49.0859° N, 111.6196° W
Bird nerds notes
Before we became serious birders we had a copy of 'Birds of Alberta' by Chris Fisher and John Acorn on our shelf. The field guide has accompanied us on practically all of our adventures and provided tonnes of knowledge. On our latest adventure we visited some of the remote places mentioned in the guide: Elk Island NP, Beaverhill Lake, Pakowki Lake, & Writing on Stone PP. Visiting these places felt like a rite of passage and helped us realize that we are serious birders now. We also did a quick spin into Saskatchewan and checked out lakes near Morse and Chaplin.
First sightings (lifers) 2x
- Blackpoll warbler
- Sprague's pipit
We saw lots of pronghorn antelope herds including some big bucks, Maple Creek Saskatchewan.
Immature chestnut-sided warblers look like a completely different species when compared to adults, Kinbook Island PP
Yellow warblers have yellow edging on their wings which is a way to tell them apart from Wilson's warblers, Kinbook Island PP.
Vesper sparrows are a larger sparrow with a distinctive patch on their shoulder.
We were happy to find ourselves in a flock of goldfinch, Cypress Hills Saskatchewan.
Although sandhill cranes are mainly spotted during migration large numbers nest in Alberta.
Blackpoll warblers look different in the fall but the eye markings and double wing bars are distinctive, Medicine Hat.
The grey catbird is true to its name because it's grey and it makes cat noises, Kinbrook Island PP.
Even we have noticed that the eurasian collared dove is getting more common, Writing on Stone PP.
Sometimes orange-crowed warblers will have a grey head which can make for a tricky ID, Writing on Stone PP.
Even with lots of time and patience it can be tricky to photograph a Wilson's warbler, Writing on Stone PP.
Ruby-crowned kinglets can be ID'ed by their small size and adorableness, Writing on Stone PP.
Yellow-rumped warblers are probably the warbler we see most often, Kinbrook Island PP.
Sprague's pipit is becoming less common but can still be found in large areas of healthy prairie, Kinbrook Island PP.
The contrast in the face is a quick way to differentiate red-eyed vireos, Elk Island NP
The pileated woodpecker is the species that inspired the cartoon character, Elk Island NP