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12204 107th Ave N.W.
Edmonton, AB T5M 4A8
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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.
|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)
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.
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
Common Yellowthroat (heard)
Barn Swallows (under bridge)
Marsh Wren (heard)
...and one Muskrat lodge
Red Necked Grebe pair with 2 or 3 babies
Clay Coloured Sparrow
American Wigeon pair & 9 babies
Great Blue Heron
Barn Swallows (under bridge)
Red-tailed Hawks - 2
Cedar Waxwings - 2
Also saw an Admiral, and a Swallowtail butterfly.