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~Our Birding Lifelist~ far!

One of the best things about birdwatching
is it can be done almost anywhere,
starting in your own backyard!!!

Our lifelist includes the birds either Larry or I have seen
(though, not necessarily both of us,
but we soon hope to rectify that!!!)
Our updated combined total is 289
 (saw & identified) & counting...

Alder Flycatcher
American Avocet

American Bittern
American Coot
American Crow
American Dipper
American Golden Plover
American Goldfinch
American Kestrel
American Pipit
American Redstart
American Robin
American Three-toed Woodpecker

American Tree Sparrow 
American White Pelican
American Wigeon
Arctic Tern


Baird's Sandpiper 
Baird's Sparrow
Bald Eagle
Baltimore Oriole
Bank Swallow
Barn Swallow
Barrow's Goldeneye
Bay-breasted Warbler
Belted Kingfisher
Black Swift
Black Tern
Black & White Warbler
Black-billed Cuckoo
Black-backed Woodpecker
Black-billed Cuckoo
Black-billed Magpie
Black-capped Chickadee
Black-chinned Hummingbird
Black-crowned Night-Heron
Black-headed Grosbeak 
Black-necked Stilt 
Blackpoll Warbler 
Black-throated Green Warbler
Blue Grouse (Dusky Grouse)
Blue Jay
Blue-winged Teal
Bohemian Waxwing
Bonaparte's Gull 
Boreal Chickadee 
Brewer's Blackbird
Brewer's Sparrow
Broad-winged Hawk
Brown Creeper 
Brown Thrasher
Brown-headed Cowbird
Bullock's Oriole
Burrowing Owl
Cackling Goose
California Gull

Calliope Hummingbird 
Canada Goose (Greater & Lesser)
Canada Warbler
Canvasback Duck
Cape May Warbler
Caspian Tern
Cassin's Finch
Cassin's Vireo

Cedar Waxwing
Chestnut-collared Longspur
Chestnut-sided Warbler 
Chimney Swift 
Chipping Sparrow
Cinnamon Teal
Clark's Grebe
Clark's Nutcracker
Clay-colored Sparrow
Cliff Swallow
Common Goldeneye
Common Grackle
Common Loon
Common Merganser
Common Nighthawk
Common Poorwill
Common Raven

Common Redpoll
Common Tern
Common Yellowthroat
Connecticut Warbler

Cooper's Hawk
D - E - F
Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon, Slate & Pink-sided)
Double-crested Cormorant
Downy Woodpecker

Dusky Flycatcher 

Eared Grebe 
Eastern Bluebird
Eastern Kingbird
Eastern Phoebe
Eurasian Collared-Dove

European Starling
Evening Grosbeak

Ferruginous Hawk
Forster's Tern
Fox Sparrow
Franklin's Gull

Glaucous-winged Gull
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Golden Eagle
Grasshopper Sparrow
Gray Catbird
Gray Jay 
Gray (Hungarian) Partridge
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret

Great Horned Owl
Greater Sage Grouse
Greater White-fronted Goose

Greater Yellowlegs
Green-winged Teal
H - I - J
Hairy Woodpecker
Harlequin Duck
Harris's Sprarrow
Hermit Thrush
Herring Gull
Hoary Redpoll
Horned Grebe

Horned Lark
House Finch

House Sparrow (Weaver Finch)
House Wren
Hudsonian Godwit 
K - L - M

Lapland Longspur
Lark Bunting

Lark Sparrow
Lazuli Bunting

Least Flycatcher
Least Sandpiper

LeConte's Sparrow
Lesser Scaup
Lesser Yellowlegs
Lewis's Woodpecker

Lincoln's Sparrow
Loggerhead Shrike
Long-billed Curlew
Long-billed Dowitcher 

MacGillivray's Warbler
Magnolia Warbler
Mallard Duck
Marbled Godwit
Marsh Wren
McCowan's Longspur 
Mountain Bluebird
Mountain Chickadee 
Mourning Dove
Mourning Warbler
Mute Swan
N - O - P - Q
Nashville Warbler
Nelson's Sharp-tailed Sparrow
Northern Cardinal
Northern "Yellow-shafted" Flicker

Northern "Red-shafted" Flicker
Northern Goshawk
Northern Harrier
Northern Hawk Owl
Northern Mockingbird 
Northern Pintail Duck
Northern-Rough Winged Swallow
Northern Shoveler Duck
Northern Shrike 

Northern Waterthrush
Northwestern Crow

Olive-sided Flycatcher
Orange-crowned Warbler 

Pacific Loon
Pacific-sloped Flycatcher (we heard it, but only Ryan saw it)
Palm Warbler
Pectoral Sandpiper 
Peregrine Falcon
Philadelphia Vireo
Pied-billed Grebe 
Pileated Woodpecker
Pine Grosbeak
Pine Siskin
Piping Plover 
Prairie Falcon
Purple Finch 
Purple Martin

Red Crossbill
Red Knot

Red-breasted Merganser
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Red-eyed Vireo

Red-headed Woodpecker
Red-naped Sapsucker
Red-necked Grebe
Red-necked Phalarope 
Red-tailed Hawk
Red-winged Blackbird
Redhead Duck
Ring-billed Gull
Ring-necked Duck
Ring-necked Pheasant
Rock Pigeon
Rock Wren
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Ross's Goose
Rough-legged Hawk
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Ruddy Duck
Ruddy Turnstone 

Ruffed Grouse
Rufous Hummingbird
Rusty Blackbird
Sandhill Crane
Savannah Sparrow
Say's Phoebe 
Semipalmated Plover
Semipalmated Sandpiper
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Sharp-tailed Grouse
Short-billed Dowitcher 

Short-eared Owl
Snow Bunting
Snow Goose (White-phase & Blue phase)
Snowy Egret
Snowy Owl
Solitary Sandpiper
Song Sparrow
Spotted Sandpiper
Spotted Towhee

Sprague's Pipit
Stellar's Eider

Stellar's Jay
Stilt Sandpiper

Swainson's Hawk
Swainson's Thrush
Swamp Sparrow
T - U - V
Tennessee Warbler
Townsend's Solitaire
Townsend's Warbler
Tree Swallow
Trumpeter Swan 
Tundra Swan
Turkey Vulture

Upland Sandpiper 

Varied Thrush
Vaux's Swift

Vesper Sparrow
Violet-Green Swallow
W - X - Y- Z
Warbling Vireo 
Western Bluebird

Western Grebe
Western Kingbird
Western Meadowlark
Western Tanager
Western Wood-Pewee
White-breasted Nuthatch 
White-crowned Sparrow
White-faced Ibis
White-tailed Ptarmigan
White-throated Sparrow

White-winged Crossbill
White-winged Scoter
Whooping Crane
Wild Turkey

Willow Flycatcher
Wilson's Phalarope
Wilson's Snipe

Wilson's Warbler
Winter Wren
Wood Duck

Yellow-bellied Flycatcher
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Yellow-breasted Chat
Yellow-headed Blackbird
Yellow-rumped  (Myrtle) Warbler
Yellow-rumped (Audubon) Warbler 
Yellow Warbler

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Larry bought me a beautiful gift:

"The Birder's Life List & Master Reference" (Jeffrey Whiting) and "The Birder's Field Notebook", both beautifully bound in hard cover.  Now I have to start entering all our sightings!

On my way to Regina the end of May, 2004, I saw my first RUDDY TURNSTONES, plus some STILT SANDPIPERS -- both along the northern edge of Reed Lake, just west of the small Prairie town of Morse, Saskatchewan.  The Ruddy Turnstone was very near the top of my "want to see" list, so I was ecstatic.  The following weekend, we went out again so Larry & Ryan could see them... the Ruddy Turnstone co-operated and was there, but the Stilt Sandpipers had moved on.  They did get their chance to see the Stilt Sandpipers though, during their southward migration the beginning of August, 2004... at Reed Lake.

Our Summer 2004 trip to Waterton Lakes National Park (far SW corner of Alberta) brought us another lifer very near the top of our list of "want to see" birds --- we saw not one but several LAZULI BUNTINGS!!  What a beautiful bird!

We were at the Saskatchewan Landing Provincial Park in April, 2003 and we finally saw a BROWN CREEPER!!  A LIFER!!!  The added bonus was we were only a few feet away from it and were able to watch it go about its business for as long as we wanted...  it wasn't going anywhere other than to the next tree!!

Seeing a Common Loon on the Swift Current Filtration Plant Reservoir in the Spring of 2002 was very exciting for us!!  Not only did we see 6 Common Loons there, but an Osprey as well, at the same time!  Spring Migration and Fall Migration is always exciting -- one never knows just what you'll see, from one year to the next:-)  We have seen the Common Loons at the Filtration Plant Reservoir every year since! 

During the 2002 Fall Migration, we saw 2 Pacific Loons on Lake Diefenbaker, at the Saskatchewan Landing Provincial Park.  THAT WAS VERY EXCITING, and the Spring of 2003 we saw at least one Whimbrel there!!  In late June, 2003 we saw two Whimbrels at the Saskatchewan Landing - very exciting as they should have been up north by then!!!  Saskatchewan Landing Provincial Park has provided us with several lifers over the last few short years and we saw another couple lifers there on July 1, 2003:  A few BOBOLINKS (they were near the top of our "want to see" list!) and and Eastern Phoebe!!!

A 2002 Highlight for me was seeing my very first BLUE JAY in September -- while at Good Spirit Lake attending a meeting (it pays to get up early and go for a nice walk before breakfast, binoculars in hand!!!  The early birder does get the lifer!!!)  Fall 2007 we had our very own 2 Blue Jays in our own backyard right here in Swift Current!  We were thrilled to say the least!  They stayed all winter and into mid-Spring.  When they left us in early May (2008) we hoped they would return in the Fall but to our dismay, they did not.  We did, however, see one at Saskatchewan Landing Provincial Park during the 2008-09 winter (only 30 miles north of Swift Current.)

While in Waterton (Summer of 2001), we took a day trip to Lethbridge, and also paid a visit to the Alberta Birds of Prey Centre, in Coaldale (10 minutes east of Lethbridge) -- where we seen many species of raptors.  It was a "tweet" to see these magnificent birds up close and personal, many for the very first time (and probably the only time we will see them!)  Some of these birds are being rehabilitated, to be released back into the wild, but some, through injury or whatever, are permanent residents of the Centre...  The goal of the Centre is to release as many as possible!  Hubby says, however, we cannot include these in our lifelist because we didn't see them in their natural habitats... Darn!!  Some of the birds we did see at the Centre were:  Burrowing Owl, Great Horned Owl, Great Gray Owl, Long-Eared Owl, Saw-Whet Owl, Short-Eared Owl, Barn Owl, Barred Owl, Tawny Owl (from England), Ferruginous Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Harris Hawk, Swainson's Hawk, Prairie Falcon, Saker Falcon (from SE Europe & into Asia - a great favourite with falconers), Bald Eagle, Golden Eagle, and Turkey Vulture.

???????Did you know...

...that next to the hummingbirds, the Ruby-crowned Kinglets and Golden-crowned Kinglets are two of the smallest birds in North  America (smaller than the smallest warbler...) The first times we saw these lovely little birds were:  the Ruby-crowned Kinglet in Cypress Hills (2000 June...) and the Golden-crowned Kinglet in Cypress Hills (2002 January) -- they are very small!!  And, the Golden-crowned Kinglet is actually just a bit smaller than the Ruby-crowned Kinglet!!   Very Beautiful little birds!!!  (And we have had both the Ruby-crowned AND the Golden-crowned Kinglets in our immediate neighbourhood on a couple occasions!)

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