Red Deer River Naturalists

The Red Deer river Naturalists are a group dedicated to learning about and preserving natural history. They have regular programs with speakers and many field trips.


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Saturday, May 8, 2010

Bower Woods Early Morning Bird Walk May 8

         Today the Red Deer River Naturalists(RDRN) early morning bird walk took place in the Bower Woods. Bower Woods is a ravine where Piper Creek cuts through the escarpment of the Red Deer River to get to the valley floor. Once again the area contains a wide variety of habitat. These areas can be quite large for natural areas which are fragmented. The ravine will be 500m wide and winds through 5km of the city. It's cut by several roads.

        As a result there is varied habitat in this area and a variety of birds can be found. Birding is somewhat of a challenge when you are in the spruce as birds are in the tree tops. This is when you have to listen and identify birds by their calls.

       This morning at 7:00AM it was mostly clear, minus 3C with very little wind. Two of us showed up for this hour.

      We saw American robin, crow, mallard, franklin gull, black-capped chickadee, Red breasted nuthatch, blue jay, house finch, and golden crowned kinglet

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