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Feathers on Friday

WETA

Female Western Tanager

This week’s Feathers on Friday is a female Western Tanager, part of a twenty-five strong flock found in South Canmore. Migration is truly upon us!

WETA

Western Tanager

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Feathers on Friday

Young Mallard

Young Mallard

A very common bird this time, in the shape of a Mallard. This youngster is the oldest of 17 Mallards that hatched on Policeman’s Creek this year.

Other Feathers on Fridays:

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Feathers on Friday

American Redstart

American Redstart female

Male American Redstarts are pretty little birds, dashing in their crisp black and orange plumage, so the females are often overlooked. They are bedecked in bright yellow and varying shades of grey, and a lot harder to see than the flashy males, who are happy to pose for you. Not the bird of the week, though – I saw a lifer yesterday, one I’ve missed on three separate trips out for it – Palm Warbler! It may be setting up territory, so I’ll be back to see if I can find it again, and maybe get some images.

Other Feathers on Fridays:

Prairie Birder                                            Back Yard Bird Blog

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Feathers on Friday

Preening Merlin

Preening Merlin

This Merlin was surprisingly still when I found him, but before long he began to preen, and preening birds often make interesting photos, so I stuck around. After the usual body feathers, however, the falcon transitioned it’s attentions to its legs, something I have never seen a Merlin do before, though I have seen it in other birds.

Other Feathers on Fridays:

Prairie Birder                                            Back Yard Bird Blog

Wolf Song Blog                                         Birds In Your Back Yard

Feathers on Friday – Sharp-tailed Grouse Lek

Sharp-tailed Grouse

Sharp-tailed Grouse males face off

A few photos for this Feathers on Friday. Sharp-tailed Grouse from the lek! They were very tolerant of the blind, coming within ten feet of us, so though the day was overcast, I managed to extract some nice photos. The males would hold their wings out, turn in a circle and stamp their feet very quickly while popping their purple air sacs.

Sharp-tailed Grouse

Sharp-tailed Grouse male

I’d seen Sharp-tailed Grouse once before, but that was distant, and of course, the males weren’t displaying, so this was quite an experiance. We had to be settled in the blind an hour beforee sunrise, which meant a 3:30 start from our hotel (it would have been 1:00 AM from home).

Sharp-tailed Grouse

Sharp-tailed Grouse male

The females were in short supply, and were constantly being chased around by hopeful males.

Sharp-tailed Grouse female

There were only three or four females compared to the 30 odd males.

All in all, a brilliant way to spend Mothers Day!

Feathers on Friday

WETA (1 of 5)

Western Tanager male

The most un-obstructed view I could get of this pretty male Western Tanager. They have hit Canmore with force, as they always do during spring migration. Today is also my brother’s birthday, so Happy Birthday, Stephen!

Other Feathers on Fridays:

Prairie Birder                                            Back Yard Bird Blog

Wolf Song Blog                                         Birds In Your Back Yard

Feathers on Friday

RNSA

Red-naped Sapsucker

A Red-naped Sapsucker we saw at Barrier Lake recently. Hopefully I’ll be getting more, better photos soon, as I purchased my new toy, the Canon EOS 80D last week. Once it’s calibrated, and my new lense arrives, I’ll be out every day!

Other Feathers on Fridays:

Prairie Birder                                            Back Yard Bird Blog

Wolf Song Blog                                         Birds In Your Back Yard

The Great Canadian Birdathon 2017 – A Five Year Anniversary

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As I mentioned in my last post (Springing into Spring), the Great Canadian Birdathon is happening again this year, and it is a special one for me, as it will be my fifth time participating. Those of you who have been with me the whole time will remember that some of my first ever posts involved the 2013 Birdathon, back when it was called the Baillie Birdathon.
I have included links to all of the previous Birdathon posts at the bottom of this one.

Great Canadian Birdathon Shirt 2017

The new shirt design

The Birdathon has taken me many places and given my many exiting experiences. I am trying a new approach this year, which is to captain a team. This team will include Canadian Birder, and hopefully we will see some new birds – perhaps even that Short-eared Owl that has been evading me for so long.

James L. Baillie was an Assistant Curator in the Department of Ornithology at the Royal Ontario Museum for roughly half a century, and both the Baillie Birdathon and the James L. Baillie Memorial Fund were set up in his honor. The birdathon’s name was changed in 2015, but the memory continues in the memorial fund, which receives part of the funds raised every year from the Birdathon.

Thank you everyone who has donated already, and if you haven’t, consider joining the cool crowd by following this link: Birdathon, and donating to keep our backyard beauties in fine feather!

 

Photos from Previous Years:

Great Canadian Birdathon 2013:

Raven eating pigeon

Common Raven

Ethan Baillie Birdwatching

Great Canadian Birdathon 2014:

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Great Canadian Birdathon 2015:

American Avocet

Brown Thrasher

Blue-grey Gnatcatcher

Blue-grey Gnatcatcher

Great Canadian Birdathon 2016:

Marbled Godwit

Great Horned Owl

Eastern Phoebe

Links to posts:

2013                             2014                             2014#2                             2015

2016                             2016#2