As of now, I have seen 92% of the 145 species observed on my favourite hotspot, Policeman’s Creek. As surprising as this number is, up until last year I had seen almost all of the species, then numbered at 108. However, as I have found more and more rarities there, the hotspot has grown in popularity with locals and visitors alike, and the list grows accordingly. Now the tied 13th top hotspot in the county, it still has been birded by only about 65 individuals – comparatively very low!
It has a wide variety of habitats, from the wetlands, to the moist and dry forests, each of which exhibits it’s own unique range of species. So get out there! If you live in Calgary, Banff, and especially Canmore, give Policeman’s Creek a go, and you’ll be surprised at what you find. Here, I’ll keep a log of what’s out there for anybody who needs motivation or simply wants to know what you can see!
May 18, 2018
Today, we have a pair of Blackpoll Warblers, two pairs of Harlequin Ducks, and many new migrants including Orange-crowned and Yellow Warblers, Sora and Warbling Vireo. A special rarity, I found a male Rose-breasted Grosbeak near the marsh. Click here to see my checklist for the day.