Springing into Spring

Spring has finally started to slouch back in to Alberta. Swans, ducks and geese, shorebirds and sparrows are all starting to arrive from down south. And what is spring without a good snow-storm?The Eagle watch is running once more, (see posts here and here about my experiences with that in previous years) and the Great Canadian Birdathon has started (previous posts: 2013 2014, 2015, 2016, 2016 #2). This is the first year that I will be doing my birdathon in a team, and I will be joined by Canadian Birder.

In terms of bird species arriving, it is just starting, but some good birds are coming through already. A first ever Killdeer on my local creek, as well as Robins, Song Sparrows and a Varied Thrush.

American Robin and Killdeer

Varied Thrush

Reports have been streaming across the province of Pintail, American and Eurasian Wigeon, Scaup, Geese and Gulls. A Wood Duck has arrived already, and I saw only the third Trumpeter Swan in the Calgary area this year, then followed it up a week later with five more.

Green-winged Teal and Ring-billed Gull

Flickers and Pileated Woodpeckers are drumming and displaying nuthatches litter the woods. American Crow numbers are growing, and the snow is slowly melting as I type.

I’ll post more photos soon, as the light increases and the birds grow in numbers. There are lots of events coming up, so I’ll be really busy, but I’ll do my best to get some posts out.

Feathers on Friday

Townsend's Solitaire

Townsend’s Solitaire

A Townsend’s Solitaire from Vermillion Lakes the other day. Birding has been slow recently, so I haven’t got photos of anything more exiting.

Other Feathers on Fridays:

Prairie Birder                                            Back Yard Bird Blog

Wolf Song Blog                                         Birds In Your Back Yard

Feathers on Friday

I ran into a pair of Common Ravens bathing in the snow on Tuesday. I chose this photo because it looks a bit like the raven crash-landed on the creek bank.

Other Feathers on Fridays:

Prairie Birder                                            Back Yard Bird Blog

Wolf Song Blog                                         Birds In Your Back Yard

Feathers on Friday

Mountain Chickadee

Mountain Chickadee

Earlier this week I thought that Chickadees are not appreciated enough on the web, and so this Feathers on Friday is to the common Chickadees of the mountains, Boreal and Mountain. These four are taken in the last few days in Canmore, the day after I saw (rather unnervingly) my first wolf!

Boreal Chickadee

Boreal Chickadee

Mountain Chickadee

Mountain Chickadee

Boreal Chickadee

Boreal Chickadee

Other Feathers on Friday:

Prairie Birder                                            Back Yard Bird Blog

Wolf Song Blog                                         Birds In Your Back Yard