Birds of Beaumont #17 – Country Cousins

All photos taken during our 35 km (22 1/3 mile) bicycle ride out East and South of Beaumont. At the furthest South point on this bike ride, just across Airport Road, we stopped to watch the nesting bird antics. We spotted a few familiar faces in the prairie pot holes and a new one thatContinue reading “Birds of Beaumont #17 – Country Cousins”

Birds of Beaumont #16 – Waterbirds (ducks and the like)

Most photos taken on May 23, 2021, during an 8 km circuit of the lakes and ponds in our little city. The Lesser Scaup photo was taken on May 25, 2021. A few more photos taken May 29 and 30 and June 7, 2021. Nobody should ever think that all ducks look alike. I didContinue reading “Birds of Beaumont #16 – Waterbirds (ducks and the like)”

Birds of Beaumont #15 – Tree Swallow

All photos taken on May 29, 2021, during a circuit of the ponds in our little city. A quick flash of blue and these guys are gone. What the heck was that? At last, we finally found a spot were we could get a few good photos of them, when they were at the nest.Continue reading “Birds of Beaumont #15 – Tree Swallow”

Birds of Beaumont #13 – Red-Tailed Hawk

Photos taken on May 23, 2021, during an 8 km circuit of the lakes and ponds in our little city and on May 25, 2021 during a walk along the East and North perimeter of Beaumont. The most commonly seen hawk variety in Alberta, especially in the aspen parkland. Any sizable woodlot will likely hostContinue reading “Birds of Beaumont #13 – Red-Tailed Hawk”

Birds of Beaumont #12 – Red-Necked Grebe

Most photos taken on May 23, 2021, during an 8 km circuit of the lakes and ponds in our little city and May 29, 2021 on a return visit. The photos of Mom and babes were taken on July 1, 2021 This is such a pretty, elegant bird. At one time, I confused this birdContinue reading “Birds of Beaumont #12 – Red-Necked Grebe”

Birds of Beaumont #11 – Merlin

Photos taken April 24 and May 4, 2021. Since the massive influx of annoying Corvids started in Beaumont about 10 years ago, we have had at least one pair of beautiful Merlins making their summer home near us. The nest location might change from year to year, but we always smile when we hear theContinue reading “Birds of Beaumont #11 – Merlin”

Birds of Beaumont #10 – Double Crested Cormorant

All photos taken on May 23, 2021, during an 8 km circuit of the lakes and ponds in our little city. Even though I have seen these guys here before, their appearance in Beaumont, so far from the sea still surprises me. Size: 66-81 cm (26-32 inches) , W 132 cm (52 inches) Status: UncommonContinue reading “Birds of Beaumont #10 – Double Crested Cormorant”

Birds of Beaumont #9 – Common Tern

All photos taken on May 23, 2021, during an 8 km circuit of the lakes and ponds in our little city. All I can say is “Wow”. These are magnificent flyers, hunters and divers. They seldom stay still long enough for a good photo, but as they swirled, hunted and dived, I managed to catchContinue reading “Birds of Beaumont #9 – Common Tern”

Birds of Beaumont #8 – Canada Geese

Most photos taken on May 23, 2021, during an 8 km circuit of the lakes and ponds in our little city. The shot in the field was taken on May 25, 2021. The shots after that were taken May 29, 2021 and the last shots were taken June 6 & 7, 2021. Look how bigContinue reading “Birds of Beaumont #8 – Canada Geese”

Birds of Beaumont #7 – Blue Jays

I realized after I had almost completed this series that I had neglected to include one of my local favourites. The Blue Jay. They frequent the area and have their broods here every year. They are a regular part of my back yard, at the bird bath, at my oak tree at acorn time andContinue reading “Birds of Beaumont #7 – Blue Jays”

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