May13 2015 Calgary/Frank Lake and the sloughs south of Calgary.
Overcast Windy 12c
|Black-necked Stilt with Marbled Godwit|
we were able top notch up nearly fifty species including a lifer, the White-faced Ibis. David tells me the ibis started to visit the area only in the past decade and have returned each year since. We photographed them at Frank's Lake but they can also be found in many roadside sloughs, especially on the quieter backroads. There are also numerous places on BC where the ibis can also be photographed, those locations are posted on vanbcbirds and other BC forums.
|White-faced Ibis showing iridescent wings at Frank Lake|
|Franklin's Gull. Frank Lake|
There was quite a wind all day and many of the birds were in the air going about their business albeit somewhat erratically or so it seemed. The wind kept the mosquitos away, except in one spot out of the wind where within seconds I was bitten.
|Forster's Tern. Frank Lake|
|Spotted Sandpiper Roadside Slough.|
|Marsh Wren Frank Lake|
Some of the more interesting birds seen on our day out including 21 new birds for my 2015 year list
American White Pelican*
2015 year List (170 Canadian species to date)
* New year birds
"It's never too late to start birding"
Langley/Cloverdale BC Canada