We have had some outings over the last few days but with little success. Last Thursday evening, we went looking for a Northern Flying Squirrel that frequents a feeder after dark in North Glenore Park. It was a beautiful evening – probably too nice as a couple of kids and their dog were noisily playing nearby. We waited an hour but no squirrel, our only consolation was a Ruffed Grouse wandering nearby in the darkness.
On Friday, Mike and Phil picked up the Harlequin Duck at Inglewood – a catch-up bird for them – and then Bob Saunders and I joined them for another falconless drive. On Saturday, Phil, Bob and I went “quilling” – searching for a Porcupine that Ray had seen earlier in the year. The habitat north of Calgary was quite extensive and there were many bushes near the road that had been munched on by porcupines. However, it was like looking for needles in a haystack and we came up empty. We did see lots of American Tree Sparrows as well many Mule Deer.We then went for a walk in Big Hill Springs Provincial Park. There were very few birds but it was a wonderful walk through the forest. The weather turned nasty – snowing with high winds – but we decided to continue our quilling. While Phil stopped for gas at a country station, I picked up a couple of coffees. The cashier asked, “you going a long way today?” to which I replied, “no, I’m birdwatching” and then, to my surprise he responded, “birding, eh … you doing a big year?”!
We made one more pass through porcupine country and saw nothing but a couple of Moose and a pair of Rough-legged Hawks.
We have recorded 125 birds and 12 mammals for a total of 137 species.Brian