As one of those irritating people who cheers the year's first big dump of snow, I've enjoyed the last 24 hours in Calgary. The seven inch blanket of the white stuff that arrived last night added an appropriately wintery touch to picking up our Christmas tree and stringing up new lights in the big spruce in our front yard. The snow also provided the opportunity for my first winter birding of the year. All of the usual suspects were to be found at Inglewood Bird Sanctuary including some very friendly Black-capped Chickadees and the usual massive rafts of Canada Geese on the river. I also found a small flock of White-winged Crossbills, a Calgary first for me.
|White-winged Crossbill, Loxia leucoptera, pondering which cone to tackle next|
|Oh yeah! That's the spot!|
|Even with that beak, cones can be cracked only with copious contortions!|
|One very cold looking, albeit well camouflaged, Killdeer, Charadrius vociferus|