Today’s Birds: April 11, 2017

Frank’s Flats 10:00 am

No fewer than thirty male Goldeneyes today and not a single good photograph! Regardless, it was a wonderful experience watching them dance around the few females (not an accurate count because there were also a large number of Common Mergansers in the mix).

There were more male Lesser Scaups today, but I could only identify two females.  Also, more Redheads.  It was a great morning at Frank’s Flats, with the water looking mercurial due to the atmosphere of soft cloud over sun.  For some reason the mud was stirred up along the water’s edge, sort of a strange phenomena.  Geese followed me for the entire circumference of the pond, like a flotilla of approval.  “Just thought we’d keep our eye on you.”

First siting of a Coot for the season and an enjoyable time watching trees full of Common Starlings.


Max and I begin every morning, stopping to watch the nesting Merlins.  Today, this guy was enjoying watching me.


The courting action for the Red Winged Blackbirds is in full swing!


This was a beauty.


Stick?  Max’s ACL has healed adequately enough, I let him go for a bit of a run on the flats and leash him up once we are edging the pond so as not to disturb the nesting birds.


Starlings wrapped around tree branches, everywhere.  Once and awhile they would lift off…amazing stuff, this nature-thing!


Wanted to pick up on some markings.  This wasn’t a bad zoom.


Not perfectly focused, but the camouflaging on the Northern Flicker is so amazing…had to post.



There’s a single Wigeon in this picture.  Can you spot it?  I’m so sad that I didn’t get some comical shots of the Goldeneyes today.


Still trying for a clear photo of the Scaups.


Two gents with their lady-friend….three more males were just out of this frame.


I think it snowed a bit last night…would that have caused this weird phenomena?


Redheads romancing.  Lovely birds and a little less wary of me.

Northern Flicker and Chickadees

House Sparrows


Alright, so, even though my feeder has been inundated with hordes of house sparrows, I am announcing that over the past two days, other species are attempting to feed, if not, visit the back yard.  I was most thrilled that, while working in the studio yesterday, I heard the song of the chickadees and watched a large adult sitting on George Duncan’s sculpture in the back.  I also heard an unfamiliar song of another bird, but couldn’t find it in the bustling activity of the yard.  Unfortunately, I am also being visited quite regularly by a feral cat, a beaut that I would gladly adopt, if I could ever grab him/her.

Today, I had the visit of a female northern flicker.  Amazing!  Such a beautiful bird!  She sat on the studio roof and watched the chaos of the sparrows and then went on her way.  I’m not certain what birders would recommend to make my space more appealing and bird-friendly.  Every day I make certain there is fresh water here and there and certainly there is lots of variety for them.  I’m watching for information on this site to become more familiar with the Calgary birds and their correct identification.  One day I really really want to take a birding course!