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.
|Yel.Bel.Sapsucker (M)||Downy Woodpecker||Male Purple Finch||Dark-Eyed Junco|
|White Crowned Sparrow||Grey Jay||Ruffed Grouse||Grey Owl|
|Starling||Blue Jay||Chickadee||Eastern Phoebe|
|Flicker||White Throated Sparrow||Pine Siskin||Magpie|
|Common Grackle||Coopers Hawk||Piliated Woodpecker||Franklin's Gull|
|Robin||Rose Breasted Grosbeak||Ring-billed Gull||Sharptail Grouse|
|Raven||Shoveler Duck||Mallard Ducks||Sandhill Cranes|
|Ruddy Turnstone||Herring Gulls?||Ring-necked Duck||Sora|
|Redwinged Blackbird||Canada Goose||Trumpeter Swans||American Crow|
|American Coot||House Sparrow||House Wren||Ruddy Duck|
|Cliff Swallow||Bohemian Waxwing||Wilson's Warbler||White-Winged Crossbill|
|Evening Grosbeak||Hoary Redpoll||Common Redpoll(m)||Bald Eagle|
|Wilson's snipe||Lapland Longspur||Great Horned Owl|
These birds were most helpful in advising that they were gone for the long, cold, northern winter.
This old boot was home to some swallows and, in 2007, to House Wrens.
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.
Just like humans; they just cannot get along. Sad but true.
This male redwinged blackbird just did not like me at all. Wonder why not.
Not a good picture but something about it I like.
This American Coot seemed to be coming back from the party.
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:
And here is a very unique site where you can copy html code for your bird page:
Here is one more good website about Alberta birds: http://www.camacdonald.com/birding/caalberta.htm.