Friday, 14 December 2012

Stroll by the Bow River

The Bow River from Inglewood

Our walk today would be at the Inglewood Bird Sanctuary alongside the Bow River.  Historically the river freezes at this time of year but recently more water has been flowing increasing the numbers of wildfowl staying for the winter.  Today was no exception with hundreds of Canada Geese and Mallard plus 3 Goldeneye still all looking very cold. A female Merlin caused us to look up as it crossed the river.

Wildlfowl on the Bow River
Walking in the cold woods we saw few birds.  The usual comically tame Black-capped Chickadees followed us around joined by a Downy Woodpecker and a few Red-breasted and White-breasted Nuthatches.  Later a female Merlin flew over but maybe the best was 2 Golden-crowned Kinglets feeding in spruces by the trail.

Black-capped Chickadee
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Maybe the best find of the day was Phil Quinn a British birder from Bristol.  It is a small World.

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