I had great weather and a wonderful Big Sit on Sunday, and was able to count 30 species, one more than last year!
I started my official count at 7:30. Like last year, there was an abundance of Canada, Snow, and Greater White-fronted Geese, and also Tundra Swans. I saw a few Cackling Geese. My best sighting of the day was nine Common Redpolls. I was very surprised to see them because they usually don’t arrive in the East Central part of Alberta this early.
I finished my Big Sit after nine hours, at 4 pm, and I can’t wait to do it again next year!
All the species I saw on Sunday (in taxonomic order):
Greater White-fronted Goose, Snow Goose, Cackling Goose, Canada Goose, Tundra Swan, Gadwall, Mallard, Northern Shoveler, Northern Pintail, Green-winged Teal, Common Goldeneye, Northern Harrier, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Bald Eagle, Lesser Yellowlegs, Long-billed Dowitcher, Ring-billed Gull, Rock Pigeon, Downy Woodpecker, Hairy Woodpecker, Black-billed Magpie, Common Raven, Black-capped Chickadee, European Starling, Lapland Longspur, American Tree Sparrow, Brewer’s Blackbird, Common Redpoll, Pine Siskin, and American Goldfinch.
Sunrise at the beginning of my Big Sit,
American Tree Sparrow,
Greater White-fronted Geese,
I also saw two very large avian creatures*,
*(We have Canadian Forces Base Cold Lake about 150 kilometres north of us, so we have interesting fly-bys through the year)