Forages on the ground and in low vegetation. Photo by Gord Smith. Speaking of hard workers, this Osprey was taking trips to and from the new nest all morning, each time taking more and more branches in to build up the nest to an appropriate size, wedging them into the nest each time. Gord Smith was inspired by these photos to go and see what he could find. Mountain Chickadee: Medium chickadee, gray upperparts, black cap and bib, white cheeks and nape, and pale gray underparts. White eye-ring is broken. Throat and breast are yellow, breast band is chestnut-brown and black, belly and undertail coverts are white. Gray eye-ring is indistinct. Wilson’s Phalarope, Frank Lake, June 25, 2017. It may be worth checking for it if you’re in the area. Crown is darker blue with a purple tint. Eyes are orange-red and bill is long and decurved. Scarlet Tanager: Medium tanager with brilliant red body, black wings, tail. Tail is short. Yellow Warbler (male), Bowmont Park, May 2017. Wings are brown with chestnut-brown patches. Wings are gray-brown with rufous primaries. When its range overlaps with the Golden-winged Warrbler, it often interbreeds with or displaces it. See this post for guidelines. Cornell Labs All About Birds Online Field Guide. Yellow-headed Blackbird, Frank Lake, June 25, 2017. Golden-winged Warbler: Small warbler with gray upperparts and white underparts. Enter your email address to receive notifications of new blog posts by email. It's an excellent place to read about recent sightings, share your lists and report rare birds. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! Photo by Tony LePrieur. Birds & Beers is a social get-together open to any interested birders. Black bill has creamy pink base on lower mandible. Head has black hood, and yellow face. Head has dark gray cap and sharply contrasting white eyebrow and cheek stripe. Website: Nature hikes in the Calgary area, Kananaskis, and the mountain National Parks, led by John McFaul and Julia Millen. Bill, legs and feet are black. Cedar Waxwing, Fish Creek Park, June 18, 2017. His back is a browny gray with little or no streaking. Secretive, heard rather than seen. Southern birds have light brown upperparts and buff underparts. Blue-winged Warbler: Medium-sized warbler with olive-green upperparts and yellow underparts. Feeds on insects, spiders, small reptiles, fruits, seeds and berries. Song Sparrow, Bowmont Park, May 2017. The pond at the back of the quarry which is usually unbelievably productive turned up next to nothing for us. In spring breeding season, males have rusty streaks on the breast and flanks, a bright yellow face with conspicuous black eyes, and yellow upperparts. Gray legs and feet. Personalized birding and wildlife tours in southern Alberta, led by Daniel Arndt. Upper mandible is dark gray, while lower mandible is pale pink with black tip. Gray legs, feet. Head and nape are blue. Throat and chin are white. Forages in thickets, trees and shrubs for insects, their eggs and larvae. The female (shown in foreground) has green upperparts, yellow-green underparts and dark wings. Yellow Warbler, Fish Creek Park, July 3, 2017. Wings are dark with two white bars. Brown underparts are lightly barred on flanks, belly, and undertail. Its flight is weak and fluttering, alternates rapid wing beats with periods of wings drawn to its sides. Calliope Hummingbird, Weaselhead. Face is white with black mask and throat, and head has a yellow crown. Swift direct flight with quick wing strokes. Head has black-and-white striped crown, white face, black eyestripe and a pointed bill. Tail is long and scissor-like, black above with white outer edges and white below with black inner edges. Black-and-white, Townsend’s, Magnolia, Canada, Blackburnian, Mourning and Cape May Warblers have all been reported, among others. Legs and feet are gray-black. Tail is very short and held upright. Long, round-tipped tail is edged with white. Black bill is long and wide, and lower mandible is bright yellow. They are known to build another nest on top of an old one when Brown Cowbird eggs appear in it, which can result in up to six different layers. Hi! Yellow WarblerPentax K-5 + Sigma [email protected]/800sec., ƒ/8.0, ISO 1600. Legs and feet are black. Pine Warbler: Medium warbler with plain olive-gray upperparts, yellow throat and breast, blurry-streaked sides, and white belly and undertail coverts. Photo by Tony LePrieur. Song not whistled like other chickadees, more like a sparrow chipping. Yellow Warblers can be seen around the city from mid May to mid September. Bill is thin and slightly decurved. They spend most of their time in the tops of tall fir and pine trees, making them difficult to see. Photo by Gord Smith. Photo by Gord Smith. Due to Covid-19, Birds & Beers events have been cancelled. Cornell Labs All About Birds Online Field Guide. Wings are black with white markings, and tail is long and black with white corners. Black-capped Chickadee: Medium-sized, stocky chickadee with pale gray upperparts and breast and pale olive-brown underparts. Photos taken June 4-5, 2016 in Bridlewood, the Weaselhead, and at Frank Lake. Summer Tanager: Large tanager, dark-red overall with a large, pale gray bill. Weak fluttering flight on shallow wing beats. Sunday Showcase: Summer in Alberta, Part 1, Sunday Showcase: Fish Creek and Carburn Parks, U of C Peregrine Falcons, 1995-2015 (pdf). Tail is short and wings have two bars. The Calgary Chapter, organized by Dan Arndt and a few other local birders, usually meets once a month. Eastern Bluebird: Small thrush with bright blue upperparts, rust-brown throat and breast, and white belly and vent. Photo by Tony LePrieur. Below is the nesting bird again. Have you seen a flash of yellow in your yard lately? Legs and feet are pink. Cliff Swallows, collecting mud to build their nests. The best bird guide and bird watching search engine to identify birds in the world. Northern Mockingbird: This medium-sized bird has gray upperparts, paler gray underparts and a faint eye line. Tony LePrieur took these great photos of a huge Brown-headed Cowbird fledgling being fed by its foster parent, a male Yellow Warbler. Sexes are similar. And this Warbling Vireo may be even younger – just fledged! This bird was busily flitting from the saskatoons and lilac shrubs to the poplar trees in my yard. Dickcissel: Medium-sized, stocky, sparrow-like bird. The wings and tail are gray. Wings and spectacularly long, deeply forked tail are black. Short, bounding flight, alternates several rapid wing beats with wings pulled to sides. The male (shown in background) has a bronze-green back, bright red eyering, rump and underparts. It's an excellent place to read about recent sightings, share your lists and report rare birds. All of them are small birds with long, thin bills used for snapping up insects and larvae. Perhaps one of the easiest to identify is the Yellow Warbler, which has more yellow in its plumage than any other member of the family. Head has bright orange crown patch bordered with yellow and black, white eyebrows and black bill. Spectacles are yellow. Feeds on insects. Golden-crowned Kinglet: Very small, warbler-like bird, olive-green to gray upperparts and pale breast. They are known to build another nest on top of an old one when Brown Cowbird eggs appear in it, which can result in up to six different layers. It is hard to see, but he also has yellow on the flank and undertail coverts. Swainson’s HawkPentax K-5 + Sigma [email protected]/1000sec., ƒ/10.0, ISO 800. BirdYYC2020 Challenge – In the Homestretch! logo design courtesy of The Haller Company.