Must-see birds: February

(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.) 

It’s February, only about two more months until the geese return. But until then, here are my two Must-see birds for February (all photos by me):

1. Bohemian Waxwing

Bohemian Waxwings are one of the most beautiful birds to visit Alberta in winter. The waxwing has a gray body, yellow tipped tail, rufous under tail coverts, and yellow and white wing tipped feathers. Theses waxwings can be found in large flocks, eating mountain ash berries and crabapples.

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2. Red-breasted Nuthatch 

The Red-breasted Nuthatch is a very pretty little bird which can be found through coniferous and mixed woods. The breast is red, with a gray back, a white eyebrow, a black eye-line and a characteristic that all nuthatches share, an upturned bill.

9 thoughts on “Must-see birds: February

  1. I agree Bohemian Waxwings are beautiful birds. I have a non-birding friend who was so surprised that such a beautiful, colourful bird was here Western Canada (she is in Medicine Hat). I guess she thought all we have are drab little sparrows. I’ve since made a point of educating her on birds she might see on walks around her city. I haven’t seen a Boh Waxwing in my part of SK in a couple of years.

  2. What a pleasure it’s been to come down from Yellowknife to visit my sister in Winnipeg. In the last two days we’ve seen a flock of Bohemian Waxwings and a Great Horned owl … IN HER BACKYARD!!! Last night, the Great Horned was sitting on a tree not 40 feet from the sunroom. It showed up shortly after midnight.. a weird coincidence perhaps because my sister has one of those clocks that makes bird sounds on the hour and the sound for midnight is the great horned owl. Then today a huge flock of Bohemian waxwings returned to feed on her crab apple tree. At first we thought they were cedar waxwings, but then could make out the rusty underwing. Beautiful!!

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