Postcards from Mexico – Calgary Birds on their wintering grounds

Posted by Dan Arndt

While on vacation, I had planned to look for some of our old favourites from Calgary who might also be down here enjoying the warm weather for the winter. Thankfully, I wasn’t disappointed. I was a little surprised though at just what species I did find down here, and which ones I expected to find, and didn’t.

I do want to clarify too, that many of these birds spend all year long down here, but their range extends all the way back home to Calgary, which, as the crow flies, is about 4100 km. Quite staggering, when you consider that many of them make the migration from Calgary to this part of the world with very few stops for food or shelter.

Here are just a few of our fine feathered friends enjoying the sun, sand, and tequila down here in Mexico!

Belted Kingfisher

Belted Kingfisher

Gray Catbird

Gray Catbird

American Coot

American Coot

Double-crested Cormorant

Double-crested Cormorant

Eurasian Collared Dove

Eurasian Collared Dove

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron

American Redstart

American Redstart

Sanderling

Sanderling

Northern Waterthrush

Northern Waterthrush

American White Pelican and Peeps

American White Pelican and Peeps (along with a couple cormorants and Brown Pelicans)

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

Yellow Warbler

Yellow Warbler

Least Sandpiper

Least Sandpiper

Spotted Sandpiper

Spotted Sandpiper

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2 thoughts on “Postcards from Mexico – Calgary Birds on their wintering grounds

    • Not too much more to enjoy, unfortunately… I’m flying back tomorrow afternoon, so chances of getting any more birding in tonight or tomorrow are slim at this point. I sure enjoyed it though!

      – Dan

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