A day in the park


We have lived in the Calgary area for the past 7 years and only yesterday did we visit Fish Creek Provincial Park for the first time! A disgrace, if you ask me, as it turned out to be a great destination to explore. The park is the largest urban park in Canada and is among one of the largest urban parks in Northern America. The park itself stretches around 19 km/12 miles from east to west in southern Calgary. It is a haven for birdwatchers, as up to 200 different species have been spotted there. It was a pretty grey day yesterday, so no blue skies, but thankfully the rain held off until we got home.

Here are some of the birds we came across, some of which I am still trying to identify!

A couple of baby owls

A couple of baby owls

The Red-Winged Blackbird

The Red-Winged Blackbird

One of a few pheasants we had seemingly been surrounded by

One of a few pheasants we had seemingly been surrounded by

Not sure why this Canada Goose was up a tree

Not sure why this Canada Goose was up a tree

A  Great Blue Heron arrived at one of the lakes

A Great Blue Heron arrived at one of the lakes

These little birds where everywhere

These little birds where everywhere

Coming in to land

Coming in to land

The American Robin, whose song I really enjoy

The American Robin, whose song I really enjoy

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17 thoughts on “A day in the park

  1. An urban park in Canada… to me not needed. Your province is beautiful in of itself but having a chance to see those different species of birds in one place yes that is something.

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    • I agree Pete, after all, we are only 40 minutes from Kananaskis Country, our usual place to go, but it is nice to go somewhere new and yes, the amount of birds really did it for us (plus a nice cup of hot chocolate!)

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  2. Simone has gone to to the birds.

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  3. What a beautiful selection of birds to see in one day. I remember reading about Fish Creek park when researching things to do in Calgary. We didn’t in the end have time to go there – now I wish it had been at the top of our list! My son returns after nearly a year in Calgary in less than 2 weeks. I must tell him to squeeze in a visit to Fish Creek before then.
    Lovely post and pictures

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  4. We used to live in a house that backed onto Fish Creek Park! I used to love bike riding in the park. Hot air balloons used to land or take off right behind our house sometimes. And, of course, lots of birds.

    We also used to have a cabin on the Bow River east of Calgary (cabin and community were destroyed in the flood of 2013.) We used to see Canada Geese land on the big bare branches of the poplar trees each spring. Much honking!

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    • Margie, thanks for stopping by and sharing your memories. It must have been great living right by this wonderful place. Yes, the floods did cause a lot of damage, sorry to hear your cabin was part of that.

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  5. Julie

    What an abundance of bird life you found. Wonderful shots and I’m also puzzled why the Canada Goose was in the tree.

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  7. Travel Nurse April

    Beautiful! Great photos of the owls and Red-winged Blackbird.

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  8. I think you will be returning again and again to this beautiful slice of paradise, who knows what birds will be there on your next visit. I love the baby owls in the tree, probably waiting for their Mama.

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