Cypress Hills PP
July Big Trip pt.2
49.6591° N, 109.4990° W
Bird nerds notes
After visiting Waterton National Park we headed East to Cypress Hills Provincial Park. The campgrounds in Cypress Hills are beautiful. We birded Elkwater Lake but didn't see too much. In the evening we drove out into the prairies and saw many birds situated on fence posts and in the fields. On our last morning we went searching for wild turkeys but it was extremely foggy and we didn't see much again. Despite the lower bird counts in the actual campground we're definitely going to go back to the area in the future.
First sightings (lifers) 5x
- Barn swallow
- Caspian tern
- Horned lark
- Rock wren
- Short-eared owl
- Upland sandpiper
At the end of summer nearly the whole Swainson's hawk population will fly as far South as Argentina.
Sprague's pipits may look like a meadowlark at a glance but they're more uncommon (actually, I think this is a meadowlark).
The face markings of the horned lark can quickly differentiate it from longspurs.
Right before it dived, this short-eared owl looked directly at us, as if to say 'watch this'.
Even though we have northern flickers in our backyard they're always great to see on the road.