I saw this little guy and some of his adult buddies in a pleasantly mosquito-less stretch of woods in the Weaselhead Flats. The earlier trail I followed did not allow me to stop and look for birds in my shorts and T-shirt. Each wildflower I stopped for cost me a mosquito bite. The adult Cedar […]
Spray River Trail, Banff, Alberta. Pine Siskins eat all kinds of seeds, but they do have a fondness for the seeds of pines and other conifers. On our way back to the car, J and I saw a group of them fittingly feasting on pine cones near the trail entrance. The photos are fuzzy – […]
J and I headed to Banff last Sunday to amble along the mellow Spray River trail. We started early, an hour before the sun started to warm the trail. The white outer tail feathers of the juncos that flew across the path were little sparks of brightness in the grey morning light. I think the […]
Occasionally, I see gulls fly in the sky near my house, but they never land anywhere nearby. I have a vague memory of seeing some last year on the banks of the Bow River, between Downtown and Sunnyside. So I headed to the south bank of the Bow River at 14th street and walked east […]
There seem to be a lot of young sparrows in the Calgary trees these days. I find them hard to identify based on their plumage. But sometimes I see them with a parent. This little guy also got a visit from a sibling.
I mostly see House Sparrows and Black-billed Magpies in residential southwest Calgary but occasionally I will hear and see the smaller Chipping Sparrows. This young Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina) stayed behind when his parent flew away.
Somewhere in Fish Creek Park, tens of little sparrows were afluttering and atwittering in a stand of young balsam poplars. Two eyes scanned the leafless branches and fell upon a single clay-coloured sparrow. A moment later, a second clay-coloured sparrow came to share its perch. They chatted for a bit. Sparrow One whispered something to […]
Big changes! I moved back to Calgary and I got a Canon Powershot with 50x zoom for my birthday. No more unidentifiable brown blobs in the distance thanks to my new vision superpower. My previous camera was a Canon Powershot with 3x zoom. I saw this marvelous mink swimming across the Elbow River, a little […]
A couple of weeks ago, when the blue Vancouver sky was cloaked in a smokey haze from far-away forest fires, my friend D and I headed to Wreck Beach, hoping that the westernmost end of Vancouver would have clearer skies. If not, well, it was a perfectly hot day for a swim in the ocean. […]
I saw this male at Burnaby Lake, my second time seeing these cowbirds after seeing some at Reifel a few days earlier. These birds are brood parasites; they do not build nests. Instead, the female finds a nest, usually belonging to a smaller species, and lays her eggs there. A few species recognize the cowbird […]
I heard about the Sandhill Crane (Grus canadensis) chick at Burnaby Lake from bcsongbird. She says it is not usual to see Sandhill Cranes there and this couple has been there for a few months. I saw my first Sandhill Cranes at the Reifel Bird Sanctuary on Wednesday. There were many adults eating tidbits on […]
Mr. Molting Wood Duck got a bit startled by Miss Mallard who was most definitely going to preen on her favourite rock. He moved over and gave her some space but she insisted he get off completely.