Tuesday, August 6, 2013

All About the Birds--Canada Edition

One just shouldn’t travel without their binoculars.  Luckily, I didn’t.  Of course, being a birder, one does travel with purpose.  In Canada, there were birds to be seen at every venue.

We noticed that there were several communities where houses were placed to attract and provide shelter for particular species.  In Golden, BC, we found a house near the airstrip housing a Tree Swallow.
Again, the community of Brule, AB placed a number of houses and nearly every one was occupied by Tree Swallows.  We concluded this must be a specific conservation effort.

Did you know that the Canadian Dollar is known as the Loonie?  Common Loons are found on the lakes and ponds all over Canada.

One of the birds everyone and every piece of literature told us for who to look was Barrow’s Goldeneye.  We found a hen and her brood on a quiet roadside pond.

Clark’s Nutcrackers are not shy around people.  This one was found at Lake Louise.

Finally, Hinton, AB has developed a system of trails that wander through beaver ponds.  On the main pond sat a Ring Necked Duck and his mate.

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