Must-see Birds: December

(I got the idea for a northern Alberta version of “Must-see birds” from Pat Bumstead’s and Bob Lefebvre’s Birds Calgary blog. Matthew Sim, who is another young birder, had the idea for the “Must-see birds” posts and writes them all.)

December is a wonderful month for birds; the birds from the Arctic and the boreal forest fly down to spend the winters in the more temperate zones. I had a very hard debate with myself to find the best birds for the month of December, and I believe I’ve found them. Here are my two Must-see birds for December (all photos by me):

1. Pine Grosbeak

The Pine Grosbeak is a large and robust finch with a stubby bill. The adult Pine Grosbeak is pinkish red and the juveniles and females have greenish coloring on the head and rump and more distinctive white wing bars than the adult male. Pine Grosbeaks can be found is medium-sized flocks, feeding on seeds from coniferous and deciduous trees. My mother thinks they look like Christmas ornaments in the trees,

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 2. Snowy Owl

The Snowy Owl is very large and regal looking. The adult female is white with dark barring on the back and chest and feathered feet and toes. Look for Snowy Owls sitting atop a trees or a fence posts,

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