Some shots from in and around Calgary. Taken June 14 and June 20 in Fish Creek Park and Bridlewood wetlands by Tony LePrieur.
Posted by Bob Lefebvre
If you find yourself in the Bebo Grove area of Fish Creek Provincial Park (perhaps looking for the Northern Pygmy-Owls) you might come across this unusual little male Red-breasted Nuthatch. It has been in the same area of Bebo Grove, just southeast of the parking lot, for at least three years. At first glance it can be mistaken for a White-breasted Nuthatch because there is so much white on the face.
This bird is leucistic, lacking some of the coloured pigments that normal birds have. It is usually accompanied by a female, and will readily come to your hand. It actually seems to be the most aggressive bird of the local nuthatches and chickadees.
It’s always an interesting bird to see, and very reliable, so have a look for it.
Posted by Bob Lefebvre
Fish Creek Park is a great place to find woodpeckers. In the winter, there are up to six species that can be found there: Northern Flicker, Downy Woodpecker, Hairy Woodpecker, Pileated Woodpecker, American Three-toed Woodpecker, and Black-backed Woodpecker. Flickers are migratory but there are always some around in the winter here. Downy, Hairy, and Pileated are resident species. Three-toed and Black-backed are generally only seen here in the winter, and not every winter. This winter they have both been seen in Fish Creek Park, and in fact it appears that there are at least six Three-toes and three Black-backed in the park, which is an unusually high number for them.
Over the past couple of months Tony Leprieur has managed to get photos of all six of these species inside Fish Creek Park. All photos by Tony Leprieur.
American Three-toed Woodpecker:
Tony LePrieur photographed a nice variety of wildlife in the park on October 5.
American Three-toed Woodpecker (male).
American Robin (immature).
Despite (or possibly because of) the snow and cold weather on Saturday, Tony LePrieur got some great shots of spring birds in Carburn Park and Fish Creek Park in SE Calgary, and some resident birds and mammals as well.
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle), Carburn Park, April 26, 2014
Franklin’s Gulls, Carburn Park, April 26, 2014
American Robin, male, Carburn Park, April 26, 2014
Resident White-tailed Deer, Carburn Park, April 26, 2014
Common Loon, Carburn Park, April 26, 2014
A resident bird in Fish Creek Park, male Ring-necked Pheasant, April 26, 2014
Ring-necked Pheasant, male, Fish Creek Park, April 26, 2014
Osprey with nesting material, Carburn Park, April 26, 2014
Tony returned to Carburn Park in the better weather on Sunday and got another shot of a Common Loon on the pond there.
Common Loon, Carburn Park, April 27, 2014
Tony LePrieur saw some new birds for the year in Fish Creek Park on April 5, 2014, as well as some favourite residents.
Northern Shoveler, male.
Red-winged Blackbird, male. This bird is arriving right on time, but all the ponds there were still mostly frozen over on this date.
Golden-crowned Kinglet, male. Likely a winter bird that will soon move on.
Blue Jay, a year-round resident species.
Snowshoe Hare. Transitioning to summer colours far faster than the surroundings are!
Finally, some close-ups of one of the resident Great Horned Owls. Check the talons in the third photo.
Spring is here and the new migrants are showing up daily, but here is another look at some of the winter birds seen in Fish Creek Park and the Weaselhead Nature Area in Calgary. All photographs by Tony LePrieur.
The photos below were taken in Fish Creek Park on February 17, 2014.
Great Gray Owl, Bebo Grove.
These shots of the Three-toed Woodpecker in Bebo Grove were taken on February 23, 2014.
The remaining photos below were taken on February 23, 2014 in the Weaselhead.
Great Horned Owl.
American Tree Sparrow.