Brown Lowery PP
50.8113° N, 114.4296° W
Bird nerds notes
A sure sign of Spring in Alberta is when mountain bluebirds move into the bird-boxes that dot the prairies. These birds are insanely vibrant and seeing them is always great! Driving from the West side of Calgary to Brown-Lowery Provincial Park we spotted 4 different pairs. Brown-Lowery is a nice place for a short hike but we rarely see many birds. On this trip though we saw grey jays, a varied thrush, and a junco.
First sightings (lifers) 4x
- Green-winged teal
- Mountain bluebirds
- Savannah sparrow
- Wilson's snipe
Unlike many thrushes, mountain bluebirds hunt insects from perches or while on the wing.
Most of what we know about mountain bluebirds comes from studies of nesting boxes.
A female mountain bluebird pays more attention to good nest sites than finding a mate.