Saturday, January 4, 2014

Christmas Bird Counts and Winter Catch-up

Greetings friends,

Like every year, I enjoy taking part in Christmas Bird Counts  http://www.bsc-eoc.org/volunteer/cbc/index.jsp?targetpg=cbcparticpate&lang=EN .
 A practice which has gone on since 1900.

Here in Saskatchewan as most of you will know, we get some bitterly cold winters. This can either 'make or break' a good count day, sometimes the worst weather might bring in the most species, and also the rarest.
This year I took part in 9 seperate counts, saw some great birds, and took a few photos while I was at it.

Here are some recent ones :
Great Horned Owl

Great Horned Owl
Great Horned Owl

Northern Shrike
Northern Shrike

Pine Grosbeak

Sharp-tailed Grouse

Sharp-shinned Hawk

 
 Dark-eyed Junco ( Oregon race )

Black-capped Chickadee

Red-breasted Nuthatch

Red-breasted Nuthatch
Blue Jay

Bohemian Waxwings
Snow Bunting