51.0447° N, 114.0719° W
Bird nerds notes
Things continue to be crazy in Alberta and the world because of covid-19. The situation has changed the way we look for birds but birding has been a welcome distraction for us. Even though the current closures feel restrictive, they're important, and we still have lots of reasons to be appreciative for.
Actually, we have been surprised by the variety of species we have been seeing near home and we even saw a super rare vagrant! The tufted duck has only been spotted in Alberta once before and we were extremely lucky to come across it. On top of that it's getting warmer out, spring might be on its way, and every day more birds are arriving in Alberta.
First sightings (lifers) 2x
- Red-breasted merganser
- Tufted duck
Robins are comfortable in the wilderness even though most people think of them as city dwellers
In California some magpies have a bright yellow bill and are called yellow-billed magpies
Northern shrike's mask doesn't extend over the eye or bill like a loggerhead's does
The common goldeneye is a great duck and we are happy to see them back in the province
With underwater vision and sealed nostrils cormorants are built for aquatic mastery
Red-tailed hawks are mostly pale below with dark bits around the tips and edges. They also have a dark belly band