50.5657° N, 111.8978° W
Bird nerds notes
If you follow our adventures you know we're obsessed with burrowing owls. Southeastern Alberta is EXPANSIVE and recent reports put the number of nests around 1000 in Canada so it's a long shot to say the least. We've put an inordinate amount of effort looking for them and this weekend we launched another search. Then it happened -- we saw a couple tiny birds moving across a field and they were burrowing owls! The rest of the month was good too with shrikes, loons, and a couple close calls with orioles. We saw two other lifers this month.
Note: we saw the owls east of Brooks but won't disclose exact locations.
First sightings (lifers) 3x
- Burrowing owl
- Chestnut-collared longspur
- Loggerhead shrike
It's cool seeing a mountain bluebird in the forest because usually they're on fences.
It's good to pay attention to sparrows and chickadees and not just focus on rare birds.