January 5 Calgary Bird Alert


Turquoise Jay,©Dan Lane

-RBA

*Alberta(Canada)

*Calgary, Alberta

*January 5, 2017

* ABCA1701.05


Birds mentioned: PIED-BILLED GREBE, GREAT BLUE HERON, Tundra Swan, Northern=
 Pintail, American Wigeon, Redhead, RING-NECKED DUCK, Lesser Scaup, Red-tai=
led Hawk ( LIGHT-PHASE), Gyrfalcon, WILD TURKEY, AMERICAN COOT, FRANKLIN'S =
GULL, MOURNING DOVE, Short-eared Owl, Northern Saw Whet Owl, BLACK-BACKED W=
OODPECKER, STELLER'S JAY, Mountain Chickadee, SONG SPARROW, WHITE-THROATED =
SPARROW, RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD, WESTERN MEADOWLARK, BREWER'S BLACKBIRD, COMM=
ON GRACKLE. American Goldfinch.

                                                                   --------=
---------------------------------------------------------------------------=
----

-transcript

Hotline: City of Calgary and Nature Calgary Bird Alert

Number: 403-300-1067

To report: 403-300-1067

Coverage: southern Alberta

Compiler: Terry Korolyk

Transcriber: Terry Korolyk

                                                                           =
           ----------------------------------------------------

Welcome to the City of Calgary and Nature Calgary Bird Alert. This Bird Ale=
rt was recorded on Thursday, January 5............A black headed Gull that =
may haven a FRANKLIN'S GULL was seen on the Lethbridge Xmas Bird count held=
 on December 18. This would be a first Winter season record for this specie=
s in Alberta. Other Winter rarities included 2 reports of WESTERN MEADOWLAR=
KS. Billy Tyndall found one bird at the town of Kathryn northeast of Calgar=
y December 28 and the bird was still there as of Sunday, January 1. Irene C=
rosland reported 2 MEADOWLARKS east of Camrose on December 27. Milt Spitzer=
 reported that BREWER'S BLACKBIRDS were found on the Medecine Hat December =
18 Xmas Count, while a pair of COMMON GRACKLES are thus far successfully ov=
erwintering in High River as reported by Greg Wagner. Another recent report=
 included 2 female or immature RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS found by Gord Smith on=
 Wednesday, January 4 between the town of Beiseker and Highway 21. A WHITE-=
THROATED SPARROW was found on the Lethbridge Count, while, SONG SPARROWS re=
ported included one on the Medecine Hat CBC; one on the Crowsnest Pass CBC =
held on December 16, and one in Peenaquim Park in Lethbridge found by Ken O=
rich on Thursday, January 5. Single AMERICAN COOTS were found on both the M=
edecine Hat CBC and the December 18 Calgary CBC. A Mourning Dove was a Coun=
tweek bird in Lethbridge. Terry Korolyk found a 1st. year LIGHT PHASE Red-t=
ailed Hawk on Highway 24 west of Carseland on December 22. John Thompson fo=
und a a male and a female RING-NECKED DUCK; a PIED-BILLED GREBE, and, a Red=
head at Carburn Park in Calgary on Wednesday, December 28, while Shirley Ot=
way found a 1st. year Tundra Swan at Mallard Point in east Fish Creek PP on=
 December 22, and, Simone Marler discovered a GREAT BLUE HERON in the spill=
way at the Carseland Weir southeast of Calgary on Wednesday, December 28. L=
inda Brown found a Lesser Scaup at Mallard Point on Thursday, December 29. =
The Lethbridge CBC found 6 Lesser Scaup. Michael Harrison observed a LIGHT-=
PHASE Red-tailed Hawk at the Union Cemetery in Calgary on Friday, December =
30. A male American Wigeon has been seen by a few observers at Bowmont Park=
 in NW Calgary recently, and, a male Green-winged Teal was found by Rose Pa=
inter in east Fish Creek PP on December 16. The bird was reported by Andrew=
 Slater at Lafarge Meadows in the Park on Wednesday, January 4. George Best=
 reported 2 Redheads in Carburn Park on January 4, while, Ken Orich saw a N=
orthern Pintail in Peenaquim Park in Lethbridge on Thursday, January 5. Joh=
n Koper, who lives near the Bow River southeast of Carseland had an America=
n Goldfinch at his home on Sunday, January 1 and Monday, January 2.........=
..........Mountain Chickadees have been reported in the Calgary area by a f=
ew observers; Barb Coote had one at her home in Calgary Varsity on Monday, =
December 26, while, Bernard Tremblay observed one in Carburn Park on Decemb=
er 18. Lorrie and John Anderson had one at their home in Calgary Sandstone =
on Thursday, December 29.................John Bargman observed a Gyrfalcon =
in Calgary Springbank in NW Calgary on December 20, while, Terry Korolyk wa=
tched an adult gray Gyr at Dunbow Road and 66 Street on December 22. The Fi=
sh Creek PP New's Year Day Count reported a Gyr in the Votier's Flats area.=
....................Miles Tomlinson reported a Northern Saw Whet Owl from t=
he Weaselhead in the west end of Glenmore Reservoir in Calgary on Thursday,=
 December 29, while Andrew Stiles had one in his yard in Calgary Bowness in=
 NW Calgary on Wednesday, January 4. An anonymous birder observed 4 Short-E=
ared Owls on Range Road 273 south of Twp. Rd. 250 east of Calgary on Saturd=
ay, January 31..................Phil Quinn watched a STELLER'S JAY just eas=
t of Highway 762 on Highway 549 west of Millarville on Tuesday, January 3, =
while, Rose Painter observed a BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER in Bebo Grove in wes=
t FCPP on Monday, January 2. Jason Tang photographed a male BLACK-BACKED WO=
ODPECKER in the Weaselhead on Wednesday, January 4. Phil Quinn reported a f=
emale BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER was near Bridge 5 in Marshall Springs in west=
 FCPP on Tuesday, January 3, and, he also reported 6 WILD TURKEYS were in a=
 meadow south of Beauchemin Park west of Millarville. For more details on t=
hese birds, call Terry Korolyk in Calgary at 403-254-1878..................=
........................................................................The=
 next scheduled update of the Bird Alert is January 16.....................=
..................Thank you from the City of Calgary and Nature Calgary Bir=
d Alert....................................................................=
..........................................end transcript.





For BirdWest archives, and to join, leave, or manage your subscription, go to:
https://listserv.ksu.edu/birdwest.html