distant owl, a kilometre up the road we saw 5 more Short-ears, much closer.

Over on the east side of the lake we picked up a nice lightly marked Snowy Owl on a power pole. Just a bit north of where we had a distant look at a Great Horned on nest. So after 14 hours and hundreds of Kms we had 6 species.

Then it was on towards Tofield. Picked up a couple more Snowies on the way. Was starting to get worried about the weather. Wind warnings were coming in and there was an ominous line of clouds to the west. After a quick pit stop in town we hustled out towards the Beaverhills Bird Observatory. Though the wind had picked up, it wasn’t too bad yet.

It’s always a challenge to listen for owls in a group. It seems like no one realizes how distracting the slightest shift of weight or rustling of clothes can be. Sean suggested we all strip down to reduce the noise levels. For some reason no one followed his advice! Despite all the noisy clothes we almost immediately heard at least 2 Long-eared Owls when everyone settled down. And a much better listen to some Saw-whet owls.

Just as we were leaving, the wind really picked up along with some sleet and snow. Kind of thought of stopping at Elk Island for a chance at the Great Gray we’d heard a couple of weeks earlier. But with the strong winds it seemed pointless.

We made it back to Sherwood Park by 10:30. After putting on 700 kms over 16.5 hours we ended up with 7 owl species and 20 individual owls. Very ironical that 2 of the species we missed - Hawk Owl and Great Gray - are usually 2 of the easiest to see all winter. Shows that getting 8 or 9 is very possible. With a 10th (Boreal) more likely with some better scouting efforts.

Big thanks to all the keen participants, and especially to Sean for all the work he did registering everybody! Our bird list follows.

Gerald Romanchuk
Edmonton
)
107 Canada Goose
2 Mallard
5 Gray Partridge
1 Golden Eagle
1 Northern Goshawk
1 Bald Eagle
1 Rough-legged Hawk
5 Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)
1 Great Horned Owl
3 Snowy Owl
2 Northern Pygmy-Owl
1 Barred Owl
2 Long-eared Owl
6 Short-eared Owl
5 Northern Saw-whet Owl
1 Downy Woodpecker
1 Hairy Woodpecker
1 Pileated Woodpecker
10 Gray Jay
2 Blue Jay
47 Black-billed Magpie
11 American Crow
24 Common Raven
31 Black-capped Chickadee
2 Boreal Chickadee
154 European Starling
10 Snow Bunting
20 Common Redpoll



Subject: Snow Geese, Snow Geese, Snow Geese!
Date: Tue Mar 21 2017 21:31 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
Today, Earle Covert, Al Daiken and I made a loop of some of the lakes east
and south-east of Lethbridge. Our first stop was Taber Lake which is still
mostly ice-covered. Canada Geese, Common Goldeneye, Mallards, Redheads and
American Wigeon were found, but not in big numbers. From there we took some
grid roads to Fincastle Lake. On the north side we found approx. 1000
Ring-billed Gulls, mostly standing on ice. Among them was one Franklin's
Gull; early and first of year for us. We checked out the east end boat
launch to see if there were any early Great Blue Herons. No luck with that
but there were hundreds of Ring-billed Gulls on the ice and island. Canada
Geese were occupying at least 3 of the Heron nests. We sorted out 1
California Gull in the mass of gulls.



We worked our way south and then west to Horsefly Lake south of Taber. It
too is mostly ice-covered but that didn't stop Snow Geese from being there.
Our conservative estimate was 30,000+. A Golden Eagle flew over and they
exploded into the air. That clinched our estimate of numbers. There were
quite a few Common Goldeneye, Redheads and Mallards in the bit of open
water. Our trek took us over to Hwy. 36 and south to the Chin Reservoir.
It too is mostly ice-covered and we watched some gulls, Canada Geese and
Common Goldeneye while we ate our lunches.



After lunch we continued south to Rush Lake, which is frozen. Not much
there other than a few Canada Geese standing on the ice. We checked the
east end of Tyrrell Lake which is mostly open now. This is the portion east
of Rge. Rd. 17-4. There were 4 good-sized flocks of Snow Geese, three in
the water and one feeding on the north side. Our estimate is 60,000+.
Something spooked them and they lifted off a couple times, giving us
confidence in our estimate. There were a few dozen Tundra Swans and well
over 100 American Wigeon, Redheads, Canvasback, Common Goldeneye, Northern
Shoveler and Lesser Scaup. I'm sure we missed something, but there was so
much movement of birds, it was a challenge to keep track of them. We also
picked up a Ring-necked Pheasant, Northern Harrier and Great Horned Owls in
the immediate area. The bulk of Tyrrell Lake is still frozen west of Rge.
Rd. 17-4.



On our way home we stopped at Stirling Lake. Snow Geese in good numbers
were strung in a long line across the lake standing on the ice. We figured
there must be at least ten thousand until they panicked. It was easy to
revise our conservative estimate of 30,000+. I just wish one could capture
the splendor of so many Snow Geese at once with a picture. Zoomed in you
only catch a tiny piece of them and backed off to catch them all, they are
mere dots on the landscape. I hope the Snow Geese show up in those numbers
for the Edmonton Snow Goose chase. We ended up with 30 species for the day
count.



Ken Orich

Lethbridge



Subject: FRIENDS OF FISH CREEK PROVINCIAL PARK SOCIETY, Boat Launch, S. end of Bow Bottom Tr SE, SE Calgary,. 0915-12:00, Tue.21 Mar 2017.
Date: Tue Mar 21 2017 17:25 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
FRIENDS OF
FISH CREEK PROVINCIAL PARK SOCIETY, Boat Launch, S. end of Bow Bottom Tr SE,
<?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags"
/>SE Calgary,.0915-12:00, Tue.21 Mar
2017. Overcast, SE wind, gusting to 30kph. -5 to 1C<?xml:namespace prefix = o
ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />
1.
Canada
Goose 100
2.
Swan
sp.-7. before start.
3.
American Wigeon
3+
4.
Mallard
150
5.
Northern
Pintail-20
6.
Bufflehead -
2
7.
Common
Goldeneye 50
8.
Common
Merganser-20
9.
Bald
Eagle-4 (2 ad/2 juv.) many sightings.
10.
Killdeer-1
heard
11.
Ring-billed Gull
4+
12.
California Gull-3+
13.
Herring
Gull-2+
14.
ICELAND GULL, imm. at Hulls
Woods.
15.
Rock
Pigeon-1
16.
Great
Horned Owl-1 m.
17.
Downy
Woodpecker-6
18.
Hairy
Woodpecker-1
19.
Northern
Flicker-10
20.
Black-billed
Magpie-4
21.
American Crow-2, plus 12 as
passing Bow Valley Ranche.
22.
Common
Raven-2+, attending nest
23.
Black-capped
Chickadee-10
24.
White-breasted
Nuthatch-2
25.
American
Robin-3
26.
European
Starling-20
27.
House
Finch-2, nesting in broken light fixture.
White-tailed
Deer-4

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Subject: Fw: FRIENDS OF FISH CREEK PROVINCIAL PARK SOCIETY, Boat Launch, S. end of Bow Bottom Tr SE, SE Calgary. 0915-12:00, Mon 20 Mar 2017.
Date: Mon Mar 20 2017 21:17 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
FRIENDS OF FISH CREEK
PROVINCIAL PARK SOCIETY, Boat Launch, S. end of Bow Bottom Tr SE, SE Calgary.0915-12:00, Mon 20 Mar 2017. Heavy
Overcast, calm, -5 to -2C

1.
Canada
Goose 100
2.
American Wigeon
-8
3.
Mallard
100
4.
Bufflehead -
10
5.
Common
Goldeneye 50
6.
Barrow's Goldeneye
1m.
7.
Common
Merganser-7
8.
Gray
Partridge-2
9.
Killdeer-3
10.
Ring-billed Gull
4+
11.
California Gull-3+
12.
Rock
Pigeon-2
13.
Downy
Woodpecker-4
14.
Northern
Flicker-5
15.
Blue
Jay-1 heard.
16.
Black-billed
Magpie-10
17.
American
Crow-1
18.
Common
Raven-2+, attending nest
19.
Black-capped
Chickadee-14
20.
White-breasted
Nuthatch-1
21.
American
Robin-5+
22.
European Starling-25
Muskrat-1
White-tailed
Deer-1

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Subject: FRIENDS OF FISH CREEK PROVINCIAL PARK SOCIETY, Ponds E of 68 St. S.E., S.E. Calgary. 1:15- 3:45, Sun 19 Mar.19 2017. Partly sunny, 8°C, Windy gusting to 60kph
Date: Sun Mar 19 2017 21:15 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
1. Canada Goose-35

2. Mallard-1300+
3. Northern Pintail-5
4. Ring-necked Duck-3
5. Greater/Lesser Scaup-2
6. Bufflehead-25
7. Common Goldeneye-80
8. Hooded Merganser-2
9. BUTEO sp.-1
10. Ring-billed Gull-20
11.California Gull-80
12. HERRING GULL-1
Rock Pigeon-1+
13. Black-billed Magpie-10
14. Common Raven-9
15. Black-capped Chickadee-4
16. American Robin-2
17. European Starling-4
18. House Sparrow-2

Muskrat-3
Coyote-1

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Subject: FRIENDS OF FISH CREEK PROVINCIAL PARK SOCIETY, Ponds E of 68 St. SE, SE Calgary. 09:00-12:00, Sun 19 Mar 2017
Date: Sun Mar 19 2017 18:12 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
FRIENDS OF FISH CREEK PROVINCIAL PARK SOCIETY, Ponds E of 68 St. SE, SE
Calgary.09:00-12:00, Sun 19 Mar 2017. Partly sunny, -1-28C,Winds
variable to 20kph.
1. Canada Goose - 2002. American Wigeon -
63. Mallard - 3000, including 1 leucistic.4. Northern
Pintail - 1005. Ring-necked Duck - 26; Bufflehead -
247. Common Goldeneye - 308. Barrow's Goldeneye
- 29. Hooded Merganser - 210. Killdeer -
311. Ring-billed Gull - 2512. California Gull - 7513. Rock
Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) - 814. Northern Flicker - 115. Merlin
- 116. Black-billed Magpie - 1217. American Crow -
218. Common Raven - 1019. Horned Lark - 120.
Black-capped Chickadee - 521. Brown Creeper - 1 (at parking lot after
12:00)22. Golden-crowned Kinglet - 123. American Robin -
424. European Starling - 35025. American Tree Sparrow - 2 (at parking
lot after 12:00)26. House Finch - 627. House Sparrow -
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Subject: Raven in High River
Date: Sun Mar 19 2017 13:56 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
A related report. Just saw a Raven carrying a small branch here in St. Albert. Would this be serious nesting material? Or a come-on to attract a potential mate? I suppose it could be either.


Bob Lane, St. Albert


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I don't know if this is noteworthy, but thIs morning a Raven swooped past my window and landed on a nearby chimney with what looked like a small bird or rodent in its bill. I could see what looked like two legs, or was it nesting material?). Then it dropped it, and flew off without looking back. A few days ago, a large black bird, which I think must have been a Raven, flew horizontally past the same window. I have never seen a Raven this close to the house before.








Jill Bhar


High River



Subject: Raven in High River
Date: Sun Mar 19 2017 10:05 am
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
I don't know if this is noteworthy, but thIs morning a Raven swooped past my window and landed on a nearby chimney with what looked like a small bird or rodent in its bill. I could see what looked like two legs, or was it nesting material?). Then it dropped it, and flew off without looking back. A few days ago, a large black bird, which I think must have been a Raven, flew horizontally past the same window. I have never seen a Raven this close to the house before.


Jill Bhar
High River



Subject: East of Calgary
Date: Sat Mar 18 2017 22:17 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
Saw a Mountain Bluebird today on TWSP 273 just before RR 254



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Subject: Nature Calgary Birding to North Glenmore Park,8:30-11a.m., -2C to +12C partly oloudy, light to strong winds,near the end of the walk, 4 participants
Date: Sat Mar 18 2017 20:27 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
1 Canada Goose-15
2 Mallard-17
3Common Goldeneye-17
4 California Gull-1
5 Downy Woodpecker-4
6 Northern Flicker-5
7 Blue Jay-1
8 Black-billed Magpie-7
9 American Crow-2
10 Common Raven-14
11 Black-capped Chickadee-4
12 White-breasted Nuthatch-1
13 American Robin-1
14 House Finch-1

Bernie Diebolt
Calgary



Subject: FRIENDS OF FISH CREEK PROV. PARK SOCIETY WINTER BIRDING, E. of 68 St SE, SE Calgary. 0900-1200, Sat18Mar2017
Date: Sat Mar 18 2017 18:47 pm
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FRIENDS OF<?XML:NAMESPACE PREFIX = ST1
/>FISHCREEKPROV.PARKSOCIETY WINTER BIRDING, E. of 68 St
SE,SE Calgary. 0900-1200, Sat18Mar2017.
Skies hazy early in the morning, eventually clearing and sunny, gusty SW
Winds, -1 to 14C. Difficult to count as sky was often filled with birds,
mostly ducks.


Canada Goose-1500
American Wigeon-1
Mallard-2000
NORTHERN SHOVELER-2
Northern Pintail-30
Canvasback-1f
Redhead-5
RING-NECKED DUCK
Bufflehead-80
Common Goldeneye-76
BARROWS GOLDENEYE-2
Hooded Merganser-2
Common Merganser-9
Bald Eagle-1
Ring-billed Gull-75
California Gull-50
Rock Pigeon-3
Northern Flicker-4
MERLIN-1
BLUE JAY-1
Black-billed Magpie-6
AMERICAN CROW-1
Common Raven-7
Black-capped Chickadee
MOUNTAIN BLUEBIRD-1
AMERICAN ROBIN-1
European Starling-500
House Finch-2
House Sparrow-4
Meadow Vole-1
Muskrat-2

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Subject: Nature Calgary Field trip to see Northern Flying Squirrels
Date: Sat Mar 18 2017 18:42 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
Dan Arndt and I led a Nature Calgary field trip last night, Friday 17 March 2017, to the Weaselhead to see the Northern Flying Squirrels and to listen and look for nocturnal birds and other animals. There were ten of us present, and the conditions were pretty good. It was perhaps the warmest we've ever experienced for this trip when we've gone in March (from about +5 C to freezing) with some overcast and a little wind.Unfortunately we didn't see any squirrels at all. We waited until about 10:30 pm, which is usually well past the time we see them. Perhaps the warm weather allowed them to feed on natural food sources and not have to go to the feeders.We also failed to hear any owls. The only birds we had were one Black-billed Magpie, and some loud Canada Geese on the open water, perhaps 20-30 birds minimum. There was also a large bird that flew silently over in the dark, which those who saw it thought may have been a swan. The only mammals were some howling Coyotes, and three White-tailed Deer that were in the area of the feeders, eating seeds, at 7 pm when I stocked the feeders.On Thursday evening, when I pre-scouted the area, I did have three owls: one Great Horned calling at 8 pm from west of the green bridge, and two Northern Saw-whets (at 9 pm to the west of the feeders, and at 9:20 far to the SE). As seems to be typical for this date, the Saw-whets only vocalized for about 20-30 seconds each.Bob Lefebvre, CalgaryBlog: Birds Calgary    Twitter: @birdscalgary 







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Subject: Mountain Bluebird and Song Sparrow
Date: Sat Mar 18 2017 11:57 am
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
I went to Beaver Mines yesterday to see what the eaglewatch folks were up to.  Not a lot of volume while I was there but I did see a Goshawk and 2 Bald eages come through.  On the way to Beaver Mines, and the way back, I saw several bluebirds (male and female) and also stopped to listen to a song sparrow singing by the river.  It's a relief to see our early spring birds after this long and very wintry winter!  eBird extracts below.


Beaver Mines

Northern Goshawk 1 Bald Eagle 2 Rough-legged Hawk 1 Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 1 Steller's Jay 2 Blue Jay 2 Black-billed Magpie 4 Common Raven 2 Black-capped Chickadee 5 Red-breasted Nuthatch 3 Pine Siskin 5 Evening Grosbeak 6

Burmis

Wild Turkey 27 Killdeer 1 Black-billed Magpie 2 Black-capped Chickadee 2 American Dipper 1 Mountain Bluebird 2 European Starling 30 Song Sparrow 1 Pine Siskin 15
Pat Lucas

Crowsnest Pass, Alberta



Subject: Milk River Ridge Reservoir - March 17th
Date: Fri Mar 17 2017 16:56 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
Below are 4 eBird reports for today for the north side, SW corner and west end of the Ridge Reservoir, as well as one for the Knight Ranch. New birds for me today were Gadwall, Western Meadowlark and American White Pelican (rare according to eBird). Ice on the Ridge Reservoir is breaking up fast and there was much more open water than a couple days ago. Tomorrow is supposed to get up to +19C with wind, so I expect a lot of ice will go.Ken OrichLethbridgeMilk River Ridge Reservoir, Lethbridge, Alberta, CA Mar 17, 2017 9:45 AM - 10:15 AMProtocol: Traveling1.0 kilometer(s)Comments: Waterfowl numbers are very conservative counts/estimates. Birds were moving continuously. Observations made on north side where Rge. Rd. 20-2 meets lake and east to below the spillway.14 species (+1 other taxa)Canada Goose 160Tundra Swan 9American Wigeon 50Mallard 60Northern Shoveler 4Northern Pintail 250Canvasback 40Redhead 60Lesser Scaup 40Common Goldeneye 140Rough-legged Hawk 1Larus sp. 30Great Horned Owl 2American Crow 6European Starling 4Milk River Ridge Reservoir, Lethbridge, Alberta, CA Mar 17, 2017 10:30 AM - 11:00 AMProtocol: StationaryComments: SE corner of Reservoir where it meets Hwy. 506. Open water has increased in size significantly. Numbers of waterfowl are conservative counts/estimates.15 speciesCanada Goose 30Tundra Swan 8Gadwall 1Eurasian Wigeon 1American Wigeon 80Mallard 140Northern Shoveler 5Northern Pintail 180Green-winged Teal 4Canvasback 100Redhead 100Ring-necked Duck 1Lesser Scaup 80Bufflehead 1Common Goldeneye 160Knight Ranch-Milk River Ridge, Lethbridge, Alberta, CA Mar 17, 2017 11:10 AM - 11:40 AMProtocol: Traveling10.0 kilometer(s)7 species (+1 other taxa)Golden Eagle 1Bald Eagle 1Larus sp. 6Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 3Great Horned Owl 2Black-billed Magpie 6European Starling 30Western Meadowlark 1 Meadowlark was singing.Milk River Ridge Reservoir, Lethbridge, Alberta, CA Mar 17, 2017 12:50 PM - 1:10 PMProtocol: StationaryComments: West end of Ridge Reservoir. Waterfowl numbers are very conservative counts/estimates.9 species (+1 other taxa)Canada Goose 80Tundra Swan 20American Wigeon 40Mallard 100Northern Pintail 200Canvasback 40Lesser Scaup 2Common Goldeneye 100duck sp. 400 Difficult to ID due to distance and looking into the sun.American White Pelican 2 They were sitting with heads tucked in along the shore. Orange feet were first noticed and then one raised its head to show a very prominent, large orange bill. Photos attached.





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Subject: New Arrivals
Date: Fri Mar 17 2017 15:37 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hello fellow birders.

Canada Geese have just started to arrive here at Lake Isle. They were
heard but not seen, as they seem to be in a bay just down the lake from
our place.

More news to come as arrivals are seen and/or heard.

Bill Benford

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Subject: FRIENDS OF FISH CREEK PROV. PARK SOCIETY WINTER BIRDING, E. of 68 St SE, SE Calgary. 0915-1145, Thu16Mar2017
Date: Thu Mar 16 2017 19:15 pm
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FRIENDS
OF <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns =
"urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" />FISHCREEKPROV.PARK SOCIETY WINTER BIRDING, E. of 68 St SE,
SE Calgary. 0915-1145, Thu16Mar2017. Snowing,
stopping about 10:30am, becoming sunny, N Wind 10kph, 0 to 3C. <?xml:namespace
prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office"
/>
1.
Canada
Goose-1200
2.
Mallard-5,000
3.
CANVASBACK-1
f.
4.
REDHEAD-4
5.
Bufflehead-20
6.
Common
Goldeneye-25
7.
Bald Eagle-1
juv.
8.
KILLDEER-1
9.
Ring-billed
Gull-5+
10.
California
Gull-30+
11.
Rock
Pigeon-6+
12.
Northern
Flicker-2+
13.
Black-billed
Magpie-12
14.
Common
Raven-6+
15.
Black-capped
Chickadee-4
16.
European
Starling-300+
17.
House
Finch-2+.

Coyote-1

Richardsons Ground Squirrel-1
m.

Muskrat-2+
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Subject: European Starlings
Date: Thu Mar 16 2017 16:52 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
Re: European Starlings.The first small flock I saw in my neighbourhood in SE Calgary this spring was last Saturday, March 11, a total of nine birds. By Tuesday I was seeing flocks of hundreds at dusk, going to roost in nearby spruce trees. This is normal, and the birds are late this year. They usually arrive here on about February 20. I have estimated up to 1700 European Starlings visible from my house at dusk in late February in previous years, and I'm sure there were many hundreds more in the area. If you drive around the area at dusk you will see flocks in every direction. Once the birds go to roost and stop vocalizing, you would never know there was a single bird there. They depart in the morning, sometimes all at once, which is quite a sight.Most years there are a few that overwinter in my neighbourhood (Dover) but I didn't see any this year, although I believe there were many at the East Calgary Landfill.Bob LefebvreCalgaryRegards,Bob LefebvreBlog: Birds Calgary    Twitter: @birdscalgary 
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This message comes a little late, I have to thank my failing memory and over busy days.I was in the Evergreen community on Sunday March 12. While walking my dog, I heard the usual House Sparrows and BC chickadees. Close to the end of the walk, I heard another call that caught my interest. I looked over and the snow free roof of one house was literally covered in what looked and sounded like European Starlings. There was a mountain ash tree close by, that they had great interest in and there was lots of flying and squabbling. I didn't think the residents would appreciate me getting close to their house and staring, so I didn't get a very good look but am quite certain that it was a fairly large flock. I'd guess about 50 at least.I was hoping someone else would have noticed these birds by now and since no one has commented, I'm a little unsure of my sights. I'm not sure if European Starlings come back this early?Kathy GrillPineridge areaCalgary AB


























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Subject: North American Birds - Winter Bird Records
Date: Thu Mar 16 2017 15:49 pm
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Hello Alberta Birders 



The American Birding Association publishes a quarterly magazine titled North American Birds. It is a journal documenting rare & notable bird records from every region of Canada, the US, Mexico & Central America. Alberta is in the Prairie Province Region. I am part of a new team, compiling bird records & writing reports for Alberta.



If you have any rare bird reports from December 1st to February 28th, please send me a private email at fox.james.ed@gmail.com. Rare can mean a few things, an unusual species or an exceptionally high numbers or a species out of range for a certain time of year.



North American Bird issues can be viewed online by subscribers at https://www.aba.org/nab/



I look forward to seeing what bird records are submitted from the Alberta Birds Yahoo Group.



Good birding,
James Fox

Edmonton



Subject: Milk River Ridge Reservoir - March 15th
Date: Thu Mar 16 2017 13:12 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
Yesterday, Earle Covert and I birded on the Milk River Ridge.  We started
our morning checking out the west end of the Ridge Reservoir. Just before
we got that far, we spotted a flock of 300 or so Snow Geese with 30+ Tundra
Swans in a field along Hwy. 844. The west end of the Reservoir was quiet,
but we did find 3 Common Mergansers and some Common Goldeneye in the canal.
Canada Geese and 100+ gulls, most likely California, sitting on the ice.
The gulls were too far out to ID. We backtracked to Twp. Rd. 5-4 heading
east along the Raymond Reservoir. Other than a few Canada Geese, it was
quiet.



At the end of Rge. Rd. 20-2 where it meets the Reservoir and open water, we
found Common Goldeneye, Redheads, Lesser Scaup, Canada Geese, Northern
Pintail, a California Gull and one Bald Eagle. From there we continued east
along Twp. Rd. 5-2, then south along Rge. Rd. 19-3 finding one Rough-legged
Hawk. When we could see the Reservoir again we noticed 7 Tundra Swans
sitting on the ice with an immature Bald Eagle sitting approx. 50 m from
them. The Swans didn't appear to be concerned. The open water in the SE
corner along Hwy 506 has increased in size and it is getting more
challenging to ID waterfowl. New birds seen other than all the waterfowl
previously mentioned were Canvasback, at least 30+.



We wanted to check ice conditions at Tyrrell Lake, so headed east along Hwy
506. Tyrrell Lake is still totally ice-bound, but there were 80+ Tundra
Swans, a few Mallards, Northern Pintail and Canada Geese sitting forlornly
on the ice. We picked up a Great Horned Owl and Northern Harrier in the
area. From there we drove westerly back to the Ridge Reservoir. We checked
out the Reservoir again and found 3 Northern Shoveler, year-birds for both
of us. Before lunch we drove up to the Knight Ranch, finding 3 more
Rough-legged Hawks, 1 Golden Eagle and 2 Ferruginous Hawks. We had lunch at
the SE corner of the Reservoir, watching birds coming and going, but did not
find anything new.



After lunch, we retraced our route back to the north side of the Reservoir.
That was a good move because we found 2 male Hooded Mergansers and 4 male
Common Mergansers, as well as a couple American Wigeon and Canvasback that
were not there earlier in the morning. We also found another mixed flock of
Snow Geese, Tundra Swans, Mallards and Pintails along Twp. Rd. 5-2 before we
arrived at the Reservoir. Continuing our reverse route, the Raymond
Reservoir was a very busy hub of migration activity. It's amazing the
difference a couple hours make. We found first-of-year Green-winged Teal,
a couple Ring-billed Gulls and a good assortment of waterfowl previously
mentioned.



Earle ended up getting 10 year-birds and I had two. It was a good day. We
didn't find any Western Meadowlarks and I see they are already being
reported in the Calgary area. Have to go look for those again today.



Ken Orich

Lethbridge



Subject: European Starlings
Date: Thu Mar 16 2017 11:35 am
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
European Starlings are present in Alberta year round. eBird data show a
slight increase in numbers in mid-March. So what you saw was both normal
and expected.

Caroline Lambert
Canmore, AB

On 3/16/17 9:27 AM, kgbooks@shaw.ca [Albertabird] wrote:
>
> This message comes a little late, I have to thank my failing memory
> and over busy days.
>
>
> I was in the Evergreen community on Sunday March 12. While walking my
> dog, I heard the usual House Sparrows and BC chickadees. Close to the
> end of the walk, I heard another call that caught my interest. I
> looked over and the snow free roof of one house was literally covered
> in what looked and sounded like European Starlings. There was a
> mountain ash tree close by, that they had great interest in and there
> was lots of flying and squabbling. I didn't think the residents would
> appreciate me getting close to their house and staring, so I didn't
> get a very good look but am quite certain that it was a fairly large
> flock. I'd guess about 50 at least.
>
>
> I was hoping someone else would have noticed these birds by now and
> since no one has commented, I'm a little unsure of my sights. I'm not
> sure if European Starl ings come back this early?
>
>
> Kathy Grill
>
> Pineridge area
>
> Calgary AB
>
>



Subject: March 15 - Waterton Reservoir to Waterton Lakes NP
Date: Thu Mar 16 2017 11:17 am
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
Yesterday I did a circuit in SW Alberta.  Almost all permanent potholes and lakes were still frozen but there were plenty of ephemeral puddles & lakes created by the recent melt of heavy snow cover.  There was water running everywhere and all the little creeks were full to brimming.  I did my usual eBird checklists and here is a summary.


Waterton Reservoir was mostly frozen, but at a nearby puddle I saw the following signs of spring. The Horned Lark were singing.

Waterton Reservoir Canada Goose 350 Mallard 80 Northern Pintail 40 Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 3 Black-billed Magpie 6 Common Raven 3 Horned Lark 20 American Robin 2 European Starling 25

From there I went to Hillspring and south. Plenty of little lakes and ponds in there. I was very pleased to see lots of waterfowl, including swans. The ones that I could see clearly were all Tundra. At one point I noticed a bit of excitement going on and a gray falcon with light under was flying over the waterfowl on the lake. A closer look revealed it was a light Gyrfalcon, catching the sun as it banked and swooped. Several times it flew from a nearby fencepost to harass the waterfowl but I did not see it nab anything while I was there.

Hillspring to Hwy 5 Canada Goose 500 Tundra Swan 15 Trumpeter/Tundra Swan 50 Mallard 100 Northern Pintail 100 Common Goldeneye 9 Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 40 Gyrfalcon 1 Common Raven 2 European Starling 4

Then on to Waterton. The river at the entrance is unfrozen. Lower Waterton Lake is partially frozen, and the entrance ponds, Maskinonge, Middle and Upper Lakes are still frozen. The Little Prairie Day Use area has been a great spot for Boreal Chickadee and Crossbill this winter and I wasn't disappointed. Instead of Red Crossbill though I saw the White-winged.

Waterton Lakes National Park
-Little Prairie Day Use area & Dipper Trail
Gray Jay 4 Boreal Chickadee 4 Red-breasted Nuthatch 5 Pine Grosbeak 1 White-winged Crossbill 2

Not really a lot else going on in the Park until I was leaving. The gulls that I spotted were too far away to ID but they were there, the first time I have seen them this spring.
-Pass Creek picnic area to Park entrance


Northern Pintail 1 Common Goldeneye 34 Bald Eagle 1 Killdeer 1 Gull sp. X Common Raven 2 American Dipper 2





Pat Lucas
Crowsnest Pass, AB



Subject: European Starlings
Date: Thu Mar 16 2017 10:30 am
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
This message comes a little late, I have to thank my failing memory and over busy days.


I was in the Evergreen community on Sunday March 12. While walking my dog, I heard the usual House Sparrows and BC chickadees. Close to the end of the walk, I heard another call that caught my interest. I looked over and the snow free roof of one house was literally covered in what looked and sounded like European Starlings. There was a mountain ash tree close by, that they had great interest in and there was lots of flying and squabbling. I didn't think the residents would appreciate me getting close to their house and staring, so I didn't get a very good look but am quite certain that it was a fairly large flock. I'd guess about 50 at least.


I was hoping someone else would have noticed these birds by now and since no one has commented, I'm a little unsure of my sights. I'm not sure if European Starlings come back this early?


Kathy Grill
Pineridge area
Calgary AB



Subject: FRIENDS OF FISH CREEK PROV. PARK SOCIETY WINTER BIRDING, E. of 68 St SE, SE Calgary. 0915-1145, Wed15Mar2017.
Date: Thu Mar 16 2017 8:16 am
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
FRIENDS
OF <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns =
"urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" />FISHCREEKPROV.PARK SOCIETY WINTER BIRDING, E. of 68 St SE,
SE Calgary. 0915-1145, Wed15Mar2017. Sunny, SE
Wind 10kph, -12 to 9C. Ponds opening up rapidly.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns =
"urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />
1.
Canada
Goose-1500
2.
Mallard-10,000, including one
with a white patch on head
3.
NORTHERN
PINTAIL-1
4.
Bufflehead-2
5.
Common
Goldeneye-20
6.
Hooded Merganser-1
m.
7.
Merlin-1
8.
Ring-billed
Gull-1+
9.
California
Gull-10+
10.
Rock
Pigeon-23+
11.
Northern
Flicker-2+
12.
Black-billed
Magpie-12
13.
Black-capped
Chickadee-4
14.
Red-breasted
Nuthatch-2
15.
Common
Raven-8.
16.
European
Starling-100+
17.
House
Sparrow-2+.
Muskrat-1+
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Subject: American Crow
Date: Wed Mar 15 2017 14:58 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
American Crow here yesterday afternoon. First one we've seen here since last
November. Spring at last??????

Ken Scott, Strathcona-Christie, West Calgary



Subject: FRIENDS OF FISH CREEK PROV. PARK SOCIETY WINTER BIRDING, E. of 68 St SE, SE Calgary. 0915-1145, Tue,14Mar2017.
Date: Tue Mar 14 2017 20:50 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
FRIENDS
OF <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns =
"urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" />FISHCREEKPROV.PARK SOCIETY WINTER BIRDING, E. of 68 St SE,
SE Calgary. 0915-1145, Tue,14Mar2017. Overcast,
calm. -2 to 6C. Ponds opening up.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns =
"urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />
1.
Canada
Goose-1200
2.
Wood Duck-1
m.
3.
Mallard-800
4.
Common Goldeneye-1
m
5.
Hooded Merganser-3 (2 m/1
f)
6.
Ring-necked Pheasant-1
m
7.
Bald Eagle-1 juv, with light
shoulder/all white belly
8.
California Gull-1
9.
Rock
Pigeon-2+
10.
Northern
Flicker-2+
11.
Black-billed
Magpie-12
12.
Common
Raven-14.
13.
European
Starling-1500+
14.
House
Finch-6+
15.
House Sparrow-2
.
Coyote-1
White-tailed
Deer-4
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Subject: FW: eBird Report - Milk River Ridge Reservoir, Mar 13, 2017
Date: Tue Mar 14 2017 10:09 am
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
Below is an eBird report for the Ridge Reservoir for the SE corner where there is open water.  As you can see migration is heating up.  On the north side of it, where there is a bit of open water at the end of Rge. Rd. 20-2 we found an additional 80 California Gulls, 8 Redheads (6 males & 2 females), 13 more Tundra Swans and 2 Ring-billed Gulls (1st of year for me).   The Eurasian Wigeon was also a first-of-year bird for me.  One can almost go to these two locations every couple hours and find something new.  Fun times!

Ken Orich
Lethbridge

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To: korich@telusplanet.net
Subject: eBird Report - Milk River Ridge Reservoir, Mar 13, 2017

Milk River Ridge Reservoir, Lethbridge, Alberta, CA Mar 13, 2017 2:20 PM - 2:50 PM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments: Al Daiken was with me. SE corner of the reservoir in open water along Hwy. 506.
9 species

Canada Goose 300
Tundra Swan 160
Eurasian Wigeon 1
American Wigeon 4
Mallard 30
Northern Pintail 50
Ring-necked Duck 1
Common Goldeneye 80
California Gull 20

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Subject: FRIENDS OF FISH CREEK PROV. PARK SOCIETY WINTER BIRDING, E. of 68 St SE, SE Calgary. 0915-1215, Mon,13Mar2017.
Date: Mon Mar 13 2017 16:43 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
FRIENDS OF
<?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags"
/>FISHCREEKPROV.PARK SOCIETY WINTER BIRDING, E. of 68
St SE, SE Calgary. 0915-1215, Mon,13Mar2017.



1.
Canada Goose-200<?xml:namespace
prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office"
/>
2.
Mallard-100
3.
Common Goldeneye-3
m
4.
Hooded Merganser-3 (2 m/1 f). All
waterfowl in Elliston Park
5.
Bald Eagle-2 (1 sub-ad/1 juv,
with light shoulder area).
6.
Rock
Pigeon-1+
7.
Downy/Hairy
Woodpecker-1
8.
Northern
Flicker-1
9.
Black-billed
Magpie-15
10.
Common Raven-5 (one visited a
ravens nest).
11.
Black-capped Chickadee-2+
heard
12.
European
Starling-500+
13.
House
Finch-1+
14.
House Sparrow-2
heard.
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Subject: VARC Bird Monitoring and Banding Workshops
Date: Mon Mar 13 2017 12:12 pm
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The Vancouver Avian Research Centre is pleased to announce spring 2017 dates for Bird Monitoring and Banding Workshops.
Bird Monitoring and Banding Workshop:
• May 5 – 7
• June 3 - 5
The Bird Monitoring and Banding Workshop is designed for people with little or no bird banding or bird in the hand experience and provides a fantastic opportunity to see birds up close and personal, to learn about their plumage, molt sequences and life habits.
Most of all, these workshops are designed to be a fun and interesting experience and a way to take your interest in birds and the environment to the next level. See what people who have attended the workshops have to say and why the average rating from course participants is 9.5 out of 10!!

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Vancouver Avian Research Centre



Subject: Gulls Today at East Calgary Landfill
Date: Sun Mar 12 2017 21:02 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
This morning we went to check out the East Calgary Landfill from Peigan
Trail and saw at least 6 gulls flying around the dump. From the size and
dark mantle they appeared to be California Gulls.



We also saw a single Rough-legged Hawk on a lamp standard along Stoney Trail
just east of the Simons Valley Rd/ Beddington Trail intersection.



Malcolm & Joan McDonald

Calgary



Subject: FRIENDS OF FISH CREEK PROV. PARK SOCIETY WINTER BIRDING, Beaverdam Flats Park, 1315-1545. Sun 12 Mar 2017
Date: Sun Mar 12 2017 20:48 pm
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FRIENDS OF FISH CREEK PROV. PARK
SOCIETY WINTER BIRDING, <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns =
"urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" />BeaverdamFlatsPark, 1315-1545. Sun 12 Mar 2017.
Sunny, SE wind-15kph, -12 to -10C.Canada Goose - 800Mallard -
80Bufflehead - 20Common Goldeneye - 85Barrow's Goldeneye -
2Common Merganser 10<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns =
"urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />
Coopers
Hawk? - 1Bald Eagle 2+ (1 ad/5 juv. sightings)Rock Pigeon - 5Great
Horned Owl - 1Downy Woodpecker 4+Hairy Woodpecker - 1Northern
Flicker - 12Blue Jay - 4
Black-billed Magpie -12Common
Raven - 4Black-capped Chickadee - 10Red-breasted Nuthatch - 1 (at the
parking lot)House Sparrow - 419 Species

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Gray Squirrel - 1White-tailed Deer - 4Leaders: Bernie Diebolt,
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Subject: FRIENDS OF FISH CREEK PROV. PARK SOCIETY WINTER BIRDING, Beaverdam Flats Park, 09:00-12:00. Sun 12 Mar 2017.
Date: Sun Mar 12 2017 18:48 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
FRIENDS OF FISH CREEK PROV. PARK SOCIETY WINTER BIRDING, Beaverdam Flats
Park, 09:00-12:00. Sun 12 Mar 2017. Partially sunny with mist along river,
no wind, -15C.

1. Canada Goose - 400
2. Mallard - 40
3. Bufflehead - 40
4. Common Goldeneye - 65
5. Barrow's Goldeneye - 3
6. Common Merganser - 10
7. Bald Eagle - 2
8. Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) - 16
9. Great Horned Owl - 1
10. Downy Woodpecker - 6
11. Hairy Woodpecker - 2
12. Northern Flicker - 10
13. Merlin - 1
14. Black-billed Magpie - 5
15. Common Raven - 10
16. Black-capped Chickadee - 20
17. White-breasted Nuthatch - 2
18. Red-breasted Nuthatch - 1 (at the parking lot)
19. European Starling - 150
20. House Sparrow - 10

White-tailed Deer - 4

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Subject: Southern Alberta - March 11th
Date: Sat Mar 11 2017 18:56 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
Today David Scott and I continued our quest to find new arrivals and
year-birds. Our first stop was the Milk River Ridge Reservoir. By the time
we reached the west end of it we had Dark-eyed Junco, House Finch, N.
Flicker, Feral Pigeon, Common Raven, Snow Bunting and Horned Lark. The west
end is still frozen solid with a trickle of water in the canal leading to
it. We kicked out a couple Canada Geese and a Common Goldeneye. Along the
route to the north side open water at the end of Rge. Rd. 20-2 we picked up
a Black-billed Magpie.



A few hundred Canada Geese were there with a dozen or so Northern Pintail,
Common Goldeneye, a couple Mallards, 2 Redheads and our first-of-year
American Wigeon. We continued west along Twp. Rd. 5-2 which parallels the
reservoir for a couple km. and found our first Bald Eagle and Rough-legged
Hawk of the day. As we worked our way to the SE corner at Hwy. 506, things
were pretty quiet. There were 600+ Canada Geese at the open water, as well
as 60 California Gulls, 4 Lesser Scaup and 40 Common Goldeneye. Some of the
open water re-froze due to cold temperatures. There was a nasty SE wind
blowing, but David spent a bit of time scoping to confirm we weren't missing
any new birds.



We continued west along Hwy 506 picking up 5 more Rough-legged Hawks before
we arrived at the Jct. of Hwy. 506 and 844. Just west of the Hutterite
Colony, we stopped at their gravel pit along Hwy. 506 to check out some
Horned Larks. There was a good-sized flock of approx. 1500 Snow Buntings
just before we stopped. As we were looking at the Horned Larks a pair of
Short-eared Owls (year-birds) being harassed by 4 Magpies flew towards us.
Some European Starling were there and our first Golden Eagle of the day was
sited a km. down the road. We picked up a covey of 30+ Gray Partridge
before we reached Hwy. 62.



At Hwy. 62, we turned south for Del Bonita, picking up another 5
Rough-legged Hawks and our first Ferruginous Hawk of the year near the
McIntyre Farm. At Crystal Springs Hutterite Colony we found 66 Sharp-tailed
Grouse huddled in the snow. Some were chasing each other around, perhaps a
prelude to lekking? Just after we crossed the Milk River, we found our only
Prairie Falcon of the day. From Del Bonita, we headed west along Hwy 501
towards Cardston, finding 7 more Bald Eagles and 3 additional Rough-legged
Hawks. We turned south at Hwy. 2 and decided to go to Police Outpost PP to
see if we could get lucky with an early Mountain Bluebird. Lots of snow and
cold, so it's probably a good thing none were around. I'm not sure if they
would survive with current conditions. We did see another 5 Bald Eagles and
1 more Rough-legged Hawk. We had lunch at Police Outpost PP.



After lunch we headed north to Beazer and then east along Hwy 501 to
Cardston. One more Golden Eagle and 4 more Bald Eagles were added to the
eagle tally. We stopped in Cardston at Bob Pruner's place to check out his
feeders and ask him about the Lapland Longspurs he had seen the other day.
We were lucky and Bob was just heading out to that area, so we followed him.
At the site on the south side of St. Mary's Reservoir, we jumped in with Bob
and went for a cross-country drive picking up a beautiful male Snowy Owl,
more Horned Larks and our last year-bird of the day, Lapland Longspurs.



A quick recap: we saw 17 Bald Eagles, 2 Golden Eagles, 1 Prairie Falcon, 2
Short-eared Owls, 1 Snowy Owl, 15 Rough-legged Hawks, 1 Ferruginous Hawk, 66
Sharp-tailed Grouse (5 of these are Alberta Species at Risk), 4 of the
species seen were year-birds for us and a total of 30 species for our
effort. All in all, a pretty rewarding day.



Ken Orich

Lethbridge



Subject: FRIENDS OF FISH CREEK PROV. PARK SOCIETY WINTER BIRDING, Beaverdam Flats Park, SE Calgary, 0900-1115. Sat. 11Mar2017
Date: Sat Mar 11 2017 17:06 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
FRIENDS OF FISH CREEK PROV. PARK SOCIETY
WINTER BIRDING,<?XML:NAMESPACE PREFIX = ST1 />BeaverdamFlatsPark,SE
Calgary, 0900-1115. Sat. 11Mar2017. Overcast with considerable mist
along river, N. wind 15Kph. -21 to --19C.<?XML:NAMESPACE PREFIX = O
/>

Canada Goose-700
Mallard-40
Bufflehead-18
Common Goldeneye-30
Common Merganser-5
Bald Eagle-2 juv
Great Horned Owl-1
Downy Woodpecker-9
Hairy Woodpecker-1
Northern Flicker-9
Black-billed Magpie-5
Common Raven-3+
Black-capped Chickadee-8
House Sparrow-8
EasternGray Squirrel-2
White-tailed Deer-1

Leaders: Barry Hertz, John Stegeman,


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