49.4849° N, 113.9441° W
Bird nerds notes
So far on this site we've been able to bite our tongue about the Alberta government and all the stupid stuff they've been doing. They've used the global pandemic as a distraction to move a lot of dumb policy but one was particularly bad for birders. The environment minister has created a hunting season for cranes and swans. Cranes and swans are great and although sandhills aren't endangered we're not overun with them either. If a hunter mistakes a whooping crane for a sandhill it would be tragic because they're one of the most endangered animals on earth. Urgh.
We saw a pair of sandhill cranes on our most recent expedition in Castle Provinvial Park. We were camping nearby at Beauvais Lake where it rained a lot and was pretty windy too. Even though the weather wasn't ideal to see birds we were still really impressed with how many we saw. The wild flower situation in Waterton is off the charts this season.
First sightings (lifers) 1x
- Red Crossbill
Mountain bluebirds are easy to find but western bluebirds and eastern bluebirds are very rare
Red-winged blackbirds and geese were by far the most common birds we saw near Pincher Creek
It's easy to mistake a caspian tern for a gull because they are similar size and fly like gulls
Although most cranes are seen during migration many nest in the foothills and boreal forests