Wild Bird Wednesday: American Coots

Today, I’m linking up with Stewart for his Wild Bird Wednesday. Be sure to read through all the other bloggers linking up with Stewart, with their own wild birds. And welcome to everyone here stopping by from WBW!

American Coots I digiscoped the other day,

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PS I may be back later today to update this post, I wrote it up last night after 11 pm after a five-hour theatre rehearsal (we have our performances of “The Wizard of Oz” at the end of the week), so I’m not quite sure what I’ve written!

Weekend Birding!

Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms and especially to my own mother who is so supportive of my birding!

After such a long winter many of the breeding birds have arrived and also the birds that migrate through our area. The Barn Swallows showed up yesterday along with the Swainson’s Hawks.

I’ve been able to go birding at the slough and lake around our house, and this week I’ve seen two life birds — a pair of Cinnamon Teals and four Western Grebes!

My Baillie Birdathon is coming up very soon — the 30th and 31st of May! I’m ecstatic to have raised $935 when my goal was $500! My  Edmonton Nature Club friends Curtis and Michelle, who already made an incredibly generous donation to my birdathon this year, have now proposed something new. In an email to ENC members, Curtis wrote,

“We’re not participating in the Birdathon this year… but Charlotte is. She’s doing well, her online donations have reached $900 as of this post. If Charlotte’s online donations make it over $1000, we’re going to pledge the following: $2/bird seen to Charlotte’s effort, $2/bird seen to Beaverhill Lake Bird Observatory, and $2/bird seen to the Edmonton Nature Club.”

If you are interested, you can find my Baillie Birdathon donation page here. As a reminder, my goal is to see 80 birds (I came very close last year, with 79), and half of my funds are going to Bird Studies Canada and the other half to my local naturalist society in Alberta. And if you are doing the Birdathon too, please mention it in the comments below with a link to your page.

Some of my digiscoping from yesterday, including a Northern Flicker,

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A Muskrat eating some reeds,

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A Wilson’s Snipe,

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A pair of Tree Swallows,

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A preening male Blue-winged Teal,

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