ALBERTA WINTER BIRD LIST  
                             
                             
  This site focuses on the joys of winter birding in Alberta, Canada.  
                             
  This winter's bird list is compared with those from previous winters.  
                             
  LAST UPDATED:  December 08, 2019  
                             
  PROVINCE-WIDE 2018/2019 SPECIES TOTAL = 97  
                             
  Compiled by Richard Klauke from Albertabird and other sources  
                             
  Webpage by Grahame Booth  
                             
    The table below lists the species sighted somewhere in the province of Alberta in the months of December through February, between 2011 and 2019. The left-most column shows the species sighted during the current winter season, 2018-2019.    
                             
                             
                             
    Core Species* have a YELLOW backdrop.    
    Alberta's Core List = 110 species    
                             
    *(are seen every winter, or are elusive winter residents)    
                             
                             
                             
    Species not encountered every winter have an ORANGE backdrop    
                             
                             
                             
    Species which are rare in any season have a PINK backdrop    
                             
                             
                             
    Species which are likely escapes have a GREEN backdrop    
                             
                             
                             
    Species with a RED backdrop are first provincial records    
                             
                             
                             
                             
                             
 
 
Winter of:  Number of winters each species occurred 2001-2011 Year of occurrence pre-2001  
   
  Bird Species 2019-2020 2018-2019 2017-2018 2016-2017 2015-2016 2014-2015 2013-2014 2012-2013 2011-2012  
  Greater White-fronted Goose   X     X   X X X 4    
  Tundra Bean Goose   X                    
  Snow Goose X X X X X   X X X 8    
  Ross's Goose       X           3    
  Cackling Goose - hutchinsii X X X X X X X X X 8    
  Cackling Goose - taverneri   X                    
  Canada Goose X X X X X X X X X 10    
  Tundra Swan   X X X X X X X X X 10    
  Tundra Swan Bewick's              
  Trumpeter Swan X X X X X X   X X 9    
  Mute Swan                   0 1998  
  Wood Duck   X X X X   X X X 10    
  Gadwall ch X X X X X X X X 10    
  Eurasian Wigeon         X         1    
  American Wigeon X X X X X X X X X 10    
  American Black Duck                   1    
  Mallard X X X X X X X X X 10    
  Blue-winged Teal   X             X 1    
  Cinnamon Teal         X       X 0    
  Northern Shoveler   X X X     X X X 8    
  Northern Pintail X X X X X X X X X 10    
  Green-winged Teal X X X X X X X X X 10    
  Canvasback X X X X X X X X X 10    
  Redhead X X X X X X X X X 10    
  Ring-necked Duck X X X X X X X X X 10    
  Greater Scaup   X X X X X   X X 10    
  Lesser Scaup X X X X X X X X X 10    
  Common Eider - v nigra     X             1    
  King Eider                   1 2005  
  Harlequin Duck X X X X   X X   X 10    
  Surf Scoter                   2    
  White-winged Scoter X     X X     X X 9    
  Long-tailed Duck     X X X X   X X 10    
  Bufflehead X X X X X X X X X 10    
  Common Goldeneye X X X X X X X X X 10    
  Barrow's Goldeneye X X X X X X X X X 10    
  Hooded Merganser X X X X X X X X X 10    
  Common Merganser X X X X X X X X X 10    
  Red-breasted Merganser X X X X X     X X 8    
  Ruddy Duck   X X X X   X X X 10    
  Chukar                          
  Gray Partridge X X X X X X X X X 10    
  Ring-necked Pheasant X X X X X X X X X 10    
  Ruffed Grouse X X X X X X X X X 10    
  Spruce Grouse   X X X X X X X X X 10    
  Spruce Grouse - canadensis   X X             ?    
  Spruce Grouse - franklini   X X             ?    
  Dusky Grouse     X X             0    
  White-tailed Ptarmigan   X X X   X X X X 10    
  Willow Ptarmigan X X X X X X X X X 8    
  Rock Ptarmigan                 X 0    
  Greater Sage-Grouse   X X X X         1    
  Sharp-tailed Grouse   X X X X X X X X 10    
  Wild Turkey X X X X X X X X X 10    
  Red-throated Loon                   0 1974  
  Pacific Loon     X X X       X 6    
  Common Loon X X X X         X 7    
  Yellow-billed Loon                   1    
  Horned Grebe X X X   X X X X X 8    
  Red-necked Grebe   X X X X X     X 9    
  Eared Grebe ? X     X         6    
  Pied-billed Grebe   X X X X   X X X 7    
  Western Grebe X X X X X X X X X 9    
  American White Pelican   X   X X         3    
  Double-crested Cormorant   X X X X     X X 5    
  Great Blue Heron   X X X X X   X X 9    
  Cattle Egret                     0 2001  
  White-faced Ibis   X                    
  Black-crowned Night-Heron                   0 1987  
  Turkey Vulture   ?   ?         X 4    
  Bald Eagle X X X X X X X X X 10    
  Northern Harrier   X X X X   X X X 10    
  Sharp-shinned Hawk   X X X X X X X X 10    
  Cooper's Hawk   X X X X X X X X 10    
  Northern Goshawk X X X X x X X X X 10    
  Swainson's Hawk                   0 1976  
  Red-tailed Hawk   X X X X X X X X 10    
  Red-tailed Hawk - harlani X X                    
  Ferruginous Hawk   X   X X   X     2    
  Rough-legged Hawk X X X X X X X X X 10    
  Golden Eagle X X X X X X X X X 10    
  Virginia Rail           X     X 4    
  American Coot X X X X X X X X X 10    
  Sandhill Crane                   0 1996  
  Common Crane                   0 1957  
  Sora                   1    
  American Golden-Plover                   0 1999  
  Killdeer X X X X X X X X X 10    
  Baird's Sandpiper       X           0    
  Spotted Sandpiper                   0 1999  
  Wilson's Snipe X X X X X X X X X 10    
  Jaeger sp.                   1    
  Parasitic Jaeger                   0 1987  
  Franklin's Gull         X           0    
  Bonaparte's Gull                   0 1976  
  Mew Gull                   2    
  Ring-billed Gull X X X X X X X   X 9    
  California Gull X X   X X       X 6    
  Herring Gull X X X X X X X   X 9    
  Iceland Gull-thayeri    ?   X           1    
  Iceland Gull-kumlieni                    0 1993  
  Lesser Black-backed Gull       X           0 1987  
  Slaty-backed Gull                   0 2001  
  Glacous-winged Gull       X                
  Glaucous Gull           X   X X 6    
  Great Black-backed Gull                 X 0 1988  
  Black-legged Kittiwake                   0 1979  
  Ivory Gull                   1 1986  
  gull sp. X                 1    
  Rock Pigeon X X X X X X X X X 10    
  Ringed Turtle Dove                     1999  
  Eurasian Collared-Dove X X X X X X X X X 9    
  White-winged Dove       X           1    
  Mourning Dove   X X X X X X X X 9    
  Eastern Screech-Owl                   3    
  Western Screech Owl       X                
  Barn Owl               X X 0 1999  
  Great Horned Owl X X X X X X X X X 10    
  Snowy Owl X X X X X X X X X 10    
  Northern Hawk Owl X X X X X X X X X 10    
  Northern Pygmy Owl X X X X X X X X X 10    
  Barred Owl   X X X X X X X X 10    
  Great Gray Owl X X X X X X X X X 10    
  Long-eared Owl   X   X X X X   X 10    
  Short-eared Owl X X X X X X X X X 10    
  Boreal Owl   X   X X X   X X 10    
  Northern Saw-whet Owl ? X X X X X X X X 10    
  Mexican Violet-Ear                   0 1993  
  Belted Kingfisher X X X X X X X X X 8    
  Lewis's Woodpecker                   1 2000  
  Red-headed Woodpecker                   0 1999  
  Red-bellied Woodpecker   X X   X     X X 1    
  sapsucker sp.               X   1    
  Yellow-bellied Sapsucker       X X       X 5    
  Downy Woodpecker X X X X X X X X X 10    
  Hairy Woodpecker X X X X X X X X X 10    
  Am. Three-toed Woodpecker X X X X X X X X X 10    
  Black-backed Woodpecker X X X X X X X X X 10    
  Northern Flicker X X X X X X X X X 10    
  Northern Flicker - red shafted X X                    
  Pileated Woodpecker X X X X X X X X X 10    
  American Kestrel   X X X X X X X X 10    
  Merlin - boreal   X X X X X X X X 10    
  Merlin - prairie   X                      
  Gyrfalcon   X X X X X X X X 10    
  Gyrfalcon - white phase   X                    
  Peregrine Falcon   X X   X X   X X 8    
  Prairie Falcon X X X X X X X X X 10    
  Say's Phoebe         X                
  Loggerhead Shrike                   0 1974  
  Northern Shrike X X X X X X X X X 10    
  Gray Jay X X X X X X X X X 10    
  Steller's Jay X X X X X X X X X 10    
  Blue Jay X X X X X X X X X 10    
  Clark’s Nutcracker X X X X X X X X X 10    
  Black-billed Magpie X X X X X X X X X 10    
  American Crow X X X X X X X X X 10    
  Hooded Crow                     1    
  Common Raven X X X X X X X X X 10    
  Horned Lark X X X X X X X X X 10    
  Horned Lark - hoyti   X                    
  Black-capped Chickadee X X X X X X X X X 10    
  Mountain Chickadee X X X X X X X X X 10    
  Boreal Chickadee X X X X X X X X X 10    
  Chestnut-backed Chickadee   ? X     X   X   1 1999  
  Pygmy Nuthatch - unconfirmed                     1999  
  Red-breasted Nuthatch X X X X X X X X X 10    
  White-breasted Nuthatch - eastern X X X X X X X X X 10    
  White-breasted Nuthatch - western   X                    
  Brown Creeper X X X X X X X X X 10    
  Rock Wren                   0 2000  
  House Wren     ?                    
  Winter Wren                   4    
  Pacific Wren   X       X   X   0    
  Marsh Wren   X               1    
  wren sp.                   1    
  American Dipper X X X X X X X X X 10    
  Golden-crowned Kinglet X X X X X X X X X 10    
  Ruby-crowned Kinglet   X           X   1 1974  
  Blue-gray Gnatcatcher                   0 1987  
  Eastern Bluebird           X   X   0    
  Western Bluebird         X         0    
  Mountain Bluebird                   1    
  Townsend's Solitaire X X X X X X X X X 10    
  Swainson's Thrush                   0 1997  
  Hermit Thrush X X     X   X   X 1    
  American Robin X X X X X X X X X 10    
  Varied Thrush   X X X X X X X X 10    
  Gray Catbird   X   X   X       1    
  Northern Mockingbird X             X X 4    
  Brown Thrasher   X   X X X     X 1    
  Curve-billed Thrasher                   0 1998  
  European Starling X X X X X X X X X 10    
  American Pipit                 X 1    
  Bohemian Waxwing X X X X X X X X X 10    
  Cedar Waxwing X X X X X X X X X 10    
  Lapland Longspur   X X X X X X X X 10    
  Smith's Longspur                   1    
  Snow Bunting X X X X X X X X X 10    
  Orange-crowned Warbler                   0 1979  
  Yellow Warbler                   1    
  Chestnut-sided Warbler                   0 1999  
  Magnolia Warbler                   0 1999  
  Cape May Warbler   X           X   3 1999  
  Black-throated Blue Warbler                   0 1999  
  Yellow-rumped Warbler Myrtle   X   X X     X   4    
  Yellow-rumped Warbler - Audobon's                        
  Pine Warbler                   0 1994  
  Palm Warbler   X               1    
  Ovenbird         X         0 1999  
  Northern Waterthrush                   0 year?  
  Common Yellowthroat                   0 1997  
  Hooded Warbler                   1    
  Wilson's Warbler                   1    
  Green-tailed Towhee                   1    
  Spotted Towhee               X X 5    
  Spotted Towhee - oregonus                   1 2001  
  Eastern Towhee                   1 1994  
  American Tree Sparrow X X X X X X X X X 10    
  Chipping Sparrow       X X     X   2    
  Clay-colored Sparrow               X X 0    
  Lark Sparrow                   0 1982  
  Savannah Sparrow                 X 0 1986  
  Nelson's Sparrow                   0 2001  
  Fox Sparrow eastern/red                   4    
  Fox Sparrow mountain                        
  "Sooty" Fox Sparrow                   1    
  Song Sparrow - eastern X X X X X X X X X 9    
  Song Sparrow - western ? X X X                
  Lincoln's Sparrow   X X   X     X   1 1990  
  Swamp Sparrow     X   X         3    
  White-throated Sparrow X X X X X X X X X 10    
  Harris's Sparrow X X X X X X X X X 9    
  White-crowned Sparrow - gambeli   ?   X X X X X X 10    
  White-crowned Sparrow - oriantha                        
  Golden-crowned Sparrow                   1    
  Dark-eyed Junco Slate-coloured X X X X X X X X X 10    
  Dark-eyed Junco - cismontaus   X                    
  "Gray-headed" Junco                   1 2000  
  “Oregon” Junco   X           X        
  “Pink-sided” Junco               X        
  Northern Cardinal   X X X X X X X X 7    
  Indigo Bunting                   1    
  Blue Grosbeak - unconfirmed                     1999  
  Red-winged Blackbird   X X X X X X X X 10    
  Western Meadowlark     X X X X   X X 8    
  Yellow-headed Blackbird             X X   7    
  Rusty Blackbird   X X X X X X X X 10    
  Brewer's Blackbird   X X X x X X X X 10    
  Common Grackle   X X X X X X X X 10    
  Brown-headed Cowbird                   2    
  Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch   X X X X     X X 10    
  Pine Grosbeak X X X X X X X X X 10    
  Purple Finch   X   X X X X X X 10    
  Cassin's Finch   X X     X       1 1989  
  House Finch X X X X X X X X X 10    
  Red Crossbill   X X X X X X X X 10    
  White-winged Crossbill   X X X X X X X X 10    
  Common Redpoll X X X X X X X X X 10    
  Hoary Redpoll   X X X X X X X X 10    
  Greenfinch - Oriental/Eurasian                     1990  
  European Goldfinch   X                 1989  
  Pine Siskin X X X X X X X X X 10    
  Eurasian Siskin - unconfirmed       ?           1?    
  American Goldfinch   X X X X X X X X 10    
  Brambling     X                 1988  
  Evening Grosbeak - western X X X X                
  Evening Grosbeak - eastern X X X X X X X X X 10    
  House Sparrow X X X X X X X X X 10    
  Total species 101 166 137 150 144 126 120 142 149      
                             
                             
                             
                             
  Copyright Blake Maybank & Richard Klauke 2001-2015, Grahame Booth & Richard Klauke 2015-2020