|Cedar Waxwings in riverside trees|
Watching these beautiful birds was fascinating and there were good opportunities for photographs. Overhead a Red-tailed Hawk and a Swainson's Hawk sailed by.
Moving on through scrub and mature forest we heard more Yellow Warblers and found a pair of Brown-headed Cowbirds. Later on an oxbow of the Elbow River we encountered a female Goldeneye but little else except a calling Northern Flicker. We were heading for a particular clearing and getting there we waited only a minute or two before a pair of Calliope Hummingbirds showed up. The male was most obliging and sat around in the open flashing his scarlet throat feathers. This tiny creature is the smallest hummingbird in North America.
|Male Calliope Hummingbird.|
We headed back to the car as rain clouds threatened noting American Goldfinches and a Downy Woodpecker flying over. Two Least Chipmunks also allowed close observation.
As spits of rain fell we had a quick look at Glenmore Reservoir. In the gathering gloom we could see at least 6 Great Blue Herons, c40 Canada Geese and a superb adult Bald Eagle sitting at the water's edge. Then it was back home for a welcome supper.