Have you seen an unusual bird in Calgary? If it is a species on this Reportable_Birds list (PDF), please report it to the Rare Bird Alert line at 403 221-4519 and leave a message after the beep at the end of the recording. If you would like some help with species identification, email us at us at firstname.lastname@example.org . To report injured wildlife call the Calgary Wildlife Rehabilitation Society at 403 239-2488, or the Alberta Institute for Wildlife Conservation at 403 946-2361.
This Bird Alert was recorded on Monday, April 18, at 10:20 am.
Sunday, April 17
–SNOW GOOSE (50 – 60) – seen flying low along Hwy 1A W of Cochrane near the Grand Valley Rd junction by Joan & Malcolm McDonald.
–COMMON LOON (3) – at Seebe pond W of Cochrane where Hwy 1X crosses the Bow River by J&MM.
–RED-NECKED GREBES (6) – on the Bow River upstream from the bridge at Morley just S of Hwy 1A by J&MM.
–MOURNING DOVE – reported at a feeder NE of High River by Greg Wagner.
–RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET – several seen at the Beaver ponds at the 2nd Vermilion Lake in Banff NP by J&MM.
–VARIED THRUSH – several as above by J&MM.
Saturday, April 16
–COOPER’S HAWK (1) – reported E of Red Deer Lake Meat Packers just S of Hwy 22X S of Calgary by Terry Korolyk.
–RED-TAILED HAWK (HARLAN’S) – W of Hwy 773 SW of Calgary by TK.
–AMERICAN KESTREL – reported by several observers in the Calgary area the past few days.
–THAYER’S GULL (4th cycle) – at Sheperd Landfill in SE Calgary by TK.
–TREE SWALLOW – reported by several observers in and around Calgary the past few days.
–RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET – reported in Weaselhead Park in SW Calgary by Gus Yaki and FFCPP group.
–AMERICAN TREE SPARROW – reported by numerous observers passing through Calgary and area in large numbers the past week.
–DARK-EYED JUNCO – as above.
–WESTERN MEADOWLARK – reported by several observers in the Calgary area the past week.
–YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD – a pair reported by Shirley Hartig in her yard NE of High River.
–COMMON GRACKLE – reported in the Willow Park and Mapleridge subdivisions of SE Calgary and also NE of High River.
Friday, April 15
–YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER (1 male) – seen at Inglewood Bird Sanctuary in SE Calgary by Mike Potter. This is the first report of this species in our area this Spring.