Have you seen an unusual bird in Calgary? If it is on this Reportable_Birds (PDF), please report it to the Nature Calgary 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, us email 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 report was prepared on Monday January 23.
Sunday, JANUARY 22
–LESSER SCAUP (1) – Carburn Park by Janet Gill, Bernie Diebolt & CFNS field trip
–RED-TAILED HAWK (light phase) – Raven Rocks in Fish Creek PP by Steve Kassai
–SHARP-SHINNED HAWK (subadult) – Votier’s Flats in Fish Creek PP by SK
–PRAIRIE FALCON (1m) – Shepard by Terry Korolyk
Saturday, JANUARY 21
–COMMON x BARROW’S GOLDENEYE (1m) – Bankside in Fish Creek PP by TK
–PRAIRIE FALCON (1) – Symon’s Valley Rd area just N of Calgary by Bill Wilson
–SNOWY OWL (1) – Symon’s Valley Rd near Hwy 567 by BW
Friday, JANUARY 20
–TOWNSEND’S SOLITAIRE (1) – still surviving the deep freeze, observed in Andrew Slater’s yard
Thursday, JANUARY 19
–GOLDEN EAGLE (1 subadult) – just east of Winchell Lake, south of Water Valley, by Ray Woods
–NORTHERN GOSHAWK (2) – one on Grand Valley Rd a mile north of Hwy 1A by RW; one in the Weaselhead by Gus Yaki & Friends of Fish Creek Society field trip
–PRAIRIE FALCON (1+) – one, possibly two, seen near the Scotia Centre in downtown Calgary by Wlad Franco-Valias
–SNOWY OWL (1) – Symon’s Valley Rd near Hwy 567 by RW
–NORTHERN HAWK OWL (1) – 300 m south of entrance to Bates Bar J Ranch on Grand Valley Rd by RW
Wednesday, JANUARY 18
–PRAIRIE FALCON (1) – near the Scotia Centre by WF-V
The next scheduled update of the Bird Alert is on Thursday January 26.
BIRD STUDY GROUP – Meets the first Wednesday of the month, September – May at 7:30 pm, Room 211, BioSciences Building, University of Calgary. The next meeting will be Wednesday February 1. The program is titled “Understanding the Bird-brained: The Psychology of Bird Watching”, presented by Chip Scialfa. Dr Scialfa is a professor of psychology at the UofC, a birdwatcher and a volunteer for the Alberta Wilderness Assoc.