Must-see birds: February

(I got the idea for a northern Alberta version of “Must-see birds” from Pat Bumstead’s and Bob Lefebvre’s Birds Calgary blog. Matthew Sim, who is another young birder, had the idea for the “Must-see birds” posts and writes them all.) 

It’s February, only about two more months until the geese return. But until then, here are my two Must-see birds for February (all photos by me):

1. Bohemian Waxwing

Bohemian Waxwings are one of the most beautiful birds to visit Alberta in winter. The waxwing has a gray body, yellow tipped tail, rufous under tail coverts, and yellow and white wing tipped feathers. Theses waxwings can be found in large flocks, eating mountain ash berries and crabapples.


2. Red-breasted Nuthatch 

The Red-breasted Nuthatch is a very pretty little bird which can be found through coniferous and mixed woods. The breast is red, with a gray back, a white eyebrow, a black eye-line and a characteristic that all nuthatches share, an upturned bill.

9 thoughts on “Must-see birds: February

  1. I agree Bohemian Waxwings are beautiful birds. I have a non-birding friend who was so surprised that such a beautiful, colourful bird was here Western Canada (she is in Medicine Hat). I guess she thought all we have are drab little sparrows. I’ve since made a point of educating her on birds she might see on walks around her city. I haven’t seen a Boh Waxwing in my part of SK in a couple of years.

  2. What a pleasure it’s been to come down from Yellowknife to visit my sister in Winnipeg. In the last two days we’ve seen a flock of Bohemian Waxwings and a Great Horned owl … IN HER BACKYARD!!! Last night, the Great Horned was sitting on a tree not 40 feet from the sunroom. It showed up shortly after midnight.. a weird coincidence perhaps because my sister has one of those clocks that makes bird sounds on the hour and the sound for midnight is the great horned owl. Then today a huge flock of Bohemian waxwings returned to feed on her crab apple tree. At first we thought they were cedar waxwings, but then could make out the rusty underwing. Beautiful!!

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