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Bird Alert April 5

Welcome to the City of Calgary and CFNS Bird Alert. This Bird Alert was recorded on Monday Apr 04.

Bird Sightings:

Mar 28:
RED-TAILED HAWK , dark morph, south of Longview

Mar 31:
A SNOW GOOSE in a flock of CANADA GEESE just east of Calgary

Apr 1:
PEREGRINE FALCON, Bow Building, (downtown),
GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE (2), east side Frank Lake
RED- BREASTED MERGANSER female, EURASIAN WIGEON male, flocks of LAPLAND
LONGSPURS at Clear Lake

Apr 2:
Possible LONG-EARED OWL east of Parkland Blvd/146 Ave SE
GREATER SCAUP, male, on the Bow River at Glenmore Tr. bridge

Apr 3:
NORTHERN HAWK OWL , TURKEY VUKTURE, Votiers Flats to Bebo Grove, FCPP
PEREGRINE FALCONS (2) Bow Bldg .
FERRUGINOUS HAWK over Turner Valley
CEDAR WAXWINGS (15) in Willow Park district
CEDAR WAXWING (1), in Douglas Glen dist
VARIED THRUSH (2) males at Harvie Heights

Bird Alert March 24

Welcome to the City of Calgary and CFNS Bird Alert. This report was prepared on Thursday March 24, 10:00pm. To report a bird sighting,call 403-221-4519 and leave a message after the recording.

Monday, March 21
–GREAT BLUE HERON (1) Inglewood Bird Sanctuary

Tuesday, March 22
–RED CROSSBILLS (3) in the SW Oakridge subdivision

Wednesday, March 23
–SHORT-EARED OWLS (15) north end of Frank Lake
–ROUGH LEGGED HAWKS (15) as above
–NORTHERN HARRIERS (4) as above
–AMERICAN TREE SPARROW(4), NE of High River
–SNOWY OWL (1), north of Blackie on Hwy 799

Bird Alert Report March 21

Welcome to the City of Calgary and CFNS Bird Alert. This report was prepared on Monday March 21, 9:00pm. To report a bird sighting,call 403-221-4519 and leave a message after the recording.

Thursday, March 17

–ROSS’S GOOSE(1), Frank Lake
–CACKLING GOOSE(1),Frank Lake

Friday, March 18
–SNOW GOOSE(2), flying near Longview
–TURKEY VULTURE(1),at Mt.Lorette hawk watch
–GOLDEN EAGLE(129), Mt.Lorette hawk watch
–SHARP-SHINNED HAWK(1),Mt.Lorette hawk watch
–NORTHERN GOSHAWK(1),Inglewood Bird Sanctuary
–NORTHERN PYGMY-OWL(2),Shannon Terrace, Fish Creek PP
–MOUNTAIN BLUEBIRD(1)(m), w.of Longview

Saturday, March 19
–HARLEQUIN DUCK(2),Bow River at IBS
–HOODED MERGANSER((2) IBS
–COOPER’S HAWK(1),east Fish Creek PP
–NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWL(1),IBS,

Sunday, March 20
–SHORT-EARED OWL(12),around Frank Lake
–AMERICAN TREE SPARROW(4), NE of High River

Bird Alert Update

If you’re interested in birds in Calgary and the surrounding region, you should know about the Bird Alert phone message.

City of Calgary and Nature Calgary’s Bird Alert Number (403) 221-4519

 

Compiled twice a week on Mondays and Thursdays, the message gives a rundown of all the unusual bird sightings that have been reported by birders. It lists the bird species and the location where it was seen, so you can take your chance of seeing it as well.

You can listen to the message for bird locations, or if you have a bird to report, you can bypass them, or do so at the end of the recorded message.

A bird that should be reported can be either a  rare bird not usually found in the area, or one here in the wrong season.  While beginning birders will not know what to report, checking this message on a regular basis will give you a good idea, and help to increase your birding skills.

The report for the first week in November included the following unusual birds in Calgary:

  • In Mt. Royal – Mountain Chickadee, Pine Grosbeaks
  • In Valley Ridge – Common Redpolls
  • On the Elbow River – Wood Duck
  • On the Glenmore Reservoir – Common Loon
  • In Elliston Park – Pied-billed Grebe
  • At Inglewood Bird Sanctuary – Harlequin Ducks

Although it isn’t in Calgary, a birder has reported the first Snowy Owl of the winter season near Irricana. This tundra-breeding species likes open prairie spaces. It will be a challenge to find them in the city during the 2010 competition. If you see one, please let us know!

Pat Bumstead