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  1. It was literally the only truck on the road that day and it just happened to be a huge cement truck that was idling (Glug glug glug Gluck glug) and then decided to turn towards me and go by at a snails pace…. Some of us are trying to listen to chickadees here sir! I hate it when cars drive on the road that’s clearly designed solely for birding 🙄😂
  2. I wouldn’t think so… their bodies start deteriorating as soon as the leave the ocean as they don’t eat anything on their journey here. Lots of the alive ones will have patches of rotting flesh on them (plus who knows all the parasites they’ve picked up) so I definitely wouldn’t try it! They do attract a lot of bears, and you’ll often just find random salmon heads or exploded fish and eggs around. Lots of eagles and gulls too and trout that feed on their eggs. This was at the Adams river in Tsútswecw provincial park, which I think the largest or one of the largest breeding grounds for sockeye salmon. They follow a boom cycle of about 4 years (2014,2018,2022), but there’s always some spawning in between those years just in lower numbers. Next year is the big year, and there will be ~millions~ of them in the river. It’s very cool to see as the river does literally turn red. And of course all those millions of salmon die and it’s one of the few reasons why I don’t drink the tap water! I’d definitely recommend coming to see it if anyone is planning to be in the interior of BC next year around early October. It does smell quite bad though, but you get used to it. Tstutswecw is a very nice park to walk around as well any time of year… I bird there quite often.
  3. Shuswap BC a few days ago. 1—- I put these down as chickadee sp. but I’m fairly certain this was a small traveling flock of chestnut-backed chickadees as they sound a little too squeaky to be the typical mountain and black-capped. The loudest truck in the world went by as I was recording so its horrible. If the data bars submitted by other people are accurate, the chestnuts come to town in the fall/winter. I was purposefully looking for these as a result, so I’m not sure if I’m just hearing chestnut because I want to. https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/381312631 —- typical ‘chickadee’ call https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/381312641 —-high notes. Originally these were one big recording but I split it to get rid of the truck. Most of the calls were these type, but the ‘chickadee’ calls came on every so often as well. 2—- Not too sure if this is identifiable, but I think this could possibly be a Lapland longspur or a horned lark flying over. Another terrible recording, as I was by the lake and the bird was flying quite high (never saw it). It mostly let out the ‘tee-u’ calls seen at the 1, 2, and 4 second mark. But then did a different sorta buzz call at the end. https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/381312691 Thanks
  4. Sockeye salmon in surprisingly large numbers. Lots of Chinook and pink as well.
  5. American pipits. Water pipits are in Europe
  6. Over the weekend I got Northern Pygmy-Owl, Chestnut-backed chickadee, and wild turkey. No photos though 😫
  7. There was a Yellow-crowned night-heron in Calgary Alberta, the second ever recorded in the province, a few days ago. It was first found October 5th (though I think it was reported as Black-crowned initially), then disappeared but was refound and seen from October 13th-15th. I think about 150 or so people managed to see it. I would have probably gone to see it (30 mins away), but it just happened to be the worst timing possible for me! Midterm season 😪. I don’t usually chase birds but the FOMO hit me hard with this one.
  8. You can click on ‘near threatened’ (also Least concern, endangered, etc) and it tells you the reason why. Takes a lot more than perceived local levels to downgrade/upgrade the conservation status of the species. Need to look at population trends, habitat quality/availability, range, etc. of the whole population. Which is why barn owls are considered locally endangered in Canada (very small range), even though globally they’re considered least concern (found on every continent, so it would be very hard for the whole population to crash). As for the grackles, they are still relatively numerous, but the overall population trend has been significantly negative over the last how many years suggesting that if that trend continues they eventually could be upgraded to vulnerable then all the way down the line to extinct. Seems unlikely, but look at the passenger pigeon that once numbered in the billions…. Though of course there’s a big difference between the factors currently effecting grackles and the factors that effected the pigeons, both human wise and life history wise.
  9. First snowfall yesterday brought with it my first northern shrike of the year this morning. He was hanging out with a bunch of Robins, really weird. Gadwalls went down from 21 to 8 due to the ponds freezing. Don’t know how much longer they’ll stick around.
  10. Either an escapee or it was deliberately placed to add some ‘beauty’. They’re native to Australia and I don’t think they have established breeding populations outside of Europe.
  11. The other day a raven flew up from the distance carrying a piece of meat (something red) and I honestly thought in that moment that I was seeing a male frigatebird. In Alberta. I went home shortly after that…
  12. I was sorta confused by it, but aren’t the proportions off for the body?
  13. I think so. I don’t think western bluebirds get that drab. Should at least see some hint of reddish colouring on the breast.
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