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.


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.


Once the Bohemian Waxwings arrived this winter, they avoided me. I couldn’t get near them when I had a camera with me, and they came within very close range when I didn’t have a camera. For about a month I couldn’t get any photos of the waxwings, but two days ago I was able to get some. I took these pictures about half hour before sunset, so the quality of the photos isn’t the best.

Winter Poll Results

Thank you very much to everyone who voted on my Winter Poll.

The results are in (below), and the Favorite Winter Bird is the Bohemian Waxwing!

Common Redpoll: 2 votes

Pine Grosbeak: 3 votes

Bohemian Waxwing: 4 votes

Other votes: 1 vote for the Northern Cardinal, 1 vote for the King Eider, and 1 vote for Hoary Redpoll.

Thanks very much to all who voted and played along with my winter game! Happy New Year!

A Winter Poll

To celebrate the Solstice and first day of Winter today, I have a poll!

Vote for your favorite Winter bird by the evening of Thursday, December 29th, and on Friday, December 30th, I’ll have a post with the results. Thank you!