Bow Valley Winter Bird List

Last updated 2023-12-05
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For the purposes of this list, the Bow Valley area is defined as almost all of the area that drains into the Bow River in the Canadian Rockies. This means:
Anything west of Hwy 1X/Seebe Dam and Hwy 40, to the BC border
Anything seen east of Highway 40, so long as the observer is on Hwy 40 or west of it
Highway 93 north to Bow Summit and south to the BC border
Examples of areas included: Bow Lake, Lake Louise, Lake Minnewanka, Spray Lake Reservoir, Kananaskis Lakes
Sightings of species not listed below, during the December through February time period, should be reported to the Facebook group Bow Valley Birding or the email list

Area Map

Ducks, Geese, and Swans    Canada Goose XXXXX
 Trumpeter SwanX XXXX
 Tundra SwanX  X  
 American Wigeon X    
 Green-winged Teal X X  
 Ring-necked Duck   X  
 White-winged Scoter  X   
 Long-tailed Duck  X   
 Bufflehead  XXXX
 Common GoldeneyeXXXXXX
 Barrow's Goldeneye XXXX 
 Hooded Merganser X X  
 Common Merganser XXXXX
 Red-breasted Merganser  XX  
Grouse and Pheasants    Ruffed GrouseXXXXXX
 Dusky Grouse X XXX
 White-tailed Ptarmigan XXXXX
 Spruce GrouseXXXXXX
Grebes    Horned Grebe   X  
 Red-necked Grebe   X  
 Western GrebeXXXX  
Pigeons and Doves    Rock PigeonXXXXXX
Rails and Coots    Virginia Rail   XX 
 American Coot X    
Plovers    Killdeer    XX
Sandpipers    Wilson's Snipe X XXX
Loons    Pacific Loon  X   
 Common Loon  X   
Bitterns, Egrets, Herons    Great Blue Heron X    
Hawks and Eagles    Golden Eagle   X  
 Sharp-shinned Hawk X   X
 American GoshawkXXXXXX
 Bald Eagle XXXXX
 Rough-legged Hawk  XX  
Owls    Great Horned Owl XXXXX
 Northern Hawk Owl   XX 
 Northern Pygmy-Owl XXXXX
 Barred Owl  X   
 Great Grey Owl X  X 
 Boreal Owl   X X
 Northern Saw-whet Owl  XX X
Kingfishers    Belted Kingfisher XXXXX
Woodpeckers    American Three-toed WoodpeckerXXXXXX
 Black-backed Woodpecker XXXXX
 Downy WoodpeckerXXXXXX
 Hairy WoodpeckerXXXXXX
 Pileated WoodpeckerXXXXXX
 Northern FlickerXXXXXX
Falcons    Merlin XXXXX
Shrikes    Northern Shrike XXXXX
Corvids    Canada JayXXXXXX
 Steller's JayXXXXXX
 Black-billed MagpieXXXXXX
 Clark's NutcrackerXXXXXX
 American Crow XXXXX
 Common RavenXXXXXX
Chickadees    Black-capped ChickadeeXXXXXX
 Mountain ChickadeeXXXXXX
 Boreal ChickadeeXXXXXX
Kinglets    Golden-crowned Kinglet XXXXX
Nuthatches    White-breasted NuthatchXXXXXX
 Red-breasted NuthatchXXXXXX
Creepers and Wrens    Brown CreeperXXXXXX
 Pacific Wren     X
 Marsh Wren     X
Dippers    American Dipper XXXXX
Starlings    European Starling X XXX
Mockingbirds, Thrashers    Grey Catbird  X   
Thrushes    Townsend's Solitaire XXXXX
 Varied Thrush XX   
 Hermit Thrush  X   
 American RobinXXXXXX
Waxwings    Bohemian WaxwingXXXXXX
Old World Sparrows    House SparrowXXXXXX
Finches    Evening Grosbeak X X  
 Pine GrosbeakXXXXXX
 Grey-crowned Rosy-Finch XXX X
 House Finch X    
 Common Redpoll XXXXX
 Hoary Redpoll  X  X
 Red Crossbill XXXXX
 White-winged Crossbill XXXXX
 Pine Siskin XXXXX
 American Goldfinch X    
Longspurs, Snow Buntings    Snow BuntingXXXXXX
New World Sparrows    American Tree Sparrow X X X
 Dark-eyed Junco XXXXX
 Harris's Sparrow     X
 White-throated Sparrow XXXXX
 Song SparrowXXXXXX
 Lincoln's Sparrow     X
 Spotted Towhee  X   
Icterids    Red-winged Blackbird  X   
 Rusty BlackbirdX XXXX
 Common Grackle   X  
 Cumulative total97
 Previous years average67.2