The snow has finally fallen here in Canmore, after two weeks of positive temperatures and sun. In honour of that, here is a Snow Goose (get it?) from Policeman’s Creek.
OK, now for the real photo: a Trumpeter Swan on the Bow River.
This week, I’ve been spoiled for choice for a FoF photo, due to the extravagance of the birds at my feeders. How to remedy this? Simply post three. The first is an inquisitive Clark’s Nutcracker, the second a Black-capped Chickadee and the third is a Black-billed Magpie trying to get a grip on a suet cage. Hope you enjoy them!
Over the 30 months or so I’ve been writing this blog, I’ve covered a lot of ground – quite literally – and it’s getting trickier to know how to find older entries. This is the first step to improving that.
I’d like to highlight some posts and categories you might like to read. Let me start with my book review of “North American Owls“.
Also look at the Categories section on the right hand side – you may need to scroll down to see it.
You won’t be surprised that a bird blogger likes to get out and see birds, so let me show you some of my favourite trip reports. Maybe you’ve seen the movie “The Big Year”? Well this year I did a “Big Day“.
We’re fortunate enough to live close to the southern end of the Snowy Owl’s winter range; find out what happened on our Snowy Owl Hunt! And whenever – and wherever – we travel, I enjoy nature. One of my Birding Trips is reported on here.
I’m grateful for all the people who have helped me as a birder, and wrote about some other things why in my series “The Twelve Days of Christmas“. Other posts in the series can be found using the ‘Search’ box at the top right of this page.
One way we can give back to birds and the wider environment is through the(formorly Baillie) Great Canadian Birdathon. Read about how I raised just over $1,000 doing what I love to do!
Last week was, as William, Josiah, Prairie Birder and The Cats and The Birds voted, a Common Merganser. We have had plenty of snow after a mild winter, and so many of the recent photos have been of waterfowl, the easiest birds to find in the cold, blowy weather.
I am pleased to say that I will be updating my life and year lists soon, as the numbers have increased greatly. The Baillie Birdathon, the Bowkan Birdcount, and other random occasions have given my numbers a large boost!
On the Birdathon, I got 4 “lifers,” those being Blackpoll Warbler, Least Flycatcher, Forster’s Tern and Swamp Sparrow. Then I also got many year firsts, including Eurasian Collared-Dove, Orange-crowned Warbler and Peregrine Falcon. Next came the Bowkan Birdcount, giving me a tally of only one lifer – Magnolia Warbler – but a vast number of year firsts, such as Rufous Hummingbird, Tennessee Warbler and others.
And only Wednesday, we saw a male Barred Owl in Canmore!
Barred Owl, male.
I have seen many others as well, so don’t forget to check my Year and Life Lists as soon as possible!