Writing on Stone
49.0859° N, 111.6196° W
Bird nerds notes
Before covid hit we had booked a camping trip to Writing on Stone and it worked out for us. We were hoping to see a yellow-breasted chat in Alberta but we were unsuccessful. There were a lot of great birds but some of our coolest sightings were foxes, antelopes, snakes, and skunks. We also birded in Lethbridge which beat our expectations and visited Pakowki Lake which was bumping with lots of different species.
First sightings (lifers)
Flycatchers are a species we've been paying more attention to and the least flycatcher is the most common
A violet-green swallow landed right near us but was backlit -- still a cool sighting
California gulls are amazingly adaptable -- webbed feet but finding food in an A&W parking lot? Impressive!
We got some photos of birds we don't see close up very often such as bank swallows
In a couple fields we spotted long-billed curlews which stand out with their impossibly long bill
American goldfinch are a crowd-pleaser with their bright colours and uplifting song
Western kingbirds are common where we vacation in Mexico so it's neato seeing them in Alberta