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This Bird Alert was recorded on Friday December 2 at 1:45 pm.
WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS have been seen in fairly good numbers, with the best locations being the west end of Fish Creek Provincial Park and Edworthy Park. RED CROSSBILLS have been scarce. COMMON REDPOLLS have been abundant, with the usual sprinkling of HOARY REDPOLLS among them.
NORTHERN SHRIKE, Griffith’s Woods in Discovery Ridge south of HWY 8, Bill Wilson (NORTHERN SHRIKES arrived in good numbers at first, but few have been reported recently).
PINE GROSBEAK, Griffith’s Woods, BW (PINE GROSBEAKS have been fairly widespread and in good numbers in the Calgary area this winter).
ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, NW of Calgary on RR 24 and TWP RD 262, Ron Kube (ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS have been widespread and in good numbers throughout southern Alberta during the past couple of weeks).
NORTHERN HAWK-OWL, W of Turner valley along HWY 546 ca. 3 km. W Lineham Crossing, Peter Maksymiw.
The next scheduled update of the Bird Alert is on Monday Dec 5.
BIRD STUDY GROUP: Bird Study Group meets 1st Wednesday of the month, Room 211, BioSciences Building, U of C. December meeting is Wednesday,December 7. Topic will be “Birding in Brazil”, presented by Rob Worona. Meeting time is 7:30pm.