The Sunday before last (July 24th), I felt a deep, unsatisfactory lack of vireo sightings in my life. I know this registers at a whopping 0.0001 on the life-threatening scale, but I was remembering other people’s photos of Calgary vireos and I really, really wanted to be one of those people too. Internet to the rescue! I found some photos of warbling and red-eyed vireos on the Birds Calgary blog, many of them taken at Carburn Park. So that’s where I went!
Along the trail between the Bow River and the middle pond, I heard many little birds in the mature balsam poplars and in the bushes beneath them. They were hard to spot and when I did spot one, it would fly away or move continuously from one partially camouflaged branch to another. When I finally saw a vireo, it was with two others of its kind. I took 6 unfocused photos (so many branches in the way!!!) and on the 7th try, my camera decided to focus on a bird. Yay! I walked up the trail on the other side of the bushes to see if I could get a better view, but all I got were a few more quick glimpses. So I went home with one clear photo of two warbling vireos. Success!
I also enjoyed watching the cormorants that were sunning, swimming, fishing or flying along the Bow River, just north of Carburn Park.