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  1. Confused by this one. The beak seams to point to grosbeak but maybe I am missing something. SW Alberta, this afternoon.
  2. SW Alberta (20km west of Pincher Creek) earlier today.
  3. I just listened to a couple of flight song videos on YouTube and I feel confident it is the same song I was hearing plus a few other photos I found online look very similar. Thanks everyone for your input.
  4. Thoughts on Sprague’s Pipit? They perform a song flight high in sky and their profile (from Sibley drawing) appears very similar to the bird I photographed though the tail length in the first photo appears longer.
  5. Twin River Heritage Rangeland Natural Area at approximately 49.1588, -112.3646 which I believe is outside of Western Bluebird range.
  6. The bird was flying fairly high, flapping it’s wings vigorously then taking a moment to soar and call/sing and then repeating. I observed it on two occasions about an hour apart at the same general location. This was in a large expanse of native grassland. I recorded a video of it (the first photo is a still from the video) but the wind overpowers the audio. If I can figure out how to extract a decent audio clip, I will post one.
  7. Thanks for the replies. The bird was observed on a fencepost in a ranch/calving pasture with 5 other blackbirds.
  8. SW Alberta (west of Pincher Creek), 6:45am yesterday.
  9. Thank you. That was my first thought but then I convinced myself this bird had feathered legs.
  10. Strangely enough, I haven’t observed one on my rural property in over three years (same goes for my neighbours). They used to be here quite often but now the only time I see them is in the Walmart parking lot in town.
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