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22 Apr: @ 01:50:35 
April Birds & Beers, Calgary [Bob Lefebvre [email protected] [Albertabird]]
18 Apr: @ 14:40:30 
FFCPP Soc Calgary--Rotary/Mattamy Greenway (68 Street SE Wetlands), Calgary, Alberta, CA. Wednesday, 18-Apr-2018 [[email protected] [Albertabird]]
17 Apr: @ 23:01:41 
Grande Prairie: Muskoseepi Park reservoir area -- 17-Apr-2018 [David Rhody [email protected] [Albertabird]]
17 Apr: @ 14:44:28 
FFCPP Soc Calgary--Rotary/Mattamy Greenway (68 Street SE Wetlands), Calgary, Alberta, CA Tuesday, 17-Apr-2018 [[email protected] [Albertabird]]
17 Apr: @ 09:47:46 
Re: Savannah Sparrow in NW Calgary [[email protected] [Albertabird]]
17 Apr: @ 08:09:21 
RE: Savannah Sparrows in Banff ['Miles Tindal' [email protected] [Albertabird]]
16 Apr: @ 19:19:19 
Re: FW: eBird Report - Tyrrell Lake, Apr 16, 2018 [Pat Lucas [email protected] [Albertabird]]
16 Apr: @ 19:14:02 
Re: FW: eBird Report - Tyrrell Lake, Apr 16, 2018 [korich [email protected] [Albertabird]]
16 Apr: @ 19:01:35 
Re: FW: eBird Report - Tyrrell Lake, Apr 16, 2018 [Pat Lucas [email protected] [Albertabird]]
16 Apr: @ 18:25:54 
FW: eBird Report - Tyrrell Lake, Apr 16, 2018 ['Ken Orich' [email protected] [Albertabird]]
16 Apr: @ 15:31:28 
Savannah Sparrow in NW Calgary ['Malcolm McDonald' [email protected] [Albertabird]]
16 Apr: @ 07:40:34 
Nature Calgary Trip-Frank Lake [[email protected] [Albertabird]]
15 Apr: @ 20:18:52 
A few photos from Sunday Afternoon... Mallard Point... [Pam Hardy [email protected] [Albertabird]]
15 Apr: @ 19:41:07 
FFCPPSoc. Birding Mallard Point, FCPP, Calgary. 1:15-4:PM, Sunday, April 15/18 [Janet Gill [email protected] [Albertabird]]
15 Apr: @ 19:06:40 
Grande Prairie: rhythm of migrants' arrival accelerating -- 15-Apr-2018 [David Rhody [email protected] [Albertabird]]
15 Apr: @ 18:18:21 
FFCPPSoc. Birding, Mallard Point, FCPP, SE Calgary. 09:00-12:30, Sun, 15 Apr 2018 ['Gus - CCNA' [email protected] [Albertabird]]
15 Apr: @ 18:16:59 
FFCPPSoc. Birding, Mallard Point, SE Calgary, 0755- 1055, 15Apr2018 ['Gus - CCNA' [email protected] [Albertabird]]
14 Apr: @ 17:42:42 
FFCPPSoc. Birding, Mallard Point, FCPP, SE Calgary. 0910-1215, Sat, 14Apr2018 ['Gus - CCNA' [email protected] [Albertabird]]
14 Apr: @ 14:23:16 
Iceland Gull [3 Attachments] ['Ray Wershler' [email protected] [Albertabird]]
14 Apr: @ 10:06:00 
Iceland Gull [raywersh [email protected] [Albertabird]]
13 Apr: @ 16:17:46 
FW: eBird Report - Tyrrell Lake, Apr 13, 2018 ['Ken Orich' [email protected] [Albertabird]]
12 Apr: @ 17:16:59 
Nature Calgary field trip. Lafarge Meadows [Andrew Hart [email protected] [Albertabird]]
12 Apr: @ 13:31:20 
FFCPP Soc Fish Creek PP--Mallard Point, Calgary, Alberta, CA. Thursday, 12-Apr-2018 [[email protected] [Albertabird]]
12 Apr: @ 12:32:57 
Grande Prairie: more migrants arrive, 11-Apr-2018 [David Rhody [email protected] [Albertabird]]
11 Apr: @ 22:52:16 
FFCPP Soc. Fish Creek PP--Mallard Point, Calgary, Alberta, CA. Wednesday, 11-Apr-2018 [[email protected] [Albertabird]]
11 Apr: @ 18:30:32 
FFCPP Soc. Birding, Mallard Point, FCPP, SE Calgary, Wednesday, 11-Apr-2018, 09:15 - 12:26 ['Gus - CCNA' [email protected] [Albertabird]]
11 Apr: @ 18:24:33 
FFCPPSoc, Mallard Point, Calgary, Tuesday, 10-Apr-2018 09:15 - 12:30. ['Gus - CCNA' [email protected] [Albertabird]]
10 Apr: @ 19:38:22 
Birds of Prey & Shorebirds ['Ken Orich' [email protected] [Albertabird]]
09 Apr: @ 19:09:53 
FFCPPSoc. Birding, Mallard Point, FCPP. SE Calgary. 0915-1215, Mon, 09Apr2018. ['Gus - CCNA' [email protected] [Albertabird]]
08 Apr: @ 19:00:24 
FFCPPSoc. Birding, Inglewood Bird Sanctuary, SE Calgary. 1:15-3:30 PM, Sun Apr 8, 2018, Thin sun, light east wind, -4°C [Janet Gill [email protected] [Albertabird]]
08 Apr: @ 17:18:28 
Nature Calgary – Carburn Park - Sunday April 8, 2018 [[email protected] [Albertabird]]
08 Apr: @ 16:51:36 
FFCPPSoc. Birding, Inglewood Bird Sanctuary, SE Calgary. 09:00-12:00, Sun Apr 8, 2018 ['Gus - CCNA' [email protected] [Albertabird]]
08 Apr: @ 15:55:01 
FFCPPSoc. Birding, Inglewood Bird Sanctuary. SE Calgary, 0800-1030, 08 Apr2018. ['Gus - CCNA' [email protected] [Albertabird]]
07 Apr: @ 18:39:28 
Re: Tyrrell Lake & Milk River Ridge Reservoir [Lorrie [email protected] [Albertabird]]
07 Apr: @ 16:25:12 
Tyrrell Lake & Milk River Ridge Reservoir ['Ken Orich' [email protected] [Albertabird]]
05 Apr: @ 20:32:00 
Grande Prairie Update: Bear Creek in Muskoseepi Park [David Rhody [email protected] [Albertabird]]
05 Apr: @ 18:07:14 
FFCPPSoc Birding, Boat Launch, FCPP, 9:15-11:40, Sat, 31Mar2018. ['Gus - CCNA' [email protected] [Albertabird]]
05 Apr: @ 17:43:12 
Winter Birding Fish Creek PP--Boat Launch and Burnsmead, Sunday, April 01, 2018, 09:00 to 12:00 ['Gus - CCNA' g[email protected] [Albertabird]]
05 Apr: @ 17:42:43 
FFCPPSoc. Birding, Inglewood Bird Sanctuary, SE Calgary. 0900-1135, Mon. 02Apr2017 ['Gus - CCNA' [email protected] [Albertabird]]
05 Apr: @ 14:34:34 
FFCPP Soc. Calgary--Inglewood Bird Sanctuary, Calgary, Alberta, CA. Thursday, 05-Apr-2018 ['David Mitchell' [email protected] [Albertabird]]
05 Apr: @ 13:30:09 
1st Robin of the year [Bill Benford [email protected] [Albertabird]]
04 Apr: @ 14:19:04 
Re: Fish Creek boat launch & Inglewood Bird Sanctuary... [Pam Hardy [email protected] [Albertabird]]
04 Apr: @ 14:16:02 
FFCPP Soc. Calgary--Inglewood Bird Sanctuary, Calgary, Alberta, CA. Wednesday, 04-Apr-2018 ['David Mitchell' [email protected] [Albertabird]]
04 Apr: @ 07:58:42 
Re: Fish Creek boat launch & Inglewood Bird Sanctuary... [Sandra Savage [email protected] [Albertabird]]
04 Apr: @ 00:26:31 
Fish Creek boat launch & Inglewood Bird Sanctuary... [Pam Hardy [email protected] [Albertabird]]
03 Apr: @ 21:14:08 
SW Alberta - April 3rd ['Ken Orich' [email protected] [Albertabird]]
03 Apr: @ 14:39:59 
FFCPP Soc. Calgary--Inglewood Bird Sanctuary, Calgary, Alberta, CA. Tuesday 03-Apr-2018 ['David Mitchell' [email protected] [Albertabird]]
01 Apr: @ 20:01:26 
FFCPPSoc.Birding,Boat Launch,FCPP, 1:15-4:00 p.m. cloudy,some light flurries,light wind,-6C [Bernie Diebolt [email protected] [Albertabird]]
31 Mar: @ 20:40:35 
Nature Calgary Birding Inglewood Bird Sanctuary, 9-11:30 AM, Sat. March 31/18 [Janet Gill [email protected] [Albertabird]]
30 Mar: @ 16:25:11 
New arrivals at Lake Isle, AB [Bill Benford [email protected] [Albertabird]]





Subject: April Birds & Beers, Calgary
Date: Sun Apr 22 2018 1:50 am
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
This Thursday, April 26, we will be having a Birds & Beers at the usual location in Calgary, the Horton Road Legion (9202 Horton Road SW), from 6 to 9 pm. Diane Stinson will give a talk and photo presentation of her recent trip to Antarctica. The presentation will begin just after 7 pm. Come anytime after 6 pm for food, drinks, socializing, and to see and hear about this fascinating trip.
Birds & Beers on Birds Calgary

Bob Lefebvre, Calgary

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Subject: FFCPP Soc Calgary--Rotary/Mattamy Greenway (68 Street SE Wetlands), Calgary, Alberta, CA. Wednesday, 18-Apr-2018
Date: Wed Apr 18 2018 14:40 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
FFCPP Soc Calgary--Rotary/Mattamy Greenway (68 Street SE Wetlands), Calgary,
Alberta, CA. Wednesday, 18-Apr-2018 09:15 - 11:56. -1 to 7C, sunny



1. Canada Goose 112
2. Northern Shoveler 16
3. Gadwall 1
4. American Wigeon 24
5. Mallard 70
6. Northern Pintail 200
7. Green-winged Teal 5
8. Redhead 2
9. Ring-necked Duck 10
10. Lesser Scaup 60
11. Bufflehead 30
12. Common Goldeneye 70
13. Hooded Merganser 6
14. Common Merganser 50
15. Ruddy Duck 2
16. Great Blue Heron 3
17. Sharp-shinned Hawk 1 (from parking lot at end of outing)
18. Red-tailed Hawk 1
19. Red-tailed Hawk (Harlan's) 1
20. American Coot 100
21. Black-necked Stilt 4
22. American Avocet 1
23. Killdeer 1
24. Greater Yellowlegs 1
25. Franklin's Gull 8
26. Ring-billed Gull 6
27. California Gull 300
28. Herring Gull 25
29. Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 6
30. Eurasian Collared-Dove 1
31. Great Horned Owl 1
32. Black-billed Magpie 10
33. American Crow 2
34. Common Raven 2
35. Black-capped Chickadee 1
36. American Robin 20
37. European Starling 100
38. American Tree Sparrow 9
39. House Sparrow 3



Mammals:

1 Muskrat



Omitted from Tuesday's list:

2 Western Meadowlarks

3 Northern Shrikes

1 Cackling Goose (much smaller than the Canada Geese it was flying with)

1 Merlin



Leaders: David Mitchell, Rose Painter, Dave Russum, Leao Vermeylen, Gus Yaki



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Subject: Grande Prairie: Muskoseepi Park reservoir area -- 17-Apr-2018
Date: Tue Apr 17 2018 23:01 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
Sightings this afternoon when the snow stopped and the sun started to shine (+3C):
15 Canada geese2 Northern Shovelers12 Mallard5 Common Goldeneye1 Bufflehead150 California Gull20 Herring Gull1 Glaucous Gull (immature; lifer for me!)7 American Coot1 Northern Harrier22 Black-billed Magpie26 American Crow4 Common Raven200 Bohemian Waxwing1 Black-capped Chickadee
I've posted these sightings on eBird.
Good birding!
David RhodyGrande Prairie











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Subject: FFCPP Soc Calgary--Rotary/Mattamy Greenway (68 Street SE Wetlands), Calgary, Alberta, CA Tuesday, 17-Apr-2018
Date: Tue Apr 17 2018 14:44 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
FFCPP Soc  Calgary--Rotary/Mattamy Greenway (68 Street SE Wetlands),
Calgary, Alberta, CA Tuesday, 17-Apr-2018 09:15 - 12:11. -2 to 2, Light fog,
then sunny



1. Canada Goose 1000
2. Northern Shoveler 35
3. Gadwall 1
4. American Wigeon 20
5. Mallard 100
6. Northern Pintail 2
7. Green-winged Teal 3
8. Canvasback 2
9. Redhead 2
10. Ring-necked Duck 15
11. Lesser Scaup 60
12. Bufflehead 20
13. Common Goldeneye 75
14. Hooded Merganser 6
15. Common Merganser 36
16. Red-breasted Merganser 1
17. Ruddy Duck 2
18. Great Blue Heron 1
19. Red-tailed Hawk 1
20. American Coot 100
21. Black-necked Stilt 1
22. Killdeer 1
23. Greater Yellowlegs 1
24. Franklin's Gull 3
25. Ring-billed Gull 30
26. California Gull 300
27. Herring Gull 30
28. Downy Woodpecker 2
29. Black-billed Magpie 12
30. American Crow 2
31. Common Raven 8
32. American Robin 15
33. European Starling 130
34. American Tree Sparrow 6



2 Muskrats



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



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Subject: Re: Savannah Sparrow in NW Calgary
Date: Tue Apr 17 2018 9:47 am
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
Interesting, Malcolm.  We had Savannah Sparrows show up in Banff yesterday.  I saw 2 at lunchtime at Vermilion Lakes, and 7 were reported at the Cave & Basin area in late afternoon.

Add in Snow Geese, Lapland Longspurs, Cinnamon Teal and my first Tree Swallow of the year and it was a very enjoyable day.

Neil Denton
Canmore, AB



Subject: Savannah Sparrows in Banff
Date: Tue Apr 17 2018 8:09 am
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
There was a small flock of 7 savannah sparrows that showed up yesterday
evening in the Martin Stables area of Banff. For the Banff area this is
about the normal arrival timing according to ebird.



Miles Tindal

Canmore



From: [email protected] [mailto:[email protected]]
Sent: Monday, April 16, 2018 2:25 PM
To: [email protected]
Subject: [Albertabird] Savannah Sparrow in NW Calgary





We just (2 pm Monday) had a SAVANNAH SPARROW show up in a neighbour's tree
at our home in NW Calgary. This is about 3 weeks earlier than any of the
previous 14 records we have for this species in our yard but is right on
schedule of mid-April as shown on the abundance chart in the Birdfinding
Guide to the Calgary Region.



Malcolm & Joan McDonald

Calgary



Subject: FW: eBird Report - Tyrrell Lake, Apr 16, 2018
Date: Mon Apr 16 2018 19:19 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
We had a Sharp-shinned Hawk but the finch came back after a little break. Phew.
On Mon, Apr 16, 2018, 6:14 PM korich [email protected] [Albertabird], <[email protected]> wrote:


























Okay, well hang on to them for me.I did have a good day. I often go out right after bad weather, birding can be quite good.Ken

Sent from Samsung Mobile

-------- Original message --------From: "Pat Lucas pat.lucas.albert[email protected] [Albertabird]" Date:2018-04-16 17:34 (GMT-07:00) To: [email protected] Subject: Re: [Albertabird] FW: eBird Report - Tyrrell Lake, Apr 16, 2018









Great day for you Ken!
I've been feeding the finches all manner of meal worms , nyger seed , sunflower seed , and something called Finch mix . They are still here!

On Mon, Apr 16, 2018, 5:26 PM 'Ken Orich' [email protected] [Albertabird] <[email protected]> wrote:

























Earle Covert and I planned to go birding in the Crowsnest Pass today, but with overnight freezing rain, then snowing like crazy in Lethbridge and a heavy snowfall warning in effect for west of us, we let common sense prevail and cancelled our trip. It stopped snowing by late morning, so after lunch I decided the storm might have coughed up some good birds at Tyrrell Lake. Snow had melted off the highway and travel was safe and good. Tyrrell gave me 36 species in an hour and a half, most notable for me was 4 new year-birds: Dunlin, Common Loon, Franklin's Gull and Horned Grebe. Townsend's Solitaire were moving through the are and I saw 6, as well as 3 Long-billed Curlews. Below Is my eBird report for Tyrrell Lake.


Ken Orich

Lethbridge


Tyrrell Lake, Lethbridge, Alberta, CA

Apr 16, 2018 1:36 PM - 3:10 PM

Protocol: Traveling

10.2 kilometer(s)

36 species


Snow Goose 1

Canada Goose 20

Northern Shoveler 100

Gadwall 6

American Wigeon 15

Mallard 40

Northern Pintail 40

Green-winged Teal 10

Canvasback 8

Redhead 3

Lesser Scaup 50

Bufflehead 55

Common Goldeneye 400

Ruddy Duck 35

Gray Partridge 2

Common Loon 1

Horned Grebe 1

Eared Grebe 1

Northern Harrier 1

Red-tailed Hawk 1

American Coot 250

American Avocet 12

Killdeer 1

Long-billed Curlew 3

Dunlin 1 Photos taken

Franklin's Gull 1

Ring-billed Gull 2

California Gull 3

Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 2

Great Horned Owl 1

American Kestrel 2

Black-billed Magpie 8

Townsend's Solitaire 6

American Robin 9

European Starling 80

Red-winged Blackbird 1


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Subject: FW: eBird Report - Tyrrell Lake, Apr 16, 2018
Date: Mon Apr 16 2018 19:14 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
Okay, well hang on to them for me.
I did have a good day. I often go out right after bad weather, birding can be quite good.
Ken


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-------- Original message --------From: "Pat Lucas [email protected] [Albertabird]" Date:2018-04-16 17:34 (GMT-07:00) To: [email protected] Subject: Re: [Albertabird] FW: eBird Report - Tyrrell Lake, Apr 16, 2018
Great day for you Ken!

I've been feeding the finches all manner of meal worms , nyger seed , sunflower seed , and something called Finch mix . They are still here!


On Mon, Apr 16, 2018, 5:26 PM 'Ken Orich' [email protected] [Albertabird] wrote:

Earle Covert and I planned to go birding in the Crowsnest Pass today, but with overnight freezing rain, then snowing like crazy in Lethbridge and a heavy snowfall warning in effect for west of us, we let common sense prevail and cancelled our trip. It stopped snowing by late morning, so after lunch I decided the storm might have coughed up some good birds at Tyrrell Lake. Snow had melted off the highway and travel was safe and good. Tyrrell gave me 36 species in an hour and a half, most notable for me was 4 new year-birds: Dunlin, Common Loon, Franklin's Gull and Horned Grebe. Townsend's Solitaire were moving through the are and I saw 6, as well as 3 Long-billed Curlews. Below Is my eBird report for Tyrrell Lake.

Ken Orich
Lethbridge

Tyrrell Lake, Lethbridge, Alberta, CA
Apr 16, 2018 1:36 PM - 3:10 PM
Protocol: Traveling
10.2 kilometer(s)
36 species

Snow Goose 1
Canada Goose 20
Northern Shoveler 100
Gadwall 6
American Wigeon 15
Mallard 40
Northern Pintail 40
Green-winged Teal 10
Canvasback 8
Redhead 3
Lesser Scaup 50
Bufflehead 55
Common Goldeneye 400
Ruddy Duck 35
Gray Partridge 2
Common Loon 1
Horned Grebe 1
Eared Grebe 1
Northern Harrier 1
Red-tailed Hawk 1
American Coot 250
American Avocet 12
Killdeer 1
Long-billed Curlew 3
Dunlin 1 Photos taken
Franklin's Gull 1
Ring-billed Gull 2
California Gull 3
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 2
Great Horned Owl 1
American Kestrel 2
Black-billed Magpie 8
Townsend's Solitaire 6
American Robin 9
European Starling 80
Red-winged Blackbird 1

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

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Subject: FW: eBird Report - Tyrrell Lake, Apr 16, 2018
Date: Mon Apr 16 2018 19:01 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
Great day for you Ken!
I've been feeding the finches all manner of meal worms , nyger seed , sunflower seed , and something called Finch mix . They are still here!

On Mon, Apr 16, 2018, 5:26 PM 'Ken Orich' [email protected] [Albertabird] <[email protected]> wrote:

























Earle Covert and I planned to go birding in the Crowsnest Pass today, but with overnight freezing rain, then snowing like crazy in Lethbridge and a heavy snowfall warning in effect for west of us, we let common sense prevail and cancelled our trip. It stopped snowing by late morning, so after lunch I decided the storm might have coughed up some good birds at Tyrrell Lake. Snow had melted off the highway and travel was safe and good. Tyrrell gave me 36 species in an hour and a half, most notable for me was 4 new year-birds: Dunlin, Common Loon, Franklin's Gull and Horned Grebe. Townsend's Solitaire were moving through the are and I saw 6, as well as 3 Long-billed Curlews. Below Is my eBird report for Tyrrell Lake.


Ken Orich

Lethbridge


Tyrrell Lake, Lethbridge, Alberta, CA

Apr 16, 2018 1:36 PM - 3:10 PM

Protocol: Traveling

10.2 kilometer(s)

36 species


Snow Goose 1

Canada Goose 20

Northern Shoveler 100

Gadwall 6

American Wigeon 15

Mallard 40

Northern Pintail 40

Green-winged Teal 10

Canvasback 8

Redhead 3

Lesser Scaup 50

Bufflehead 55

Common Goldeneye 400

Ruddy Duck 35

Gray Partridge 2

Common Loon 1

Horned Grebe 1

Eared Grebe 1

Northern Harrier 1

Red-tailed Hawk 1

American Coot 250

American Avocet 12

Killdeer 1

Long-billed Curlew 3

Dunlin 1 Photos taken

Franklin's Gull 1

Ring-billed Gull 2

California Gull 3

Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 2

Great Horned Owl 1

American Kestrel 2

Black-billed Magpie 8

Townsend's Solitaire 6

American Robin 9

European Starling 80

Red-winged Blackbird 1


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Subject: FW: eBird Report - Tyrrell Lake, Apr 16, 2018
Date: Mon Apr 16 2018 18:25 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
Earle Covert and I planned to go birding in the Crowsnest Pass today, but with overnight freezing rain, then snowing like crazy in Lethbridge and a heavy snowfall warning in effect for west of us, we let common sense prevail and cancelled our trip. It stopped snowing by late morning, so after lunch I decided the storm might have coughed up some good birds at Tyrrell Lake. Snow had melted off the highway and travel was safe and good. Tyrrell gave me 36 species in an hour and a half, most notable for me was 4 new year-birds: Dunlin, Common Loon, Franklin's Gull and Horned Grebe. Townsend's Solitaire were moving through the are and I saw 6, as well as 3 Long-billed Curlews. Below Is my eBird report for Tyrrell Lake.

Ken Orich
Lethbridge

Tyrrell Lake, Lethbridge, Alberta, CA
Apr 16, 2018 1:36 PM - 3:10 PM
Protocol: Traveling
10.2 kilometer(s)
36 species

Snow Goose 1
Canada Goose 20
Northern Shoveler 100
Gadwall 6
American Wigeon 15
Mallard 40
Northern Pintail 40
Green-winged Teal 10
Canvasback 8
Redhead 3
Lesser Scaup 50
Bufflehead 55
Common Goldeneye 400
Ruddy Duck 35
Gray Partridge 2
Common Loon 1
Horned Grebe 1
Eared Grebe 1
Northern Harrier 1
Red-tailed Hawk 1
American Coot 250
American Avocet 12
Killdeer 1
Long-billed Curlew 3
Dunlin 1 Photos taken
Franklin's Gull 1
Ring-billed Gull 2
California Gull 3
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 2
Great Horned Owl 1
American Kestrel 2
Black-billed Magpie 8
Townsend's Solitaire 6
American Robin 9
European Starling 80
Red-winged Blackbird 1

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Subject: Savannah Sparrow in NW Calgary
Date: Mon Apr 16 2018 15:31 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
We just (2 pm Monday) had a SAVANNAH SPARROW show up in a neighbour's tree
at our home in NW Calgary. This is about 3 weeks earlier than any of the
previous 14 records we have for this species in our yard but is right on
schedule of mid-April as shown on the abundance chart in the Birdfinding
Guide to the Calgary Region.



Malcolm & Joan McDonald

Calgary



Subject: Nature Calgary Trip-Frank Lake
Date: Mon Apr 16 2018 7:40 am
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
Fourteen people were on the Sunday trip to Frank Lake. Warm sunshine and no wind made for an enjoyable day to be out birding. Most of the morning was spent scoping the waterfowl at the outfall. After a lunch break at Tim Horton's, We continued on the usual route to Basin 3 and 4, and then over to Brant Lake.
The only open water was at the outfall, and the fields were snow covered. Andrew Hart kept track of the birds and submitted individual checklists for the areas. The following is a summary of the trip.


Number of species 39
Number of individuals 6703
Number of checklists 5


Canada Goose 2539
Trumpeter Swan 25
Northern Shoveler 250
Gadwall 1
American Wigeon 100
Mallard 1500
Northern Pintail 1000
Green-winged Teal 50
Canvasback 10
Redhead 2
Ring-necked Duck 30
Lesser Scaup100
Bufflehead 20
Common Goldeneye 75
Common Merganser 8
Ruddy Duck 75
Gray Partridge 11
Great Blue Heron1
Northern Harrier 1
Bald Eagle 2
Red-tailed Hawk 3
Buteo sp. 2
American Coot 150
American Avocet 8
Killdeer 2
California Gull 500
Rock Pigeon 21
Great Horned Owl 2
Northern Flicker 1
Black-billed Magpie 24
American Crow 19
Common Raven 3
Horned Lark 94
American Robin 3
European Starling 33
American Tree Sparrow 1
Western Meadowlark 16
House Sparrow 16


Tony Timmons
Calgary



Subject: A few photos from Sunday Afternoon... Mallard Point...
Date: Sun Apr 15 2018 20:18 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
A few photos from today's outing.


Male Northern Shoveler



Female Common Merganser



Male Lesser Scaup




Sharp Shinned Hawk





Great Blue Heron


Not a good shot... but I loved his wings as he came in for a landing.



Male Ring-necked Pheasant



Muskrat



~Pam Hardy



Subject: FFCPPSoc. Birding Mallard Point, FCPP, Calgary. 1:15-4:PM, Sunday, April 15/18
Date: Sun Apr 15 2018 19:41 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
FFCPPSoc. Birding Mallard Point, FCPP, Calgary. 1:15-4:PM, Sunday, April
15/18. Mostly sunny & calm, +9 Celsius. Sixteen participants.

1. American White Pelican - 13
2. Great Blue Heron - 1
3. Canada Goose - 5
4. Mallard - 2
5. American Wigeon - 2
6. Northern Shoveler - 8
7. Green-winged Teal - 2
8. Lesser Scaup - 30
9. Ring-necked Duck - 2
10. Redhead - 9
11. Common Goldeneye - 80
12. Bufflehead - 50
13. Common Merganser - 11
14. Hooded Merganser - 4
15. Sharp-shinned Hawk - 1
16. Rough-legged Hawk - 1
17. Bald Eagle - 2 including 1 on nest
18. Ring-necked Pheasant - 1 male enjoying a sand bath
19. American Coot - 95
20. Killdeer - 1
21. Franklin's Gull - 10
22. California Gull - 25
23. Herring Gull - 4
24. Feral Pigeon - 3
25. Northern Flicker - 9
26. Downy Woodpecker - 6
27. Hairy Woodpecker - 1
28. Black-billed Magpie - 10
29. American Crow - 5
30. Common Raven - 42
31. Tree Swallow - 8
32. Black-capped Chickadee - 11
33. White-breasted Nuthatch - 1
34. Red-breasted Nuthatch - 1
35. American Robin - 8
36. Bohemian Waxwing - 400 seen by BD before start of walk
37. Cedar Waxwing - 5
38. House Finch - 1
39. House Sparrow - 2

Muskrat - 1
Eastern Gray Squirrel - 4

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Subject: Grande Prairie: rhythm of migrants' arrival accelerating -- 15-Apr-2018
Date: Sun Apr 15 2018 19:06 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
As temperatures warm up and the ice and snow melt (still a lot to go though!), more migrants are being seen along Bear Creek and at the Reservoir in Muskoseepi Park. In addition to increased numbers of Canada Geese and Mallards, other recent observations include:- 2 Northern Shovelers (a pair);
- 1 Bufflehead
- 2 Common Merganser (a pair)

- 2 American Coots




- 9 Great Blue Heron (flying along Bear Creek, as seen from our front window);- 15 Herring Gulls mixed in with 200+ California Gulls (may have been present earlier but I was not able to ID them with certainty)- 2 American Robins- 1Northern Goshawk (female)- 1 Northern Shrike (perhaps the same one seen at my feeder a few days earlier)- 2 Merlins (a male and a female are seen frequently around the neighbourhood)
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Subject: FFCPPSoc. Birding, Mallard Point, FCPP, SE Calgary. 09:00-12:30, Sun, 15 Apr 2018
Date: Sun Apr 15 2018 18:18 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
FFCPPSoc. Birding, Mallard Point, FCPP, SE Calgary. 09:00-12:30, Sun, 15 Apr 2018.
Traveling 5.648 kilometer(s), Overcast, calm, 6C. 44 species (+1 other taxa)

1. Canada Goose - 50
2. Trumpeter Swan - 20
Trumpeter/Tundra Swan - 2 - leading a Canada Goose and loosely following a flock of Canada Geese.
3. Northern Shoveler - 7
4. American Wigeon - 6
5. Mallard - 50
6. Northern Pintail - 6
7. Redhead - 8
8. Ring-necked Duck - 4
9. Lesser Scaup - 24
10. Bufflehead - 30
11. Common Goldeneye - 100
12. Hooded Merganser - 6
13. Common Merganser - 20
14. Ring-necked Pheasant - 1
15. American White Pelican - 5
16. Osprey - 2
17. Great Blue Heron - 2 - seen on arrival at parking lot, before outing started.
18. Cooper's Hawk - 1

19. Bald Eagle - 2
20. Red-tailed Hawk - 2
21. American Coot - 100
22. Killdeer - 1
23. Franklin's Gull - 2
24. Ring-billed Gull - 6
25. California Gull - 2
26. Herring Gull - 4
27. Rock Pigeon - 3
28. Downy Woodpecker - 6
29. Hairy Woodpecker - 3
30. Northern Flicker - 10
31. Merlin - 1
32. Blue Jay - 5
33. Black-billed Magpie - 10
34. American Crow - 1
35. Common Raven - 6
36. Tree Swallow - 10
37. Black-capped Chickadee - 20
38. American Robin - 10
39. European Starling - 50
40. Bohemian Waxwing - 500
41. Cedar Waxwing - 1
42. Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored) - 1
43. House Finch - 2
44. House Sparrow - 20



Eastern Grey Squirrel - 3


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Subject: FFCPPSoc. Birding, Mallard Point, SE Calgary, 0755- 1055, 15Apr2018
Date: Sun Apr 15 2018 18:16 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
FFCPPSoc. Birding, Mallard Point, SE Calgary, 0755- 1055, 15Apr2018
Traveling 3.0 kilometer(s). Sunny, S. wind 8kph. 2-6C
> .
> Canada Goose 200
> Trumpeter Swan 15
> Trumpeter/Tundra Swan 5
> Northern Shoveler 30
> American Wigeon 20
> Mallard 300
> Northern Pintail 2
> Green-winged Teal 2
> Redhead 25
> Ring-necked Duck 10
> Lesser Scaup 30
> Bufflehead 30
> Common Goldeneye 75
> Hooded Merganser 6
> Common Merganser 30
> Red-breasted Merganser 2
> Ring-necked Pheasant 3
> Double-crested Cormorant 1
> American White Pelican 5
> Great Blue Heron 5
> Osprey 1
> Bald Eagle 2
> American Coot 75
> Killdeer 1
> Franklin's Gull 5
> Ring-billed Gull 7
> California Gull 15
> Herring Gull 10
> Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 4
> Downy Woodpecker 5
> Hairy Woodpecker 1
> Northern Flicker 15
> Merlin 3
> Blue Jay 2
> Black-billed Magpie 5
> American Crow 3
> Common Raven 2
> Tree Swallow 30
> Black-capped Chickadee 10
> Red-breasted Nuthatch 2
> White-breasted Nuthatch 1
> American Robin 40
> European Starling 50
> Bohemian Waxwing 1000 3 very large flicks seen
> Dark-eyed Junco 1
> House Finch 4
> House Sparrow 10
> 46 species (+1 other taxa)
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Subject: FFCPPSoc. Birding, Mallard Point, FCPP, SE Calgary. 0910-1215, Sat, 14Apr2018
Date: Sat Apr 14 2018 17:42 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
FFCPPSoc. Birding, Mallard Point, FCPP, SE
Calgary. 0910-1215, Sat, 14Apr2018.
Sunny, becoming cloudy, calm
becoming S. wind 12kph, 2 to 11C.


Canada Goose-150
Swan sp. -4
Wood Duck-1 m.
Northern Shoveler-20
American Wigeon-9
Mallard-400
Green-winged Teal-4
Redhead-60
Ring-necked Duck-6
Lesser Scaup-30
Bufflehead-20
Common Goldeneye-200
Barrows Goldeneye-2
Hooded Merganser-8
Common Merganser-20
Ring-necked Pheasant-2 m.
American White Pelican-2
Double-crested Cormorant-3
Great Blue Heron-5, all flying south.
Bald Eagle-3, one adult on nest.
Red-tailed Hawk-1
Rough-legged Hawk-1
American Coot-70
Killdeer-4
Franklins Gull-5
Ring-billed Gull-4
California Gull-4
Herring Gull-1
Rock Pigeon-5
Downy Woodpecker-5
Hairy Woodpecker-1
Northern Flicker-10
Pileated Woodpecker-2, flying
Merlin-2
Black-billed Magpie-5
American Crow-10
Common Raven-6
Tree Swallow-5
Black-capped Chickadee-10.
Red-breasted Nuthatch-1
White-breasted Nuthatch-1
American Robin-20
European Starling-20
Bohemian Waxwing-2000
Cedar Waxwing-2
Dark-eyed Junco-1
House Finch-5
House Sparrow-2Eastern Gray Squirrel-3
Muskrat-1
White-tailed Deer-5

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Subject:
Date: Sat Apr 14 2018 14:23 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
Here are a couple of shots of the nominate race of Iceland Gull.

It flew down river after I sent the initial e-mail.



Ray Wershler

Calgary



Subject: Iceland Gull
Date: Sat Apr 14 2018 10:06 am
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
There is a nominate adult Iceland Gull at Pearce Estate weir now.
Ray Wershler,Calgary


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Subject: FW: eBird Report - Tyrrell Lake, Apr 13, 2018
Date: Fri Apr 13 2018 16:17 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
Today, Pat Lucas and I made a trip to Tyrrell Lake to see what was new. You can see from the eBird report below, It was busy there with 30 species. Snow Geese were in abundance and Lapland Longspur were moving through. I ended up with 3 year-birds (BN Stilt, YH Blackbird & Peregrine Falcon), which were also year-birds for Pat. Ruddy Duck, Eared Grebe and Lapland Longspur were also year-birds for her. Tyrrell is starting to open up a bit, especially at the narrows and along the edges. We went over to Milk River Ridge Reservoir next. On the way, we saw thousands more Snow Geese and other migrating waterfowl. At the Ridge Reservoir we picked up Am. White Pelicans as another year-bird (9 of them). Most of the waterfowl on open water were Canvasback, Common Goldeneye, Bufflehead, Am. Coot and Lesser Scaup. On our way back to Lethbridge, we detoured into the Raymond Reservoir. I found my first Cinnamon Teal of the year (Pat too). We also saw 3 American Avocet & 1 Greater Yellowlegs (year-birds for Pat). All I can say is, migrating birds are starting to stack up here for their push north. It was a great day to be out and despite all the snow yesterday, it was sunny and water was running everywhere make lots of melt water ponds for waterfowl and helping to open up the larger water bodies.

Ken Orich
Lethbridge

Tyrrell Lake, Lethbridge, Alberta, CA
Apr 13, 2018 10:42 AM - 11:47 AM
Protocol: Traveling
10.0 kilometer(s)
30 species

Snow Goose 40000
Canada Goose 100
Tundra Swan 1
Northern Shoveler 100
American Wigeon 60
Mallard 250
Northern Pintail 1400
Green-winged Teal 6
Canvasback 24
Bufflehead 11
Common Goldeneye 95
Ruddy Duck 1
Eared Grebe 2
Great Blue Heron 1
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Rough-legged Hawk 1
American Coot 15
Black-necked Stilt 2 *
Killdeer 8
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 1
Great Horned Owl 1
Merlin 1
Peregrine Falcon 1 *
Black-billed Magpie 6
Horned Lark 15
European Starling 60
Lapland Longspur 300
Yellow-headed Blackbird 1 *
Western Meadowlark 1
House Sparrow 4

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Subject: Nature Calgary field trip. Lafarge Meadows
Date: Thu Apr 12 2018 17:16 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
Four people decided to brave the elements this morning. We met in sub
zero temperatures with a light freezing rain. After making all the
paths slick and icy that changed to snow so that we could not see the
ice. All this was initially complemented by some thin fog on the river.

We did not get too far into Lafarge Meadows. A reasonable size group of
Hooded Mergansers and a few other ducks had taken refuge in the small
creek running south from the storm pond near the entrance sign to
Lafarge Meadows. We saw a Mountain Bluebird that looked as cold as we
felt. An American Kestrel was a good sighting, as was a Cinnamon Teal
nestling at the side of the river.

We stopped in briefly at Hull's Wood where a flock of ten American
Pipits flew past us headed downriver.

The complete Ebird record was

Number of Checklists: 2
Number of Taxa: 29

Checklists included in this summary:
(1): Fish Creek PP--Boat Launch
Date: Apr 12, 2018 at 8:38 AM
(2): Fish Creek PP--Hull's Wood
Date: Apr 12, 2018 at 10:32 AM

80 Canada Goose -- (1),(2)
6 Trumpeter Swan -- (2)
1 Cinnamon Teal -- (1)
20 Northern Shoveler -- (1)
22 American Wigeon -- (1),(2)
102 Mallard -- (1),(2)
20 Green-winged Teal -- (1)
8 Redhead -- (1)
1 Lesser Scaup -- (1)
5 Bufflehead -- (1)
140 Common Goldeneye -- (1),(2)
16 Hooded Merganser -- (1)
4 Common Merganser -- (1)
1 Ring-necked Pheasant -- (1)
1 American Coot -- (1)
2 Killdeer -- (1)
20 California Gull -- (1)
2 Great Horned Owl -- (1)
1 Downy Woodpecker -- (1)
1 Hairy Woodpecker -- (1)
2 Northern Flicker -- (1)
1 American Kestrel -- (1)
2 Black-billed Magpie -- (1)
1 Common Raven -- (1)
2 Black-capped Chickadee -- (1)
2 White-breasted Nuthatch -- (1)
1 Mountain Bluebird -- (1)
30 European Starling -- (1)
10 American Pipit -- (2)

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Subject: FFCPP Soc Fish Creek PP--Mallard Point, Calgary, Alberta, CA. Thursday, 12-Apr-2018
Date: Thu Apr 12 2018 13:31 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
FFCPP Soc Fish Creek PP--Mallard Point, Calgary, Alberta, CA. Thursday,
12-Apr-2018 09:20 - 11:37. 0 to -1, south wind, snowing



1. Canada Goose 300
2. Northern Shoveler 25
3. American Wigeon 80
4. Mallard 1000
5. Northern Pintail 3
6. Green-winged Teal 10
7. Redhead 40
8. Ring-necked Duck 6
9. Lesser Scaup 30
10. Bufflehead 12
11. Common Goldeneye 60
12. Hooded Merganser 15
13. Common Merganser 12
14. Killdeer 4
15. Ring-billed Gull 4
16. California Gull 12
17. Downy Woodpecker 4
18. Northern Flicker 8
19. Merlin 1
20. Black-billed Magpie 5
21. Common Raven 3
22. Black-capped Chickadee 8
23. White-breasted Nuthatch 1
24. American Robin 6
25. European Starling 11
26. Bohemian Waxwing 50
27. House Finch 2
28. House Sparrow 2





2 Eastern-gray squirrels

2 Muskrats



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Subject: Grande Prairie: more migrants arrive, 11-Apr-2018
Date: Thu Apr 12 2018 12:32 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
The milder (slightly above-zero) temperatures have brought a more massive influx of migrants. On the Bear Creek Reservoir in Muskoseepi Park, I observed 400+ California Gulls, 38 Mallards and 4 Canada Geese on and around the very few patches of ice that have opened up. The gulls are flying overhead a lot; I see many during the day from my living room window.
At my feeder this week, I was surprised to see a Northern Shrike perch on the top of the pole where the feeders are hung. He was perhaps the one that visited in December and captured a House Sparrow which we watched him devour. He didn't get a sparrow this time because the sparrows were back in full force shortly after.
I also observed yesterday my first House Finchat my feeder here. I had heard reports of them being at feeders over winter, so I was pleased to welcome this male to my place.
Interesting behaviours:1. Three days ago when the temperature was +3C I observed a Black-billed Magpie snow bathing. There was a small stream of running water very near him, but several times he dug into the wet snow and covered his head and back with it. Have others seen this behaviour before? I thought that running water would give a better bath than snow!2. Last Sunday I observed a male Northern Harrier being mobbed mercilessly by no less than 6Common Ravens. This is the second time this spring that I've noticed this behaviour, the first one being a single Raven attacking the Harrier.
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Subject: FFCPP Soc. Fish Creek PP--Mallard Point, Calgary, Alberta, CA. Wednesday, 11-Apr-2018
Date: Wed Apr 11 2018 22:52 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
FFCPP Soc. Fish Creek PP--Mallard Point, Calgary, Alberta, CA. Wednesday,
11-Apr-2018 09:15 - 12:26. 2 to 7 C (plus!), cloudy



1. Canada Goose 100
2. Northern Shoveler 35
3. American Wigeon 60
4. Mallard 600
5. Northern Pintail 5
6. Green-winged Teal 8
7. Redhead 50
8. Ring-necked Duck 12
9. Lesser Scaup 60
10. Bufflehead 75
11. Common Goldeneye 200
12. Barrow's Goldeneye 2
13. Hooded Merganser 15
14. Common Merganser 20
15. Ring-necked Pheasant 1
16. Double-crested Cormorant 3
17. American White Pelican 1
18. Great Blue Heron 2
19. Sharp-shinned Hawk 1
20. Bald Eagle 2
21. Rough-legged Hawk 1
22. American Coot 150
23. Killdeer 7
24. Ring-billed Gull 25
25. California Gull 50
26. Herring Gull 25
27. Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 2
28. Downy Woodpecker 10
29. Northern Flicker 16
30. Merlin 2
31. Blue Jay 1
32. Black-billed Magpie 6
33. American Crow 10
34. Common Raven 6
35. Tree Swallow 15
36. Black-capped Chickadee 10
37. Red-breasted Nuthatch 2
38. White-breasted Nuthatch 2
39. American Robin 60
40. European Starling 40
41. Bohemian Waxwing 300
42. House Finch 8
43. House Sparrow 5



2 White-tailed Deer

3 Muskrat

3 Eastern-gray squirrels

1 Coyote



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Subject: FFCPP Soc. Birding, Mallard Point, FCPP, SE Calgary, Wednesday, 11-Apr-2018, 09:15 - 12:26
Date: Wed Apr 11 2018 18:30 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
FFCPP Soc. Birding, Mallard Point, FCPP,
SE<?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns =
"urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" />Calgary, Wed, 11-Apr-2018, 09:15 - 12:26.. Foggy
initially, overcast, calm, 2 to 7C.<?xml:namespace
prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office"
/>
Canada Goose 100


Northern Shoveler
35

American Wigeon 60


Mallard 600


Northern Pintail 5


Green-winged Teal 8


Redhead 50


Ring-necked Duck 12


Lesser Scaup 60


Bufflehead 75


Common Goldeneye
200

Barrow's Goldeneye
2

Hooded Merganser 15


Common Merganser 20


Ring-necked
Pheasant 1

Double-crested
Cormorant 3

American White
Pelican 1

Great Blue Heron 2


Sharp-shinned Hawk
1

Bald Eagle 2


Rough-legged Hawk 1


American Coot 150


Killdeer 7


Ring-billed Gull 25


California Gull 50

Herring Gull 25


Rock Pigeon (Feral
Pigeon) 2

Downy Woodpecker 10


Northern Flicker 16


Merlin 2


Blue Jay 1


Black-billed Magpie
6

American Crow 10


Common Raven 6


Tree Swallow 15


Black-capped
Chickadee 10

Red-breasted
Nuthatch 2

White-breasted
Nuthatch 2

American Robin 60


European Starling
40

Bohemian Waxwing
300

House Finch 8


House Sparrow 5


2 White-tailed Deer
3 Muskrat
3 Eastern-gray squirrels
1
Coyote

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Subject: FFCPPSoc, Mallard Point, Calgary, Tuesday, 10-Apr-2018 09:15 - 12:30.
Date: Wed Apr 11 2018 18:24 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
Calgary, Tuesday, 10-Apr-2018 09:15 - 12:30.
Sun and cloud, calm, +2 to +10C.<?xml:namespace
prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office"
/>
Canada Goose 500


Wood Duck 1


Northern Shoveler
26

American Wigeon 54


Mallard 2000


Northern Pintail 5


Green-winged Teal
10

Canvasback 1


Redhead 60


Ring-necked Duck 5


Lesser Scaup 50


Bufflehead 26


Common Goldeneye 48


Hooded Merganser 10


Common Merganser 12


Ring-necked
Pheasant 4

American White
Pelican 8

Great Blue Heron 1


Sharp-shinned Hawk
1

Bald Eagle 2


Rough-legged Hawk 1


American Coot 30


Killdeer 3


Franklin's Gull 3

Ring-billed Gull 2


California Gull 20

Herring Gull 1


Rock Pigeon (Feral
Pigeon) 2

Downy Woodpecker 7


Hairy Woodpecker 1


Northern Flicker 12


Merlin 1


Black-billed Magpie
12

American Crow 6


Common Raven 2


Tree Swallow 5


Black-capped
Chickadee 10

White-breasted
Nuthatch 1

Mountain Bluebird 1


American Robin 20


European Starling
50

Bohemian Waxwing
250

Cedar Waxwing
3 Smaller, pale belly.

American Tree
Sparrow 1

House Finch 6


House Sparrow 2

2 Eastern-gray squirrels
2 Muskrats
2
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Subject: Birds of Prey & Shorebirds
Date: Tue Apr 10 2018 19:38 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
Today, Earle Covert and I headed towards Pakowki Lake to check out ice/snow & new bird conditions. We had a very good day with 2 Snowy & 5 Great Horned Owls (3 on nests), 12 Rough-legged, 6 Red-tailed and 3 Ferruginous Hawks, 2 Prairie Falcons, 2 Merlin, 1 Golden & 2 Bald Eagles and 1 Northern Harrier. We also found 4 American Avocet, 1 Greater Yellowlegs and just after I dropped Earle off, 2 Long-billed Curlews flew over me and landed in a field just SW of the Jct. of Hwys. 844 & 52. 
Pakowki Lake is still frozen, with just a bit of open water along the edges in places. Compared to the Lethbridge area, it is still in the grip of winter, with very few bare patches showing in fields or on native grasslands. Our max. temp. there was +2C. We picked up both Prairie Falcons, both Snowy Owls and 4 or 5 of the Rough-legged Hawks in that area. A bit of open water is on both sides of the bridge on the Highway 885 causeway. We picked up a good variety of waterfowl, with Ruddy Ducks giving us new birds for the year and Earle needed an American Coot, of which we saw one. We circled around to the Sunrise Road to check out the marsh. The road is soft and muddy and there was lots of mud-slinging going on with clods on the windshield, mirrors and roof of the truck. The marsh is still totally frozen, most of the cattails and reeds have been flattened. Only a few Canada Geese and several hundred Starlings were in that area.
After lunch, we decided to head over to Tyrrell Lake to see whats new. The trip there was relatively uneventful. We found our first and only Snow Geese of the day flying by Tyrrell Lake, estimate of 120 or so. We found Earles 1st of year Northern Shrike and a few Gadwall, which he also needed for the year. It was +10C there and water was running fast and high in the road ditches. The lake is still ice-covered, but looking more rotten than last week. Melt water ponds had lots of waterfowl, noticeably Mallards, N. Pintail, Am. Wigeon, N. Shoveler and GW Teal.
We continued west to the Milk River Ridge Reservoir to see if we could find some Pelicans or Swans (we hadnt seen any swans yet). No luck with either but Earle spotted 4 American Avocet (year-birds for both of us). This was along Hwy. 506 at the east end. More open water was present with a good variety of waterfowl, especially ducks. We drove over to the north side to check out the outflow. Lots of migrating waterfowl there, but no swans or Pelicans. We did see a third year Bald Eagle out on the ice. Our day was just about done, but we still had to check out the Raymond Reservoir. Earle spotted a Greater Yellowlegs (f-o-y for both of us). Green-winged Teal was the predominant duck here. Since we were that close, we decided we had best check the west end of the Ridge Reservoir. Tundra Swans were all along Hwy. 844 as we headed south. We picked up more Ring-necked Ducks, Common Goldeneye and Lesser Scaup in the canal. Our only Golden Eagle of the day flew over us and a few seconds later, a Northern Harrier patrolled the grassland. Thousands of migratory waterfowl and gulls were out on open water approx. 500-800m from the shore. The rest is mud flat, but a few Norther Shoveler and GW Teal were feeding on the flats.
Earle ended up with 7 or 8 year-birds, I had 4. We had different total species for the day: I ended up with 49 and I think Earle had 53 or 54. It was a good birding day. There was much more snow east of Skiff, with continuous winter landscape compared to west of Hwy. 36 where most of the fields are almost snow-free with lots of melt-water ponds.
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Subject: FFCPPSoc. Birding, Mallard Point, FCPP. SE Calgary. 0915-1215, Mon, 09Apr2018.
Date: Mon Apr 9 2018 19:09 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
Canada Goose-1500
Wood Duck-1 m.
Northern Shoveler-12
American Wigeon-25
Mallard-5000
Northern Pintail-8
Canvasback-1 f.
Redhead-39
Ring-necked Duck-5
Lesser Scaup-24
Bufflehead-15
Common Goldeneye-60
Hooded Merganser-2
Common Merganser-15
Ring-necked Pheasant-1 m. heard
Black-crowned Night-Heron-2
Sharp-shinned Hawk-1, chased by a magpie
Bald Eagle-2, one working on nest.
Red-tailed Hawk-1
American Coot-10
Killdeer-3
Ring-billed Gull-4
California Gull-12
Herring Gull-1
Rock Pigeon-2
Eurasian Collared-Dove-2, seen before start.
Downy Woodpecker-6
Hairy Woodpecker-2
Northern Flicker-10
Merlin-1, seen by Ian M. who walked beyond where we turned back.
Black-billed Magpie-12
Common Raven-2
Black-capped Chickadee-6. One digging a nest hole.
Red-breasted Nuthatch-2
White-breasted Nuthatch-1
Townsend's Solitaire-1
American Robin-15
European Starling-30
Bohemian Waxwing-35, seen after most folks had departed.
House Finch-4
House Sparrow-10Eastern Gray Squirrel-4
Muskrat-1
White-tailed Deer-4

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Subject: FFCPPSoc. Birding, Inglewood Bird Sanctuary, SE Calgary. 1:15-3:30 PM, Sun Apr 8, 2018, Thin sun, light east wind, -4°C
Date: Sun Apr 8 2018 19:00 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
FFCPPSoc. Birding, Inglewood Bird Sanctuary, SE Calgary. 1:15-3:30 PM, Sun Apr 8, 2018, Thin sun, light east wind, -4C. Eleven participants.

1. GREAT BLUE HERON2. Canada Goose - 653. Mallard - 954. American Wigeon - 105. Northern Shoveler - 26. Common Goldeneye - 217. Bufflehead - 58. Common Merganser - 89. NORTHERN HARRIER - 1 seen from parking lot before walk10. Rough-legged Hawk - 111. Bald Eagle - 2 imm.12. Ring-billed Gull - 3513. California Gull - 125014. Herring Gull - 615. Northern Flicker - 116. Downy Woodpecker - 317. Hairy Woodpecker - 1 seen in parking lot before walk18. Black-billed Magpie - 619. Common Raven - 1220. American Crow - 421. European Starling - 522. Black-capped Chickadee - 1823. White-breasted Nuthatch - 324. Bohemian Waxwing - 5525. White-throated Sparrow - 1 heard26. House Finch - 1 heard
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Subject: Nature Calgary – Carburn Park - Sunday April 8, 2018
Date: Sun Apr 8 2018 17:18 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
Six regulars met at Carburn Park at 9:00 AM. The published schedule was to explore the prairies east of Calgary for the day. However, this year the fields are still covered in snow and the sloughs are all still frozen. I am worried that the Alberta Icesheet of 2018 will never melt! Last year on this same date, we had a lovely trip to Weed Lake, Marsland Basin and other favorite spots on the prairies.




There had been about 10 cm of new snow overnight and it was -10 C when we started. We walked the familiar route and found the usual species. I have to admit, I am getting anxious to see some of the true signs of spring.
The list for the morning was:
1. Canada Goose 400
2. Northern Shoveler 4
3. American Wigeon 20
4. Mallard 100
5. Northern Pintail 2
6. Green-winged Teal 4
7. Redhead 10
8. Ring-necked Duck 20
9. Greater Scaup 9
10. Lesser Scaup 40
11. Bufflehead 50
12. Common Goldeneye 100
13. Common Merganser 27
14. Red-breasted Merganser 1
15. Bald Eagle 1
16. Red-tailed Hawk 1
17. American Coot 10
18. Killdeer 10
19. Ring-billed Gull 30
20. California Gull 200
21. Herring Gull 10
22. Downy Woodpecker 10
23. Northern Flicker 12
24. Black-billed Magpie 18
25. American Crow 10
26. Common Raven 2
27. Black-capped Chickadee 20
28. Red-breasted Nuthatch 1
29. White-breasted Nuthatch 1
30. American Robin 8
31. European Starling 40
32. American Tree Sparrow 1
33. House Finch 7
34. House Sparrow 4

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Subject: FFCPPSoc. Birding, Inglewood Bird Sanctuary, SE Calgary. 09:00-12:00, Sun Apr 8, 2018
Date: Sun Apr 8 2018 16:51 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
> FFCPPSoc. Birding, Inglewood Bird Sanctuary, SE Calgary. 09:00-12:00, Sun
> Apr 8, 2018. Overcast, calm, -8 to -4C
>
> 1. Canada Goose - 1500
> 1. Cackling/Canada Goose - 2
> 2. American Wigeon - 8
> 3. Mallard - 100
> 4. Bufflehead - 3
> 5. Common Goldeneye - 20
> 6. Common Merganser - 1
> 7. American White Pelican - 1
> 8. Bald Eagle - 1
> 9. Red-tailed Hawk - 3
> 10. Rough-legged Hawk - 2
> 11. Franklin's Gull - 1
> 12. Ring-billed Gull - 10
> 13. California Gull - 1200
> 14. Herring Gull - 10
> 15. Downy Woodpecker - 5
> 16. Northern Flicker - 8
> 17. Black-billed Magpie - 12
> 18. American Crow - 20
> 19. Common Raven - 6
> 20. Black-capped Chickadee - 15
> 21. White-breasted Nuthatch - 2
> 22. American Robin - 1
> 23. European Starling - 30
> 24. American Tree Sparrow - 2
> 25. House Finch - 1
>
> White-tailed Deer - 1
> Richardsons Ground Squirrel - 2
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Subject: FFCPPSoc. Birding, Inglewood Bird Sanctuary. SE Calgary, 0800-1030, 08 Apr2018.
Date: Sun Apr 8 2018 15:55 pm
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FRCPPSoc. Birding. Inglewood Bird Sanctuary. SE Calgary, 0800-1030
> 08Apr2018. 3.40 km. Overcast, light snow, calm -08 to -06C
>
>> 3000 Canada Goose
>> 1 Cackling/Canada Goose
>> 2 Northern Shoveler
>> 12 American Wigeon
>> 2000 Mallard
>> 7 Northern Pintail
>> 1 Green-winged Teal
>> 2 Bufflehead
>> 30 Common Goldeneye
>> 10 Common Merganser
>> 1 Red-tailed Hawk
>> 1 Rough-legged Hawk - seen by a
>> few at the end of the walk
>> 1 Franklin's Gull
>> 100 Ring-billed Gull
>> 2500 California Gull
>> 40 Herring Gull
>> 3 Downy Woodpecker
>> 12 Northern Flicker
>> 1 Northern Shrike
>> 25 Black-billed Magpie
>> 10 Common Raven
>> 15 Black-capped Chickadee
>> 3 White-breasted Nuthatch
>> 50 European Starling
>> 7 House Finch
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>> Number of Taxa: 25
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Subject: Re: Tyrrell Lake & Milk River Ridge Reservoir
Date: Sat Apr 7 2018 18:39 pm
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As an add to Kens note:  we were also in the area of the Milk River Ridge Reservoir today.
We happened upon thousands and thousands of snow geese and northern pintails in grain fields on both sides of Hwy 52 between Hwy 844 and Hwy 5 so just NW of the reservoir.
It is definitely still winter here with no open water and it has been snowing heavily now for the last hour, with 6in of accumulation (freezing slush)..

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Subject: Tyrrell Lake & Milk River Ridge Reservoir
Date: Sat Apr 7 2018 16:25 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
Late this morning I decided to check Tyrrell Lake out for any changes. Since
the last time I reported, conditions have tightened up back to winter.
Previous open water has totally frozen again and there is no open water
anywhere. I expect that will change with the forecast for next week, but in
the meantime, I wouldn't be racing in that direction for birding. It was
super quiet with about 8 Canada Geese, a couple Am. Tree Sparrows, 1 Great
Horned Owl, 2 Northern Harriers, a few Horned Larks, 3 Ring-necked Pheasants
and 1 Western Meadowlark.



After Tyrrell Lake, I made a quick check of Rush Lake along Hwy 36 and all I
can report is winter. I backtracked to pick up Hwy. 506 and headed west to
check out the Milk River Ridge Reservoir. The trip there was uneventful with
the odd Horned Lark zipping across the road, scattered, small flocks of
Mallards and Canada Geese flying overhead or feeding in fields. The Ridge
Reservoir has tightened up too. Open edge-water has re-frozen. At the east
end off Hwy. 506, the previous open water has enlarged a bit. There was a
good mixture of migration waterfowl and gulls. I wasn't looking for anything
in particular, so didn't spend much energy on identification. Next, I headed
north on Rge. Rd. 19-3. A previous good pothole was totally frozen with
nothing to see. At Twp. Rd. 5-2, I turned west to parallel the north side of
the reservoir. Again, small scattered flocks of mostly Mallards and Canada
Geese were feeding in fields. At the outflow, a bit of open water gave the
same mix of migrating waterfowl. At both places of open water so far, Tundra
Swans, Northern Pintail and Mallards were the prominent species seen, with
good numbers of Common Goldeneye represented. Without much seen along the
way, I continued west with the intent to see what was at the west end of the
reservoir. Previous open water in the canal has been reduced to 20% of what
is was. A few Common Goldeneye occupied the open water. Approx. 100 Canada
Geese and 40 Snow Geese were feeding in a field on the north side of the
canal. These were the only Snow Geese I saw on the entire trip. At the west
end, there is a narrow, long stretch of open water along the ice edge. The
water is so low in the reservoir that this open water is approx. 350-400m
away. Lots of waterfowl were making use of this area, so if one has a desire
to spend a lot of time scoping, they might find something interesting. It
was too cold and windy for that today for me.



In summary, winter still has its cold grip on those two ice bodies for now.
We'll see what late next week has to offer.



Ken Orich

Lethbridge



Subject: Grande Prairie Update: Bear Creek in Muskoseepi Park
Date: Thu Apr 5 2018 20:32 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
On my daily walk in the park today I was thrilled to see my first pair of Mallards on the very short stretch of the creek that is not ice-covered immediately south of the 100 Ave bridge. Usually I don't get a thrill with Mallards, but I hope these 2 intrepid souls are able to survive for another few days till we get some above-zero temperatures.
For the last few days I've been seeing a female Merlin making the rounds in the park and the Swanavon neigbourhood where we live adjacent to the park.
I was also delighted to see a beautiful Northern Goshawk and a Northern Shrike during my walk today.
A fewCanada Geese and Gulls (California and Ring-billed) are around, but there are still no open water bodies, so I"m not sure what they're eating.
I'm definitely looking forward to spring and the arrival of more duck species, swans and passerines. This winter has been too long and snowy!!
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Subject: FFCPPSoc Birding, Boat Launch, FCPP, 9:15-11:40, Sat, 31Mar2018.
Date: Thu Apr 5 2018 18:07 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
FFCPPSoc. Birding, Boat Launch, FCPP,9:13-11:40 AM, Sat. 31Mar2018.
Mostlysunny, some snow falling, -13C
Traveling 2.77
km.

150 Canada Goose
4 Tundra Swan
2 Gadwall
20 American
Wigeon
30 Mallard
3 Northern Pintail
1 Lesser Scaup
20
Bufflehead
100 Common Goldeneye
5 Common Merganser
3 Bald Eagle
1
Red-tailed Hawk
2 Killdeer
40 California Gull
1 Herring Gull
1 Great
Horned Owl
2 Downy Woodpecker
1 Hairy Woodpecker
11 Northern
Flicker
5 American Magpie
2 American Crow
20 Common Raven (Northern
Raven)
12 Black-capped Chickadee
2 White-breasted Nuthatch
20 European
Starling (Common Starling)
Number of Taxa: 30


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Subject: Winter Birding Fish Creek PP--Boat Launch and Burnsmead, Sunday, April 01, 2018, 09:00 to 12:00
Date: Thu Apr 5 2018 17:43 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
Fish Creek PP--Burnsmead, SE Calgary, Apr 1, 2018 9:07 AM - 12:13 PM
Traveling 6.225 kilometer(s)
Overcast, then clearing. Light NE wind, -12C to -9C.

1. Cackling Goose - 2
2. Canada Goose - 1000
3. Trumpeter Swan - 25
4. Wood Duck - 1
5. American Wigeon - 16
6. Mallard - 100
7. Northern Pintail - 8
8. Canvasback - 1
9. Ring-necked Duck - 2
10. Lesser Scaup - 4
11. Bufflehead - 4
12. Common Goldeneye - 50
13. Hooded Merganser - 2
14. Common Merganser - 10
15. Ring-necked Pheasant - 1
16. Great Blue Heron- 1
17. Bald Eagle - 1
18. Killdeer - 7
19. Ring-billed Gull - 10
20. California Gull - 20
21. Herring Gull - 60
22. Great Horned Owl - 2
23. Downy Woodpecker - 8
24. Hairy Woodpecker - 3
25. Northern Flicker - 10
26. Merlin - 1
27. Black-billed Magpie - 4
28. American Crow - 1
29. Common Raven - 10
30. Black-capped Chickadee - 20
31. Red-breasted Nuthatch - 2
32. White-breasted Nuthatch - 4
33. American Robin - 4
34. European Starling - 30
35. Bohemian Waxwing - 500
36. House Finch - 3

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Subject: FFCPPSoc. Birding, Inglewood Bird Sanctuary, SE Calgary. 0900-1135, Mon. 02Apr2017
Date: Thu Apr 5 2018 17:42 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
FFCPPSoc. Birding, Inglewood Bird Sanctuary, SE Calgary.
0900-1135, Mon. 02Apr2017

Sunny, North wind 10kph. -10 to
-6C.

Canada Goose-3000+
American Wigeon-12
Mallard-2500
Redhead-1
Common Goldeneye-12
Common Merganser-6
Bald Eagle-1 (1 adult/1 juvenile)
Killdeer-1
Ring-billed Gull-10
California Gull-600
Rock Pigeon-3
Downy Woodpecker-2
Northern Flicker-6
Black-billed Magpie-16
American Crow-3
Common Raven-2
Black-capped Chickadee-10
White-breasted Nuthatch-4
European Starling-12
Bohemian Waxwing-1000
House Finch-2
House Sparrow-2White-tailed Deer-2

Other birds seen by other
observers this morning included Trumpeter Swans-2, Northern Shovelers-1,
Franklins
Gull-1

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Subject: FFCPP Soc. Calgary--Inglewood Bird Sanctuary, Calgary, Alberta, CA. Thursday, 05-Apr-2018
Date: Thu Apr 5 2018 14:34 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
FFCPP Soc. Calgary--Inglewood Bird Sanctuary, Calgary, Alberta, CA.
Thursday, 05-Apr-2018 09:15 - 11:51. -11 to -4C, Light cloud.



1. Canada Goose 3000
2. Northern Shoveler 12
3. American Wigeon 12
4. Mallard 350
5. Northern Pintail 4
6. Bufflehead 1
7. Common Goldeneye 15
8. Common Merganser 10
9. Bald Eagle 1
10. Red-tailed Hawk 1
11. American Coot 1
12. Killdeer 3
13. Ring-billed Gull 36
14. California Gull 450
15. Herring Gull 18
16. Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 8
17. Downy Woodpecker 3
18. Northern Flicker (intergrade) 7
19. Merlin 1
20. Black-billed Magpie 15
21. Common Raven 6
22. Black-capped Chickadee 12
23. White-breasted Nuthatch 2
24. European Starling 8
25. Bohemian Waxwing 500
26. House Finch 3



4 White-tailed Deer

3 Richardson Ground Squirrel

1 Jackrabbit



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Subject: 1st Robin of the year
Date: Thu Apr 5 2018 13:30 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hello fellow Birders!

Just a note to let you all know, we saw our first American Robin this
morning!!

Bill Benford

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Subject: Fish Creek boat launch & Inglewood Bird Sanctuary...
Date: Wed Apr 4 2018 14:19 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
Thank you Sandra,

Pam
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> On Apr 4, 2018, at 6:58 AM, Sandra Savage [email protected] [Albertabird] wrote:
>
> Wonderful photos!
>
> Sandra Savage, Calgary
>
> On 4/3/2018 11:26 PM, Pam Hardy [email protected] [Albertabird]
> wrote:
> > My friend and I went birding today... walked a total of 4.64 km at
> > both places.
> >
> > *FISH CREEK BOAT LAUNCH*
> >
> > 3 killdeer
> > 1 bald eagle
> > 5 widgeons
> > 1 greenwing teal
> > 1 buffleheads
> > 20 goldeneye
> > 10 mallards
> > 3 Northern flickers
> > 1 great horned owl
> > 3 white-breasted nuthatches
> > 20 black-capped chickadees
> > 1 downy woodpecker
> > 3 robins
> >
> > *Killdeer*
> >
> >
> >
> >
> > *Male Great-horned Owl*
> > *
> > *
> >
> >
> > *Female Northern Flicker*
> >
> >
> >
> >
> > *Widgeon*
> >
> >
> >
> > *Greenwing Teal - flew away right after, just barely got a picture,
> > not too clear *
> >
> >
> >
> > *INGLEWOOD BIRD SANCTUARY*
> >
> > 2+ flickers
> > 1 male downy
> > 15 starlings
> > 1 red-tailed hawk
> > 100+ seagulls
> > 25 mallards
> > 7 Canada geese
> > 10 magpies
> >
> > *Male Northern Flicker*
> > He was so close to us and kept coming closer... was a cool experience.
> >
> >
> >
> >
> > *Male Downy Woodpecker*
> >
> >
> >
> > *Red-tailed Hawk*
> >
> >
> >
> > ~Pam Hardy
> > https://www.flickr.com/photos/...
> >
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Subject: FFCPP Soc. Calgary--Inglewood Bird Sanctuary, Calgary, Alberta, CA. Wednesday, 04-Apr-2018
Date: Wed Apr 4 2018 14:16 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
FFCPP Soc. Calgary--Inglewood Bird Sanctuary, Calgary, Alberta, CA.
Wednesday, 04-Apr-2018 09:15 - 11:54. -10 to +2C, Sunny with some haze



1. Canada Goose 2500
2. Northern Shoveler 8
3. Eurasian Wigeon 1
4. American Wigeon 8
5. Mallard 750
6. Common Goldeneye 12
7. Common Merganser 5
8. Accipiter sp. 1
9. Bald Eagle 1
10. Killdeer 5
11. Ring-billed Gull 10
12. California Gull 300
13. Herring Gull 5
14. Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 2
15. Downy Woodpecker 3
16. Hairy Woodpecker 3
17. Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 1
18. Northern Flicker (intergrade) 10
19. Black-billed Magpie 16
20. American Crow 2
21. Common Raven 2
22. Black-capped Chickadee 10
23. White-breasted Nuthatch 3
24. American Robin 2
25. European Starling 50
26. Bohemian Waxwing 40
27. Pine Grosbeak 1
28. House Finch 8
29. House Sparrow 1



3 White-tailed Deer

3 Richardson Ground Squirrel

2 Eastern-gray squirrels




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






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Subject: Fish Creek boat launch & Inglewood Bird Sanctuary...
Date: Wed Apr 4 2018 7:58 am
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
Wonderful photos!

Sandra Savage, Calgary


On 4/3/2018 11:26 PM, Pam Hardy [email protected] [Albertabird]
wrote:
> My friend and I went birding today... walked a total of 4.64 km at
> both places.
>
> *FISH CREEK BOAT LAUNCH*
>
> 3 killdeer
> 1 bald eagle
> 5 widgeons
> 1 greenwing teal
> 1 buffleheads
> 20 goldeneye
> 10 mallards
> 3 Northern flickers
> 1 great horned owl
> 3 white-breasted nuthatches
> 20 black-capped chickadees
> 1 downy woodpecker
> 3 robins
>
> *Killdeer*
>
>
>
>
> *Male Great-horned Owl*
> *
> *
>
>
> *Female Northern Flicker*
>
>
>
>
> *Widgeon*
>
>
>
> *Greenwing Teal - flew away right after, just barely got a picture,
> not too clear *
>
>
>
> *INGLEWOOD BIRD SANCTUARY*
>
> 2+ flickers
> 1 male downy
> 15 starlings
> 1 red-tailed hawk
> 100+ seagulls
> 25 mallards
> 7 Canada geese
> 10 magpies
>
> *Male Northern Flicker*
> He was so close to us and kept coming closer... was a cool experience.
>
>
>
>
> *Male Downy Woodpecker*
>
>
>
> *Red-tailed Hawk*
>
>
>
> ~Pam Hardy
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/...
>
>
>



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Subject: Fish Creek boat launch & Inglewood Bird Sanctuary...
Date: Wed Apr 4 2018 0:26 am
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
My friend and I went birding today... walked a total of 4.64 km at both
places.

*FISH CREEK BOAT LAUNCH*

3 killdeer
1 bald eagle
5 widgeons
1 greenwing teal
1 buffleheads
20 goldeneye
10 mallards
3 Northern flickers
1 great horned owl
3 white-breasted nuthatches
20 black-capped chickadees
1 downy woodpecker
3 robins

*Killdeer*




*Male Great-horned Owl*



*Female Northern Flicker*




*Widgeon*



*Greenwing Teal - flew away right after, just barely got a picture, not too
clear *



*INGLEWOOD BIRD SANCTUARY*

2+ flickers
1 male downy
15 starlings
1 red-tailed hawk
100+ seagulls
25 mallards
7 Canada geese
10 magpies

*Male Northern Flicker*
He was so close to us and kept coming closer... was a cool experience.




*Male Downy Woodpecker*



*Red-tailed Hawk*



~Pam Hardy
https://www.flickr.com/photos/...



Subject: SW Alberta - April 3rd
Date: Tue Apr 3 2018 21:14 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
This morning, my brother Reg came over from Brooks to do some birding. He is
way behind on his year-list, as Brooks is much more wintery than here and
only a few migrants have shown up there so far. We decided to head towards
Waterton Lakes NP, hoping for a few mountain birds, as well as the
opportunity for a good selection of waterfowl on the open water at the Park
Gates. Due to very cold weather and recent heavy snowfall, most of the
meltwater ponds are frozen and snow-covered, so we saw little In the way of
waterfowl along the way.



The open water between Muskinonge Lake Day Use and the Park Gates was full
of waterfowl, numbering in the low thousands. Tundra & Trumpeter Swans,
Mallards, N. Pintail, Am. Wigeon, Common Goldeneye, Lesser Scaup, Canvasback
and Lesser Scaup were present. Most of the 100 or so swans were resting and
had their heads tucked in, so we lumped them together as a mix for ID
purposes. We did ID a few individuals of each species to confirm both were
there. We moved over to the bridge crossing the Waterton River to check out
birds in the river. We found at least 30 Barrow's Goldeneye, 4 Common
Mergansers, more Am. Wigeon, N. Pintail, Bufflehead and Mallards. I spotted
my first Gadwall of the year.



From there we drove into Waterton Village. Roads were starting to drift and
there is a tremendous amount of snow still remaining. We found one American
Dipper below the bridge on Cameron Creek. That was the only bird we saw in
the village. On our way back to the Park Gates, we stopped and scoped out a
number of waterfowl at the Gate Ponds west of the gate. A few hundred N.
Pintail and Canada Geese were present with a few Am. Wigeon and 3 Northern
Shovelers. A bit further on we stopped to check out the small stream that
flows under the highway from the Ponds. A Killdeer with 4 Song Sparrows was
feeding in the shallow water.



The trip back to Mountain View was uneventful. Our route took us along Hwy.
501 towards Beazer and Cardston. A small pond just south of Hwy. 5 had a
good mixture of waterfowl, maybe 100 - 150 birds. Reg spotted our first
Great Blue Heron of the year. A couple hundred meters south of that, we
watched a pair of Red-tailed Hawks copulate. Before we arrived at Cardston,
we saw another pair of Red-tailed Hawks and 2 Rough-legged Hawks. The
stretch of Hwy. 501 between Cardston and Del Bonita was very productive for
raptors. We saw 2 nesting pairs of Ferruginous Hawks, plus 2 more singles, 6
Bald Eagles, 3 Rough-legged Hawks, 1 Golden Eagle and 1 more Red-tailed
Hawk. In a few places Swans, Canada Geese and Mallards were in fields. Small
flocks of Horned Larks crossed our path frequently. Just west of the St.
Mary River, on the south side of the highway, we saw a mixed flock of
waterfowl; ducks, geese and swans numbering at least 3,000 birds, but there
was no safe place to stop and get a look at them, plus we were looking right
into the sun.



We turned north on Hwy. 62 at Del Bonita. That was a very good stretch of
raptor-watching. We saw 14 Rough-legged Hawks, 2 Red-tails and 3 Bald
Eagles. Our tally was 41 species for the day and Reg ended up with a lot of
year-birds.





Ken Orich

Lethbridge



Subject: FFCPP Soc. Calgary--Inglewood Bird Sanctuary, Calgary, Alberta, CA. Tuesday 03-Apr-2018
Date: Tue Apr 3 2018 14:39 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
FFCPP Soc. Calgary--Inglewood Bird Sanctuary, Calgary, Alberta, CA. Tuesday
03-Apr-2018 09:15 - 12:00. Sunny, -11 to -3.



1. Snow Goose 1
2. Canada Goose 2500
3. Northern Shoveler 2
4. American Wigeon 4
5. Mallard 200
6. Redhead 1
7. Bufflehead 5
8. Common Goldeneye 15
9. Common Merganser 11
10. Red-tailed Hawk 1
11. Killdeer 3
12. Ring-billed Gull 50
13. California Gull 700
14. Herring Gull 24
15. Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 6
16. Downy Woodpecker 5
17. Hairy Woodpecker 1
18. Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 1
19. Northern Flicker (intergrade) 18
20. Merlin 1
21. Black-billed Magpie 12
22. American Crow 6
23. Common Raven 4
24. Black-capped Chickadee 17
25. White-breasted Nuthatch 5
26. American Robin 3
27. European Starling 60
28. House Finch 5
29. House Sparrow 6



3 White-tailed Deer

1 Richardson Ground Squirrel

1 Eastern-gray Squirrel



Leaders: David Mitchell, Stephen Phelps, Diane Stinson, John Thompson, Gus
Yaki



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Subject: FFCPPSoc.Birding,Boat Launch,FCPP, 1:15-4:00 p.m. cloudy,some light flurries,light wind,-6C
Date: Sun Apr 1 2018 20:01 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
1. Canada Goose -182. Trumpeter Swan -73. American Wigeon-34. Mallard -1505. Green-winged Teal-16. Bufflehead- 17. Common Goldeneye -358. Ring-necked Pheasant -2 (seen by Janet G. before the start)9. Killdeer -210. Ring-billed Gull-211. California Gull-412. Gull Species-2513. Great Horned Owl- 114. Downy Woodpecker- 315. Hairy Woodpecker -116. Northern Flicker -417. Black-billed Magpie-518. Common Raven-1219. Black-capped Chickadee-820. White-breasted Nuthatch-2
Mammals, Coyote-2 Red Squirrel-1
Leaders Janet Gill , Bernie Diebolt








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Subject: Nature Calgary Birding Inglewood Bird Sanctuary, 9-11:30 AM, Sat. March 31/18
Date: Sat Mar 31 2018 20:40 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
Nature Calgary Birding Inglewood Bird Sanctuary, 9-11:30 AM, Sat. March 31/18. Sunny, calm, -14 to -9 Celsius. Eleven participants.
1. Canada Goose - 1500 including one hybrid Canada/White-fronted cross.2. Mallard - 2253. Northern Pintail - 24. American Wigeon - 45. EURASION WIGEON - 16. Redhead - 47. Common Goldeneye - 158. Killdeer - 19. Franklin's Gull - 110. Ring-billed Gull - 5011. California Gull - 200012. Herring Gull - 2013. GLAUCOUS GULL - 114. Northern Flicker - 815. Black-billed Magpie - 516. Common Raven - 217. Black-capped Chickadee - 1218. European Starling - 1819. Bohemian Waxwing - 40
White-tailed Deer - 5
Three birders not with our group reported seeing a Snow Goose. Unfortunately it had moved on before we had a chance to see it.
Leader: Janet GillSpecial Thanks to Tony & Andrew & their scopes.










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Subject: New arrivals at Lake Isle, AB
Date: Fri Mar 30 2018 16:25 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hello fellow birders.

Just a quick note of new arrivals here at Lake Isle, Ab at our feeders
and hereabouts.


House Finch - male - 2

European Starlings - m & f - 4

Canada Geese - 4 heard

American Crow - 6

I will keep the group posted as more birds arrive.

Bill Benford

Summer Village of South View at Lake Isle, AB



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