About Me

Hi, and welcome to my blog.

I’m a long time birder and amateur photographer hailing from Canmore, Alberta. I don’t go in for super-expensive equipment (as a 13-year old buying all his own stuff, I simply can’t afford it), but I have a Viper Vortex spotting scope, a Canon EOS 80D with an EF 70-300 mm lens, and a pair of Minolta 8X40 binoculars which I take everywhere.

I have been coordinating the Canmore Christmas Bird Count for the last three years, and this past year I organized the Bow Valley’s first ever CBC4Kids, or Kids Christmas Bird Count. I have attended the BowKan Bird Counts since age 6, and I have missed only one of this bi-annual events.

I post regularly about my experiences, birding events in Southern Alberta, and anything else that I find interesting in the birding world. This year I am working on chapters 3, 6 and 7 of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology Home Study Course in Bird Biology, and it is my first and, sadly, last year of homeschooling. I will post occasionally on the blog Birds Calgary as well, sometimes the same or similar posts to those found here.

If you have any questions or comments, feel free to email me at birdboy.ca@gmail.com .

Thank you for visiting, and please enjoy my blog.

Boreal Chickadee

Boreal Chickadee

26 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Alex Page

    Hi Ethan,
    What a great blog! It’s fantastic you’re so into birding at a young age.
    I actually hoped you might be able to help me with something with your local bird knowledge. I’m part of a BBC wildlife film crew in Canmore for a couple of weeks looking to film rufous hummingbird chicks in a nest. We’re struggling to find one though so I’d love to hear if you have any tips on places to look or have come across one in your birdwatching?

    1. BirdBoy

      Hi Alex,
      I can tell you here a couple of locations, but I can send you a map through email. If you want that, email me at birdboy.ca@gmail.com.

      The most likely places are the Canmore Boardwalk area (particularly behind the Rose and Crown Pub) and the riverside path immediately west of Riverside Park.

      I can also put you in touch with some other local birders who could help as well.

      Good luck,

      1. BirdBoy

        Oh, and I forgot to mention, if you go to Lac Des Arcs Village, there is a bridge called “Al Lesann Bridge.” Take the left path down the stairs, and follow that. I was there last week, and there was one Hummer displaying, and a pair that were acting quite aggresively towards my group.

    1. BirdBoy

      Around here? There’s a pair nesting on the Bow River in Canmore, and one at the bottom of the Norquay Road in Banff that my dad saw today.

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  3. bh

    hi, some of your clicks with sx50hs is quite stunning, specially birds and one landscape of waterbody. can you plz share about the settings of the camera. do you use sports mode or shutter priority mode for birding? also is it okay to use higher iso like 1250 for getting higher shutter speed? thanks a lot.

    1. BirdBoy

      Hi David,

      Your website is great! I like your contraption for the camera lens.
      As for the Grosbeaks, a place that I recently found about 100 of them. if you go to Google Maps and search this number: 51.041063, -115.260548 you should find a place with feeders and a few species of birds as well as the Grosbeaks. They were at the feeders and across the nearby creek bed.

      Good Luck!

  4. Joan Czapalay

    Hi Ethan, I am pleased to meet you. I have always loved birds, but unlike you, I started learning and listing the birds late in life. Now I am on holiday in Arizona. Yesterday I went to see the Sandhill Cranes (about 20,000 of them). And I added 3 species to my Arizona list! Mostly I keep an ABA list, and a Nova Scotia one.
    Nice picture of the White-winged Crossbill. I love to see them work on a cone!
    Cheers, Joan

  5. Jeremy Neilson

    I love the idea to make a blog! I am so inspired by yours, I might do one on one of my passions!

  6. ann chick

    You have done a great job, not only Birding but constructing the website and composing the blog. Hope you can add some new birds to your list when you come to Ontario…

  7. Sophie Couture

    Ethan, your blog is a fantastic idea!
    I would love to share it the class if Ok with you. Good luck this weekend!
    Mme Sophie


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