This is a new dedicated blog about birds!

For those of you who have been reading the StaderArt Blog, you know there is a variety of subject matter from people and places, to wildlife and birds.   We’ve decided to spin off a new blog specifically dedicated to birds called StaderArt Birds – just for the bird lovers!

We hope you enjoy StaderArt Birds as much as we enjoy discovering and photographing them!

Marcy & Ray Stader

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The Birds of Bow Valley Provincial Park

Psssst!  Wanna hear a little secret?  Bow Valley Provincial Park is a hidden gem in Alberta.

The park is only 33 sq. km but it is packed with a dense variety of habitat, wildlife and birds.   We go there early in the morning from time-to-time (while the masses visit Lake Louise and Banff) and we never seem to be disappointed!

This Lincoln Sparrow stayed hidden most of the time but every once in a while he popped up onto branch and posed for a second or two (with a yummy breakfast in its beak).

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Lincoln Sparrow

Willow Flycatchers are often overlooked and/or confused with other species.  There are several that look the same and it’s difficult to tell them apart from one another, but this little guy gave himself away by repeating his song over and over!  He was very cooperative and posed several times for the camera, often approaching us at close range.

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Willow Flycatcher

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Willow Flycatcher (close-up)

Who doesn’t like a Yellow Warbler?  This boisterous male was hanging out in the same willow thicket as the Willow Flycatcher.  Yellow Warblers are pretty common but they have this knack for dashing in and out of bushes a few seconds before you can click the shutter button on the camera.  Patience won the battle for us today, however.  Gotcha!

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Yellow Warbler

Over 220 species have been recorded in Bow Valley Provincial Park according to ebird.  Check here for a complete list of recent sightings:  ebird.org/ebird/hotspot/L430045

 Marcy & Ray Stader

StaderArt Birds

Mountain Birding: Common Loon & White-crowned Sparrow

This morning we headed off to one of our favourite mountain birding spots – Vermilion Lakes.  It was an awesome morning and the lake was fairly calm.  Long before we spotted this Common Loon, we heard it yodeling – the haunting vocalization it is so well known for.

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Later in the afternoon, we went for a walk along Lake Minnewanka and spotted a bird rummaging around some bushes along the water’s edge.  With patience, eventually the bird revealed itself on a rock and posed perfectly for us.  Thank you Mr/Mrs. White-crowned Sparrow!

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Marcy & Ray Stader

StaderArt Birds