Christmas means Christmas bird counts (CBC’s) and, for one of our team, that means photo shoots and press interviews.
|Phil as he appeared in the Calgary Herald - photo by Ted Rhodes of the Herald|
Prior to the counts, Ray and I did a couple of excursions to bone up on the calls of the winter birds and to do a bit of scouting. Of course, we are still looking for a couple of mammals but they seem to have migrated south with the birds.Our first trip was to the mountains and, as usual, the scenery was fantastic. However, both birds and mammals were rather scarce so it was a quick trip.
|Looking west from the Spray Lakes Road|
|Ray with the Elbow River below|
Today, Ray and I participated in the High River CBC to the south of Calgary. This count has fewer participants so the assigned areas can be quite large – we had the entire northeast quadrant excluding the town itself. Pat Diehl of Priddis joined us and we cruised the country roads in search of birds. Fortunately, it is a good finch year so we had Common Redpolls at almost every stop.
|How many House Sparrows?|
As a team, we have one more outing planned – the Snake' s Head CBC near Sundre (northwest of Calgary) on December 31st. That evening, we will take our wives out to dinner to celebrate what has been a great year for us.Best wishes to you all for a happy and birdy holiday season.