A Canadian Big Year!

Have you ever had the dream of participating in a Big Year? I have, but I probably won’t be able to fulfill my dream until later on in life.

But until then, I have been reading a wonderful blog about four Calgarians participating in a Canadian Big Year for both birds and mammals.

The blog is Fur & Feathers 500 – a Canada Big Year for Birds and Mammals. There are some beautiful photos in this blog and wonderful posts about their journeys across Canada. I would recommend subscribing to their blog to get regular updates on their progress and lists. I hope by the end of 2012 Brian, Ray, Phil, and Mike are able to achieve their goal of 500 species of birds and mammals!

A Pine Grosbeak (photo by me),


Bird Photo Quiz #10

This is my tenth Bird Photo Quiz. Please post your answers in the comments below and I’ll reveal the identity of the birds in a week, as well as those who have made the correct identifications. Click to enlarge the pictures.

Thanks for playing!

Feathers on Monday

If you would like to join me for Feathers on Friday, please put the link to your blog post in the comments and I will add a link to my post.

My apologies for being late to post, we had friends visiting, had a curling bonspiel, and I was sick!

A Common Redpoll,

The Great Backyard Bird Count

The Great Backyard Bird Count starts next week, from Friday, February 17th to Monday, February 20th. You can do a stationary count or a traveling count, and can count for as little as 15 minutes. The GBBC is a joint project of Audubon, The Cornell Lab of Ornithology, and Canadian partner Bird Studies Canada. A few bird photos I took at my grandparents’ house last week,