Judy Boyd

One of the falcons checks out the remaining two eggs in its nesting box on top of the Telus tower.

Nature taking its course at Telus tower

There certainly have been a lot of doings going on at the peregrine falcon nest site at the Telus tower this year.

  • May 31, 2011
One of the falcons checks out the remaining two eggs in its nesting box on top of the Telus tower.
A magnificent rough-legged hawk comes in for a landing. Columnist Boyd spotted 24 of them on recent birding outing.

Raptors by the dozens

Last Monday we had a wonderful birding day.

A magnificent rough-legged hawk comes in for a landing. Columnist Boyd spotted 24 of them on recent birding outing.
Thousands of people clicked in to watch the progress of falcon family in Red Deer last year. This year

Ready for the falcons to return

And so it begins. At least it will in a few weeks, but we’re gearing up for the show.

Thousands of people clicked in to watch the progress of falcon family in Red Deer last year. This year
Resplendent quetzal is columnist’s favourite bird from trip to Costa Rica.

Costa Rica birders’ paradise

I’m terribly sorry you haven’t heard from me for awhile. The reason for that is simple. I’ve been birding in foreign locales.

Resplendent quetzal is columnist’s favourite bird from trip to Costa Rica.
The redpoll has a unique digestive system that allows it to survive winters.

How can redpolls survive our winters?

I was given another bird book for Christmas — actually I was given two, but who’s counting?

The redpoll has a unique digestive system that allows it to survive winters.
Left: A group of ravens congregate for a meeting.

‘Mob’ of ravens points to juvenile bald eagle

A group of us birders saw a really cool sight last fall.

Left: A group of ravens congregate for a meeting.

On your mark, get set, count!

Calling all birdwatchers! The annual Christmas Bird Count will happen this year on Sunday, Dec. 19.

Plethora of birds is good, very good

I learned a new word this week. Well, “learn” is the wrong term: “became reacquainted with” would be better. Plethora!

This smart crow uses a bent wire to retrieve food from a glass cylinder.

Crows are smarter than you might think

Last Monday we were coming back from an excellent day of birding and when we reached the city limits we saw a scene straight out of Hitchcock’s The Birds. The sky was filled with black birds heading northwest.

This smart crow uses a bent wire to retrieve food from a glass cylinder.

Can’t clip the wings of a birder

Things are slowing down out there in the avian world. The young have left the nests. The urge to sing has been abandoned in the males so the bushes are quieter than they’ve been for a long time.

Falcon live-cam project winding down

Things are now winding down at the TELUS tower with the peregrine falcon family.

Duck team to the rescue

Now is the time for ducks to hatch so please watch out for ducks crossing roads.

Canada goose hatchlings

Mysterious case of geese making use of an osprey nest

Baby bird season has begun with the Canada goose goslings starting to hatch. There was a nest that I was driving past almost on a daily basis since April 10.

Canada goose hatchlings
A peregrine falcon in a nesting box protects its chick. Central Albertans may be treated to the same spectacle this year via a webcam in a nesting box on top of the Red Deer Telus tower.

Peregrines webcam stars

I just love this time of year. I’m out constantly looking for owl’s nest and trying to find my “firsts of the season.”

A peregrine falcon in a nesting box protects its chick. Central Albertans may be treated to the same spectacle this year via a webcam in a nesting box on top of the Red Deer Telus tower.
A momma great horned owl peers from her nest with her fuzzy-feathered youngsters at her side. Visitors to the Ellis Bird Farm this year

Ellis Bird Farm owls are back!

It’s getting to be the time of year that I love. The house finch are singing up a storm in our backyard.

A momma great horned owl peers from her nest with her fuzzy-feathered youngsters at her side. Visitors to the Ellis Bird Farm this year
Our pursuit of the magnificent snowy owl made a perfect Valentine’s Day outing.

Valentine’s Day was a hoot – literally

On Valentine’s Day, my husband, Larry, and I went on a “date.” Sort of.

Our pursuit of the magnificent snowy owl made a perfect Valentine’s Day outing.

Otis the owl is feeling that spring urge

Well, it’s that time of the year again. At least it is in the owl world. Otis, the education owl at Medicine River Wildlife Centre, seems to think its spring and is feeling amorous.