We arrived at the site in SE Calgary at 8:30 and, initially, the only birds around were Common Redpoll and House Sparrow. A pair of Gray Partridges were flushed and then we came across a mixed flock which contained the Harris's Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbirds and a White-crowned Sparrow.
Flush with success, we stopped for a coffee and Phil noted that we were only a couple of minutes away from Bob Lefebvre's place where a Varied Thrush has been spending the winter. We headed to Bob's and found the Varied Thrush soon thereafter ... we felt we were on a roll. To make a long story short, the roll ended right there and we had no luck with falcons.