Edmonton, Alberta

Bird Walk Species Lists

The following lists of bird species comprises birds seen or heard on Wild Birds Unlimited Edmonton sponsored bird walks and nature hikes in and around Edmonton.

Big Lake Beginner Bird Walk - Thu June 15, 2017

Blue-winged Teal

On this beautiful evening 15 people along with 4 leaders/spotters attended the Big Lake Bird Walk. This is the fourth time in the five years our store has been open (opened in July 2012) that we've held this event. We want to thank Alan Hingston, Jack Park, and Steve Knight for coming out to help with their excellent bird knowledge and spotting scopes.

Species List (37)

  • Red-winged Blackbird
  • Barn Swallow
  • Common Grackle
  • Blue-winged Teal
  • Black Tern
  • Red-tailed Hawk
  • American Goldfinch
  • American Crow
  • Osprey
  • Gadwall
  • American Wigeon
  • Lincoln Sparrow (heard)
  • Song Sparrow
  • Yellow Warbler
  • Bank Swallow
  • Gray Catbird
  • Cedar Waxwing
  • Tree Swallow
  • American Coot
  • Canvasback
  • Redhead Duck
  • Lesser Scaup
  • Northern Shoveler
  • Mallard
  • Sora (heard)
  • Forster's Tern
  • Pied-billed Grebe
  • Black-crowned Night-Heron
  • Franklin's Gull
  • Double-crested Cormorant
  • Eastern Kingbird
  • Common Snipe (heard)
  • Brown-headed Cowbird
  • Yellow-headed Blackbird
  • Common Yellowthroat
  • Common Goldeneye
  • Ruddy Duck
  • Also - Beaver, Muskrat

Whitemud Ravine Bird Walk - March 18, 2017 (21 participants - 14 bird species)

Whitemud Ravine Bird Walk Bird List

Black-capped chickadee - 16 +

Pine Siskin - 30 +

House Finch - 2 (heard)

White-breasted Nuthatch - 3

Red-breasted Nuthatch - 3

Common Raven - 7

Blue Jay - 1

Bohemian Waxwing - 100 + (based on my count from a photo I took)

Hairy Woodpecker - 2

Downy Woodpecker - 3

Pileated Woodpecker - 3 (saw one up close, one flying through, heard 2 more)

Northern Flicker (yellow-shafted) - 1 

[plus possible Merlin or Sharp-shinned hawk, flying]

Black-billed Magpie - 3


Wayne Oakes, one of our customers, led us on a "wild bird chase" through the Whitemud Ravine in Edmonton on Sat Feb 18. Twenty-one people showed up on this mild Saturday morning and spent two very enjoyable hours walking the trail. 

Wayne provided excellent information on the birds that inhabit the ravine each season, and helped us spot and identify the birds along the way. From feeding chickadees from the hand to a prized sighting of two Pileated Woodpeckers at the end of our walk, we had a great time. After hearing their call all along the trail we were all excited to see the Pileated as it flew down to a tree right in front of us. Although we had somewhat icy walking trails, the temperature was great and the company even better! At one point Wayne showed us a square hole in what appeared to be a live tree. He explained that it was created by a Pileated Woodpecker (which makes characteristically rectangular holes) who was in search of carpenter ants. The woodpecker had excavated a cavity above the entrance hole about 3 feet up inside the tree in dead wood in search of the ants.

Thanks so much to Wayne for his excellent commentary on the birds we were seeing, the field marks they leave, and for the information about seasonal changes that bring new species of birds to this wonderful natural area in the middle of Edmonton!

For those who went on the trip, and for anyone interested in seeing some of these birds in the wild, here is a list of the birds we saw on Saturday and that you can see yourself there. This list was sent to us by Ted Hogg, one of our group on the walk. Thanks Tedd! He will be posting our sightings to eBird, a website where sighting data is collected from ordinary citizens and posted to a database for scientists and the general public to see. Check out eBird.


Big Lake Beginner Bird Walk - June 16, 2016 (35 participants saw 33 species of birds)

In spite of very windy and cool weather, which reduced our numbers from 55 registered to 35 participants, we had a marvelous evening with many sightings. The wind kept us from getting really good looks at the many water fowl in the ponds near the start of our walk. Once we got to the boardwalk the wind died down and allowed us to spend more quality time bird watching. Thanks to Vicki who organized and led the walk, and to Jack Park with his spotting scope and decades of bird knowledge and Wayne Oakes for providing additional help with participants in identifying the birds.

Red Necked Grebe
Chipping Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Yellow-headed Blackbird
Sora (heard)
Black Tern
Franklin's Gull
American Coot
Common Yellowthroat (heard)
Northern Shoveler
Savannah Sparrow
Blue-winged Teal
Barn Swallows (under bridge)
Horned Grebe
Yellow Warbler
Cedar Waxwings
Red-winged Blackbirds
Pied-billed Grebe


Tree Swallows

Brown-headed Cowbird


Common Goldeneye

Ruddy Duck

Cliff Swallow

Eastern Phoebe


Marsh Wren (heard)


Ring-billed Gull

Eared Grebe

American Pelicans

...and one Muskrat lodge

Hermitage Park Bird Walk - October 5, 2014 - 12 participants

  • Blue Jays
  • Canada Geese
  • Red-necked Grebe
  • Mallards
  • Chickadees
  • Northern Flicker - in flight
  • Ring-billed Gulls
  • Northern Shoveler - female
  • Crows
  • Yellow-rumped Warbler
  • Dark-eyed Juncos
  • Pine Siskin
  • White-throated Sparrow
  • Sulfur Butterfly
  • American Robins - 30+

Big Lake Beginner Bird Walk - July 7, 2013 - 25 participants

Red Necked Grebe pair with 2 or 3 babies
Clay Coloured Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Yellow-headed Blackbird
Wilson's Snipe
Sora (heard)
Black Tern
Franklin's Gull
American Coot
Ring-necked Duck
Forster's Tern
Common Yellowthroat
American Wigeon pair & 9 babies
Northern Shoveler
Savannah Sparrow
Blue-winged Teal
Great Blue Heron
Barn Swallows (under bridge)
American Goldfinch
Horned Grebe
Yellow Warbler
Red-tailed Hawks - 2
Cedar Waxwings - 2
Red-winged Blackbirds
Also saw an Admiral, and a Swallowtail butterfly.

Beaumaris Lake Beginner Bird Walk - Jun 18, 2013 - 8 participants


Red-necked Grebe
Common Grackle
Forsters Tern
Red-winged Blackbird
Black-capped Chickadee
House Sparrow
American Robin
Canada Goose
Lesser Scaup
Tree Swallow
Heron sp.
Common Raven
American Crow
House Finch
Cedar Waxwing
Sora (heard)