We are away for the winter in Panama enjoying a warmer climate, as well as some spectacular birding, so this month’s post takes us back to one of our favourite summertime destinations in Alberta!
Psssst! Wanna hear a little secret? Bow Valley Provincial Park is a hidden gem in Alberta.
The park is only 33 sq. km but it is packed with a dense variety of habitat, wildlife and birds. We go there early in the morning from time-to-time (while the masses visit Lake Louise and Banff) and we never seem to be disappointed!
This Lincoln Sparrow stayed hidden most of the time but every once in a while he popped up onto branch and posed for a second or two (with a yummy breakfast in its beak).
Willow Flycatchers are often overlooked and/or confused with other species. There are several that look the same and it’s difficult to tell them apart from one another, but this little guy gave himself away by repeating his song over and over! He was very cooperative and posed several times for the camera, often approaching us at close range.
Who doesn’t like a Yellow Warbler? This boisterous male was hanging out in the same willow thicket as the Willow Flycatcher. Yellow Warblers are pretty common but they have this knack for dashing in and out of bushes a few seconds before you can click the shutter button on the camera. Patience won the battle for us today, however. Gotcha!
Over 220 species have been recorded in Bow Valley Provincial Park according to ebird. Check here for a complete list of recent sightings: ebird.org/ebird/hotspot/L430045
Marcy & Ray Stader