On Saturday morning, I headed out of town hoping to get some sunshine birding before the forecast storm. At first I beat the weather, then ran straight into it, but managed to find thirteen new species for the year, including a lifer! I'll let the pictures tell the tale....
|My first stop was the blind at Frank Lake, east of High River. There were many American Coots, Fulica americana, calling to each other in the reeds. This is one of a few that came into clear view.|
|A Horned Grebe, Podiceps auritus, was diving for food in front of the blind, along with many ducks including Common Goldeneye, Lesser Scaup, Mallard, Canvasback, and more.|
|As I walked away from Frank Lake, this family of Trumpeter Swans, Cygnus buccinator, were also continuing their northward journey.|
|It was in these prairie potholes that I completed my set of swans for the day with this pair of Tundra Swans, Cygnus columbianus.|
|When these same four birds flew off for a few laps of the lake, the female continued, to paraphrase Tammy Wynette, to "Stand By Your Interspecific Hybridizing Man". Of course it could just be that I'm wrong about the ID on the female but after some reading it really seems like an American to me - more on Wigeon ID in a pdf article from the ABA magazine if you're so inclined.|