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, 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.
Compiled by Terry Korolyk
A HUMMINGBIRD that has been coming to a feeder at a home in Calgary Bowness may be an immature female ANNA’S HUMMINGBIRD as revealed through photographs. The bird was seen again Wed Oct 10; but no reports thus far today. For more information, call Terry Korolyk at 403-254-1878.
Several immature hybrid COMMON-BARROW’S GOLDENEYE were seen in a flock of 12-13 immature Goldeneye just offshore from the dam at Chestermere Lake on Mon Oct 9. At least 3 male and 2 female probable sibling hybrids were seen in the group by Terry Korolyk.
At a large slough in the northeast corner of the Hwy 560 – Rge Rd 283 junction Terry saw 17 TRUMPETER SWANS. He saw an adult SNOW GOOSE and an adult TUNDRA SWAN at McElroy Slough on Inverlake Road; then he saw 2 adult TUNDRA SWANS at the slough just east of Shepard on twp Rd 232.
Tim Hopwood watched a PALM WARBLER on the Chevron Pathway at Prince’s Island on Oct 9
Janet Gill saw a HARRIS’ SPARROW south of the main T-junction pathway at Inglewood Bird Sanctuary Oct 9.
Corinne Griffin saw a SWAINSON’S THRUSH just NW of Linden Oct 9
Steve Kassai still had 3 EURASIAN COLLARED DOVES in his yard in North Haven on Oct 9.
Ron Kube saw 8 ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS west of Hwy 22 northwest of Cochrane on Oct 8
A PACIFIC LOON was seen at Barrier Lake in Kananaskis Country on Fri Oct 5. The bird was seen by Joan and Malcolm Macdonald; it was just off the dam of the lake at 5pm.
Bill Wilson saw a male SURF SCOTER in the middle of Glenmore Reservoir in Calgary on Thu Oct 4.
Sun Oct 7, Steve Kassai observed a female HARLEQUIN DUCK at Beaverdam Flats. He found a total of 55 HOODED MERGANSERS while birding Inglewood Bird Sanctuary and the Irrigation Canal between 17 and 50 Ave SE on Fri Oct 5.
A goose that may have been a ROSS’S GOOSE was found by Ron Kube on Sat Oct 6 at Hwy 552 and Rge Rd 274
Andrew Hart reported 4,000 SNOW GEESE and 200 GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE at Stobart Lake southeast of Strathmore on Sun Oct 7.
Ian Halladay reported 150 SNOW GEESE and 35 GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE at the north end of Weed Lake at Langdon on Sun Oct 7. Andrew Hart saw 2 SWANS there on Oct 7
Terry Korolyk saw 3 SWANS at Lac des Arcs on Hwy 1 east of Canmore both Oct 5 and 7.
Bob Lefebre saw 14 COMMON REDPOLLS in St. Andrews Heights in NW Calgary Oct 4
Steve Kassai saw a PALM WARBLER and a HERMIT THRUSH in Beaverdam Flats on Oct 7.
Bill Wilson saw a HERMIT THRUSH and a SWAMP SPARROW at Confederation Park in NW Calgary Oct 6.
Ian Halladay found 34 BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER at Weed Lake on Hwy 560 at Langdon Oct 5.
The next scheduled update of the Bird Alert is on Mon Oct 15.