Wilson's Snipe

Birds of Alberta 9

Among Anne Elliott's albums



Wilson's Snipe

I was so happy when we came across this Wilson's Snipe a few days ago, at a location where I had taken many photos of it/them the last few years. When I drove past there last week, there was no sign of a Snipe, which was disappointing, as I love to photograph them. www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/wilsons_snipe/lifehistory Sunday, 25 May 2014, was the annual May Species Count, and it went really well. There were seven people in my group and we travelled in two vehicles, covering a large area SW of Calgary…

Details in black

I took so many photos of this Raven - but nearly every time I clicked the shutter, it would turn its head away. Managed to get a handful of shots to keep, though, and this is one of them. These birds are always so fascinating to watch, especially knowing that they are very smart. This one was, of course, looking for food - which it didn't get, I should add! When I see Ravens within the city, they are usually flying overhead or perched near the top of a very tall tree. Out in the mountains, they have, u…

Purple Finch

I believe this is the first Purple Finch that I've ever seen, so despite the fact that this is a really bad photo, I wanted to add it to my Birds of Alberta 9 album. This colourful little bird was seen through a chain link fence at Barb Castell's property. It gave us just a couple of quick chances for a photo. Taken on 25 May 2014, when a small group of seven of us covered the roads SW of Calgary, and W of Priddis, for the annual May Species Count. Barb has such a great garden with feeders and we look…

Getting a little wing practice

Came across this photo taken back on 27 April 2014, that I hadn't posted before. Not the greatest shot, but too cute to get buried on my hard drive. Taken in Fish Creek Park just a few days before these two Great Horned Owlets fledged. We were surprised because, compared to last year's owlets, these new ones did very little wing practice while still at the top of the nesting tree. Posting later than usual today, around 11:30 a.m.). Overslept again (till 11:30 a.m.) thanks to the muscle relaxant pills I…

Evening Grosbeak

25 May 2014 was the annual May Species Count, which went really well. There were seven people in my group and we travelled in two vehicles, covering a large area SW of Calgary and W of Priddis. The Count lasted from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and the weather was mostly clear but clouded up by noon, with a short shower while we were having lunch at Brown-Lowery Provincial Park. Heavy clouds for the rest of the day, calm, 9-18°C, with 88km travelled by car. 69 bird species were found, plus 15 White-tailed Dee…

Time to catch supper

Sunday, 25 May 2014, was the annual May Species Count, and it went really well. There were seven people in my group and we travelled in two vehicles, covering a large area SW of Calgary and W of Priddis. The Count lasted from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and the weather was mostly clear but clouded up by noon, with a short shower while we were having lunch at Brown-Lowery Provincial Park. Heavy clouds for the rest of the day, calm, 9-18°C, with 88km travelled by car. 69 bird species were found, plus 15 White-…

Sharing her catch

Not one of the better shots I took yesterday, but it's the only one I got of this very brief sharing moment. The female (Mom) on the left flew closer to the male (Dad) and gave him some of the insect (or spider, I think) that she had just caught. Looks like he was only able to grab one leg of the spider, but I guess a little is better than none. This was the only time they shared food while I was watching. The other times, they either ate the insects themselves or they were given straight away to their…

Tennessee Warbler

A really, really BAD photo, I know, but this is the first (and very quick!) shot I've taken of a Tennessee Warbler, and I wanted to add it to my Birds of Alberta 9 album. Sunday, 25 May 2014, was the annual May Species Count, and it went really well. There were seven people in my group and we travelled in two vehicles, covering a large area SW of Calgary and W of Priddis. The Count lasted from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and the weather was mostly clear but clouded up by noon, with a short shower while we we…

Feeling blue

This little male Mountain Bluebird must feel blue every day, but yesterday made quite a few of us feel blue, too. In the afternoon, four of us met up to go for a botany walk in North Weaselhead. Shortly before we were supposed to start, a lady came over to us in the parking lot, to let us know that our leader, Karel Bergmann, had just been in an accident. She said that he was so concerned about the rest of us wondering where he was, that she very kindly offered to find us and give us the news. I had see…
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