On the watch Wednesday

Late spring birding with the Rocky Mountain Naturalists.

The Killdeer

The Killdeer

Daryl Calder

Seven naturalists, including a couple from Victoria, spent all Wednesday morning searching for birds.

Five of us will participate in the BC Field Ornithologists AGM this weekend, either as registrants or trip leaders. It’s an exciting time for Cranbrook; everyone attending the conference will be impressed by the unique experience that the East Kootenay has to offer.

In addition to a walkabout in the vicinity of Elizabeth Lake, participants will choose 4 other areas. Grassland habitats will be explored around the Skookumchuck Important Bird Area, and the Wycliffe Corridor, while mixed forest/pothole lake habitats will be showcased near the Spray Irrigation fields and the Wardner/Haha Lake countryside.

The List (67 species)

• Pied-billed Grebe

• Horned Grebe

• Eared Grebe

• Great Blue Heron

• Canada Goose

• Green-winged Teal

• Mallard

• Blue-winged Teal

• Cinnamon Teal

• Northern Shoveler

• Gadwall

• American Wigeon

• Redhead

• Ring-necked Duck

• Greater Scaup

• Lesser Scaup

• Bufflehead

• Common Merganser

• Ruddy Duck

• Turkey Vulture

• Osprey

• Bald Eagle

• Northern Harrier

• Red-tailed Hawk

• American Kestrel

• Ruffed Grouse

• Sora

• American Coot

• Killdeer

• Spotted Sandpiper

• Wilson’s Snipe

• Black-chinned


• Red-naped Sapsucker

• Northern Flicker

• Pileated Woodpecker

• Western Wood-Pewee

• Eastern Kingbird

• Tree Swallow

• Violet-green Swallow

• Northern Rough-

winged Swallow

• Barn Swallow

• American Crow

• Common Raven

• Black-capped


• Mountain Chickadee

• Red-breasted Nuthatch

• Marsh Wren

• Golden-crowned


• Ruby-crowned Kinglet

• Swainson’s Thrush

• American Robin

• European Starling

• Warbling Vireo

• Orange-crowned


• Yellow Warbler

• Common Yellowthroat

• Chipping Sparrow

• Clay-colored Sparrow

• Savannah Sparrow

• Song Sparrow

• Dark-eyed Junco

• Red-winged Blackbird

• Western Meadowlark

• Yellow-headed


• Brewer’s Blackbird

• Brown-headed


• House Finch

Submitted by Daryl Calder on behalf of Rocky Mountain Naturalists

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