February 6 Calgary Bird Alert


Hyacinth Macaws,©Jan Wilczur

RBA

*Alberta(Canada)

*Calgary, Alberta

*Feb. 6, 2017

* ABCA1702.16


Birds mentioned: TRUMPETER SWAN, Cackling Goose, Green-winged Teal, Norther=
n Pintail, American Wigeon, TURKEY VULTURE, Northern Goshawk, Red-tailed Ha=
wk, Gyrfalcon, MOURNING DOVE, Barred Owl, Northern Saw Whet Owl, BLACK-BACK=
ED WOODPECKER, Pileated Woodpecker(ALBINO), **SAY'S PHOEBE, White-throated =
Sparrow, Harris's Sparrow, Snow Bunting, RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD, WESTERN MEAD=
OWLARK, Rusty Blackbird, American Goldfinch.

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Hotline: City of Calgary and Nature Calgary Bird Alert

Number: 403-300-1067

To report: 403-300-1067

Coverage: southern Alberta

Compiler: Terry Korolyk

Trancriber: Terry Korolyk

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Welcome to the City of Calgary and Nature Calgary Bird Alert. This Bird Ale=
rt was recorded on Monday, February 6...........................A SAY'S PHO=
EBE was reported at the Ellis Bird Farm near Lacombe on Wednesday, January =
18. Myrna Pearman, who operates the Bird Farm is reportedly the person who =
found the bird, but, there are no followup reports. This would be the first=
 time a Flycatcher will have been recorded in Alberta during the winter sea=
son....................Leah Purdy reported a bird that may have been a TURK=
EY VULTURE in the Hidden Valley-Nose Hill area of northwest Calgary on Frid=
ay, January 20; the species is rare here in winter..................Bob Pru=
ners and Cornell Van Ryk discovered 5 TRUMPETER SWANS on the Waterton River=
 in the southwest corner of the province on Friday, January 25; the birds c=
onsisted of 4 adults and 1 1st. year bird....This is the first report of th=
e species in the province since a bird was seen in Fish Creek PP in Calgary=
 earlier in the winter. Ross Lein and Val Haynes observed a Cackling Goose =
at Carburn Park in Calgary on Sunday, February 5; there have been few repor=
ts of that species in Alberta this winter..........An unusual late winter r=
eport was a MOURNING DOVE found by Neil and Ethan Denton in with a small fl=
ock of Rock Pigeons east of Langdon on Highway 560 east of Range Road 270 o=
n Saturday, January 21. In the same general area Chris Fisher chanced upon =
7 RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS on Friday, January 20, while, Mike Blom reported th=
e Province's 7th. WESTERN MEADOWLARK of the season on Monday, January 28; i=
t was in the Peace River region........................A Pileated Woodpecke=
r that was largely ALBINISTIC and seen on Wednesday, January 30 by Ted Hogg=
 in the Gibbons area may have been a bird previously reported in the area, =
or, it could be a new bird, and, therefore, Alberta's 5th. report within th=
e past 2-3 years..............Bill Wilson saw a male American Wigeon on the=
 Bow River at the Inglewood Bird Sanctuary on Friday, January 20, while, Jo=
hn Thompson observed a male Northern Pintail at Elliston Park in southeast =
Calgary on Saturday, January 26. The overwintering male Green-winged Teal o=
n the Bow River in east Fish Creek PP on Calgary was most recently seen at =
Lafarge Meadows by Rose Painter Sunday, January 27.....................Anne=
 Belton observed a male BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER in Votier's Flats in FCPP o=
n Saturday, January 21........Neil and Ethan Denton reported 5 American Gol=
dfinches on Highway 566 between highway 9 and Range Road 255 east of Calgar=
y on Sunday, January 22. On Tuesday, January 24, the Dentons watched a Whit=
e-throated Sparrow in Banff, while the only recent Harris's Sparrow report =
was a bird seen at Elliston Park in Calgary by Dan Arndt on Wednesday, Febr=
uary 1................There was 1 Rusty Blackbird report; Eddie Matuod foun=
d a bird near a small pond west of Winchell Lake south of Water Valley on S=
unday, January 29. ......Recent Northern Saw Whet Owl reports included a bi=
rd seen by Lisa Carlson east of Calgary on Monday, February 6, while Phil Q=
uinn found a lone Saw Whet in Griffith Woods Park in southwest Calgary on T=
hursday, January 26. A Barred Owl attracted many observers to the southeast=
 part of the Weaselhead in the west end of Glenmore Reservoir in Calgary re=
cently...............Julie Schwab reported a flock of approximately 2000 Sn=
ow Buntings was east of Carstairs on Sunday, February 5....................=
....There have been 5 Gyrfalcon reports since January 15; Giselle Brunel sa=
w an adult gray morph north of Calgary on Sunday, January 15, then, on Sund=
ay, January 22 John Bargman saw one in Springbank on Calgary's west flank. =
The only dark morph reported in the province this Winter was a bird seen by=
 Rick Ward, but, there was no location with the report. Doug Newman watched=
 an adult gray morph on Thursday, January 26 north of Turner Valley and tha=
t same bird, or a different bird, was seen on Plummers Road not far away no=
rth of Millarville on Sunday, January 29 by Bernard Tremblay...............=
...........A 1st. year light-phase Red-tailed Hawk is successfully overwint=
ering along Calgary's northeast perimeter, while other Red-tailed Hawks inc=
luded another light phase just east of Calgary Sunday, January 22 when Laur=
a Rutter saw it. Phil Cram observed a Red-tailed Hawk ( unknown morph) alon=
g 24 Street in Calgary's Shepard Industrial Park on Saturday, January 28. P=
hil Quinn reported a Northern Goshawk was in the Richmond Hill subdivision =
of southwest Calgary on Sunday, February 5.................................=
.............................The next scheduled update of the Bird Alert wi=
ll be Monday, February 20..................................................=
...................Thank you for calling the City of Calgary and Nature Cal=
gary Bird Alert............................................................=
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