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Gila woodpecker

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Sharp-shinned hawk

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Northern mockingbirds were regular visitors in our yard

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We saw multiple northern cardinals and they are stunning

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We love goldfinch so it was neato to see a new one (lesser goldfinch)

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Albert's towhee

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The common moorhen was another lifer sighting

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Cactus wren are a staple bird of Arizona

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Gambel's quail are so fun to watch

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Female northern cardinals might not be stunning but they're definitely a great looking bird

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The male northern cardinal's red plummage is otherworldly

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Rose-breasted grosbeak usually take us a few minutes to identify, Medicine Hat AB

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Baltimore orioles glow very brightly, Cypress Hills AB

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We have seen way more Steller's jay than normal including one in our Calgary yard, Beauvais Lake AB

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It happened at dusk but we saw a great big flock of turkeys, Beauvais Lake AB

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Even though we're in grasslands a lot we had never seen a badger before, Brooks AB

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Ruffed grouse, Beauvais Lake AB

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Yellow warbler, Cypress Hills AB

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Black-capped chickadee, Cypress Hills AB

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We had never seen a thirteen-lined ground squirrel before but they're cool, Calgary AB

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Killdeer, Frank Lake AB

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Sandpiper, Frank Lake AB

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Least sandpiper, Weed Lake AB

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Avocet, Frank Lake AB

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Dowitcher, Frank Lake AB

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Blackburnian warblers are maybe the most stunning bird in Alberta, Sir Winston Churchill PP AB

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We've been seeing more and more chestnut-sided warblers in Cold Lake, Cold Lake PP AB

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Yellow-bellied sapsucker, Cold Lake PP AB

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Common snipe in the rain, near Lac La Biche AB

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Even a more mundane bird like an eastern phoebe can look great in the right light, Cold Lake PP AB

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We didn't see a lot of Canada warblers but the few we did were photogenic, Cold Lake PP

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A mourning warbler perched in the same area every day to sing its song, Cold Lake PP AB

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Ruby crowned kinglet, Cold Lake PP AB

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Snowshoe Hare, Cold Lake PP AB

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Bald Eagle, Sir Winston Chruchill PP AB

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Purple martins are hard to see in the wild but we often see them in specific birdhouses, Cold Lake AB

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Alder flycatchers are only identifiable by their sound, Cold Lake PP AB

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Dusky grouse can be identified by how stubborn they are to leave the road, Sheep River PP AB

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Mountain bluebird, near Calgary AB

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When you see a bird in your periphery then realize it's a Stellar's Jay it's pretty cool, Pincher Creek AB

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We came by an Onsprey that was doing such weird vocalizations it made us laugh, Pincher Creek AB

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A special moment was when we saw wild turkeys since they were high on our most-wanted list, Pincher Creek AB

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It's a toss up between harlequin and wood ducks for best duck, Comox BC

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Even though it was a million miles away we already knew we were looking at a lifer -- pacific loon, Comox BC

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Song sparrow, Comox BC

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Spotted Tohee, Comox BC

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A harder ID but pretty sure we were looking at a juvenile golden-crowned sparrow, Comox BC

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Song sparrow that we thought might be a fox sparrow at first, Fernie BC

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In one day we scored an Alberta hat-chick (seeing three species of chickadee) -- boreal chickadee, Canmore AB

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Mountain chickadee, Canmore AB

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In the winter a flock of grey partridge moved into our inner-city neighborhood, Calgary AB

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Most golden eagles people see are actually juvenile bald eagles but golden eagles are massive, Elkwater AB

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Red-eyed vireo, Medicine Hat AB

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Common yellowthroat (female), Elkwater AB

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Black-bellied plover have been uncommon for us during migration but we've never had great photos, High River AB

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Tree Swallow, High River AB

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Black-capped chickadee, Medicine Hat AB

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American redstart (female), Medicine Hat AB

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Red-winged blackbird, High River AB

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Philadelphia vireo, Medicine Hat AB

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Black-necked stilt, High River AB

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Yellow-rumped wabler, Brooks AB

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Barn swallow, High River AB

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While we were in Cold Lake we saw about a dozen palm warblers

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Black poll warlbers look a lot like chickadees when they're in breeding colours

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There were a pair of eastern phoebes living in our campsite in Elk Island

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Tennessee warblers have very unique colours and are very cute

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A lifer sighting on the side of the road when we spotted a flock of red-necked pharalopes

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The Cape May warbler blew our minds when we spotted it in our binoculars and view finder

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During migration the yellow-rumped warbler has amazing contrast and colours

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We found a spot near the water where birds were bathing including a white-throated sparrow

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We were on the lookout for redstarts and there were many on this trip

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Black and white warblers are very cool but also very hard to photograph

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Lots of bunnies hopping around in the park which explains the great-horned owls

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We love ducks but don't pay as much attention to them as we used to but this wigeon really caught our eye

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We had a very cool and close encounter with a pair of sandhill cranes in Elk Island. They were super chill and we left without scaring them

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The magnolia warblers in Cold Lake were so vibrant but they were shy and liked dense foilage

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Dark-eyed junco (Oregon style) near Calgary, Alberta

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Yellow-headed blackbird near High River, Alberta

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Common merganser looking crazy as usual in Calgary, Alberta

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The blue bills of ruddy ducks are super cool near High River, Alberta

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We had only seen one Barrow's Goldeneye before and this one showed up in the exact same spot a year later near MD Willow Creek, Alberta

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Double-crested cormorant in Denver, Colorado

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Had to look this one up but it's a greylag goose and it was hanging out with a group of Canadian geese in Denver Colorado

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Marbled godwit near High River, Alberta

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American avocet near High River, Alberta

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Anna's hummingbird winter all over the place on Vancouver Island and it's great seeing them

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Not sure if kestrels are rare on the island but we saw one which had attracted a group of birders

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We love kingfishers but we've had trouble getting close for photos in Alberta; no problem on Vancouver Island

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Great horned owls are easier to spot in winter because of the bare trees

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There was a group of friendly grey jays on a x-country ski outing in Kananaskis

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One trip we did was out to Brooks Alberta in search of snowy owls and falcons

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Magpies are great all year round but we appreciate them most in winter

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Waxwing in Brooks Alberta

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Nuthatch in Fishcreek Provincial Park, Calgary Alberta

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They used to be a fairly common sighting but American Dippers have been much rarer since the 2013 flood

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Flycatchers are hard to ID but this one checks all the boxes for a Cordilleran flycatcher

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Juvenile wood duck

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Likely a semipalmated sandpiper

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We had our first encounter with a buff breasted sandpiper

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Likely a least sandpiper

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The hard line in colouring on the breast makes us think this is a pectoral sandpiper

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A little unsure but going with semipalmated sandpiper

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More sandpipers and some have really long bills

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Classic eastern kingbird

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We noticed the biggest mule deer buck catching some shade on a hot day

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Common loon -- it's possible we've seen the same pair 3 years in a row now

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On a camping trip we had a flock of pileated woodpeckers fly through in the early morning hours

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Can't forget about the white-throated sparrows

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2021 was another stinky year

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Orioles are hard to photograph because they favour being high up in trees

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Rattlesnakes like to hang out in trees -- who knew? Correction: based on the eye we were told this is a bull snake

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A pair of kings

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Starling chick in the process of learning to fly

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The sound of towhees fill areas where sagebrush grows

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We figure that we see about 1 golden eagle for every 200 bald eagles

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The common nighthawk is quickly becoming a Bird Nerd Favourite Bird

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Mourning dove

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Clay-colored sparrow

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Want to gopher lunch? Swainson's hawk

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Proghorn antelope

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American goldfinch

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Bull snake (maybe)

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Lark sparrows like landscapes with sagebrush

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Yellow warbler

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Red-naped sapsuckers have a larger red spot on the back of their necks and hang out more in Southern Alberta

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Female lark buntings look different than males and our sighting took a while to ID (lifer)

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Long-billed curlews use their long bill to eat grasshoppers

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We were surprised when we saw a raccoon in the wild

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Swainson's hawk

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Song sparrow

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Mountain bluebird

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Yellow warbler

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Hairy woodpecker

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Great grey owl

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Common mergansers are sometimes called sawbills or fish ducks

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Northern flickers spend a lot of their time on the ground feeding on insects

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Lewis's woodpecker will often act like a fly-catcher hunting insects on the wing. This was a lifer sighting for us

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Bill length is not the best way to differentiate short-billed and long-billed dowitchers

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When a white-faced ibis shows up every birder in the area will flock to them

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Canada geese will sometimes watch over ducklings that aren't theirs

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Some pectoral sandpipers make a round-trip migration of ~30,000km each year!

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Day-old avocets can walk, swim, and even dive to escape predators

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Dunlins are another rare sighting in Alberta because of their tendency to migrate almost non-stop through the province #lifer

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Black-necked stilts are one of the easiest shorebirds to identify

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Pelicans remind us of dinosaurs

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During breeding season willet populations moves inland to nest in grasslands and prairies near freshwater

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Semipalmated sandpipers are so small that we naturally assume they're least sandpipers at first glance

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Wilson's pharalope is the only pharalope that breeds in Alberta

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Merlins were formally known as 'pigeon hawks' and they resemble them in flight

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The first few robin sightings are awesome but by the start of May they're less exciting

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Ninety percent of the time we see snow geese flying over us

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Alberta has 4 distinct races of juncos

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Rough-legged hawks have a dark belly compared to ferruginous hawks but both wear 'pants'

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American tree sparrows migratory habits indicate the arrival of spring and fall

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Duck feet make us happy

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We were relieved to see tree swallows this year because it took longer than usual

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Is it a black-breasted yellow bird or a yellow-headed black bird?

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Sometimes Canada geese will use abondoned osprey nests

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Avocets are a welcome sight and we love their plee-eek plee-eek noises

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Hudsonian godwits migrate through North America (often non-stop) and are a rare sighting in Alberta #lifer

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Black-necked stilts are a beautiful bird that hangs out in dreary environments

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Marbled godwit's long beak helps them get buried prey and is often covered in mud

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Snakes make us happy

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This photo is equally gross and amazing

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Rough-legged hawks nest in the arctic and look so cool

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Every winter we anxiously await the return of the world's largest falcon but this season was the first time we've managed to see a gyr falcon (from very far away)

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We learned to track mallards and other ducks in order to see more prey birds

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Juvenile bald eagles seem less cautious than matures but they still don't like people much (which is a good thing)

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Pointing out bald eagles to budding birders and naturalists is a good way to raise appreciation

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Snowy owls must capture the equivalent of 7 to 12 mice a day to meet their food requirements

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Prairie falcons are basically mini-gyrs which makes them awesome

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We observed multiple prairie falcons and eagles chase down waterfowl

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It was getting dark but we stop for ruffed grouse -- they're so weird

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No winter expedition would be complete without a downy woodpecker

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Great sighting of evening grosbeak in Weaselhead

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A flock of pine grosbeak in Kananaskis

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Redpoll are another winter classic bird

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Common raven in Kananaskis

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Black-billed magpie in Weaselhead

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The chickadees in Weaselhead took me back to our first winter birding

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Northern Flicker in our backyard

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Pine grosbeak in Weaselhead

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Kinbrook is the first place we saw common grackles

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American robin

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Orange-crowned warbler

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Ruby-crowned kinglet

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This warbler-like bird took us a few minutes to ID. We think it's a common yellowthroat.

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Yellow-rumped warbler showing how it got its name

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A few western meadowlarks were still here

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Flycatcher (likely least)

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Tennessee warbler

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Cedar waxwing

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Northern flicker

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Swainson's hawk (one of ~30 that congregated in a field)

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The first bird we spotted on our way to Cold Lake was a turkey vulture

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Red-eyed vireos were everywhere

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White-throated sparrows filled our campsite with their awesome song

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Like most birders from Alberta we freak out when we see a male American redstart

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American pelican

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Warblers require tonnes of patience to photograph

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Magnolia warbler

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This is probably an orange-crowned warbler given its yellow bottom parts

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Northern waterthrush are a good sighting

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We noticed that we almost never photograph crows

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Sandhill cranes have a great sound (compared to geese) and are much faster

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A common loon from an evening on the water at Winchell Lake

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White-faced ibis

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Marbled godwit

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American pelican

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Black-necked stilt

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Wilson's snipe

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Short-billed dowitcher

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Mountain bluebirds are easy to find but western bluebirds and eastern bluebirds are very rare

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The red tips on the feathers of cedar waxwings aren't always visible

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Osprey have rebounded since governments have banned DDT pesticides

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Mourning doves have neato eyes -- they look like old-timey cartoon characters

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Upland sandpipers hang out in different terrain than most other sandpipers

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Red-winged blackbirds and geese were by far the most common birds we saw near Pincher Creek

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The bill of a red crossbill is uniquely adapted for eating pine cones

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The flowers in South Western Alberta are something else

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Pine siskin's look like sparrows but they have the soul of a goldfinch

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It's easy to mistake a caspian tern for a gull because they are similar size and fly like gulls

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Although most cranes are seen during migration many nest in the foothills and boreal forests

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The stubby tail is an easy ID for a winter wren

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We must have seen 40 different types of wild flowers on this trip

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We saw lots of baby birds on this trip including eared grebes.

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We had a group of cedar waxwings flying around us and being brave

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Flycatchers are a species we've been paying more attention to and the least flycatcher is the most common

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Grey catbirds were very common around Lethbridge and Writing on Stone

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We were expecting to see lots of warblers but only saw yellow warblers

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Lark sparrows fit with the badlands environment perfectly

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The Swainson's hawks down south looked real nice

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A violet-green swallow landed right near us but was backlit -- still a cool sighting

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A lot of people don't know that Alberta has native antelope

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One of our favorite sightings wasn't a bird on this trip but 3 young foxes

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A western wood pewee is easy to confuse with flycatchers

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Writing on Stone is famous for bull snakes and rattlesnakes

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California gulls are amazingly adaptable -- webbed feet but finding food in an A&W parking lot? Impressive!

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We got some photos of birds we don't see close up very often such as bank swallows

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In a couple fields we spotted long-billed curlews which stand out with their impossibly long bill

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Another bird we expected to see in the badlands environment were rock wrens

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American goldfinch are a crowd-pleaser with their bright colours and uplifting song

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Western kingbirds are common where we vacation in Mexico so it's neato seeing them in Alberta

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On a trip to Pakoki Lake we saw tonnes of birds including marbled godwits

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With slow, deep wingbeats, the great blue heron is a majestic sight

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Blue-winged teals look like they're wearing leopard print

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If your fav bird is a common yellowthroat we totally get it

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Ruby-crowned kinglets are really tiny birds

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The yellow-rumped warblers were out of control on a couple of our trips

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We had orange-crowned warblers and yellow-rumped warblers in our yard

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We have been checking every goldeneye to see if they are a Barrow's goldeneye and we finally saw one that was

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No other bird matches the tropical vibe of a western tanager

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We saw a saw-whet owl in a popular park and played it cool so that a crowd wouldn't gather and disturb it

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Black-necked stilts were the first shorebird migrant we saw this year and they have been abundant

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Swainson's thrush are more olive coloured than veerys and hermit thrush

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We might be addicted to posting pictures of wood ducks

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Wigeons hit hard with their awesome plummage

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We rate Swainson's hawk 3/5 for photo cooperativeness

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Red-winged blackbirds are a top five for bird sounds

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Northern harriers have a light morph and a dark morph

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Yellow-rumped warblers are everywhere in the province right now

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Gadwalls do not have striking plummage but are still great

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Scaups are one of the ducks that hang out in city parks in Calgary

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American kestrels are a Bird Nerds' favourite and have been hard to photograph

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Lots of sparrows show up in May and one of the first are white-crowned sparrows

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This mallard definitely was smiling at us

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There are a few days during migration where we see horned grebes in city parks

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Sharp-tailed grouse's natural tendency is to hide

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The sharp-shinned hawk is the smallest hawk in Canada

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Robins are comfortable in the wilderness even though most people think of them as city dwellers

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In California some magpies have a bright yellow bill and are called yellow-billed magpies

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Brown creepers are energetic birds and we have never seen one resting

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This was the first year we have seen mountain bluebirds in the snow

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Northern shrike's mask doesn't extend over the eye or bill like a loggerhead's does

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Horned larks have a lot of neat markings when you see them up close

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The common goldeneye is a great duck and we are happy to see them back in the province

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Green-winged teals are among the most speedy and maneuverable waterfowl

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With underwater vision and sealed nostrils cormorants are built for aquatic mastery

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Red-tailed hawks are mostly pale below with dark bits around the tips and edges. They also have a dark belly band

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Red-breasted mergansers look crazed and are a fairly rare sighting in Alberta

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Tufted ducks wander to the Pacific Coast from Asia but have only been sighted in Alberta once before (in 1992)

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We hadn't seen pine grosbeak in a while so we were happy to find a flock in Weaselhead

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The mountain bluebirds were right on time, arriving in mid-March

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If mallards were rare I bet people would post photos all the time

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Fledgling pine grosbeaks are cute and look different than adults

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At the end of March we saw several large flocks of robins

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The boreal chickadee has a brown cap instead of a black one

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Rough-legged hawks spend their summers in the arctic.

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Ruffed grouse can digest bitter (sometimes toxic) plants that many other birds can’t

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The loss of its fourth toe may help three-toed woodpeckers deliver powerful blows

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We often see mountain chickadees hanging out with boreal chickadees

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Our book says black-backed woodpeckers 'are rarely seen even by the most committed naturalist' so we felt lucky spotting one

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Usually when we see grey jays we're looking for something else but still happy to see them

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Although our guides showed belted kingfishers in the area we are pretty sure we saw ringed kingfishers instead

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The magnificent frigatebird is fairly common in the area but we almost never see them perched

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It's always cool seeing a local bird, like the great blue heron, halfway around the world

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There are lots of species in Jalisco that look similar to the western kingbird

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Some of the colours were so intense that it was tough to capture them with the camera

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Great egrets were standing on the beach watching people fish

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Painted buntings' Spanish name is colorín sietecolores which roughly means brightly coloured 7 colours

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A lifer sighting on this trip was the reddish egret which was hanging out close to a crocodile

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Brown pelicans would dive into the ocean just feet away from where we were swimming

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Grebes are great in general and the least grebe is extra cute

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Orchard orioles could reliably be found in the big flowers every morning

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Orange-breasted buntings are one of the coolest birds anywhere -- they also match our brand colours

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Squirrel cuckoos are one of the most spectacular birds we saw on our trip

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We were able to identify all the shorebirds we saw (including whimbrels) which was pretty cool

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Purple gallinules are remarkable fliers and turn up far out of their normal range quite often

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Groove-billed Ani are a tropical blackbird with a groovy bill

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Royal terns were one of a handful of species that we saw every day in the bay

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One of the oldest domesticated fowl species in the world, the muscovy duck was already being kept by native people in Peru and Paraguay when the early Spanish explorers arrived

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We thought we were watching a black and white warbler but the photos later showed a black-throated gray warbler -- another lifer!

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The male painted bunting can make the cover of birding magazines but the female is interesting as well

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One of the many flycatchers we saw in Mexico was the social flycatcher -- at least it is easy to identify

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The trail-head where we'd venture into the mountains was always full of birds including stripe-headed sparrows

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The slender snowy egret sets off immaculate white plumage with black legs and brilliant yellow feet

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We like how the grayish saltidor looks like an angry muppet

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Even though we see chickadees on every trip they're still special.

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The white-breasted nuthatch is another bird we can rely on seeing in winter.

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It's pretty hard to miss a bald eagle considering they're the size of a child, Calgary AB.

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As we climbed in elevation we started to see more wildlife, Kananaskis AB.

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The last few seasons all the snowy owls we have seen have been perched on telephone posts, Lyalta AB.

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American dippers are awesome birds that swim in very cold fast moving streams, Calgary AB.

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We are still figuring out a way to get closer to snow geese but we saw a flock of hundreds near Langdon AB.

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Squirrels -- they're sometimes annoying but when you look at them up close they're pretty cute too.

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We saw lots of pronghorn antelope herds including some big bucks, Maple Creek Saskatchewan.

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Grackles will often migrate with other blackbirds, Kinbrook Island PP.

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Immature chestnut-sided warblers look like a completely different species when compared to adults, Kinbook Island PP

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Yellow warblers have yellow edging on their wings which is a way to tell them apart from Wilson's warblers, Kinbook Island PP.

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Vesper sparrows are a larger sparrow with a distinctive patch on their shoulder.

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We were happy to find ourselves in a flock of goldfinch, Cypress Hills Saskatchewan.

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Although sandhill cranes are mainly spotted during migration large numbers nest in Alberta.

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Blackpoll warblers look different in the fall but the eye markings and double wing bars are distinctive, Medicine Hat.

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On our trip we saw Swainson's, red-tailed, and ferruginous hawks.

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The grey catbird is true to its name because it's grey and it makes cat noises, Kinbrook Island PP.

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Even we have noticed that the eurasian collared dove is getting more common, Writing on Stone PP.

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Rock wren don't appear to be shy of people at all, Writing on Stone PP.

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Sometimes orange-crowed warblers will have a grey head which can make for a tricky ID, Writing on Stone PP.

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Even with lots of time and patience it can be tricky to photograph a Wilson's warbler, Writing on Stone PP.

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Ruby-crowned kinglets can be ID'ed by their small size and adorableness, Writing on Stone PP.

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Yellow-rumped warblers are probably the warbler we see most often, Kinbrook Island PP.

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Sprague's pipit is becoming less common but can still be found in large areas of healthy prairie, Kinbrook Island PP.

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Mourning doves were everywhere we hit on this adventure, Kinbrook Island PP.

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Our first close look at a pied-billed grebe, Elk Island NP

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The contrast in the face is a quick way to differentiate red-eyed vireos, Elk Island NP

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The pileated woodpecker is the species that inspired the cartoon character, Elk Island NP

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Black-throated green warblers, blackburnian warblers, and Towsend's warbler required us to do research so we can differentiate them, Beaverhill Lake.

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Look at its little hands!

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We try to be mindful and appreciate all the birds we see -- even the sparrows.

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By far we see house wrens more than any other type of wren.

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Osprey are neither hawks nor eagles.

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As we become better birders we have become more interested in flycatchers.

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Bald eagles convey power when you see them in the wild.

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Marmots are big and loud.

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We saw many baby marsh wrens at Frank Lake.

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Soras are extremely skittish even when they don't sense danger.

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It's easy to forget just how small least sandpipers are.

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Lesser yellowlegs at Frank Lake.

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The dark legs, long wings, and slightly thinner more pointed bill helps us ID Baird's sandpiper.

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Still one of the strangest birds we see in our province.

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At a glance plover look a lot like a killdeer.

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The chestnut-sided warbler's breeding range is at the very edge of eastern Alberta.

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We were watching for a sora wen an alder flycatcher landed right in front of us.

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American coot babies are so ugly they're cute

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Canada warblers have the shortest stay in Alberta of all our wood warblers

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We saw lots of butterflies, bees, and mosquitoes in Cold Lake

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Red-necked grebes have very cool markings when they're young

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Muskrat in Elk Island National Park

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We were birding a quiet part of Elk Island National Park when a wood bison came over to see what we were doing

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Waxwing in Weaselhead Wildlife Area in Calgary.

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Yellow warbler in Confederation Park in Calgary.

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Spotted sandpiper in Weaselhead Wildlife Area in Calgary.

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We saw a Cooper's hawk having a meal in Confederation Park in Calgary.

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Mountain bluebird NW of Calgary (near Water Valley).

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Warbling vireos are really cute; seen in Confederation Park in Calgary.

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Gadwall drakes are non-descript and easy to overlook.

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The yellow-rumped warblers have been looking great this year! Seen in Confederation Park in Calgary.

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We seem to see more and more black-necked stilts; seen at Frank Lake Alberta.

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The bill of a ruddy duck always amazes us; seen at Frank Lake Alberta.

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Black terns have an incredible shape; seen at Frank Lake Alberta.

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Phalarope at Frank Lake Alberta.

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The blacked tip bill and darker tail identify this a common tern; seen at Frank Lake Alberta.

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We haven't seen as many killdeer as we usually do this season; Frank Lake Alberta.

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Young yellow headed blackbird seen at Frank Lake Alberta.

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Young white-faced ibis at Frank Lake Alberta.

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Chestnut-sided chickadees are common on Vancouver Island but pretty rare in Alberta.

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First warbler sighting of 2019 was an orange-crowned warbler.

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When the light hits a tree swallow right they're spectacular.

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One of the signs of Spring is yellow warbler sightings.

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Even when you're only a few feet away from an Anna's hummingbird they're still very small.

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House finch have a beautiful song and are strikingly red.

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White-crowned sparrows nest 1.5 to 10 feet from the ground in shrubs.

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An awful sound lead us to a Steller's jay in a tree.

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Although we've seen boreal chickadees many times this is our first posted photo (seen in Kananaskis Country).

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Every year we reliably see a couple of blue jays in Weaslehead.

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Unlike other ducks, wood ducks are comfortable flying through woods (taken in Inglewood Bird Sanctuary).

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Red-breasted nuthatch in Weaslehead Wildlife Area.

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Meadowlarks have the scientific name 'Sturnella Neglecta' because they were originally overlooked.

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There is a rest area on our way to Brooks that has been the first place we see red-winged blackbirds of the season.

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We saw many tundra swans east of Calgary.

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Urban sprawl stinks; we saw a moose running between houses east of Calgary.

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Merlins are frequently seen flying low and fast.

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Grey jay in Kananaskis Country.

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North of brooks we drove a short loop of back-roads and saw almost 10 pheasants.

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A banded American robin in Inglewood Bird Sanctuary.

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A bird dashed by quick and we caught photos of it in flight -- turns out it was a pileated woodpecker in Weaslehead.

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Another sure sign it's spring is sighting white pelicans.

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In the last year we have seen way more crossbills compared to grosbeaks.

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Common redpoll are very small.

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We found a campground near Calgary where the birds are so friendly they were landing on us.

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Another one of the friendly birds we saw in a campground near Calgary.

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Snowy owls are one of the best parts about winter on the prairies.

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Some people call moose swamp-donkeys.

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Short-eared owls are usually spotted from March to November but some over-winter.

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Grey partridge disappear into fields within seconds after flushing.

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In Rocky Mountain House there are ravens everywhere and it's incredible.

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We spotted an incredible ring-necked pheasant while looking for snowys.

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This is the first semi-decent photo we've had of the cool-looking bufflehead.

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Orioles are just fantastic! The Bullock's oriole has been spotted in Waterton NP but we saw them everywhere in Playa Grande.

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We saw an iguana feasting on fallen fruit and it was neat to watch.

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Black legs, beak, and eye are clues that identify sanderlings.

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Crabs are a good source of food for many birds.

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Cocodrilos seem to hang out in places we like to go birding.

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It's neat that woodpeckers all around the world resemble each other.

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The white-necked puffbird in widespread in CR but uncommon.

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The howler monkeys were pretty relaxed in Playa Grande.

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The roadside hawk is one of the most widespread raptors of the neotropics.

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We saw our first flock of seedeaters on the side of the road eating seeds.

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We saw yellow-crowned night herons roosting in the mangroves from our boat.

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The turqouise-browed motmot is the national bird of El Salvador and Nicaragua. We were very happy to spot them in CR.

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The stripe-headed sparrow was the only sparrow we saw on our trip.

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Tricolored heron somewhat resemble little blue heron but have white bellies.

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The male rose-throated becard is black and grey while the female is black and rufous.

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The brown booby rarely comes close to shore.

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Trogons build their nests in occupied termite mounds.

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We saw lots of cool lizards and reptiles in our travels.

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The first toucan we spotted was a black-mindibled toucan. It was eating oranges in an orchard. It is the largest toucan in CR.

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Grackles are amazing and we've seen them in all our travels and at home as well.

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We were stunned when we saw our first red-legged honeycreeper in full breeding plumage.

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The montezuma oropendola has a great name and a unique appearance.

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The female red-legged honeycreeper might not be as stunning as the male but it's still pretty cool.

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On our CR adventures we saw many types of hummingbirds.

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The blue-gray tanager is one of the most common garden birds in Costa Rica.

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The summer tanager wins 'most red bird award'.

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Green honeycreepers caught our eye because no birds from Alberta have this shade of green.

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The white-throated magpie jay was much smaller than the magpie jays we've seen in Mexico.

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Toucans make a low croaking noise similar to a frog. Did you spot the 2nd keel-billed toucan in the picture?

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Bees are the best.

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Rufous-tailed hummingbirds were everywhere in Bijagua.

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Collared aracari are a type of toucan that look like something out of a Tim Burton movie -- amazing!

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The black-crested coquette was our 2nd favourite hummingbird lifer sighting (snowcap were our favourite).

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Cattle egrets are a skittish bird but completely trust cows.

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The collared redstart is endemic to CR and western Panama.

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Tufted flycatchers are an adorable bird that we saw perched high in Santa Elena.

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Black-faced solitaires have a very unique call that makes them hard to locate.

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The southern lapwing was first recorded in Costa Rica in 1997 and has been expanding from South America.

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The great curassow is a giant chicken-like bird that is increasingly rare.

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Orange-fronted parakeets are the first psittacidae family bird we've seen up close.

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As bright as these orange-fronted parakeets are they are hard to see in vegetation.

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We only saw this one wood stork during our whole trip.

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Not sure why these are called black-billed whistling ducks?

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Hiking with capuchin monkeys was an incredible experience.

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Jacanas have spider like feet to help them in wetlands.

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Black-headed trogon are the only bird in CR with a yellow belly and blue eye-ring.

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We were birding with a park ranger who got really excited when we spotted a Mangrove Cuckoo.

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Laughing falcons are commonly known as Guacos in Costa Rica.

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Double-striped thick-knees are a nocturnal bird.

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Everywhere we went in Palo Verde it was possible to spot an iguana with a quick look.

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Crested caracaras are cool carrion eating birds and are everywhere in Costa Rica.

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The bare-throated tiger heron in Palo Verde were loco.

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In Costa Rica green heron can be found around almost any body of water.

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Inca doves were so common that we stopped paying attention to them.

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We saw great egrets, snowy egrets, and cattle egrets in Palo Verde.

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Ring-necked pheasants came into Alberta from China and Japan in 1908. Seen in Fishcreek Park

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This flock of migrating grackles were about 100+ in size. Seen in Fishcreek Park.

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Whitetail doe seen in Fishcreek Park.

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This sparrow was looking good outside our bedroom window.

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The rusty blackbird is a common bird in steep decline.

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The hermit thrush has a distinct reddish tail. Seen in Inglewood Bird Sanctuary.

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Chickadee in Carseland.

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Incredibly friendly white-breasted nuthatch in Carseland.

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Lone American white pelican in Carseland.

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We went looking for geese and found white-fronted, snow geese, and swans near Strathmore.

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Grey jays showed up while we were looking for other birds in Kananaskis.

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More research is needed on what type of hawk this is. Probably a rough-legged hawk.

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Yellow-rumped warbler, Black Diamond AB

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Orange-crowned warbler, Black Diamond AB

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Chipping sparrow, Black Diamond AB

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White-crowned sparrow, Black Diamond AB

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Lesser yellowlegs, Weed Lake AB

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Mallard duckling, Weed Lake AB

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Juvenile night heron, Weed Lake AB

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Dowitchers, Weed Lake AB

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Killdeer, Weed Lake, AB

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Avocets grouping up and getting ready to migrate, Weed Lake AB

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Long-billed dowitcher, Weed Lake AB

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Two rare-ish birds: Clark's grebe and a long-billed curlew, Frank Lake AB

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A northern harrier buzzing the tower at Frank Lake AB

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A flock of white-faced ibis getting ready to fly south, Frank Lake AB

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Wilson's snipe is an easy bird to identify, Frank Lake AB

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Short straight bill and rufous ear patch makes us think this is a semipalmated sandpiper, Frank Lake AB

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Semipalmated plover's black patches turn brown when they're in non-breeding mode, Frank Lake AB

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Black bill, black legs, wings that extend beyond the body, and light speckling makes us think this is a Baird's sandpiper, Frank Lake AB

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Pigeons are stunning, fast, and incredible navigators.

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The dark eye, the red dot on the bill, and the lack of black wing tips tell us this is a glaucous-winged gull.

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Black oystercatchers can be found along rocky shores from Alaska to Baja California.

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Originally we looked at this and thought it might be a mew gull but now we think it's a young ring-billed gull.

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We watched this gull catch and eat a crab. We think it's a glaucous-winged gull.

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Some migrating whimbrels make a nonstop flight of 4,000 km

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We didn't see the massive flocks of sandpipers like we thought we might but were happy to spot a least sandpiper.

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A fledgling northwestern crow looking pretty adorable.

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While staking out a kingfisher we ran into a pair of white-winged crossbills.

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Anna's hummingbirds are becoming more common on Vancouver Island.

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Bushtits are one of the smallest birds we've ever seen.

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You can identify a female bushtit by its pale eye.

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Juncos are an island staple and we saw several posing nicely.

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Mystery sparrow. Maybe a chipping sparrow?

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Song sparrows are really common on the island.

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On a trip to a local diner for pie we passed a big group of California quail. They're neat.

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Red-eyed vireo in Cold Lake Provincial Park.

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We thought we had sighted something amazing but we talked to our 'gull guy' and learned this is a first-year Franklin's gull.

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We also saw a lot of vieros in Cold Lake including the Philadelphia vireo.

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Warblers are hard birds to photograph because they're tiny, move fast, and hang out in scrub.

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Vieros are cute birds but the blue-headed vireo is the champ.

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Magnolia Warbler in Cold Lake Provincial Park.

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White-throated sparrows seem to like the same places as warblers do.

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House Wren.

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Sharp-shinned hawk in Cold Lake Provincial Park

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Ovenbirds have neat markings on top of their heads but they look plain if you see them in a tree, Cold Lake Provincial Park.

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House wren chick.

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It's a sign summer is ending when you begin seeing flocks of birds, Weed Lake.

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We still think avocets are French. Their bill is like a pencil moustache. Taken at Weed Lake.

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Not all spotted sandpipers have spots, Weed Lake.

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Barn swallow at Frank Lake. Doesn't it look miserable?

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Baby grebe (probably and eared grebe) at Frank Lake. Pretty cute!

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Western grebe at Frank Lake. Several species of waterfowl carry their young on their backs.

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Alder flycatcher in Sheep River Provincial Park.

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Eared grebe at Frank Lake.

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Some ducks just float there but ruddy ducks put on a show, Frank Lake.

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How to increase the cuteness factor of a post.

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Mystery flycatcher in Sheep River Provincial Park. Perhaps a young cordilleran.

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Philadelphia vieros sounds like red-eyed vireos but look totally different, Sheep River Provincial Park.

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It makes sense that we see mountain chickadees closer to the mountains, Sheep River Provincial Park.

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It was a proud moment when we identified a female rose-breasted grosbeak off the top of our heads, Sheep River Provincial Park.

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Spotted sandpiper hanging out right next to the Sheep River.

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Young wrens look even meaner than mature wrens, Sheep River Provincial Park.

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Meadowlarks stay still as long as I don't have the camera out, Frank Lake.

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The loggerhead shrike is a songbird with a raptor’s habits and they are FIERCE.

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