Canada - The Rockies

Banff to Jasper - June 2006

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Bald Eagles are far more scarce in the Rockies than on the coast.  This was one of a pair that were seen at Vermillion Lakes near Banff.

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Clark's Nutcrackers proved to be common, especially where there were people with food.  The lower bird even took cookies out of my hand!

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This Red-naped Sapsucker was seen from our cabin at Patricia Lake near Jasper.  It seemed to prefer being a contortionist rather sucking sap!

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This Violet-green Swallow was seen collecting mud at Lake Louise.  The species was seen at several sites during the trip.

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A few Ospreys were seen during the trip, all in the Rockies.  This one was over a lake just outside of Jasper.

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Chipping Sparrows were very common at some sites in the Rockies.

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Brown-headed Cowbirds were very tame at some places.  The lower bird came within a few feet.

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Cedar Waxwings were seen at several locations.

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The only Barrow's Goldeneye of the trip was at Moose Lake, on the road from Jasper to Kamloops.

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Ring-necked Ducks were seen in small numbers at several sites.

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This Red-winged Blackbird was at Vermillion Lakes near Banff.  The species was common at other places with wetland habitat.

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Ravens were common, particularly in the Rockies.

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American Crows were common in the Rockies but were replaced by the North-western Crow on the coast.

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Common Loon/Great Northern Divers were common on large lakes and also on the sea.

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