Today we surpassed their 131 total, albeit for 50 days and counting mammals as well as birds. Ray and I birded along the Bow River – Bowness Park, Edworthy Park and Inglewood Bird Sanctuary – before heading east in search of falcons.
Bowness had its usual group of winter birds including Pileated Woodpecker (a catch-up species for me) and Brown Creeper. We were looking for a Red Crossbill – there were lots of cones but no crossbills. At Edworthy, our target was Townsend’s Solitaire which we found fairly quickly for a new team bird. We then went to Inglewood where we saw a distant male Harlequin Duck … another new bird for us.
There have been scattered reports of a Gyrfalcon SE of Calgary and we cruised the backroads without success. As a consolation, Ray spotted a Prairie Falcon which was another catch-up bird for me.
Our totals are now 121 birds and 11 mammals for a total of 132. I also photographed 3 new species but unfortunately, the birds were all quite distant.