2017

This is the 3rd year for the blog, last year I set a goal to concentrate on getting photos of Calgary birds that I had not managed to photo before and  I managed to get 23 species, bringing my total to 232. 
My goal for this year is to continue looking for new species and to spend some time with some of my favourites, like the Snowy Owls.  We had to delay our annual New Years day Snowy Owl photo hunt due to the weather but the next day we managed to locate 3, one less that previous years but there was a bonus, a Short-eared Owl, a good start to the year, photos of a favourite and a species I had not photographed before.


(Click on the location name below the image to reveal a map of the area where the photo was taken.)

2017 Collection
Greater White-fronted Goose
 Photo taken April 2017 at: Range Rd 254, Irricana
Canada Goose
 Photo taken March 2017 at: Bowmont Park Natural Area
 Photo taken December 2017 at: Bowmont Nature Area
Leucistic Canada Goose
  Photo taken December 2017 at: Bowmont Nature Area
  Photo taken December 2017 at: Bowmont Nature Area
 Photo taken December 2017 at: Bowmont Nature Area
Trumpeter Swan
  Photo taken April 2017 at: Township Rd 273A
 Photo taken April 2017 at: Township Rd 273A
Tundra Swan
 Photo taken April 2017 near: Cochrane Lake
 Photo taken April 2017 near: Cochrane Lake
 Photo taken October 2017 at: Fresno-Boyack Uplands
Wood Duck
 Photo taken May 2017 at: Bowness Park
 Photo taken May 2017 at: Bowness Park
Gadwall
 Photo taken May 2017 at: Range Rd 253, Irricana
American Wigeon
  Photo taken April 2017 at: Childerns Hospital pond
 Photo taken April 2017 at: Childerns Hospital pond
Mallard
 Photo taken January 2017 at: Bowmont Park Natural Area
 Photo taken January 2017 at: Bowmont Park Natural Area
Blue-winged Teal
 Photo taken May 2017 at: Shore Drive, Delacour
Cinnamon Teal
  Photo taken May 2017 at: Range Rd 253, Irricana
  Photo taken May 2017 at: Range Rd 253, Irricana
 Photo taken May 2017 at: Range Rd 253, Irricana
Northern Shoveler
 Photo taken March 2017 at: Bowmont Park Natural Area
Northern Pintail
 Photo taken May 2017 at: Range Rd 254, Irricana
 Photo taken October 2017 at: Fresno-Boyack Uplands
Green-winged Teal
 Photo taken May 2017 near: Bowden, Alberta
 Photo taken May 2017 near: Bowden, Alberta
 Photo taken April 2017 at: Township Rd 264, Irricana
Canvasback
  Photo taken April 2017 at: Bearspaw Rd
 Photo taken May 2017 at: Bearspaw Rd
Redhead
 Photo taken May 2017 at: Township Rd 264, Irricana
 Photo taken April 2017 at: Township Rd 273A
Ring-necked Duck
  Photo taken April 2017 at: Edgemont Wetland
  Photo taken April 2017 at: Edgemont Wetland
 Photo taken April 2017 at: Edgemont Wetland
Lesser Scaup
 Photo taken March 2017 at: Bowmont Park Natural Area
 Photo taken June 2017 at: Edgemont Wetland
Bufflehead
 Photo taken December 2017 at: Carburn Park
 Photo taken January 2017 at: Carburn Park
 Photo taken January 2017 at: Carburn Park
Common Goldeneye
 Photo taken March 2017 at: Bowmont Park Natural Area
 Photo taken March 2017 at: Bowmont Park Natural Area
 Photo taken March 2017 at: Bowmont Park Natural Area
 Photo taken May 2017 at: Al Azhar Property
Barrow's Goldeneye
  Photo taken December 2017 at: Carburn Park
 Photo taken December 2017 at: Carburn Park
 Photo taken January 2017 at: Carburn Park
 Photo taken January 2017 at: Carburn Park
 Photo taken January 2017 at: Carburn Park
Common Merganser
 Photo taken March 2017 at: Bowmont Park Natural Area
 Photo taken March 2017 at: Bowmont Park Natural Area
 Photo taken March 2017 at: Bowmont Park Natural Area
Hooded Merganser
  Photo taken March 2017 at: Bowmont Park Natural Area
  Photo taken March 2017 at: Bowmont Park Natural Area
 Photo taken March 2017 at: Bowmont Park Natural Area
Ruddy Duck
 Photo taken May 2017 at: Bearspaw Rd
Ring-necked Pheasant
 Photo taken February 2017 at: Range Road 254 near Irricana
Gray Partridge
 Photo taken November 2017 at: Silver Springs
Ruffed Grouse
 Photo taken February 2017 at: Brown-Lowery Provincial Park
 Photo taken April 2017 near: Millarville
Dusky Grouse
  Photo taken August 2017 at: Bear Creek Road, West Kelowna
 Photo taken August 2017 at: Bear Creek Road, West Kelowna
Common Loon
 Photo taken May 2017 at: Winchell Lake
Pied-billed Grebe
 Photo taken January 2017 at: Carburn Park
Horned Grebe
 Photo taken May 2017 at: Silverhorn Ridge
Eared Grebe
 Photo taken May 2017 at: Frank Lake
Red-necked Grebe
 Photo taken April 2017 at: Township Rd 264, Irricana
Western Grebe
 Photo taken April 2017 at: Township Rd 264, Irricana
American White Pelican
  Photo taken August 2017 at: Lafarge Meadows
 Photo taken August 2017 at: Lafarge Meadows
Great Blue Heron
 Photo taken July 2017 at: Fish Creek Wastewater Treatment Ponds
White-faced Ibis
 Photo taken May 2017 at: Hiway 567
Osprey
 Photo taken April 2017 at: West Hillhurst
 Photo taken May 2017 at: Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park
Copper's Hawk
 Photo taken August 2017 at: Confederation Park
Northern Harrier
 Photo taken August 2017 at: Township Rd 264
Bald Eagle
 Photo taken January 2017 at: Mallard Point, Fish Creek Provincial Park
 Photo taken July 2017 at: Smith Rock State Park
Broad-winged Hawk
 Photo taken June 2017 at: Twin River Heritage Rangeland Natural Area
Swainson's Hawk
 Photo taken May 2017 at: Range Rd 284, Indus
 Photo taken August 2017 at: Township Rd 274
 Photo taken August 2017 at: Nose Creek Pathway
Red-tailed Hawk
 Photo taken April 2017 at: Township Rd 264, Irricana
 Photo taken April 2017 at: Silverhorn Ridge
Rough-legged Hawk
 Photo taken January 2017 at: 100 st N.E.
 Photo taken December 2017 at: Perrenoud Nature Reserve
Ferruginous Hawk
  Photo taken June 2017 at: Twin River Heritage Rangeland Natural Area
 Photo taken June 2017 at: Twin River Heritage Rangeland Natural Area
Virginia Rail
 Photo taken August 2017 at: Chichester Wetlands Park
Sora
 Photo taken August 2017 at: Lafarge Meadows
 Photo taken August 2017 at: 100 st SE
American Coot
  Photo taken June 2017 at: Edgemont Wetland
 Photo taken June 2017 at: Edgemont Wetland
Black-necked Stilt
 Photo taken April 2017 at: 100 st N.E.
American Avocet
 Photo taken April 2017 at: Range Rd 254, Irricana
Black-bellied Plover
 Photo taken October 2017 at: Fresno-Boyack Uplands
American Golden-Plover
 Photo taken October 2017 at: Fresno-Boyack Uplands
Killdeer
 Photo taken April 2017 at: Silverhorn Ridge
Long-billed Curlew
 Photo taken April 2017 at: Hiway 9 & Hiway 21
Hudsonian Godwit
 Photo taken May 2017 at: Range Rd 261, Irricana
Marbled Godwit
 Photo taken May 2017 at: Range Rd 253, Irricana
Stilt Sandpiper
 Photo taken May 2017 at: Range Rd 261, Irricana
Baird's Sandpiper
 Photo taken August 2017 at: Range Rd 254
Least Sandpiper
 Photo taken July 2017 at: Fresno-Boyack Uplands
Semipalmated Sandpiper
 Photo taken July 2017 at: Fresno-Boyack Uplands
Long-billed Dowitcher
 Photo taken July 2017 at: Fresno-Boyack Uplands
 Photo taken October 2017 at: Fresno-Boyack Uplands
Wilson's Snipe
 Photo taken June 2017 at: Twin River Heritage Rangeland Natural Area
Wilson's Phalarope
  Photo taken May 2017 at: Range Rd 254, Irricana
 Photo taken May 2017 at: Range Rd 254, Irricana
Red-necked Phalarope
 Photo taken August 2017 at: Fresno-Boyack Uplands
Spotted Sandpiper
 Photo taken June 2017 at: Willow Creek Provincial Park
 Photo taken July 2017 at: Fresno-Boyack Uplands
Solitary Sandpiper
Photo taken May 2017 at: Shore Drive, Delacour
 Photo taken August 2017 at: Range Rd 254
Greater Yellowlegs
 Photo taken May 2017 at: Winchell Lake
Willet
 Photo taken May 2017 at: Frank Lake
Lesser Yellowlegs
 Photo taken August 2017 at: 100 st SE
 Photo taken August 2017 at: 100 st SE
  Photo taken May 2017 at: Range Rd 261, Irricana
Bonaparte's Gull
 Photo taken May 2017 at: Township Rd 264, Irricana
Franklin's Gull
 Photo taken May 2017 at: Hiway 567
Ring-billed Gull
  Photo taken March 2017 at: Mallard Point, Fish Creek Provincial Park
 Photo taken March 2017 at: Mallard Point, Fish Creek Provincial Park
California Gull
  Photo taken June 2017 at: Frank Lake
 Photo taken June 2017 at: Frank Lake
Herring Gull
 Photo taken April 2017 at: Range Road 261 near Irricana
Glaucous-winged Gull
 Photo taken July 2017 at: Steveston Waterfront
Rock Pigeon
 Photo taken January 2017 at: Elliston Regional Park
Eurasian Collared-Dove
 Photo taken August 2017 at: Butt Road, West Kelowna
Mourning Dove
  Photo taken June 2017 at: Willow Creek Provincial Park
  Photo taken June 2017 at: Willow Creek Provincial Park
 Photo taken June 2017 at: Willow Creek Provincial Park
Great Horned Owl
 Photo taken September 2017 at: Range Rd 261
 Photo taken April 2017 at: Bearspaw Rd
 Photo taken May 2017 at: Baker Park
Snowy Owl
 Photo taken March 2017 at: Township Road 272A near Irricana
 Photo taken January 2017 at: Township Road 280 near Irricana 
Great Gray Owl
 Photo taken June 2017 at: Perrenoud Nature Reserve
Long-Eared Owl
 Photo taken January 2017 at: Elliston Regional Park
 Photo taken January 2017 at: Elliston Regional Park
Short-eared Owl
 Photo taken April 2017 at: Range Road 272 near Irricana
 Photo taken January 2017 at: Range Road 264 near Irricana
Calliope Hummingbird
 Photo taken May 2017 at: Weaselhead Natural Area
Belted Kingfisher
 Photo taken June 2017 at: Nose Creek Pathway
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
 Photo taken May 2017 at: Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park
Red-naped Sapsucker
 Photo taken June 2017 at: Perrenoud Nature Reserve
Red-breasted Sapsucker
 Photo taken July 2017 at: Nanaimo B.C.
Downy Woodpecker
 Photo taken January 2017 at: Carburn Park
 Photo taken January 2017 at: Bowmont Park Natural Area
Hairy Woodpecker
 Photo taken February 2017 at: Bowmont Park Natural Area
Hairy Woodpecker
 Photo taken December 2017 at: Baker Park
American Three-toed Woodpecker
 Photo taken February 2017 at: Brown-Lowery Provincial Park
Black-backed Woodpecker
 Photo taken November 2017 at: Perrenoud Nature Reserve
Northern Flicker
 Photo taken January 2017 at: Silver Springs
Pileated Woodpecker
 Photo taken January 2017 at: Perrenoud Nature Reserve
American Kestrel
 Photo taken July 2017 at: Smith Rock State Park
Merlin
 Photo taken January 2017 at: Bowmont Park Natural Area
 Photo taken April 2017 at: Township Rd 273A
Prairie Falcon
 Photo taken January 2017 at: Township Road 273 near Irricana
 Photo taken January 2017 at: Township Road 273 near Irricana
Western Wood-peewee
 Photo taken May 2017 at: Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park
Alder Flycatcher
 Photo taken June 2017 at: Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park
Willow Flycatcher
 Photo taken May 2017 at: Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park
 Photo taken July 2017 at: Grouse Mountain, B.C.
Least Flycatcher
 Photo taken May 2017 at: Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park
Hammond's Flycatcher
 Photo taken July 2017 at: Calliope Crossing
Pacific-Slope Flycatcher
 Photo taken August 2017 at: Bertram Creek Regional Park
Eastern Phobe
 Photo taken April 2017 at: Silverhorn Ridge
Say's Phoebe
 Photo taken May 2017 near: Bowden, Alberta
Western Kingbird
 Photo taken June 2017 at: Willow Creek Provincial Park
Eastern Kingbird
 Photo taken May 2017 at: Al Azhar Property
Loggerhead Shrike
 Photo taken May 2017 at: Township Rd 184, near High River
Northern Shrike
 Photo taken January 2017 at: Bowmont Park Natural Area
Blue-headed Vireo
 Photo taken June 2017 at: Perrenoud Nature Reserve
Warbling Vireo
 Photo taken May 2017 at: Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park
 Photo taken August 2017 at: Confederation Park
Red-eye Vireo
 Photo taken August 2017 at: Confederation Park
 Photo taken June 2017 at: Edworthy Park
Gray Jay
 Photo taken January 2017 at: Perrenoud Nature Reserve
 Photo taken February 2017 at: Perrenoud Nature Reserve
 Photo taken November 2017 at: Perrenoud Nature Reserve
Blue Jay
 Photo taken February 2017 at: Bowmont Park Natural Area
 Photo taken November 2017 at: Silver Springs
Black-billed Magpie
 Photo taken January 2017 at: Silver Springs
 Photo taken January 2017 at: Carburn Park
Clark's Nutcracker
 Photo taken August 2017 at: Bertram Creek Regional Park
American Crow
 Photo taken March 2017 at: Confederation Park
Common Raven
 Photo taken February 2017 at: Bearspaw Road
Horned Lark
  Photo taken June 2017 at: Twin River Heritage Rangeland Natural Area
 Photo taken June 2017 at: Twin River Heritage Rangeland Natural Area
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
 Photo taken July 2017 at: Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park
Tree Swallow
 Photo taken May 2017 at: Inglewood Bird Sanctuary
Violet-green Swallow
  Photo taken April 2017 at: Quarry Park, Kelowna
 Photo taken April 2017 at: Quarry Park, Kelowna
Bank Swallow
 Photo taken May 2017 at: Inglewood Bird Sanctuary
Barn Swallow
 Photo taken June 2017 at: Frank Lake
Cliff Swallows
 Photo taken May 2017 at: Weaselhead Natural Area
Black-capped Chickadee
 Photo taken November 2017 at: Baker Park
Mountain Chickadee
 Photo taken February 2017 at: Silver Springs
 Photo taken February 2017 at: Silver Springs
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
 Photo taken July 2017 at: Nanaimo B.C.
Boreal Chickadee
 Photo taken December 2017 at: Baker Park
Red-breasted Nuthatch
 Photo taken January 2017 at: Baker Park
White-breasted Nuthatch
 Photo taken January 2017 at: Carburn Park
Brown Creeper
 Photo taken November 2017 at: Baker Park
Rock Wren
 Photo taken June 2017 at: Midland Provincial Park
House Wren
 Photo taken May 2017 near: Bowden, Alberta
American Dipper
 Photo taken December 2017 at: Baker Park
Golden-Crowned Kinglet
 Photo taken January 2017 at: Elliston Regional Park
 Photo taken January 2017 at: Elliston Regional Park
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
 Photo taken April 2017 at: 12 Mile Coulee Rd
Western Bluebird
  Photo taken April 2017 at: Bertram Creek Regional Park, Kelowna
 Photo taken April 2017 at: Bertram Creek Regional Park, Kelowna
Mountain Bluebird
 Photo taken April 2017 at: Township Rd 273A
 Photo taken March 2017 at: Springbank Road
Townsend's Solitarie
 Photo taken December 2017 at: Carburn Park
Swainson's Thrush
 Photo taken June 2017 at: Perrenoud Nature Reserve
American Robin
 Photo taken March 2017 at: Confederation Park
Grey Catbird
 Photo taken June 2017 at: Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park
Brown Thrasher
 Photo taken June 2017 at: Midland Provincial Park
European Starling
 Photo taken May 2017 at: Inglewood Bird Sanctuary
American Pipit
 Photo taken September 2017 at: Township Rd 262
Cedar Waxwing
 Photo taken June 2017 at: Willow Creek Provincial Park
Snow Bunting
 Photo taken January 2017 at: Range Road 232 near Rockyford
 Photo taken January 2017 at: Range Road 232 near Rockyford
 Photo taken January 2017 at: Perrenoud Nature Reserve
Ovenbird
 Photo taken June 2017 at: Perrenoud Nature Reserve
Northern Waterthrush
 Photo taken September 2017 at: Confederation Park
Tennessee Warbler
 Photo taken May 2017 at: Winchell Lake
Orange-crowned Warbler
 Photo taken May 2017 at: Silver Springs
MacGillivray's Warbler
 Photo taken September 2017 at: Confederation Park
Mourning Warbler
 Photo taken August 2017 at: Confederation Park
Common Yellowthroat
 Photo taken June 2017 at: Midland Provincial Park
Magnolia Warbler
  Photo taken August 2017 at: Confederation Park
 Photo taken August 2017 at: Confederation Park
Yellow Warbler
 Photo taken June 2017 at: Bowmont Park
Blackpoll Warbler
 Photo taken August 2017 at: Confederation Park
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)
 Photo taken May 2017 at: Bowmont Park Natural Area
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's)
 Photo taken April 2017 at: Bertram Creek Regional Park, Kelowna
Wilson's Warbler
 Photo taken June 2017 at: Mount Lorette Ponds
Townsend's Warbler
 Photo taken August 2017 at: Bowness Park
American Tree Sparrow
 Photo taken January 2017 at: Range Road 273A near Irricana
 Photo taken January 2017 at: Range Road 273A near Irricana
Chipping Sparrow
 Photo taken May 2017 at: Silver Springs
Clay-colored Sparrow
 Photo taken May 2017 at: Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park
Lark Sparrow
 Photo taken July 2017 at: Sister's, Oregon
Dark-eyed Junco
 Photo taken March 2017 at: Bowness Park
 Photo taken April 2017 near: Millarville
White-crowned Sparrow
 Photo taken May 2017 at: Baker Park
White-throated Sparrow
 Photo taken May 2017 near: Bowden, Alberta
Vesper Sparrow
 Photo taken May 2017 at: Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park
Savannah Sparrow
 Photo taken May 2017 near: Bowden, Alberta
Song Sparrow
 Photo taken April 2017 at: Baker Park
 Photo taken April 2017 at: Maude Roxby Wetlands
Lincoln's Sparrow
 Photo taken May 2017 at: Inglewood Bird Sanctuary
 Photo taken May 2017 at: Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park
Spotted Towhee
 Photo taken April 2017 at: Quarry Park, Kelowna
Western Tanager
 Photo taken July 2017 at: Calliope Crossing
Rose-Breasted Grosbeak
 Photo taken May 2017 at: Winchell Lake
Black-headed Grosbeak
   Photo taken July 2017 at: Calliope Crossing
 Photo taken July 2017 at: Camp Polk Meadows Preserve
Red-winged Blackbird
 Photo taken April 2017 at: Bearspaw Rd
 Photo taken May 2017 at: Frank Lake
Red-winged Blackbird
 Photo taken June 2017 at: Edgemont Wetland
Western Meadowlark
 Photo taken May 2017 at: 104 St NE, Calgary
Yellow-headed Blackbird
 Photo taken May 2017 at: Frank Lake
Brewer's Blackbird
  Photo taken May 2017 at: Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park
 Photo taken May 2017 at: Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park
 Common Grackle
 Photo taken May 2017 at: Bearspaw Rd
Brown-headed Cowbird
  Photo taken May 2017 at: McKinnon Flats
 Photo taken May 2017 at: McKinnon Flats
Bullock's Oriole
 Photo taken June 2017 at: Willow Creek Provincial Park
 Photo taken July 2017 at: Smith Rock State Park
Baltimore Oriole
 Photo taken May 2017 near: Bowden, Alberta
Pine Grosbeak
Photo taken February 2017 at: Weaselhead Natural Area
Pine Grosbeak
 Photo taken November 2017 at: Baker Park
House Finch
 Photo taken July 2017 at: Silver Springs
 Photo taken May 2017 at: Silver Springs
White-winged Crossbill
 Photo taken January 2017 at: Queen's Park Cemetery
 Photo taken January 2017 at: Queen's Park Cemetery
  Photo taken December 2017 at: Baker Park
 Photo taken December 2017 at: Baker Park
Common Redpoll
  Photo taken February 2017 at: Weaselhead Natural Area
 Photo taken February 2017 at: Weaselhead Natural Area
Pine Siskin
 Photo taken February 2017 at: Baker Park
American Goldfinch
 Photo taken June 2017 at: Midland Provincial Park
 Photo taken August 2017 at: Silver Springs
House Sparrow
 Photo taken January 2017 at: Silver Springs
 Photo taken January 2017 at: Silver Springs
Pygmy Nuthatch
 Photo taken April 2017 at: Quarry Park, Kelowna
California Quail
 Photo taken April 2017 at: Maude Roxby Wetlands