December 19 Calgary Bird Alert


Frilled Coquette,©BirdQuest

-RBA

*Alberta(Canada)

*Calgary, Alberta

*Dec. 19, 2016

* ABCA1612.19


Birds mentioned: HORNED GREBE, GREAT BLUE HERON, SNOW GOOSE, Wood Duck, Gre=
en-winged Teal, Gadwall, Redhead, RING-NECKED DUCK, GREATER SCAUP, RING-NEC=
KED DUCK-LESSER SCAUP hybrid, Northern Harrier, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Red-tai=
led Hawk, Gyrfalcon, AMERICAN COOT, WILSON'S SNIPE, MOURNING DOVE, Short-ea=
red Owl, Black-capped Chickadee(LEUCISTIC), HARRIS'S SPARROW, WESTERN MEADO=
WLARK, BREWER'S BLACKBIRD, COMMON GRACKLE.

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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

Transcriber: 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, December 19............Some very unusual birds h=
ave been discovered in the Calgary Birding Area in this very cold Winter se=
ason thus far. An AMERICAN COOT was found on water at a stormwater outfall =
on the McCall Lake Golf Course during the Calgary Xmas Bird Count held on S=
unday, December 19. Other birds found on the Count included a RING-NECKED D=
UCK, a rare overwintering species in Alberta, found at the outfall of the C=
ity's Bonnybrook Sewage Treatment Plant, and, a MOURNING DOVE found in the =
Lynnwood Ridge subdivision on Calgary. A Redhead was found on the Bow River=
 in southeast Calgary on the Count. Three Wood Ducks were also found near t=
he Sewage Plant Outfall...................Peter Sherrington found a WILSON'=
S SNIPE along the Crowsnest River between Burmis and the east Hillcrest Bri=
dge on the Crownest Pass CBC held Friday, December 16, while Greg Wagner re=
ported 2 COMMON GRACKLES are thus far successfully overwintering in High Ri=
ver as of Sunday, December 18....................Ben Velner reported both B=
REWER'S BLACKBIRDS and 2 WESTERN MEADOWLARKS were in the Medecine Hat area =
as of Sunday, December 18, while Jimilee Chartier Ayotte found a LEUCISTIC =
Black-capped Chickadee in the Gadsby-Halkirk area on Tuesday, December 6...=
....................Ben Harris reported a HORNED GREBE was moved from the B=
anff Stables in Banff NP to the open water of the Bow River in the Park on =
Thursday, December 8..............Ken Orich reported a GREAT BLUE HERON was=
 still at the Elizabeth Hall Wetlands in Lethbridge on the late date of Mon=
day, December 12...................Rose Painter found a male Green-winged T=
eal on Friday, December 16 at the narrow point of land between the 2 stormw=
ater ponds on the Access Road to the Burnsmead and Bankside Recreation Area=
s in east Fish Creek PP, while other recent Winter waterfowl reports includ=
ed a GREATER SCAUP seen by Neil Denton on Two Jack Lake in Banff NP on Tues=
day, December 6, while, on Saturday, December 10, Terry Korolyk and Tony Ti=
mmons observed 3 Gadwall and a hybrid female RING-NECKED DUCK-LESSER SCAUP =
at Weed Lake at Langdon. Terry Korolyk observed the birds there again on Th=
ursday, December 15. Enid Angelstad reported 6 birds she thought were proba=
bly Snow Geese flew over the Scenic Acres subdivision of Calgary on Sunday,=
 December 18.....................The most recent report of Gord Smith's HAR=
RIS'S SPARROW at his home in Arbour Lake in northwest Calgary came on Frida=
y, December 9. Ken Orich reported a HARRIS'S SPARROW in west Lethbridge on =
Wednesday, December 7............Leslie Lof reported a Sharp-shinned Hawk i=
n the Copperfield subdivision of southeast Calgary on Wednesday, December 7=
, while Eddie Matuod watched a Northern Harrier near Dalemead southeast of =
Calgary on Tuesday, December 6. Dan Quinn reported a Northern Harrier on Fr=
iday, December 16south of Twp. Rd. 194 and 240 Street, while, on Saturday, =
December 17, Blake Weis saw a Harrier on Range Road 253 south of Highway 9.=
................................There have been 5 reports of Gyrfalcons in =
southern Alberta during the month of December. Bob Pruner observed an gray =
morph adult east of Cardston on Tuesday, December 6; Phil Quinn and George =
Best saw a gray morph on Monday, December 12 on Range Road 275 south of Twp=
. Rd. 264  northwest of Cochrane; Laurie Rutter observed a gray morph bird =
on Tuesday, December 13 on 84 Street just north of McKnight Blvd. in Calgar=
y, and, Terry Korolyk on Wednesday, December 14, saw an adult gray morph on=
 Highway 22X west of Highway 2A, then, saw another gray morph adult on the =
east side of Highway 22 south of Highway 22X. Blake Weis observed a Short-e=
ared Owl on Monday, December 12, east of Calgary, while, Terry Korolyk and =
Tony Timmons found a light-phase 1st. year Red-tailed Hawk on McKnight Blvd=
. just east of Stony Trail on Saturday, December 12. Ed Matuod observed thi=
s same bird on Sunday, December 18 at 84 Street and McKnight Boulevard. Ter=
ry Korolyk observed an adult Harlan's Hawk south of Priddis on Wednesday, D=
ecember 14, while, 4 Short-eared Owls were found at the Twp. Rd. 250-Highwa=
y 791 junction east of Chestermere Lake on Sunday, December 18.............=
................................................the next scheduled update o=
f the Bird Alert is Monday, January 2.................................Thank=
 you from the City of Calgary and Nature Calgary Bird Alert................=
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