|Gorgeous Mountain Bluebird (Male)|
As a rule we always attempt to keep away from the main highways and so our 130km drive to Banff was taken using highway 1A, a very scenic back route and one we’ve taken several times before. This is not the UK and so the roads were not a problem due to a bit of snow so within 30 minutes we were out of downtown Calgary and heading out towards the Canadian Rockies.
|Mountain Bluebird (Female)|
By now there was no sign of snow and the sun had already started to break through. The water produced a good number of low flying Swallows, so far out no chance of any positive ID, and as we sat in the dinette we were entertained by a lone Richardson’s ground squirrel, who went about his business until scurrying back down his hole when a Raven decided to pay him a visit!
|Richardson's Ground Squirrel|
As we made our way up towards Banff, now within the National Park, a blue flash which whizzed across the road in front of us turned out to be a gorgeous Mountain Bluebird. On further investigation I managed to locate a pair of these magnificent looking birds, (pictured) who’d probably not long arrived, and spent a good 10 minutes in their magical company before moving on.