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23 Apr: @ 21:43:42 
Potential disturbance of Species at Risk ['Doug Collister' collistr@gmail.com [Albertabird]]
23 Apr: @ 20:08:56 
FFCPPSoc. Birding Carburn Park, Calgary. 1:15-4:15 PM, Sunday, April 23/17 [Janet Gill gillannjanet@gmail.com [Albertabird]]
23 Apr: @ 19:38:37 
: FFCPPSoc. Spring Birding, Carburn Park, SE Calgary, 09:00-12:00, Sun. 23 Apr 2017 ['Gus - CCNA' gyaki@calcna.ab.ca [Albertabird]]
23 Apr: @ 19:33:57 
FFCPPSoc. birding,-Carburn Park, SE Calgary, 0800-1150, Sun, 23-Apr.2017. Mostly cloudy, calm, becoming windy, 03-10°C ['Gus - CCNA' gyaki@calcna.ab.ca [Albertabird]]
23 Apr: @ 19:08:04 
Slow migration - Snow Geese & others [brdgincr@hotmail.com [Albertabird]]
23 Apr: @ 15:38:08 
Glenmore Reservoir, Calgary ['William J. F. Wilson' wjfwilso@ucalgary.ca [Albertabird]]
23 Apr: @ 12:20:01 
Birding SE Alberta - April 22nd ['Ken Orich' korich@telusplanet.net [Albertabird]]
22 Apr: @ 23:44:00 
Say's Phoebe, Banff [Caroline Lambert caroline144@gmail.com [Albertabird]]
22 Apr: @ 23:29:45 
FFCPPSoc. Spring Birding, Carburn Park, SE Calgary, 0900-1200, Sat. 22Apr2017 ['Gus - CCNA' gyaki@calcna.ab.ca [Albertabird]]
22 Apr: @ 16:22:07 
New arrivals at Lake Isle [Bill Benford bill.benford@gmail.com [Albertabird]]
22 Apr: @ 16:12:15 
Snow Geese on Glenmore Reservoir, Calgary ['William J. F. Wilson' wjfwilso@ucalgary.ca [Albertabird]]
21 Apr: @ 14:31:00 
New arrival at Lake Isle, AB [Bill Benford bill.benford@gmail.com [Albertabird]]
21 Apr: @ 12:01:08 
Hudsonian Godwits ['Ann' richardann@nucleus.com [Albertabird]]
20 Apr: @ 18:55:45 
FFCPPSoc. Spring Birding, Carburn Park, SE Calgary, 0915-1200, Thu. 20Apr2017. ['Gus - CCNA' gyaki@calcna.ab.ca [Albertabird]]
20 Apr: @ 18:20:58 
New Member [MaryAnn Isaacson misaacson9000@gmail.com [Albertabird]]
19 Apr: @ 20:55:43 
FFCPPSoc. Spring Birding, Carburn Park, SE Calgary, 0915-1200, Wed. 19Apr2017. ['Gus - CCNA' gyaki@calcna.ab.ca [Albertabird]]
19 Apr: @ 19:53:29 
Re: Tuesday 18th April - bird sightings. [tonytimmons99@yahoo.ca [Albertabird]]
19 Apr: @ 19:06:07 
Tuesday 18th April - bird sightings. ['Ann' richardann@nucleus.com [Albertabird]]
19 Apr: @ 09:53:01 
Carseland Weir [kgbooks@shaw.ca [Albertabird]]
18 Apr: @ 21:36:43 
South of Calgary [howard.heffler@yahoo.ca [Albertabird]]
18 Apr: @ 19:55:47 
FFCPPSoc. Spring Birding, Carburn Park, SE Calgary, 0915-1200, Tue. 18Apr2017 ['Gus - CCNA' gyaki@calcna.ab.ca [Albertabird]]
18 Apr: @ 17:13:13 
New arrivals at Lake Isle. [Bill Benford bill.benford@gmail.com [Albertabird]]
18 Apr: @ 09:01:35 
Kinbrook Island Provincial Park, Apr. 14 and Apr. 15 2017 [3 Attachments] [vpiotrow@yahoo.ca [Albertabird]]
17 Apr: @ 20:14:10 
FFCPPSoc. Spring Birding, Carburn Park, SE Calgary, 0915-1200, Mon. 17Apr2017 ['Gus - CCNA' gyaki@calcna.ab.ca [Albertabird]]
17 Apr: @ 19:42:41 
FRIENDS OF FISH CREEK PROVINCIAL PARK SOCIETY SPRING (FFCPPSoc.) Spring Birding, Burnsmead area, FCPP, SE Calgary, 0900-1200, Sun.16-Apr-2017. ['Gus - CCNA' gyaki@calcna.ab.ca [Albertabird]]
17 Apr: @ 17:04:01 
Ring road construction activity near Weaselhead [1 Attachment] [Andrew Hart andrewhart@shaw.ca [Albertabird]]
16 Apr: @ 22:59:17 
FRIENDS OF FISH CREEK PROVINCIAL PARK SOCIETY SPRING (FFCPPSoc.) Spring Birding, Burnsmead area, FCPP, SE Calgary, 0900-1200, Sun.16-Apr-2017. [Dan A danielarndt@hotmail.com [Albertabird]]
16 Apr: @ 22:46:38 
FFCPPSoc. Birding FCPP HQ to Burnsmead, SE Calgary. 1:15-4:PM. Sunday, April 16/17 [Janet Gill gillannjanet@gmail.com [Albertabird]]
16 Apr: @ 21:37:28 
Re: Common Crane [James Fox fox.james.ed@gmail.com [Albertabird]]
16 Apr: @ 21:30:52 
Re: Common Crane [James Fox fox.james.ed@gmail.com [Albertabird]]
16 Apr: @ 21:01:42 
Re: Common Crane [christian artuso chartuso@hotmail.com [Albertabird]]
16 Apr: @ 19:02:38 
Common Crane [James Fox fox.james.ed@gmail.com [Albertabird]]
16 Apr: @ 16:01:01 
FRIENDS OF FISH CREEK PROVINCIAL PARK SOCIETY SPRING (FFCPPSoc.) Spring Birding, Burnsmead area, FCPP, SE Calgary, 0900-1200, Sun.16-Apr-2017 ['Gus - CCNA' gyaki@calcna.ab.ca [Albertabird]]
16 Apr: @ 14:01:01 
SE Alberta April 15th ['Ken Orich' korich@telusplanet.net [Albertabird]]
16 Apr: @ 11:58:02 
Re: Junco [boblane1 boblane1@telus.net [Albertabird]]
16 Apr: @ 09:53:55 
Re: Junco [Sandra Savage savagebirder@shaw.ca [Albertabird]]
15 Apr: @ 23:25:03 
Junco [1 Attachment] [squon@metris.ca [Albertabird]]
15 Apr: @ 20:05:03 
FRIENDS OF FISH CREEK PROVINCIAL PARK SOCIETY SPRING (FFCPPSoc.) Birding, Burnsmead area, FCPP, SE Calgary, 0900-1200, Sat, 15April 2017. ['Gus - CCNA' gyaki@calcna.ab.ca [Albertabird]]
15 Apr: @ 15:21:54 
Nature Calgary Birding Inglewood Sanctuary, 0830 - 11:Am, Saturday, April 15/17 [Janet Gill gillannjanet@gmail.com [Albertabird]]
14 Apr: @ 23:36:07 
Herring Gull [2 Attachments] [ronakube@telusplanet.net [Albertabird]]
13 Apr: @ 21:08:08 
FRIENDS OF FISH CREEK PROVINCIAL PARK SOCIETY SPRING (FFCPPSoc.) Birding, Burnsmead area, FCPP, SE Calgary, 0915-1110, Thu, 13April 2017. Heavy overcast, sleet, wet snow, and rain, E wind 10kph, 2°C. ['Gus - CCNA' gyaki@calcna.ab.ca [Albertabird]]
13 Apr: @ 10:50:36 
Re: Re: Request for identification [Gerald Romanchuk geraldjr@telusplanet.net [Albertabird]]
13 Apr: @ 09:26:16 
Re: Request for identification [Jill Bhar jill.bhar@gmail.com [Albertabird]]
13 Apr: @ 08:51:15 
Request for identification [2 Attachments] [Jill Bhar jill.bhar@gmail.com [Albertabird]]
12 Apr: @ 21:17:02 
FRIENDS OF FISH CREEK PROVINCIAL PARK SOCIETY SPRING (FFCPPSoc.) Birding, Burnsmead area, FCPP, SE Calgary, 0915-1200, Wed, 12April 2017. ['Gus - CCNA' gyaki@calcna.ab.ca [Albertabird]]
12 Apr: @ 14:00:05 
Western Alberta Birding - April 10th & 11th ['Ken Orich' korich@telusplanet.net [Albertabird]]
11 Apr: @ 18:30:06 
FRIENDS OF FISH CREEK PROVINCIAL PARK SOCIETY SPRING (FFCPPSoc.) Birding, Burnsmead area, FCPP, SE Calgary, 0915-1200, Mon, 10April 2017. ['Gus - CCNA' gyaki@calcna.ab.ca [Albertabird]]
10 Apr: @ 20:22:19 
FRIENDS OF FISH CREEK PROVINCIAL PARK SOCIETY SPRING (FFCPPSoc.) Birding, Weaselhead Natural Area to green bridge, then along N. shore of Glenmore Reservoir, and Crowchild Tr. Stormwater Ponds, SW Calgary, 0800-1100, Sun, 09April 2017. ['Gus - CCNA' gyaki@calcna.ab.ca [Albertabird]]
10 Apr: @ 19:15:57 
FRIENDS OF FISH CREEK PROVINCIAL PARK SOCIETY SPRING (FFCPPSoc.) Birding, Burnsmead area, FCPP, SE Calgary, 0915-1200, Mon, 10April 2017 ['Gus - CCNA' gyaki@calcna.ab.ca [Albertabird]]
10 Apr: @ 18:10:54 
Re: Early Osprey ['Dave Russum' russumd@telusplanet.net [Albertabird]]





Subject: Potential disturbance of Species at Risk
Date: Sun Apr 23 2017 21:43 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
I think more important than worrying about the potential to be ticketed is
the conversation the naturalist and nature photographer community needs to
have about its potential adverse impact on species at risk. Industry is
held to a high standard in this regard but private land owners and the
public have not. Being well intentioned is not enough. It behooves us to be
aware of the scientific, evidence-based restrictions that are appropriate
for species at risk and abide by them. Below is a link to information in
this regard provided by Alberta Environment and Parks.

http://aep.alberta.ca/fish-wil...
ildlifeLandUse-SpeciesHabitatGrasslandParkland-Apr28-2011.pdf

Doug Collister
Water Valley

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3b. Re: sage grouse viewing
Posted by: "Sandra Savage" savagebirder@shaw.ca savagebirder
Date: Fri Apr 7, 2017 7:18 pm ((PDT))

I find this very confusing. How do I know if I'm on or near affected lands?
Is this posted saying that the field is covered. Can I be charged for
stopping a car on a road (public land) and watching birds?
From what I read, it appears that I could be driving down a road and be in
contravention without even knowing it

Sandra Savage

Calgary


On 4/7/2017 11:13 AM, 'Mike Mulligan' potoo@shaw.ca [Albertabird] wrote:
>
> I am passing on this report from a friend, paraphrased:
> Last week (March 31) a birder was visiting a Greater Sage-Grouse lek
> in the Manyberries area (SE Alberta). While viewing the birds from
> some distance, he was approached by a field person of the Alberta
> Environment Sage Grouse program and was informed that he could be
> charged under the Alberta Public Lands Act. Also, had the birder been
> found on the site the following day (April 1) he may also have been
> charged under the provisions of the Emergency Protection Order issued
> by the government in 2013.
> * * * * * * * * * *
>
> Additional information included:
> Throughout their range in western North America, declining Sage-Grouse
> populations have been associated with increased road densities and
> traffic volumes. Genetic and population modeling as well as habitat
> modeling in southeastern Alberta indicate that the significant Sage
> Grouse population declines over the past two decades are related to
> increased road densities, traffic volumes and human activity.
>
> Because of population declines in Alberta and Saskatchewan, Ecojustice
> on behalf of the Alberta Wilderness Association, Federation of Alberta
> Naturalists, Grassland Naturalists, Nature Saskatchewan and the
> Western Canadian Wilderness Association filed a lawsuit claiming that
> the federal Recovery Strategy for Greater Sage-Grouse neglected to
> identify critical habitat for Sage-Grouse despite having ample
> scientific evidence to do so. It is important to note that naturalists
> launched this lawsuit. Further information about the lawsuit can be
> found here:
>
https://albertawilderness.ca/i...
b2 .
> A host of legal and management actions have occurred since then.
>
> On September 17, 2013 conservation groups welcomed the federal
> government's announcement that it intended to introduce an emergency
> protection order for Canada's endangered Greater Sage-Grouse, but they
> also cautioned that the devil will be in the details.The federal
> government's announcement did not include specific language around one
> of the key threats to the Sage-Grouse's recovery and survival: oil and
> gas development in its critical habitat.
>
> On September 25, 2013, on-the-ground action priorities were identified
> for the management of Greater Sage-Grouse including access restrictions.
>
> On December 4, 2013 the federal government published its long-awaited
> Emergency Protection Order for Greater Sage-Grouse. The order came
> into effect on February 18, 2014. The goal of the Emergency Order was
> to "achieve the best protection for the Greater Sage-Grouse, while
> minimizing impacts on landowners and agricultural producers." The
> prohibitions contained in the order only apply to habitat on federal
> and provincial crown lands in southeastern Alberta and southwestern
> Saskatchewan. Conservation groups welcomed the long-awaited Emergency
> Protection Order, but were concerned whether it would provide
> sufficient protection for the species.. The emergency order can be
> viewed here:
> http://laws-lois.justice.gc.ca...
> Among other things, the Order contains the following provision "A
> person must not operate a facility, motor vehicle or machine that
> produces a noise that exceeds 45 dB(A) at any given time between 1.5
> hours before sunset to 1.5 hours after sunrise during the period
> beginning on April 1 and ending on May 30 of any given year" on
> identified federal and provincial lands.
>
> In 2003, the Alberta Government clarified the rules for recreational
> and exploration access on agricultural dispositions issued under the
> /Public Lands Act/, including grazing leases and farm development
> leases. On most provincial public lands in southeastern Alberta,
> access permits are required to access public lands. More information
> about public land access can be found here:
>
http://aep.alberta.ca/recreati...
c-land/default.aspx.
>
>
> There are also sections of the provincial /Wildlife Act/ that pertain
> to harassment of wildlife. If actions of people are deemed to be
> detrimental to the birds, these types of charges could be pursued.
> However, such actions would have to be blatant, but could include a
> photographer who was harassing birds at close range.
>
>
> More information about the plight of the Greater Sage-Grouse can be
> found in the Alberta Status Report
> (http://www.ab-conservation.com...
> 0of%20Sage%20Grouse%20in%20Alberta_1998.pdf),
> federal status report
> (https://www.registrelep-sarare...
> /sr%5Fgreater%5Fsage%5Fgrouse%5F0500%5Fe%2Epdf
> /sr_greater_sage_grouse_0500_e.pdf>),
> provincial recovery plan
> (http://aep.alberta.ca/fish-wil...
> ublications-web-resources/birds/documents/SAR-AlbertaGreaterSageGrouse
> RecoveryPlan-2013-2018.pdf)
> and federal recovery plan
> (http://www.sararegistry.gc.ca/...
> Fsage%5Fgrouse%5Fe%5Ffinal%2Epdf
>
).
>
> Mike Mulligan
>
> Calgary
>
>
>








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Subject: FFCPPSoc. Birding Carburn Park, Calgary. 1:15-4:15 PM, Sunday, April 23/17
Date: Sun Apr 23 2017 20:08 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
FFCPPSoc. Birding Carburn Park, Calgary. 1:15-4:15 PM, Sunday, April 23/17.
Mostly sunny, very light East wind, +8 to 14 Celsius.

1. Double-crested Cormorant - 4
2. Canada Goose - 40
3. Mallard - 32
4. Gadwall - 3
5. American Wigeon - 10
6. Northern Shoveler - 2
7. Redhead - 2
8. Common Goldeneye - 13
9. Common Merganser - 4
10. Red-breasted Merganser - 1f
11. Sharp-shinned Hawk - 2 sightings, may have been only one bird
12. Red-tailed Hawk - 1
13. Osprey - 2
14. Ring-necked Pheasant - heard x2
15. American Coot - 5
16. Franklin's Gull - 1000
17. Ring-billed Gull - 5
18. Northern Flicker - 4
19. Downy Woodpecker - 1
20. Black-billed Magpie - 5
21. American Crow - 2
22. Common Raven - 7 including 1 with small fish in its bill
23. Black-capped Chickadee - 8
24. White-breasted Nuthatch - 1
25. Red-breasted Nuthatch - 1
26. American Robin - 7
27. YELLOW-RUMPED (MYRTLE) WARBLER - 9
28. Red-winged Blackbird - 1

White-tailed Deer - 6
Eastern Gray Squirrel - 3 Black Morph
Butterfly sp. - 2

Leaders: Stephen Spring, Bernie Diebolt, Janet Gill
Calgary



Subject: : FFCPPSoc. Spring Birding, Carburn Park, SE Calgary, 09:00-12:00, Sun. 23 Apr 2017
Date: Sun Apr 23 2017 19:38 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
FFCPPSoc. Spring Birding, Carburn Park,  SE Calgary, 09:00-12:00, Sun. 23
Apr 2017. Cloudy, calm, 5C. Combined results of two groups

1. Canada Goose - 40
2. Gadwall - 4
3. American Wigeon - 12
4. Mallard - 30
5. Northern Shoveler - 1
6. Redhead - 2
7. Common Goldeneye - 12
8. Hooded Merganser - 1
9. Common Merganser - 10
10. Red-breasted Merganser - 1
11. Ring-necked Pheasant - 1
12. Pied-billed Grebe - 1
13. Double-crested Cormorant - 2
14. Osprey - 1
15. Cooper's Hawk - 1
16. Bald Eagle - 2
17. Red-tailed Hawk - 1
18. American Coot - 1
19. Killdeer - 2
20. Solitary Sandpiper - 1
21. Franklin's Gull - 150
22. Ring-billed Gull - 4
23. Herring Gull - 2
24. Rock Pigeon - 6
25. Downy Woodpecker - 2
26. Northern Flicker - 12
27. Peregrine Falcon - 1
28. Black-billed Magpie - 4
29. American Crow - 1
30. Common Raven - 2
31. Northern Rough-winged Swallow - 6
32. Tree Swallow - 300
33. Violet-green Swallow - 6
34. Bank Swallow - 1
35. Barn Swallow - 1
36. Cliff Swallow - 2
37. Black-capped Chickadee - 15
38. Red-breasted Nuthatch - 1
39. Ruby-crowned Kinglet - 1
40. Swainson's Thrush - 1
41. Hermit Thrush - 1
42. American Robin - 20
43. European Starling - 50
44. American Pipit - 12
45. Bohemian Waxwing - 4
46. Orange-crowned Warbler - 1
47. Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) - 8
48. Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon) - 3
49. White-crowned Sparrow - 1
50. Song Sparrow - 12
51. Lincoln's Sparrow - 3
52. Red-winged Blackbird - 15
53. Common Grackle - 2
54. House Finch - 1
55. House Sparrow - 2

Am. Beaver - 2
Eastern Gray Squirrel - 3
Porcupine - 1
White-tailed Deer - 6

Leaders: Kirs Fernet and Wlad Franco-Valias
Guest Leader: George Best


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Subject: FFCPPSoc. birding,-Carburn Park, SE Calgary, 0800-1150, Sun, 23-Apr.2017. Mostly cloudy, calm, becoming windy, 03-10°C
Date: Sun Apr 23 2017 19:33 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
FFCPPSoc. birding,-Carburn Park, SE Calgary, 0800-1150, Sun, 23-Apr.2017.
Mostly cloudy, calm, becoming windy, 03-10C

> Canada Goose 30
> Wood Duck 2
> Gadwall
5
> American Wigeon 12
> Mallard 40
> Northern
Shoveler 1
> Common Goldeneye 20
> Hooded
Merganser 1
> Common Merganser 12
> Red-breasted
Merganser 1
> Ring-necked Pheasant 2
> Pied-billed
Grebe 1
> Double-crested Cormorant 2
> Osprey
1
> Cooper's Hawk 1
> Bald Eagle 3
> Red-tailed
Hawk 1
> American Coot 1
> Killdeer 3
>
Greater Yellowlegs 1Heard
> Franklin's Gull 300
>
Ring-billed Gull 10
> Herring Gull 6
> Rock Pigeon
(Feral Pigeon) 50
> Downy Woodpecker 5
> Hairy
Woodpecker 1
> Northern Flicker 15
> Merlin
2 Pair
> Peregrine Falcon 1
> Blue
Jay 2
> Black-billed Magpie 6
> American Crow
7
> Common Raven 2
> Northern Rough-winged Swallow
15
> Tree Swallow 500
> Violet-green Swallow 10
>
Bank Swallow 50 Smaller bird. Brownish breast
band.
> Barn Swallow 4
> Cliff Swallow
10 Reddish throats and breast. White above eyebrow
darker back
> Black-capped Chickadee 8
> Red-breasted
Nuthatch 3
> White-breasted Nuthatch 1
> Ruby-crowned
Kinglet 3
> Hermit Thrush 1
> American Robin
50
> European Starling 100
> Cedar Waxwing
2 Heard - shorter, lighter trill than Bohemian
>
Orange-crowned Warbler 1
> Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)
7
> Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's) 1
> Dark-eyed Junco
(Slate-colored) 1
> White-crowned Sparrow 1
> Savannah
Sparrow 3
> Song Sparrow 12
> Lincoln's Sparrow
1
> Red-winged Blackbird 20
> Common Grackle 1
>
House Finch 2
> House Sparrow 4
> 58 species (+1 other
taxa)

White-tailed Deer-4
Porcupine-1
Eastern Gray Squirrel- 10
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Subject: Slow migration - Snow Geese & others
Date: Sun Apr 23 2017 19:08 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
Due to early snowfalls halting harvesting last fall, some locations still have swaths in the field.


Returning from Saskatoon last week, approx 300 in the Tessier area, and 3 to 4000 in the
area of Zealandia. Theyre looking very well-fed.


Allan Kimberley
Calgary AB



Subject: Glenmore Reservoir, Calgary
Date: Sun Apr 23 2017 15:38 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
A bike ride to Glenmore Reservoir in Calgary this morning turned up one
male Eurasian Wigeon near the west shoreline (viewed from the north
side) and at least 15 Red-breasted Mergansers (8 males & 7 females).

Bill Wilson

Calgary



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Subject: Birding SE Alberta - April 22nd
Date: Sun Apr 23 2017 12:20 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
Yesterday, David Scott and I headed towards Wild Horse to see if any new
arrivals could be found and we hadn't been down to that area since last
year. We had a good day finding 72 species. David ended up with 11
year-birds and I had 8. It was also a good day for Species at Risk with
Long-billed Curlew, Ferruginous Hawk, Sprague's Pipit, Burrowing Owl (please
don't ask for location), Western Grebe, Loggerhead Shrike, Prairie Falcon
and Sharp-tailed Grouse seen. Other birds of prey were Red-tailed,
Swainson's and Rough-legged Hawks, Merlin, Northern Harrier and Great Horned
Owl.



By the time we reached Pakowki Lake we had 32 species with most of the ducks
and geese, as well as the usual city suspects. New birds found were Vesper
Sparrow along the Pakowki Lake north access road and a Willet along the
Sunrise Road. Back at Hwy. 885 we found our first Merlin of the day. We
had expectations of finding Eared and Western Grebes, but all we found was a
Horned Grebe. Pakowki Lake was very quiet with mostly Lesser Scaups, Coots
and Ruddy Ducks. A brisk, Manyberries Chinook was blowing. We found our
first Brown-headed Cowbird of the year along Hwy. 501 at the south end of
Pakowki Lake. Water levels have risen and the mudflats were wet again, but
not a shorebird, not even a Killdeer was seen. Just a hefty flock of RW &
YH Blackbirds with a few Cowbirds.



We headed towards the Onefour via the Pinhorn. Although there had been some
rain overnight, the roads were in decent shape without a bunch of
mud-slinging. A car would have had no trouble navigating. On the Pinhorn
we found 4 Long-billed Curlews. We were surprised to not find a single
sparrow or Longspur; just a few Horned Larks and large flocks of mostly
Starlings, with the odd RW Blackbird tagging along. At the Jct. of Rge. Rd.
6-3 & Twp. Rd. 2-2 we found lots of Mourning Doves and a good-sized mixed
flock of Blackbirds. David got his first Brewer's of the year.



On our way to the Onefour, I was telling David that the upcoming trees were
always good for a Loggerhead Shrike or nesting Ferruginous Hawk. Well,
guess what! All the trees, willows and other shrubs along the entire
stretch from that intersection to Hwy. 41 have been cut down and removed
from the road allowance. That was really upsetting to see. I don't know
the reason for it (perhaps there is a good one), but at least two Species at
Risk made use of these small but effective oasis on the prairie. What a
shame! It is still upsetting to think about it.



At the Onefour Research Station we found White-crowned Sparrows,
Sharp-tailed Grouse, YR (Myrtle) Warblers, a Red-tailed, Ferruginous and
Swainson's Hawks. Just SE of Onefour is a small lake I call Onefour Lake.
We found our first Western Grebe of the year there (2). The trip to Wild
Horse was uneventful except for a couple Merlins along Hwy 41. Milk River
Lake at Wild Horse is very high and there is lots of water in the area
again. The Wild Horse area was a non-event with the exception of a
Chestnut-collared Longspur and a few Ferruginous Hawks.



We made a loop back to Pakowki Lake going north on Hwy 41 to Hwy. 501, then
west. Various hawks and waterfowl were seen along the way. At Pakowki on
Hwy. 501 we still didn't find any shorebirds, but we hadn't been heading
north for long on Hwy. 885 when I spotted a Loggerhead Shrike! After that,
we checked out a pothole along Twp. Rd. 4-4 we call Pipit Pond (we found our
first Am. Pipits there a week or so ago). Semipalmated and Baird's
Sandpipers were there, with Semipalmated being new for the year. A return
to the Hwy. 885 causeway at Pakowki still didn't give us any grebes. What a
difference half a day makes. Along the Sunrise Road were all kinds of
shorebirds (Avocets, Godwits, Stilts, Killdeer, both Yellowlegs, Willet and
Peeps we couldn't ID due to light conditions). Other than the Willet,
Killdeer and a couple Avocets, we didn't see any shorebirds in the morning.
I spotted a Black-crowned Night-Heron which was a first of year for David.



The long trip back to Lethbridge was very quiet. We still hadn't found a
White-faced Ibis or Eared Grebe, so we decided to check out Stirling Lake.
No luck there, but we did end the day with a good number of Ross's Geese
mixed in with Snow Geese right beside the access road. We also didn't find
a Savannah Sparrow which was high on our expectation list. It was a 13 hour
birding day, long but worth it.



Ken Orich

Lethbridge



Subject: Say's Phoebe, Banff
Date: Sat Apr 22 2017 23:44 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
Today I helped out at a "bioblitz" based in the Cave and Basin parking
lot in Banff. After my shift was over, I walked back to my car, which
was parked in the town, by a circuitous route through the marsh. In a
marshy area near the stables I spotted a Say's Phoebe actively
flycatching. Since these do not appear to be common in the province, and
is the first one I've seen in the province, I thought I'd report it.

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Subject: FFCPPSoc. Spring Birding, Carburn Park, SE Calgary, 0900-1200, Sat. 22Apr2017
Date: Sat Apr 22 2017 23:29 pm
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FFCPPSoc. Spring
Birding,<?XML:NAMESPACE PREFIX = ST1 />CarburnPark,SE
Calgary,0900-1200, Sat. 22Apr2017.
Mostly sunny, calm, 1 - 9C. Combined results of three
groups.



Canada Goose-45
Wood Duck-2
Gadwall-3
American Wigeon-17
Mallard-44
Blue-winged Teal-1
Green-winged Teal-2
Redhead-2
Bufflehead-4
Common Goldeneye-26
Hooded Merganser-2
Common Merganser-16
Red-breasted Merganser-1, f
Double-crested Cormorant-6+
Osprey-3
Bald Eagle-1+
Coopers Hawk-2
Swainsons Hawk-2
Merlin-3
American Coot-1
Greater Yellowlegs-3
Franklins Gull-350+
Ring-billed Gull-3
California Gull-1
Rock Pigeon-1
Downy Woodpecker-3
Northern Flicker-10+
Blue Jay-2
Black-billed Magpie-6
American Crow-4
Common Raven-1
Tree Swallow-25
Black-capped Chickadee-8
Red-breasted Nuthatch-2
White-breasted Nuthatch-2
American Robin-27+
European Starlling-20+
Song Sparrow-10
Red-winged Blackbird-20+, m
Common Grackle-1
House Finch-3
House Sparrow-2+

White-tailed Deer-4
Muskrat-1
Eastern Gray Squirrel-8
Red Squirrel-1
Porcupine-1 reported by walkers

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Subject: New arrivals at Lake Isle
Date: Sat Apr 22 2017 16:22 pm
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Hello again Father Winter!!

Even though we are expecting 17cm more snow today and into Sunday, we
are still seeing new arrivals.

Today

3 Common Mergansers 2m 1f

6-8 Common Goldeye 5m 2-3 f

Mallards - pair

More as they arrive.

Bill Benford

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Subject: Snow Geese on Glenmore Reservoir, Calgary
Date: Sat Apr 22 2017 16:12 pm
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There was a flock of 18 Snow Geese on Glenmore Reservoir this morning.
They were initially near the west end of the reservoir, but eventually
swam into the east bay between the sailing club and Heritage Park.

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Subject: New arrival at Lake Isle, AB
Date: Fri Apr 21 2017 14:31 pm
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Hello fellow birders.

New to the lake in the past day are:

Dozens of Sandhill Cranes - heard but not seen

2 American White Pelicans

1 Great Blue Heron

More posts as new arrivals are seen.

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Subject: Hudsonian Godwits
Date: Fri Apr 21 2017 12:01 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
Thursday the 20th we were going Southeast birding and as I didn't get good
views of the Hudsonian Godwits on Tuesday we swung by Weed Lake.



There were two Godwits at the location when we arrived but they left almost
immediately so we went to the South view point. As I was going back to the
car a flock of 57 Godwits landed for about 5 minutes and then flew over my
head to the South.



This is the largest flock of Godwits, by far, that I have ever seen.



Richard Clarke

Calgary



Subject: FFCPPSoc. Spring Birding, Carburn Park, SE Calgary, 0915-1200, Thu. 20Apr2017.
Date: Thu Apr 20 2017 18:55 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
FFCPPSoc. Spring Birding, <?xml:namespace prefix = st1
ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" />CarburnPark,
SE Calgary, 0915-1200, Thu. 20Apr2017. Mostly
cloudy, calm, 2 12C. Combined results of 3 groups- 40 people.<?xml:namespace
prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office"
/>


Canada
Goose 50

Wood
Duck-2

Gadwall-5

American
Wigeon-16

Mallard-40

NORTHERN
SHOVELER-2 m.

Redhead-2

Bufflehead-4

Common
Goldeneye 30

Common
Merganser-12

RED-BREASTED MERGANSER-3
juv..

OSPREY-1

Bald
Eagle-1+ ad.

Coopers
Hawk-1

SWAINSONS
HAWK-1

Red-tailed
Hawk-2

Merlin-1

AMERICAN
COOT-2

Killdeer-4

Franklins
Gull-400+

Ring-billed
Gull-4+

Herring
Gull-1 juv.)

Rock
Pigeon-2

Downy
Woodpecker-7

Hairy
Woodpecker-1

Northern
Flicker-14

Black-billed
Magpie-11

American
Crow-7

TREE
SWALLOW-50+

VIOLET-GREEN
SWALLOW-1

Black-capped
Chickadee-10.

Red-breasted
Nuthatch-6

White-breasted
Nuthatch-4

American
Robin-30+.

European
Starling-75+

YELLOW-RUMPED (MYRTLE)
WARBLER-1

Song
Sparrow-10

Red-winged Blackbird-25+
m..

Common
Grackle-7

House
Finch-1

House
Sparrow-2+.


Eastern
Gray Squirrel-12

Muskrat-1

White-tailed
Deer-3


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Subject: New Member
Date: Thu Apr 20 2017 18:20 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hi,Thanks for adding me to this group.I am a dedicated casual birder. I don't actively go looking for birds, but am always on the lookout as I travel around.I live on a farm south of Westlock with a large variety of resident birds, both year round and seasonal.I do keep a list of bird sightings in the back of Chris Fisher/John Acorn's Birds of Alberta. Which grows by one or two each year.
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Subject: FFCPPSoc. Spring Birding, Carburn Park, SE Calgary, 0915-1200, Wed. 19Apr2017.
Date: Wed Apr 19 2017 20:55 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
FFCPPSoc. Spring Birding, <?xml:namespace prefix = st1
ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" />CarburnPark,
SE Calgary, 0915-1200, Wed. 19Apr2017. Partly cloudy,
misty, becoming sunny, calm, 4 9C. Combined results of 4 groups- 50
people.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office"
/>


Canada
Goose 50

Wood
Duck-6

Gadwall-2

American
Wigeon-24

Mallard-50

Green-winged
Teal-3

Redhead-2

Bufflehead-4

Common
Goldeneye 50

Common
Merganser-12

RED-BREASTED MERGANSER-3
juv..

RED-NECKED
GREBE-1

DOUBLE-CRESTED
CORMORANT-1

OSPREY-1

Bald
Eagle-2.

Coopers
Hawk-1

SWAINSONS
HAWK-1

Merlin-1

Killdeer-2

Franklins Gull-400+

Ring-billed
Gull-10+

California Gull-1

Herring
Gull-3 ( 2 juv.)

Rock
Pigeon-5

Downy
Woodpecker-12

Hairy
Woodpecker-1

Northern
Flicker-20

Blue
Jay-2

Black-billed
Magpie-11

American
Crow-5

Common
Raven-2

TREE
SWALLOW-50+

VIOLET-GREEN
SWALLOW-1

Black-capped
Chickadee-10.

Red-breasted
Nuthatch-1

White-breasted
Nuthatch-5

American
Robin-30+.

European
Starling-75+

YELLOW-RUMPED (MYRTLE)
WARBLER-1

Song
Sparrow-11

Red-winged Blackbird-15+
m..

Common
Grackle-3

House
Finch-1

House
Sparrow-4.

Richardsons Ground
Squirrel-1

Eastern
Gray Squirrel-4

Muskrat-1

PORCUPINE-1

White-tailed
Deer-3


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Subject: Re: Tuesday 18th April - bird sightings.
Date: Wed Apr 19 2017 19:53 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
Counted 9 birds this afternoon, same location you described.

Tony Timmons
Calgary



Subject: Tuesday 18th April - bird sightings.
Date: Wed Apr 19 2017 19:06 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
Yesterday, Tuesday 18th April, evening I went to Weed Lake.
On the South side of the road in the north east corner of the lake there were 10 Hudsonian Godwits. They took off almost immediately after I stopped and flew North very purposefully. They were not there when I came back hour later.
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Subject: Carseland Weir
Date: Wed Apr 19 2017 9:53 am
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
We spent a bit of time at the Carseland Weir on Sunday, we had gone with the hopes of seeing American Pelicans and we were rewarded with seeing 3. I still say they are about the most amazing to watch while flying. Of course, we had the usual suspects, several American Crows, Franklin Gulls and American Robins. Being so enthralled with the Pelicans, I didn't do a count of any other species.


Kathy Grill
Calgary AB



Subject: South of Calgary
Date: Tue Apr 18 2017 21:36 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
Yesterday Tony Timmons and I explored a few areas south of Calgary. I really admire Bill Wilsons NMT (non-motorized transport) birding exploits. This was NOT that. Only under extreme duress will I admit how many KMs we drove that day.



We got to Priddis by 6:30 and worked our way south to Plummers Road. No real highlights until Tony saw a Great Gray Owl hunting from fence posts beside the road. It was quickly successful in finding breakfast and headed off into the woods, no doubt to feed hungry nestlings. A Sharp-shinned Hawk made a quick fly-by and disappeared into the woods. It would be fascinating to see at close quarters how they can maneuver thru the tress. A singing Ruby-crowned Kinglet was a first-of-year bird.


We continued south on Hwy 22 seeing numerous Red-tailed and one Rough-legged Hawks, as well as a couple of American Kestrels and a Northern Shrike. We stopped at Chain Lakes and were almost ready to drive on but decided to get out of the car and scope the area properly. We quickly found a Double-crested Cormorant, a Sandhill Crane, and an American White Pelican. We initially saw a white blob on the distant shore and narrowed the possibilities down to: (1) pelican, (2) swan, or (3) a white something-or-other. When the bird raised its head and we saw the bill, we settled on #1. The single Sandhill Crane was feeding on the far shore and may be taking up residence? Barrow's Goldeneye and Rudy Ducks were nice to add to the list too. Still at Chain Lakes we saw a Turkey Vulture rocking on the winds in its tell-tale dihedral.


We continued south to the Oldman River and drove the road on the north side of this beautiful river to Bob Creek Wildland. On the road we saw several kestrels, a Prairie Falcon, a Clark's Nutcracker, numerous Mountain Bluebirds, but no sparrows. Too early I suppose. At the end of the road turn-around we had a Coopers Hawk fly-by, a few more Red-tailed Hawks and four harriers, and another TV.


For the next couple of hours we drove secondary roads and were more-or-less lost and/or in disagreement about which way to turn for the rest of the afternoon. But the birding was fun, adding Golden and Bald Eagles and more Red-taileds.


In addition to the Great Gray, I guess the highlight was the number of raptors. There were some distant birds that we could not be sure of, but we listed:
Turkey Vulture 2
Osprey 1
Golden Eagle 1
Northern Harrier 8
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1
Cooper's Hawk 1
Bald Eagle 3
Red-tailed Hawk 15
Rough-legged Hawk 1
American Kestrel 11
Prairie Falcon 2

Howard Heffler
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Subject: FFCPPSoc. Spring Birding, Carburn Park, SE Calgary, 0915-1200, Tue. 18Apr2017
Date: Tue Apr 18 2017 19:55 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
FFCPPSoc. Spring Birding,
<?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags"
/>CarburnPark, SE Calgary,
0915-1200, Tue. 18Apr2017. Mostly
cloudy, calm, 2 9C. Combined results of 4 groups- 50 people.<?xml:namespace
prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office"
/>


> Canada
Goose 50
> Wood Duck 5
> American Wigeon
20
> Mallard 35
> Blue-winged Teal 3
> Northern
Shoveler 4
> Redhead 6
> Lesser Scaup 12
>
Common Goldeneye 20
> Common Merganser 12
> Red-breasted
Merganser 3 (2 juv m/1 juv. f.)
> Double-crested Cormorant
3
> Osprey 3
> Sharp-shinned Hawk 1
> Cooper's
Hawk 2
> Bald Eagle 5 (1 juv.)
> Red-tailed Hawk
1
> Killdeer 3

>
Lesser
Yellowlegs 7
> Franklin's Gull 600
> Ring-billed
Gull 12
> Herring Gull 3
> Rock Pigeon 2
>
Belted Kingfisher 1
> Downy Woodpecker 12
> Hairy
Woodpecker 1
> Northern Flicker 25
> Merlin
3
> Black-billed Magpie 12
> American Crow 12
>
Common Raven 1
> Tree Swallow 200
> Violet-green
Swallow 3
> Black-capped Chickadee 20
> Red-breasted
Nuthatch 3
> White-breasted Nuthatch 2
> American
Robin 50
> European Starling 80
> Song Sparrow
15
> Lincoln's Sparrow 1
> Red-winged Blackbird
35
> Common Grackle 11
> House Finch 16
> House
Sparrow 5

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Species


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> Muskrat -
1
> Eastern Gray Squirrel-6
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Subject: New arrivals at Lake Isle.
Date: Tue Apr 18 2017 17:13 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hello fellow birders.

I have been back in Ontario for the past 3 weeks so I have not seen many
of the migrants come and go.

New arrivals or new to the feeders are:

2 Red-winged Blackbirds - M

12-14 Juncos

1 White Breasted Nuthatch

2 American Robins 1M, 1F

Numerous American Crows

2-3 Resident Ravens

Our resident flock of Black capped Chickadees 10 or more at times

My wife saw Mallards and Scaup at the lakes edge which has since closed
due to heavy snowfall.

More to report as we see and/or hear them.

Bill Benford

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Subject:
Date: Tue Apr 18 2017 9:01 am
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For the long weekend we headed out to Kinbrook Island Provincial Park.  We saw what looked like a northern shrike (see picture) but it would be pretty out of place in this area and wanted to confirm our ID.  We also got a good look at some flickers dancing.  Here are our counts:


Apr 14th
12x Red-winged blackbird 3x Meadowlark 3x Ring-necked pheasant 6x Northern shoveler 2x Redhead 47x Common grackle 39x American robin 20x Double-crested cormorant 9x Mallard 30+ Canada goose 90+ Ring-billed gull 24x American coot 1x Great blue heron 2x Song sparrow 3x Tree sparrow 2x Ruby-crowned kinglet 4x Dark-eyed junco 2x Yellow-rumped warbler 12x American white pelican 1x Downy woodpecker 4x Common goldeneye 3x Northern harrier 6x Northern flicker 4x Ring-necked duck 2x Canvasback 4x Lesser scaup 2x Franklin's gulls 2x Swainson's hawk 10+ Tree swallow























Apr 15th
12x Red-winged blackbird 2x Grey partridge 13x Western meadowlark 4x Yellow-rumped warbler 8x American pelican 10x Double-crested cormorant 9x Northern shoveler 12x Mallard 10x Canada goose 7x European starling 1x Swainson's hawk 17x American coot 33x American robin 2x Yellow-headed blackbird 5x Lesser scaup 3x Mourning dove 1x Northern shrike 2x Northern harrier 7x Canvasback 2x Ring-necked duck 4x Cinnamon teal 3x Dark-eyed junco 3x Ruby-crowned kinglet 8x American crow 2x Mystery flycatcher 5x Forster's tern 4x Trumpeter swan 20x American wigeon 2x Hooded merganser 18x Common grackle 1x Merlin 3x Northern pintail 15+ Tree swallow 2x Ferruginous hawk



























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Subject: FFCPPSoc. Spring Birding, Carburn Park, SE Calgary, 0915-1200, Mon. 17Apr2017
Date: Mon Apr 17 2017 20:14 pm
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FFCPPSoc. Spring Birding, <?xml:namespace prefix = st1
ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" />CarburnPark,
SE Calgary, 0915-1200, Mon. 17Apr2017. Sunny, N wind
12kph. 0 6C. Combined results of 3 groups- 40 people.<?xml:namespace prefix =
o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />


Canada
Goose 50

Gadwall-2

American
Wigeon-31

Mallard-40

Green-winged
Teal-2

Redhead-6

Common
Goldeneye 25

Common
Merganser-10

RED-BREASTED
MERGANSER-1.

Ring-necked Pheasant-2
heard

RED-NECKED
GREBE-1

GREAT
BLUE HERON-1

OSPREY-5

Bald
Eagle-4 ad, 2 nests. Canada Goose landed on original nest, and eagle flew
km, knocking them out of nest.

Coopers
Hawk-2

Killdeer-2

Franklins
Gull-250+

Ring-billed
Gull-20+

California Gull-1

Herring
Gull-4+

Rock
Pigeon-2

LONG-EARED
OWL-1

Belted
Kingfisher-1.

Downy
Woodpecker-4

Northern
Flicker-12

Black-billed
Magpie-12

American
Crow-4

Common
Raven-4, a pair went under bridge supports, in search of Rock Pigeon
nests.

TREE
SWALLOW-100+

VIOLET-GREEN
SWALLOW-1

Black-capped Chickadee-10. Two
pair digging nests

Red-breasted Nuthatch-2. One
digging nest into parks building

White-breasted
Nuthatch-4

RUBY-CROWNED
KINGLET-1

Townsends
Solitaire-2

American
Robin-50+.

European
Starling-20+

YELLOW-RUMPED
WARBLER-3

Song
Sparrow-8

Dark-eyed
Junco-2

Red-winged Blackbird-30+
m..

Common
Grackle-1

House
Finch-2+

House
Sparrow-3.


Eastern
Gray Squirrel-10

Muskrat-1

White-tailed
Deer-3


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Subject: FRIENDS OF FISH CREEK PROVINCIAL PARK SOCIETY SPRING (FFCPPSoc.) Spring Birding, Burnsmead area, FCPP, SE Calgary, 0900-1200, Sun.16-Apr-2017.
Date: Mon Apr 17 2017 19:42 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
FRIENDS OF FISH CREEK PROVINCIAL PARK SOCIETY
SPRING (FFCPPSoc.) Spring Birding, Burnsmead area, FCPP, SE Calgary,
0900-1200, Sun.16-Apr-2017. Sunny, 3" new snow overnight,calm,
-1 to 2. Results of Group 2.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns =
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CanadaGoose30
Trumpeter Swan - 2

American Wigeon - 7

Mallard - 20

Northern Shoveler - 2

Bufflehead - 8

Common Goldeneye - 35

Common Merganser - 8

Ring-necked Pheasant -
10

Osprey - 2

Northern Harrier - 1

Killdeer - 1

Franklin's Gull - 200

Ring-billed Gull - 15

California Gull - 6

Herring Gull - 1

Great Horned Owl - 4

Downy Woodpecker - 6

Hairy Woodpecker - 2

Northern Flicker - 7

Merlin - 1

Eastern Phoebe - 1

Blue Jay - 1

Black-billed Magpie -
10

American Crow - 20

Common Raven - 2

Tree Swallow - 28

Black-capped Chickadee -
3

Red-breasted Nuthatch -
2

White-breasted Nuthatch -
1

American Robin - 8

European Starling -
150

Song Sparrow - 5

Red-winged Blackbird -
55

House Finch - 7

Pine Siskin 2


White-tailed
Deer - 5
Eastern Grey Squirrel - 1
Coyote - 1
Easter Bunny - 1

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Subject:
Date: Mon Apr 17 2017 17:04 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
Posting on behalf of Sarah Nevill

Andrew Hart, Calgary

Construction activity in the Elbow Valley for the ring road is about to
start - as you know construction noise and activity can disturb nesting
birds even at some distance. A map showing the approximate construction
area (yellow and green) is attached.

Last year's breeding bird survey in the Weaselhead recorded four
sensitive species: the Common Yellowthroat(/Geothlypis trichas/), the
Least Flycatcher(/Empidonax minimus/), the Pileated
Woodpecker(/Hylatomus pileatus/), and the Western Wood-pewee(/Contopus
sordidulus/). This was during only one day of observation so there may
be others...

Would birders please keep an eye out for these birds (or other
'sensitive' species e.g. Swainson's hawk) when in the Weaselhead? *If
you see any nesting activity near the construction zone could you let
Sarah know (with approximate location if possible)? *We can then request
appropriate avoidance measures by KGL (the construction company) to
minimise disturbance... /(Such action is supported by the Provincial
Species at Risk Strategy #5: Prevention Planning//.)/

Thank you!
*Sarah Nevill *
Executive Director/Invasive Plants Program Coordinator,
Weaselhead/Glenmore Park Preservation Society
tel. 403 663 9951; 403 200 7738 (cell)
/The Invasive Plant Program operates in partnership with the City of
Calgary 'Green Initiatives'. It receives financial assistance from the
Alberta Conservation Association, RBC Blue Water Project, and the Land
Stewardship Centre through its Watershed Stewardship Grant Program.


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Subject: FRIENDS OF FISH CREEK PROVINCIAL PARK SOCIETY SPRING (FFCPPSoc.) Spring Birding, Burnsmead area, FCPP, SE Calgary, 0900-1200, Sun.16-Apr-2017.
Date: Sun Apr 16 2017 22:59 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
FRIENDS OF FISH CREEK PROVINCIAL PARK SOCIETY SPRING (FFCPPSoc.) Spring Birding, Burnsmead area, FCPP, SE Calgary, 0900-1200, Sun.16-Apr-2017. Sunny, 3" new snow overnight,calm, -1 to 2 Results of Group
2.





Canada Goose - 30



Trumpeter Swan - 2



American Wigeon - 7



Mallard - 20



Northern Shoveler - 2



Bufflehead - 8



Common Goldeneye - 35



Common Merganser - 8



Ring-necked Pheasant - 10



Osprey - 2



Northern Harrier - 1



Killdeer - 1



Franklin's Gull - 200



Ring-billed Gull - 15



California Gull - 6



Herring Gull - 1



Great Horned Owl - 4



Downy Woodpecker - 6



Hairy Woodpecker - 2



Northern Flicker - 7



Merlin - 1



Eastern Phoebe - 1



Blue Jay - 1



Black-billed Magpie - 10



American Crow - 20



Common Raven - 2



Tree Swallow - 28



Black-capped Chickadee - 3



Red-breasted Nuthatch - 2



White-breasted Nuthatch - 1



American Robin - 8



European Starling - 150



Song Sparrow - 5



Red-winged Blackbird - 55



House Finch - 7



Pine Siskin 2

White-tailed Deer - 5
Eastern Grey Squirrel - 1
Coyote - 1
Easter Bunny - 1




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Subject: FFCPPSoc. Birding FCPP HQ to Burnsmead, SE Calgary. 1:15-4:PM. Sunday, April 16/17
Date: Sun Apr 16 2017 22:46 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
FFCPPSoc. Birding FCPP HQ to Burnsmead, SE Calgary. 1:15-4:PM. Sunday,
April 16/17. Sunny, +4 to +11 Celsius. Brisk East wind.

1. Canada Goose - 13
2. Mallard - 25
3. American Wigeon - 9
4. Northern Shoveler - 2
5. Common Goldeneye - 7
6. Common Merganser - 2
7. Red-tailed Hawk - 1
8. Ring-necked Pheasant - 5+ heard
9. Franklin's Gull - 250
10. Ring-billed Gull - 30
11. California Gull - 6
12. Great Horned Owl - 2ad/2juv
13. Northern Flicker - 4
14. Black-billed Magpie - 6
15. American Crow - 1
16. Common Raven - 6
17. Tree Swallow - 5
18. Black-capped Chickadee - 2+
19. Red-winged Blackbird - 5
20. House Finch - 3

Mule Deer - 4
White-tailed Deer - 6

Leaders: Stephen Spring, Bernie Diebolt, Janet Gill
Calgary



Subject: Common Crane
Date: Sun Apr 16 2017 21:37 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
Sorry forgot to sign off properly. 

James Fox
Edmonton

> On Apr 16, 2017, at 8:30 PM, James Fox wrote:
>
> Hi Christian
>
> Thanks for pointing out the date!!
>
> On an interesting note, Chris Fischer found a photo in the MacCaulay Library of a Common Crane taken March 10th in Green River, Utah.
>
> Thanks
> James
>
>> On Apr 16, 2017, at 8:01 PM, christian artuso chartuso@hotmail.com [Albertabird] wrote:
>>
>>
>>
>> Hi James,
>>
>>
>> Asuza had mentioned April 11th 2017 as the date of the sighting/photographs.
>>
>>
>> Christian Artuso (Winnipeg)
>>
>> - - -
>> Christian Artuso, Ph.D.
>> Bird Studies Canada - Manitoba Program Manager
>> Box 24-200 Saulteaux Cr, Winnipeg, MB R3J 3W3
>> Tel: 204-945-6816 Fax: 204-945-3077
>> cartuso@birdscanada.org
>>
>>
>>
>> From: Albertabird@yahoogroups.com on behalf of James Fox fox.james.ed@gmail.com [Albertabird]
>> Sent: April 17, 2017 12:02 AM
>> To: Albertabird@yahoogroups.com
>> Subject: [Albertabird] Common Crane
>>
>> Hello
>>
>> Asuza Watson photographed a COMMON CRANE in east central Alberta this afternoon.
>>
>> Good birding
>> James Fox
>> Edmonton
>>
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Subject: Common Crane
Date: Sun Apr 16 2017 21:30 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hi Christian 

Thanks for pointing out the date!!

On an interesting note, Chris Fischer found a photo in the MacCaulay Library of a Common Crane taken March 10th in Green River, Utah.

Thanks
James

> On Apr 16, 2017, at 8:01 PM, christian artuso chartuso@hotmail.com [Albertabird] wrote:
>
>
>
> Hi James,
>
>
> Asuza had mentioned April 11th 2017 as the date of the sighting/photographs.
>
>
> Christian Artuso (Winnipeg)
>
> - - -
> Christian Artuso, Ph.D.
> Bird Studies Canada - Manitoba Program Manager
> Box 24-200 Saulteaux Cr, Winnipeg, MB R3J 3W3
> Tel: 204-945-6816 Fax: 204-945-3077
> cartuso@birdscanada.org
>
>
>
> From: Albertabird@yahoogroups.com on behalf of James Fox fox.james.ed@gmail.com [Albertabird]
> Sent: April 17, 2017 12:02 AM
> To: Albertabird@yahoogroups.com
> Subject: [Albertabird] Common Crane
>
> Hello
>
> Asuza Watson photographed a COMMON CRANE in east central Alberta this afternoon.
>
> Good birding
> James Fox
> Edmonton
>
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Subject: Common Crane
Date: Sun Apr 16 2017 21:01 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hi James,


Asuza had mentioned April 11th 2017 as the date of the sighting/photographs.


Christian Artuso (Winnipeg)


- - -
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Bird Studies Canada - Manitoba Program Manager
Box 24-200 Saulteaux Cr, Winnipeg, MB R3J 3W3
Tel: 204-945-6816 Fax: 204-945-3077
cartuso@birdscanada.org



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Sent: April 17, 2017 12:02 AM
To: Albertabird@yahoogroups.com
Subject: [Albertabird] Common Crane

Hello

Asuza Watson photographed a COMMON CRANE in east central Alberta this afternoon.

Good birding
James Fox
Edmonton


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Subject: Common Crane
Date: Sun Apr 16 2017 19:02 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hello

Asuza Watson photographed a COMMON CRANE in east central Alberta this afternoon.

Good birding
James Fox
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Subject: FRIENDS OF FISH CREEK PROVINCIAL PARK SOCIETY SPRING (FFCPPSoc.) Spring Birding, Burnsmead area, FCPP, SE Calgary, 0900-1200, Sun.16-Apr-2017
Date: Sun Apr 16 2017 16:01 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
FRIENDS OF
FISH CREEK PROVINCIAL PARK SOCIETY SPRING (FFCPPSoc.) Spring Birding, Burnsmead
area, FCPP, <?xml:namespace prefix = ns0 ns =
"urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /><?xml:namespace prefix
= st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" />SE Calgary, 0900-1200, Sun.16-Apr-2017. Sunny,
3" new snow overnight,calm, -1 to 2C
Canada Goose - 16
American
Wigeon - 6 (3 pairs)
Mallard - 20
Northern Shoveler - 2
(1 pair)
Bufflehead - 2 (1 pair)
Common Goldeneye -) 2 (1
pair)
Common Merganser - 16
Red-breasted Merganser -
1
Ring-necked Pheasant 8 (all males)
Osprey -
2
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 1
Red-tailed Hawk - 4
Killdeer
-) 1
Franklin's Gull - 250
Ring-billed Gull -
11
Herring Gull - 5
Great Horned Owl - 4 (2 ad. 2
juv.)
Belted Kingfisher - 1 (male)
Downy Woodpecker - 2

Hairy Woodpecker - 2
Northern Flicker - 8
Merlin - 2
(possible pair)
Blue Jay - 8
Black-billed Magpie -
6
American Crow - 7
Common Raven - 6
Tree Swallow -
6
Black-capped Chickadee - 14
Red-breasted Nuthatch -
2
American Robin - 4
European Starling - 1
Song Sparrow
- 2
Red-winged Blackbird - 12
House Finch - 4
Pine
Siskin - 2
House Sparrow - 4

White-tailed Deer -
5

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Subject: SE Alberta April 15th
Date: Sun Apr 16 2017 14:01 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
Yesterday, David Scott, Al Daiken and I headed out towards Pakowki Lake to
see if Longspurs and new shorebirds have arrived. It turned out to be a
good day with David getting 11 year-birds and 8 for me. We picked up some
of the easy birds in Lethbridge by the time we were out of the city. Just
south of Wilson Siding along Hwy 4 we picked up a Short-eared Owl at 07:25.
By the time we reached Foremost we had 26 species; Meadowlarks, most of the
ducks, Killdeer, Northern Harrier, Merlin, Franklin's Gulls, Horned Larks
and Lapland Longspurs. At the Foremost Pond we added Red-breasted
Mergansers to the day's tally.



Ferruginous Hawks, Greater Yellowlegs and Rough-legged Hawk were seen by the
time we reached Pakowki Lake. Our trip on the north access road to the old
ranch yard was quite uneventful on the way in, other than dozens of Horned
Lark. "Chase the birdie down the road" was not producing results. David
got his 1st Long-billed Curlew. The wind was howling from the west and was
just as cold as the infamous Manyberries Chinook. Pakowki Lake was very
rough, spotting scopes couldn't be held steady and cold wind produced more
tears than birds. A few more duck species were picked up, along with an
American Kestrel, American White Pelicans, Snow Geese and more Northern
Harriers and Ferruginous Hawks. Our trip back out to Hwy 885 was more
productive giving us our first Chestnut-collared and McCown's Longspurs. We
never did find any sparrows.



The Hwy. 885 Causeway had lots of Lesser Scaup, Canvasback, Coots and Ruddy
Ducks, but nothing new for us. We zipped over to the Sunrise Road hoping to
pick up a few new shorebirds and perhaps White-faced Ibis or Black-crowned
Night-Herons or at least a Yellow-headed Blackbird. No luck for any of
those, but we did see 2 Tree Swallows (f-o-y), David's 1st Blue-winged
Teal, a few Double-crested Cormorants, 200+ Tundra/Trumpeter Swans and a
couple more Ferruginous Hawks and Northern Harriers.



We headed south along Hwy 885 and spotted a Prairie Falcon. When we arrived
at Twp. Rd. 4-4, we drove east towards Pakowki Lake. We found our first
Swainson's Hawk of the year and a bit further on, a mixed flock of Snow
Geese and Ross's Geese. They were close enough; it was quite easy to pick
out the Ross's Geese and photos showed a good comparison between the two.
Further east yet, we spotted some peeps in a pothole with some Killdeer.
Our first-of-year Baird's Sandpipers were identified. While we were fooling
around confirming ID on the Baird's, a couple American Pipits stopped by so
they could be added to our 2017 list.



After lunch we drove south towards Hwy 501 picking up Lesser Yellowlegs with
more Greater YL. They were together, so size-comparison was excellent.
Great Horned Owl, more Harriers, Ferruginous Hawks and Swainson's Hawks were
added to the day-count. Pakowki Lake at Hwy 501 was a disappointment with
the water being at least a km. from the highway. The mud flats are drying
out and I don't think we saw a single bird there.



We decided to return to Pakowki Lake at the Hwy 885 causeway to see if any
other birds had shown up. This proved to be a good decision. David found
his first Horned Grebes for the year. We returned to the Sunrise Road and
finally found our first Yellow-headed Blackbird. It was still quite early,
so we decided to head to Crow Indian Lake via Vernon Lake (south of
Foremost). At Vernon Lake, we picked up our first American Avocet of the
day. There were quite a few Yellowlegs and 50+ Peeps, but with wind
conditions, distance and looking into the light, we couldn't ID them. Our
presumption is they were most likely Baird's.



Along the Johnson Road (Twp. Rd. 5-0) we found another good-sized flock of
Lapland Longspurs. At Crow Indian Lake we added Great Blue Heron to the
count. There was a good assortment of waterfowl there. Red-breasted
Mergansers put on a pretty good show for us, chasing each other through the
rough water. A large, dark storm threatened us from the NE, so not finding
anything else new, we bolted for Tyrrell Lake. Our thoughts were we might
find a new shorebird. As luck would have it, we did find our first-of-year
Black-necked Stilt. Our day ended up with 65 species; our best day in 2017.
Our raptor variety was quite good: Northern Harriers (20+), Ferruginous
(8), Red-tailed (2), Swainson's (3) and Rough-legged (1) Hawks, Merlin (1),
American Kestrel (2), Prairie Falcon (1), Great Horned (2) and Short-eared
Owls (1).



Ken Orich

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Subject: Junco
Date: Sun Apr 16 2017 11:58 am
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
In St. Albert, at our feeder, we have both DE Junco and Oregon Junco. Having lived in Oregon, we welcome the latter .....


Bob Lane


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From: "Sandra Savage savagebirder@shaw.ca [Albertabird]"
To: Albertabird@yahoogroups.com
Sent: Sunday, April 16, 2017 8:53:56 AM
Subject: Re: [Albertabird] Junco






Hi Sally


In our area, we also get a Rocky Mountain subspecies - it looks like the
Oregon but isn't. If you have a copy of Sibley, you'll see his note
about it.


I think that this is what you saw.


Sandra Savage


Calgary


On 4/15/2017 10:24 PM, squon@metris.ca [Albertabird] wrote:
>
> I spent some time this afternoon watching a flock of mixed Juncos. I
> was surprised by the color variations. I am attaching a photo of what
> I assume is the Oregon version. The colors are similar to a Boreal
> Chickadee, except for the pink bill.
>
> Sally Quon
> Bearspaw
>
>



Subject: Junco
Date: Sun Apr 16 2017 9:53 am
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hi Sally

In our area, we also get a Rocky Mountain subspecies - it looks like the
Oregon but isn't. If you have a copy of Sibley, you'll see his note
about it.

I think that this is what you saw.

Sandra Savage

Calgary


On 4/15/2017 10:24 PM, squon@metris.ca [Albertabird] wrote:
>
> I spent some time this afternoon watching a flock of mixed Juncos. I
> was surprised by the color variations. I am attaching a photo of what
> I assume is the Oregon version. The colors are similar to a Boreal
> Chickadee, except for the pink bill.
>
> Sally Quon
> Bearspaw
>
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Subject:
Date: Sat Apr 15 2017 23:25 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
I spent some time this afternoon watching a flock of mixed Juncos.  I was surprised by the color variations.  I am attaching a photo of what I assume is the Oregon version.  The colors are similar to a Boreal Chickadee, except for the pink bill.

Sally Quon
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Subject: FRIENDS OF FISH CREEK PROVINCIAL PARK SOCIETY SPRING (FFCPPSoc.) Birding, Burnsmead area, FCPP, SE Calgary, 0900-1200, Sat, 15April 2017.
Date: Sat Apr 15 2017 20:05 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
FRIENDS OF FISH CREEK PROVINCIAL PARK SOCIETY SPRING
(FFCPPSoc.) Birding, Burnsmead area, FCPP,<?XML:NAMESPACE PREFIX = ST1
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Subject: Nature Calgary Birding Inglewood Sanctuary, 0830 - 11:Am, Saturday, April 15/17
Date: Sat Apr 15 2017 15:21 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
Nature Calgary Birding Inglewood Sanctuary, 0830 - 11:Am, Saturday, April 15/17. Although initially calm a raw east wind came up about 1/2 hr. into the walk. Mostly overcast with occasional sunny breaks, temps +1 to +4 Celsius. The 9 participants enjoyed a number of 'first of season' sightings.

1. Canada Goose - 25
2. Wood Duck - 8
3. Mallard - 35
4. Common Goldeneye - 10
5. Common Merganser - 9
6. Red-tailed Hawk - 1
7. Cooper's Hawk - 1
8. Osprey - 1
9. Killdeer - 2
10. Franklin's Gull - 5
11. Ring-billed Gull - 15
12. California Gull - 20
13. Herring Gull - 5
14. Northern Flicker - 13
15. Downy Woodpecker - 2
16. Black-billed Magpie - 12
17. American Crow - 7
18. TREE SWALLOW - 18
19. Black-capped Chickadee - 5, including 1 with brown head, another without a tail.
20. White-breasted Nuthatch - 1
21. Red-breasted Nuthatch - 1
22. American Robin - 6
23. European Starling - 30
24. House Finch - 1
25. House Sparrow - 1

Mule Deer - 5
Muskrat - 1

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Subject:
Date: Fri Apr 14 2017 23:36 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
A lone gull at the Cattleland Slough at Hwy's 564 and 817 turned out to be a Herring Gull. It was standing just off the south end of the island. Even before I got my binocs on it I knew it wasn't one of the more common gulls seen there, it was huge.
Ron Kube
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Subject: FRIENDS OF FISH CREEK PROVINCIAL PARK SOCIETY SPRING (FFCPPSoc.) Birding, Burnsmead area, FCPP, SE Calgary, 0915-1110, Thu, 13April 2017. Heavy overcast, sleet, wet snow, and rain, E wind 10kph, 2°C.
Date: Thu Apr 13 2017 21:08 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
FRIENDS OF FISH CREEK PROVINCIAL
PARK SOCIETY SPRING (FFCPPSoc.) Birding, Burnsmead area, FCPP, <?xml:namespace
prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" />SE Calgary, 0915-1110, Thu, 13April 2017.
Heavy overcast, sleet, wet snow, and rain, E wind 10kph, 2C. <?xml:namespace
prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office"
/>

1.
Canada
Goose-5

2.
Gadwall-2

3.
American
Wigeon-8

4.
Mallard-14

5.
Northern
Shoveler-6

6.
Common
Goldeneye 20

7.
Common
Merganser-6

8.
Ring-necked
Pheasant-5

9.
Red-tailed
Hawk-1

10.
Franklins Gull-60+

11.
Ring-billed
Gull-6+

12.
California Gull-4

13.
Herring
Gull-3+

14.
Great
Horned Owl-2 ad/1 juv.

15.
Belted
Kingfisher-1

16.
Northern
Flicker-5

17.
Black-billed
Magpie-3

18.
American
Crow-2

19.
Black-capped
Chickadee-1

20.
American Robin-10
m.

21.
European
Starling-100

22.
Song
Sparrow-3

23.
Red-winged
Blackbird-10m.



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Subject: Re: Request for identification
Date: Thu Apr 13 2017 10:50 am
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hi Jill,

Actually your name and location is there - just have to scroll down to the very bottom of the message. Seems to be a quirk of Yahoo that when a person adds a photo on an iPhone or iPad, they put all that Yahoo "stuff" in the middle of the message. You have to keep scrolling down to see everything.

I think you're right about your bird. One source I looked at says it can take 3 months for a young Collared-Dove to get its collar.

Gerald Romanchuk
Edmonton

Sent from my iPhone

> On Apr 13, 2017, at 7:58 AM, Jill Bhar jill.bhar@gmail.com [Albertabird] wrote:
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> I put my location on my email but it doesn't appear on the post for some reason.
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> Jill Bhar
> High River
> Sent from my iPad
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Subject: Re: Request for identification
Date: Thu Apr 13 2017 9:26 am
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
I put my location on my email but it doesn't appear on the post for some reason.

Jill Bhar
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I opened my blinds this morning to see this bird sitting on the railing of my deck in the rain. I thought it might have hit the window, but no marks there.  I watched it for about half an hour until  It flew away while I was checking my Sibley. I think it might be a young Eurasian Collared Dove as they nest around here but there is no white tail or visible black collar.


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Subject: FRIENDS OF FISH CREEK PROVINCIAL PARK SOCIETY SPRING (FFCPPSoc.) Birding, Burnsmead area, FCPP, SE Calgary, 0915-1200, Wed, 12April 2017.
Date: Wed Apr 12 2017 21:17 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
FRIENDS OF FISH CREEK PROVINCIAL
PARK SOCIETY SPRING (FFCPPSoc.) Birding, Burnsmead area, FCPP, <?xml:namespace
prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" />SE Calgary, 0915-1200, Wed, 12April 2017.
Heavy overcast, E wind 10kph, 3 to 7C. Combined result of
threegroups.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns =
"urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />

1.
Canada
Goose 25

2.
Swan
sp., 25 in flight

3.
Gadwall-2

4.
American
Wigeon-13

5.
Mallard-40

6.
Northern
Shoveler-4

7.
Bufflehead -
4

8.
Common
Goldeneye 25

9.
Common
Merganser-7

10.
RED-BREASTED MERGANSER-1
f.

11.
Ring-necked
Pheasant-9

12.
Buteo
sp.Hawk-1

13.
Merlin-1

14.
Killdeer-2

15.
Franklins Gull-50+

16.
Ring-billed
Gull-12+

17.
Herring
Gull-4+

18.
Great
Horned Owl-2 ad/2 juv.

19.
Downy
Woodpecker-4

20.
Hairy
Woodpecker-2

21.
Northern
Flicker-20

22.
Blue
Jay-2

23.
Black-billed
Magpie-2

24.
American
Crow-15

25.
Common
Raven-6

26.
Black-capped
Chickadee-15

27.
Red-breasted
Nuthatch-1

28.
White-breasted
Nuthatch-3

29.
American Robin-20
m.

30.
European
Starling-70

31.
Bohemian
Waxwing-10

32.
Song
Sparrow-3

33.
Red-winged Blackbird-16
m.

34.
Common
Grackle-2

35.
House
Finch-6

36.
Pine
Siskin-1, heard

37.
House
Sparrow-5, in parking lot at end.


Eastern
Gray Squirrel-1. black morph

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Subject: Western Alberta Birding - April 10th & 11th
Date: Wed Apr 12 2017 14:00 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
On late Monday afternoon, April 10th, David Scott and I headed to the
Crowsnest Pass to see what new birds we could find. Part of our initial
plan was to go "owling" with Pat Lucas that night. We arrived at Pat's
place, unloaded our overnight gear, discussed strategy and headed out to
find some new birds. Our first target bird was a Varied Thrush. It didn't
take us long to hear some in the Hillcrest area. Next we turned our
attention to the Burmis area, finding a flock of 9 Wild Turkeys. One male
gave us a pictorial display, as it showed off for the hens. Along Hwy 507
we spotted a good-sized flock of 30 or so migrating Mountain Bluebirds.
They were feeding as they moved along a shallow, grassy ravine. One male
was very dark blue, making us think perhaps Western Bluebird, but we never
did get a look at its breast. The flock disappeared over a ridge and since
it was private land, we couldn't follow them. We did circle around to the
other side of the hill on a road, but could not locate them. While we were
scanning the hillside, a pair of Great Horned Owls started hooting from a
thick stand of conifers. So, the mystery of the very dark blue Bluebird
will remain as such. David still needed Sandhill Crane for 2017, so we
drove towards Lee Lake and took a side road to a likely area. Just as were
turning off Hwy. 507, we spotted an immature (3rd year) Bald Eagle perched
in a tree. We travelled down a gravel road for a short distance, when a
Golden Eagle flew over us, followed by a pair of Red-tailed Hawks. A few
more Mountain Bluebirds and Robins were seen along the way. Then we found a
pair of Sandhill Cranes. Mission accomplished!



By then it was getting dark enough to go listen for owls. We checked out a
few areas where Pat had heard them earlier in the week while scouting.
Other than a full moon and a nasty, cold, biting wind with flurries, the
first couple hours were not successful. I decided lizarding and frogging
were much more pleasant events to participate in. However, that being said,
the full moon made visibility quite good and the snow-covered mountains
softened the pain somewhat. Finally, just after 22:00, we heard a Northern
Saw-whet Owl calling in the Frank area. We heard another call a bit further
away, but one sounded like it was near the road. We walked along and
finally located it. The full moon helped us see it quite clearly with
binoculars. Add one to the year-lists. We overnighted at Pat's, thawing
out with hot chocolate before bed.



Next morning was sunny, beckoning birding. It is nice to be able to start
birding without driving for an hour and a half before hand. We picked up a
respectable start for the day at Pat's acreage with Cassin's Finch, Hairy
WP, Robin, RB Nuthatch and Black-capped Chickadees. We drove south to the
Forest Reserve, listening and looking. Varied Thrush were heard quite
clearly again. Dark-eyed Juncos were prevalent along the route. We stopped
at various locations to watch and listen. At one of our stops, David or Pat
spotted a Snowshoe Hare. While I was busy trying to photograph it in a
thick tangle of brush, they were busy listening - was that a Pacific Wren?
Walking on crusty snow, they headed into the forest, yelling at me that they
had a Pacific Wren. I hustled my buns over to them, breaking through the
snow crust and filling my shoes with snow. This was a life-bird for me! We
managed some good looks at it, getting a few decent photos. While we were
busy watching it, we picked up some Golden-crowned Kinglets and Pat heard a
Brown Creeper singing.



Retracing out route, we headed to the Crowsnest River crossing on East
Hillcrest Access. We found Song Sparrows, an American Dipper but no
Ruby-crowned Kinglets (target bird). While we were looking and listening a
mature Bald Eagle flew down the valley, some Rock Pigeons flew about and a
first-of-year Osprey carrying nesting material flew overhead. We checked
out a pond where Pat had seen Wood Ducks before. Mallards and a pair of
American Wigeon were present, but the thrill of the day was a pair of River
Otter playing in the pond. As we headed back to the vehicle, a Pileated
Woodpecker called, followed by its mate. We located one of them. We picked
up a few more of the usual birds in the Crowsnest Pass, then dropped Pat off
at her place and headed towards Waterton National Park.



The occasional Mountain Bluebird, Starling, RW Blackbird, Crow, Raven and BB
Magpie were seen on the southbound leg of the journey along Hwy 6. Six
Red-tailed Hawks were also seen. We checked the Buffalo Paddocks, hoping to
find an early Tree Swallow. We found Mountain Bluebirds, but no swallows
yet. At the Park Gate ponds, we stopped to check for Loons or Cranes. We
lucked out with an early Marsh Wren. I snapped a few fuzzy, out-of-focus
pictures, but at least we saw it. We checked out the Parks compound where a
Western Bluebird had been reported a week or so earlier, but didn't see any
birds at all there. The Akamina Road beckoned, so we went along with it.
The trip to the gate was uneventful other than hitting the odd crater of a
pothole and bumps that tested the suspension of David's car. The way back
was better with Steller's Jay, White-winged Crossbill and Pine Grosbeak
added to the day count. The townsite was non-productive. Trumpeter Swans
were added as we left the Park.



Our next stop was Payne Lake, where we picked up some waterfowl and David
found his first Common Loon of the year. Mountain View's ponds are picking
up, with more waterfowl than the previous few trips I've made there. Other
than waterfowl, we saw a Great Blue Heron and heard Sandhill Cranes. Two of
our target birds (Cinnamon Teal and YH Blackbird) were not found. The day
was still fairly young, so we decided we had enough time to check out
Tyrrell Lake. Along the way we saw 4 Northern Harriers. As we drove along
Hwy. 506, we realized we had travelled hundreds of km. without seeing a
Western Meadowlark or Horned Lark. That was solved as we neared Tyrrell
Lake. The usual waterfowl were there in varying numbers. Snow Geese were
finally closer to shore and the lake was like glass. With the spotting
scope we were finally able to identify Ross's Geese, another year-bird for
us. Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs, American Avocet and Killdeer were the
only shorebirds we found. Two more Northern Harrier, 2 Red-tailed Hawks and
1 Great Horned Owl were added to the raptor count. Before we left Tyrrell
Lake, I spotted a pair of Cinnamon Teal; a year-bird for David. The trip
back to Lethbridge was uneventful. Our day count for April 11th was 62
species.



Ken Orich

Lethbridge



Subject: FRIENDS OF FISH CREEK PROVINCIAL PARK SOCIETY SPRING (FFCPPSoc.) Birding, Burnsmead area, FCPP, SE Calgary, 0915-1200, Mon, 10April 2017.
Date: Tue Apr 11 2017 18:30 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
FRIENDS OF FISH CREEK PROVINCIAL
PARK SOCIETY SPRING (FFCPPSoc.) Birding, Burnsmead area, FCPP, <?xml:namespace
prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" />SE Calgary, 0915-1200, Mon, 10April 2017.
Light snow overnight, Sun and Cloud, NE wind 10kph, 1 to 7C. Combined result of
three groups.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns =
"urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />

Canada Goose-10
American Wigeon10
Mallard-20
Common Goldeneye-35
Common Merganser-15
Red-breasted Merganser-1 f.

Ring-necked Pheasant-13
Bald Eagle-1 ad.
Red-tailed
Hawk-2
1 American Coot-1
Franklin's Gull-60
Ring-billed Gull-8

California Gull-2
Great Horned Ow-3 (2 ad./l juv.)
Belted
Kingfisher-1
Downy Woodpecker-5
Northern Flicker-16
Merlin-1+

Blue Jay-3
Black-billed Magpie-16
American Crow-12
Common
Raven-2
Black-capped Chickadee-12
Red-breasted Nuthatch-2

White-breasted Nuthatch-2
American Robin-7
European Starling-34

Dark-eyed Junco-2
Song Sparrow-6
Red-winged Blackbird-24
House
Finch-8
Pine Siskin-3
House Sparrow-5

34 species.


Eastern Gray Squirrel-1, black
morph


Muskrat-1


White-tailed
Deer-4
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Subject: FRIENDS OF FISH CREEK PROVINCIAL PARK SOCIETY SPRING (FFCPPSoc.) Birding, Weaselhead Natural Area to green bridge, then along N. shore of Glenmore Reservoir, and Crowchild Tr. Stormwater Ponds, SW Calgary, 0800-1100, Sun, 09April 2017.
Date: Mon Apr 10 2017 20:22 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
FRIENDS OF FISH CREEK PROVINCIAL
PARK SOCIETY SPRING (FFCPPSoc.) Birding, Weaselhead Natural Area to green
bridge, then along N. shore of Glenmore Reservoir, and Crowchild Tr. Stormwater
Ponds, SW Calgary, 0800-1100, Sun, 09April 2017. Cloudy,
light drizzle, E wind 10kph, 3 to 5C.
> Canada Goose 20
>
Trumpeter Swan 30
> Tundra Swan 20
> American
Wigeon 16
> Mallard 35
> Northern Shoveler
2
> Northern Pintail 4 - flyovers
> Green-winged Teal
12
> Ring-necked Duck 2
> Lesser Scaup 4
>
Bufflehead 10
> Common Goldeneye 70
> Common
Merganser 4
> Accipiter sp. 1
> Franklin's Gull
7
> Ring-billed Gull 20
> California Gull 50
>
Herring Gull 12
> Downy Woodpecker 3
> Hairy
Woodpecker 2
> Northern Flicker 3
> Blue Jay
1
> Black-billed Magpie 18
> American Crow 20
>
Common Raven 2
> Black-capped Chickadee 8
>
White-breasted Nuthatch 1
> American Robin 8
> European
Starling 4
> American Tree Sparrow 1
> House Finch 1<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns =
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Subject: FRIENDS OF FISH CREEK PROVINCIAL PARK SOCIETY SPRING (FFCPPSoc.) Birding, Burnsmead area, FCPP, SE Calgary, 0915-1200, Mon, 10April 2017
Date: Mon Apr 10 2017 19:15 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
FRIENDS OF FISH CREEK PROVINCIAL
PARK SOCIETY SPRING (FFCPPSoc.) Birding, Burnsmead area, FCPP, SE Calgary, 0915-1200, Mon, 10April 2017.
Mostly sunny, E wind 5kph, 2 to 11C. Combined result of two
groups.


1.
Canada
Goose 160

2.
Swan
sp.,-3, in flight

3.
American
Wigeon-16

4.
Mallard-20

5.
Bufflehead -
4

6.
Common
Goldeneye 10

7.
Common
Merganser-3 m.

8.
RED-BREASTED MERGANSER-1
f.

9.
Ring-necked
Pheasant-3

10.
Red-tailed
Hawk-1

11.
Unid.
Hawk-1

12.
American
Coot-1

13.
Franklins Gull-30+

14.
Ring-billed
Gull-20+

15.
Herring
Gull-4+

16.
Great
Horned Owl-2 ad/1 juv.

17.
Downy
Woodpecker-4

18.
Northern
Flicker-8+

19.
Black-billed
Magpie-12

20.
American
Crow-4

21.
Common
Raven-1

22.
Black-capped
Chickadee-12

23.
White-breasted
Nuthatch-3

24.
American Robin-6
m.

25.
European
Starling-12

26.
Song
Sparrow-3

27.
Red-winged Blackbird-12
m.

28.
House
Finch-2


Eastern
Gray Squirrel-1. black morph

White-tailed
Deere-5


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Subject: Early Osprey
Date: Mon Apr 10 2017 18:10 pm
From: Albertabird AT yahoogroups.com
 
My previous earliest was also April 14th - in 2016 at the platform on Memorial Drive near Crowchild Trail in Calgary, but I don't get out everyday so I'm sure others would have earlier dates.  Interestingly, I cycled down to the Memorial drive site this afternoon and found a single Osprey doing some spring cleaning on the platform.
Dave Russum

NW Calgary



From: Rick Nash richard.o.nash@gmail.com [Albertabird]
Sent: Monday, April 10, 2017 1:49 PM
To: Albertabird Moderator
Subject: Re: [Albertabird] Early Osprey




When do you usually see them?

Looking back, I have observed the Castle Junction, Banff Osprey on April 14, 2012. It was a cool snowy foggy day.


Rick Nash, Calgary



On Mon, Apr 10, 2017 at 12:43 PM, russumd@telusplanet.net [Albertabird] wrote:



Susan and I saw 2 Osprey on the nesting platform at the west end of Baker Park this morning - the earliest I've ever seen them in Calgary.

Dave Russum

NW Calgary



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