My Winter Bird Photo Album – 2018

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After a very mild start to winter, Calgary paid for it in spades during February and early March with temps consistently in the -20C range. With that and general family activities, I haven’t got up to much birding locally, but nonetheless got to enjoy some birds that seem to be more conspicuous in the winter such as the cute Golden-crowned Kinglet:

And a few White-winged Crossbills:

That were accompanied by a couple of Red-breasted Nuthatches:

On one very cold morning outing, I came across a small flock of House Finches in a frost-laden tree:

It is so nice to hear them singing again now…spring must be near!

I also made a trip out west to Kananaskis Country where I spent a very pleasant 30 minutes watching a confiding American Dipper scour the rocks in a frigid river for insect larvae:

Another trip to the outskirts of Calgary netted this lone Boreal Chickadee amongst a large flock of Black-capped Chickadees:

However, the highlight was a single male American Three-toed Woodpecker that a pair of fellow birders alerted me to:

Finally, it wouldn’t be winter for me unless we had some Redpolls….

but I had to wait until March to see a few, but it was worth it. I just love their colouring, especially the males!:

3 Responses

  1. gilda blackmore

    WOW! Thank you for these. That third Golden-crowned Kinglet pic took my breath away!

  2. Garry A Davey

    Stunning photos Tim, love the kinglets, around there they’re too fast for me, my photos are often a bit blurry. Thanks for sharing your lovely work!

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