Jump to content
Whatbird Community

Recommended Posts

1.  Spotted Sandpiper.  Town of Banff, Cave & Basin Marsh Trail.  LmYYWqG.jpg?1

 

 

2.  ?Thrasher ?Thrush  I need help with this one.  Shape, stance, and streaks rather than spots made me think Brown Thrasher, but it has that eyebrow, and maybe the tail is too long for a Thrasher?  Town of Banff Cave & Basin Marsh Walk Trail rXQCHqd.jpg?1

 

3.  Gray Crowned Rosy Finch--it was literally diving into the snow.  Minnestema Lakes, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada (elevation ~7500')

 POKIFCT.jpg?1UJKBKYz.jpg?2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Posted (edited)
  1. Agree with breeding adult Spotted Sandpiper. Note the orange bill, heavily spotted breast, and unique bobbing behavior when it walks. 
  2. Song Sparrow. Note the coarse streaks on its breast and belly with a central breast spot, russet stripes on its crown and back, a broad malar stripe, and a long, rounded tail.
  3. Agree with Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch.
Edited by akandula
  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Posted (edited)

For the Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch (Gray-crowned subspecies), note the gray cheek patches which wrap around the back of the head, pink highlights on the belly, rump, and in the wing, black forehead, and dark brown overall.

Thrashers have much thinner, longer bills and have a bigger size than sparrows, as well as a longer tail.

Funny thing is that I am going to go to Banff and Jasper for a little bird-watching next week. Do you have any hotspots for rarer, more local birds like the Rosy-Finch? Thanks. 

Edited by akandula
  • Like 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
20 minutes ago, akandula said:

For the Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch (Gray-crowned subspecies), note the gray cheek patches which wrap around the back of the head, pink highlights on the belly, rump, and in the wing, black forehead, and dark brown overall.

Thrashers have much thinner, longer bills and have a bigger size than sparrows, as well as a longer tail.

Funny thing is that I am going to go to Banff and Jasper for a little bird-watching next week. Do you have any hotspots for rarer, more local birds like the Rosy-Finch? Thanks. 

Hi, Akandula!  Our trip was a hiking (rather than a birding) trip, and we were with a group, so I couldn't spend as much time as I wanted birding & photographing.  Based on our time there, I would say any of the trails off the beaten path would be excellent for birding--but go at daybreak before anybody gets there.  And be sure you hike in groups of at least 4, due to bears.  I saw quite a few birds hiking the The Larch Valley/Valley of the Ten Peaks/Minnestema Lakes.  Also, if you go to the Town of Banff, it was incredibly commercialized and not to my taste (kind of the Gatlinburg of the North to this Southerner 🙄) but there was a great little trail off the Cave & Basin Museum that led into a marsh with a bird blind.  

  • Thanks 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
4 hours ago, akandula said:
  1. Agree with breeding adult Spotted Sandpiper. Note the orange bill, heavily spotted breast, and unique bobbing behavior when it walks. 
  2. Song Sparrow. Note the coarse streaks on its breast and belly with a central breast spot, russet stripes on its crown and back, a broad malar stripe, and a long, rounded tail.
  3. Agree with Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch.

agreed

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
16 hours ago, floraphile said:

Hi, Akandula!  Our trip was a hiking (rather than a birding) trip, and we were with a group, so I couldn't spend as much time as I wanted birding & photographing.  Based on our time there, I would say any of the trails off the beaten path would be excellent for birding--but go at daybreak before anybody gets there.  And be sure you hike in groups of at least 4, due to bears.  I saw quite a few birds hiking the The Larch Valley/Valley of the Ten Peaks/Minnestema Lakes.  Also, if you go to the Town of Banff, it was incredibly commercialized and not to my taste (kind of the Gatlinburg of the North to this Southerner 🙄) but there was a great little trail off the Cave & Basin Museum that led into a marsh with a bird blind.  

Thanks. Sorry to take up your time, but what other birds did you see at the Minnestema Lakes? We were planning to go to Vermillion Lakes for some ducks, Johnston Canyon for a possibility of Black Swifts, Cordilleran Flycatchers, Winter Wrens and warblers, and Bow Summit for ptarmigans, rosy-finches, and Varied Thrushes. Since we were anyway going to Lake Louise, are there any other notable birds in the Minnestema Lakes? Thanks again for your experience.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
21 hours ago, floraphile said:

kind of the Gatlinburg of the North

Ouch.  That's about as touristy as it gets this side of Vegas.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.


×
×
  • Create New...