Wednesday Wings: Nuthatch, Sparrow, Hawk, Falcon, Owls

Here are some recent photos of local birds taken by some of our readers.


Great Horned Owl adult, taken by Caroline Soles in her backyard in Alderheights, near the Mazeppa gas plant, north of High River, May 22, 2016.


Caroline Soles also had this Clay-colored Sparrow in her yard. We can get them in our yards in the city on migration too.


Another shot of the Clay-colored Sparrow by Caroline Soles.


Cooper’s Hawk, Bowmont Park, NW Calgary, April 2016. Photo by Lorraine Glass.


A Merlin, also from Bowmont Park, April 2016, by Lorraine Glass.


A close-up of the Merlin, by Lorraine Glass.

Brian Simpson RBNU

Red-breasted Nuthatch at nest hole. Photo by Bryan Simpson, Inglewood Bird Sanctuary, May 2016.

Tim Reynolds GHOWlets

Finally, here are the two downy Great Horned Owlets from Sikome Lake in Fish Creek Park. Taken May 15, 2016 by Tim Reynolds.

If you have some recent photos of local birds that you’d like to share, send them to us at birdscalgary(at) and we may post them. Please include the date and location, and the photographer’s name.