Ahhh, autumn birding…I love it! Those who have followed my posts the past few years will know my love of autumn and the lush, saturated yellows and reds that it brings to Calgary’s parks and gardens. Not only does the city look marvelous, but so do the birds against these colourful backdrops, making for excellent autumn birding.
When a park looks like this (Carburn Park, in east Calgary. Photo taken with my cellphone):
All you have to do is find the birds and you should be rewarded shots that are little more appealing than usual:
During one visit to Carburn Park I came across a newly-fallen tree (that appeared to have been blown over during one of the very windy days we have had lately) that was something of a magnet for the local wood peckers including this Downy Woodpecker:
An unexpected highlight was a lone Palm Warbler mixed in amongst a flock of chickadees. If not for the incessant tail-bobbing I would have dismissed the Palm for a much more common Yellow-rumped Warbler:
Autumn also means the tail-end of the major southerly migration of summer migrants and as such there are still a good number of gulls, thrushes and waterfowl about (a few will over-winter), such as this Bonaparte’s Gull:
On one particular morning I attempted to locate & photograph some 30 migrating Rusty Blackbirds that had been reported earlier in the week. However, by the time the weekend had rolled around and I could head out there were only a handful left, but one is better than none!:
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