Category Archives: Bird Canada

A Winter of Content – Birding Calgary Nov 2016 to Jan 2017

The city of Calgary had somewhat extended autumnal weather (i.e. above zero temps, no snow) lasting until late November, which meant that waterfowl migrating south were able to enjoy open ponds for longer than normal. Taking advantage of this, I … Continue reading

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T.O. Backyard – Screech Owls

Good day!  Is it too late to wish you all a “Happy New Year”? Here we are in January 2017.  The backyard so far for this year has been average, but let me tell you about how it ended in … Continue reading

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T.O. BACKYARD – XMAS BIRD COUNT FOR KIDS

This morning Rob and I took part in our first ever Christmas Bird Count for Bird Studies Canada. It was taking place at an area we have been birding for over a decade, The Humber Areboretum, and the organizers there, … Continue reading

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The Birds of Bow Valley Provincial Park

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?  … Continue reading

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Notes From a NW Ontario Backyard – November 2016

Someone Flipped The Winter Switch! Hello again!  It is most definitely winter up here in NW Ontario.  In the past 3 days, we’ve gone from heavy rain to heavy freezing rain (about a 1/2 inch worth!) and now to blowing … Continue reading

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Four Seasons in Four Weeks – Birding Calgary in Fall 2016

Birding this past month in the Calgary area has – due to a variety of weather patterns – presented a lot of opportunities to photograph many species under different conditions. A particular favorite of mine is the always striking Wood … Continue reading

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T.O. Backyard – Giving Back

Hello! And welcome back to the T.O. Backyard here in the Bird Canada Blog. This month I’d like to share something a little different, stepping entirely away from our backyard. I call this blog “Giving Back” because that is what … Continue reading

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Vermillion Lakes — Beyond the Iconic Landscape

  When most people think of Vermillion Lakes near Banff, an image of Mount Rundle (one of Banff’s most recognizable mountains), usually comes to mind.  But there is a hidden side to this magical place–a wild side that can be revealed … Continue reading

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Birds & Tailings Ponds – a deadly combination

Imagine you’re a bird in flight, high in the sky, heading from your wintering grounds in South America to the Boreal Forest, along with a dozen other birds. You make the journey every year because that forest is your breeding … Continue reading

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Notes From a NW Ontario Backyard – October 2016

Hello again! I sure hope everyone has been enjoying this wonderful autumn season.  I dearly love autumn …. I just wish it would last a little longer.  Like spring, it seems to be gone in a flash.  Our tree colors … Continue reading

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