Brown Creepers are fairly common but hard to see. For most of the year, they usually live in forests with large, mature trees. In the winter, some stay put but others move. Of the movers, some migrate nearby, others migrate far, some south and some laterally. They inhabit a wider range of forested habitats during […]
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While I was standing on the shore of the Elbow River at Sandy Beach Park this morning, a group of seven immature Common Mergansers floated past me and settled onto a large, flat rock for a bout of preening. Immature Common Mergansers resemble females but their facial markings are a bit different and their eyes […]
I spotted two sandpipers on the Elbow River this week. Both were solitary but only one was a Solitary Sandpiper. And only one had spots, but it wasn’t a Spotted Sandpiper! This Spotted Sandpiper was my first Calgary shorebird sighting. It turns out juvenile Spotted Sandpipers don’t have any spots, nor do the non-breeding adults. […]
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 […]
It was a warm-ish winter morning, somewhere around -5, and the weather report predicted that the sun would eventually burn through the clouds. As I headed south to River Park (at 38 ave and 14 street), the sky was covered with a high, fading cloud layer. I walked across the large snowy field at the […]
Common Merganser by Christopher Martin. I saw a couple of these birds today, but did not take any pictures (a.k.a. cute iPhone fuzzies). Check out Christopher Martin’s blog. His wildlife photography is gorgeous!
Jackrabbit in winter coat. Wood’s Park, Calgary (on Elbow River near 30th ave SW).