|Franklin's Gull @ Inglewood Today!|
This is our 3rd trip to Inglewood, a 36 hectare wildlife reserve on the outskirts of Calgary Alberta, running alongside the Bow River. The reserve has numerous nature trails and a large lagoon and being next to the river can throw up some interesting Gull species!
On arrival it wasn't long before Dee and I began to re-familiarise ourselves with North American species and of course it was inevitable that the first sighting was that of an American Robin, and the first calling was the ever present Northern Flicker! Calgary's spring is a good bit behind the UK and the trees are in fact only just beginning to come into bloom, equally in this neck of the woods the warblers are also only just filtering in and the only ones recorded today were several Yellow-rumped Warbler, a number of which being the Myrtle variety.
|Blue-Winged Teal (Photo by Dee)|
The River itself was running very high but fortunately the several islands mid-stream were still showing well, producing a nice selection of Gulls. Californian, Herring, Ring-billed and Franklin's were all recorded, along with a more uncommon visitor to Inglewood, a lone Bonaparte's Gull, which sadly didn't stay long and offered no opportunity of a photograph. Also on the river were Common Goldeneye, Common Merganser, American Wigeon and a single Harlequin Duck.
|Yellow-rumped Warbler ( Myrtle)|
We spent the rest of an enjoyable morning touring the remainder of the nature trails, often stopping to take in the various raptors soaring overhead, Swainson's Hawk, American Kestrel and Red-tailed Hawk were all recorded, the latter of which are nesting at the reserve and we managed some good views of the birds at the nest.
|Mule deer (Photo by Dee)|
The lovely weather also had several Butterflies on the wing, but unfortunately with my limited knowledge of North American species the only one I could possitively identify was Mourning Cloak. I know what my bedtime reading is tonight!