Christmas Bird Count (CBC)

On Sunday December 17, I participated in the Chirstmas Bird Count.  Started in 1900 this is the oldest citizen science project in North America, and the 66th year the count has been held in Calgary.  It was a fairly windy day with very little sun, but there were still a few birds on the river. We counted 23 Redheads tying the altime record as well as having a good number of 5 Trumpeter Swans. Another highlight was 6 Ring-necked Ducks an uncommon bird along the Bow in the winter.

Trumpeter Swan

There was still more to be seen so after a quick stop at Tim Hortons we were back birding. We walked in the opposite direction that we came from hoping to find some new birds incuding our main target Killdeer. The walk to the boat launch was fairly dissapointing with very few waterfowl on the river, though we did manage to get good looks at a Black-capped Chickadee a bird that we saw in high numbers this year.

Black-capped Chickadee

As we walked down the trail I heard the unmistakable call of a Killdeer I looked as one flew along the bank followed by two more. In total three Killdeer!! We needed one more species to get to 30 on the day thats when we decided to go up the hill to the strip mall where I saw three flyover European Starlings. We finished the day with 30 nspecies not a bad total for an Alberta winter.



* = Bird Seen by my Group


Cackling Goose 17

Canada Goose 11145*

Trumpeter Swan 5*

Tundra Swan 2

Wood Duck 1

Gadwall 3

American Wigeon 6*

Mallard 12513*

Northern Pintail 2

Redhead 23*

Ring-necked Duck 6*

Lesser Scaup 6*

Harlequin Duck 1

Bufflehead 227*

Common Goldeneye 751*

Barrow’s Goldeneye 3*

Hooded Merganser 3

Common Merganser 159*

Red-breasted Merganser 1

Gray Partridge 46

Ring-necked Pheasant 4

Ruffed Grouse 2

Double-crested Cormorant 1*

Bald Eagle 34*

Sharp-shinned Hawk 5

Rough-legged Hawk 3

Merlin 16*

Prairie Falcon 1

Killdeer 3*

Rock Pigeon 1843*

Eurasian Collared-Dove 36

Great Horned Owl 7*

Belted Kingfisher 2

Downy Woodpecker 177*

Hairy Woodpecker 36*

Northern Flicker 210*

Pileated Woodpecker 1

Northern Shrike 7

Blue Jay 111

Black-billed Magpie 2689*

American Crow 105*

Common Raven 858*

Black-capped Chickadee 1852*

Boreal Chickadee 2

Red-breasted Nuthatch 293*

White-breasted Nuthatch 80*

Brown Creeper 11

American Dipper 1

Golden-crowned Kinglet 10

Townsend’s Solitaire 6

American Robin 114*

European Starling 92*

Bohemian Waxwing 111

Cedar Waxwing 34

Dark-eyed Junco 110

Pine Grosbeak 77

Purple Finch 3

House Finch 877

Red Crossbill 7

White-winged Crossbill 175

Common Redpoll 147*

Pine Siskin 50

American Goldfinch  1

House Sparrow 5680*


Count Week Species (not recoreded on CBC)

* =  Bird I’ve seen during count week

Pied-billed Grebe*

American Three-toed Woodpecker




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