Birds of Alberta

Birds I have seen so far and been able to photograph ..... 51 so far.....

birds of Alberta

The whole idea of this web-page is simple; at my cabin we see a lot of birds and try to photograph them. Sometimes that is not easy and the book we use is not perfect. So, we hope that visitors to this page will be able to help us where we are not sure about identification. The pictures you see here have been reduced in both size and quality from the original; if I had not done that, you would have to wait until the cows come home before the page would be loaded. This is only for birds which I personally have photographed, both at the cabin and in other parts of Alberta, Canada.

It might help if you use your keyboard's F11 key to show more of the larger picture and text.

You can click on the thumbnail pictures to bring up a larger version (and, in some cases, additional pictures) and click that larger one to return to this index.

This is the BIRD INDEX page.

Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker
Downy Woodpecker Male Purple Finch Dark-Eyed Junco
Yel.Bel.Sapsucker (M) Downy Woodpecker Male Purple Finch Dark-Eyed Junco
White Crowned Sparrow Grey Jay Ruffed Grouse Grey Owl
White Crowned Sparrow Grey Jay Ruffed Grouse Grey Owl
Starlings Blue Jay Chickadee Eastern Phoebe
Starling Blue Jay Chickadee Eastern Phoebe
Flicker White Throated Sparrow Pine Siskin Magpie
Flicker White Throated Sparrow Pine Siskin Magpie
Common Grackle Coopers Hawk Piliated Woodpecker Franklin's Gull
Common Grackle Coopers Hawk Piliated Woodpecker Franklin's Gull
Robin Robin Ring-billed Gull Sharptail Grouse
Robin Rose Breasted Grosbeak Ring-billed Gull Sharptail Grouse
Raven Shoveler Duck Mallard Ducks Sandhill Cranes
Raven Shoveler Duck Mallard Ducks Sandhill Cranes
Ruddy Turnstone Herring Gulls Ring-necked Ducks Sora
Ruddy Turnstone Herring Gulls? Ring-necked Duck Sora
Male Redwinged Blackbird Canada Goose Trumpeter Swans American Crow
Redwinged Blackbird Canada Goose Trumpeter Swans American Crow
American Coot Male House Sparrow House Wren(s) Ruddy Duck
American Coot House Sparrow House Wren Ruddy Duck
Cliff Swallow Bohemian Waxwing Wilson's Warbler White-Winged Crossbill
Cliff Swallow Bohemian Waxwing Wilson's Warbler White-Winged Crossbill
evening grosbeak hoary redpoll common redpoll (m) bald eagle
Evening Grosbeak Hoary Redpoll Common Redpoll(m) Bald Eagle
wilsons snipe Lapland Longspur Great Horned Owl
Wilson's snipe Lapland Longspur Great Horned Owl

Now I must add a few pictures which I found rather amusing:

Gone South for the winter

These birds were most helpful in advising that they were gone for the long, cold, northern winter.

birdhouse

This old boot was home to some swallows and, in 2007, to House Wrens.

Reject Sign

I harvest Diamond Willow sticks and also happen to accumulate "Reject" sticks. I had a tag on the bin where I kept them and the birds, while building their nest, decided that the string holding the "Reject" tag would be good building material. They did not realize how terribly they were insulting their brood.

birds fighting

Just like humans; they just cannot get along. Sad but true.

angry blackbird

This male redwinged blackbird just did not like me at all. Wonder why not.

swan

Not a good picture but something about it I like.

American Coot

This American Coot seemed to be coming back from the party.

bird houses

I just made these out of scraps around the house; wonder if they'll work, summer '08.


This site is most useful for identifying birds; click a name on the left and immediately the bird's picture shows up on the right. Very quick. http://www.birdphotography.com/

This site, the Alberta Museum, tells me that there are 404 bird species in Alberta: http://www.royalalbertamuseum.ca/natural/birds/birdlist/taxon.htm.

There is a LOT of bird material here: http://talkaboutwildlife.ca/ and they have a forum here: http://www.talkaboutwildlife.ca/talk/index.php

Here are two more good links for birders:
http://www.enature.com/home/ http://www.enature.com/fieldguides/intermediate.asp?curGroupID=1

And here is a very unique site where you can copy html code for your bird page:
http://www.enature.com/free/free_content.asp

Here is one more good website about Alberta birds: http://www.camacdonald.com/birding/caalberta.htm.





A few good "bird" links:

http://www.lakegovernment.com/bird_watching/?AdID=4664&gclid=CIasnMGntoICFQLcSQod005fCA

http://birding.about.com/library/weekly/aa010703a.htm

http://www.birdhousekits.com/

how to get Diamond Willow

in fact, tell EVERYBODY!

Diamond Willow Sticks

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