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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

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

Feathers on Friday

Mallards

Mallards

Not the greatest photo, as the light was poor, but it is not everyday (especially in winter) that you see this. Mallards.
He then proceeded to circle her like this:Mallard

Other Feathers on Friday:

Canadian Birder                                          Back Yard Bird Blog

Wolf Song Blog                                         Birds In Your Back Yard

Feathers on Friday

A trio of European Starlings perched on a telephone pole. If these birds stick around, they may be the only Starlings we get on the Christmas Bird Count.

European Starling

European Starling

Other Feathers on Fridays:

Prairie Birder                                            Back Yard Bird Blog

Wolf Song Blog                                         Birds In Your Back Yard