Birding The Sloughs

Seven people set out on Thursday’s Nature Calgary trip to sloughs east of Calgary. The day was warm but mostly somewhat overcast limiting temperatures to the mid twenties.

After admiring a Cooper’s Hawk being mobbed by Eastern Kingbirds as we assembled at Carburn Park we went to Langdon and between Weed Lake and the northern end of the Langdon reservoir saw:

American Avocet
Black-necked Stilt
Eared Grebe
Red-winged Blackbird
Swainson’s Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
American Crow
California Gull
Ring-billed Gull
Franklin’s Gull
Ruddy Duck
Lesser Yellowlegs
American Wigeon
Spotted Sandpiper
Forster’s Tern
Wilson’s Phalarope
Red-necked Phalarope
Pectoral Sandpiper
Long-billed Dowitcher
Savannah Sparrow
Vesper Sparrow
Lesser Scaup
Northern Shoveler
Western Meadowlark
Marbled Godwit
American Robin
Brewer’s Blackbird
Common Grackle
Eastern Kingbird
Northern Pintail
Cinnamon Teal
Green-winged Teal
Northern Harrier
Blue-winged Teal
Yellow-headed Blackbird
Barn Swallow
Black Tern
American Coot
Western Kingbird
Double-crested Cormorant
Marsh Wren
Common Goldeneye
Nelson’s Sharp-tailed Sparrow
Wilson’s Snipe
Ring-necked Duck
House Sparrow
European Starling
Rock Pigeon

We went on to the slough near Hwy 24 and added:

Baird’s Sandpiper
Pectoral Sandpiper
Stilt Sandpiper
Greater Yellowlegs
Canada Goose

Then we went our to Nakama Lake to add:

Baird’s Sparrow
American White Pelican
Clay-colored Sparrow
Western Grebe
Pied-billed Grebe

Finally we stopped st the SW corner of Eagle Lake to round off the day with:

Great Blue Heron
Common Tern
Upland Sandpiper


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