Bow Valley Winter Bird List

Last updated 2021-01-13
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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 GooseXXX
 Trumpeter SwanXXX
 Tundra SwanX  
 Green-winged TealX  
 Ring-necked DuckX  
 Common GoldeneyeXXX
 Barrow's GoldeneyeXX 
 Hooded MerganserX  
 Common MerganserXXX
 Red-breasted MerganserX  
Grouse and Pheasants    Ruffed GrouseXXX
 Spruce GrouseXXX
 White-tailed PtarmiganXXX
 Dusky GrouseXXX
Grebes    Horned GrebeX  
 Red-necked GrebeX  
 Western GrebeX  
Pigeons and Doves    Rock PigeonXXX
Rails and Coots    Virginia RailXX 
Plovers    Killdeer XX
Sandpipers    Wilson's SnipeXXX
Hawks and Eagles    Golden EagleX  
 Sharp-shinned Hawk  X
 Cooper's Hawk  X
 Northern GoshawkXXX
 Bald EagleXXX
 Rough-legged HawkX  
Owls    Great Horned OwlXXX
 Northern Hawk OwlXX 
 Northern Pygmy-OwlXXX
 Great Gray Owl X 
 Boreal OwlX X
 Northern Saw-whet OwlX X
Kingfishers    Belted KingfisherXXX
Woodpeckers    American Three-toed WoodpeckerXXX
 Black-backed WoodpeckerXXX
 Downy WoodpeckerXXX
 Hairy WoodpeckerXXX
 Pileated WoodpeckerXXX
 Northern FlickerXXX
Falcons    MerlinXXX
Shrikes    Northern ShrikeXXX
Corvids    Canada JayXXX
 Steller's JayXXX
 Blue JayXXX
 Black-billed MagpieXXX
 Clark's NutcrackerXXX
 American CrowXXX
 Common RavenXXX
Chickadees    Black-capped ChickadeeXXX
 Mountain ChickadeeXXX
 Boreal ChickadeeXXX
Kinglets    Golden-crowned KingletXXX
Nuthatches    Red-breasted NuthatchXXX
 White-breasted NuthatchXXX
Creepers and Wrens    Brown CreeperXXX
 Pacific Wren  X
 Marsh Wren  X
Dippers    American DipperXXX
Starlings    European StarlingXXX
Thrushes    Townsend's SolitaireXXX
 American RobinXXX
Waxwings    Bohemian WaxwingXXX
Old World Sparrows    House SparrowXXX
Finches    Evening GrosbeakX  
 Pine GrosbeakXXX
 Gray-crowned Rosy-FinchX X
 Common RedpollXXX
 Hoary Redpoll  X
 Red CrossbillXXX
 White-winged CrossbillXXX
 Pine SiskinXXX
Longspurs and Snow Buntings    Snow BuntingXXX
New World Sparrows    American Tree SparrowX X
 Dark-eyed JuncoXXX
 Harris's Sparrow  X
 White-throated SparrowXXX
 Song SparrowXXX
 Lincoln's Sparrow  X
Icterids    Rusty BlackbirdXXX
 Common GrackleX  
 Cumulative total83