51.0447° N, 114.0719° W
Bird nerds notes
The Weaslehead Wildlife Area is quickly turning into one of our favorite spots for birding. We were reunited with a large group of common redpoll on this outing. It was the first time we'd seen redpolls in a flock. The flock exhibited different behavior than individuals. The next day we ventured into Carburn Park but didn't enjoy it as much because of all the noise.
First sightings (lifers)
Young chickadees sometimes move large distances, but these movements are irregular and are called 'irruptions'.
On a roughly 2-year cycle, redpolls come far south in winter and occasionally reach the central or southern United States.
Downy woodpeckers are the most likely woodpecker species to visit a backyard bird feeder.
A large, unwary finch, pine grosbeak make periodic winter irruptions into southern Canada and northern United States.
Black-billed magpies' primary vocalizations are a harsh ascending call and a raspy chatter.