New Birds!


Pileated Woodpecker

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The little Mountain Bluebird

I was on hiatus from blogging for a little bit. This was not completely by choice it was mostly because I have had to prioritize school and birding before blogging. While I was on the aperture (photography pun, hehe) from blogging I have seen some cool new birds. Some birds are new just because of spring migration and some just because they decided it was time for them to be photographed. The three most notable new birds are the Pileated  Woodpecker, Mountain Bluebird, and Red Crossbill.

The Pileated Woodpecker is the largest woodpecker in North America. They’re population levels are high but they are very timid and uncommon to see. Also they do not live in the city limits and where Zac and I go birding is on the edge of city limits. One day I was out birding and I was shocked by this huge bird that had flew in. I was stunned and didn’t get a good photo that time. But then a few days later while Zac and I were both out birding not only did another Pileated fly in, but a pair of them! They are such striking birds. If you have never seen or heard one just think of Woody the Woodpecker. That is exactly what they look and sound like.

Now the Mountain Bluebird is a beautiful lustrous baby blue colored bird. Whenever I think of colorful birds I used to think they were only possible to find in tropical areas. I now know that our city of Edmonton has quite a few bright and colorful birds. The hunting behavior of the Mountain Bluebird is neat, when the are looking for food they hover like a humming birds. These birds migrate to Edmonton during spring so hopefully we will be fortunate enough to see and photograph them more this summer.

Finally, the Red Crossbill. When I saw the Red Crossbill I thought the bird was ill because of the overlapping beak. This is because I grew up in a house full of parrots. If a parrots beak overgrows to the point where their beak is overlapping, it needs to have it’s beak shaved because they can not eat properly. But it turns out the Crossbill’s lapped beak it actually a evolutionary benefit. It helps them to eat out of tight pine cones. I was shocked when I saw this unique bird and as it turns out it is actually uncommon to see this species.

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Redpole and a Crossbill

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Crossbill in flight

“Some changes look negative on the surface but you will soon realize that space is being created in your life for something new to emerge.”

– Eckhart Tolle