Tag Archives: place Alberta

Harvestman – Looks Like a Spider, But Isn’t

We always called these daddy longleg spiders, but they aren’t spiders! Arachnids – yes. Spiders – no. I only figured this out today when I did the research for this post. They aren’t even the only critters that are called daddy longlegs – cellar spiders and craneflies are called that too. Bug Bits Name:  Harvestman […]
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Eurasian Collared-Dove

The Feather Files Name:  Eurasian Collared-Dove Species:  Streptopelia decaocto Native to and Migration:  In North America – most of the United States; SW Canada, Mexico; non-migratory. Date Seen:  May 2017; March 2016 Location:  North of Calgary, Alberta; north of Fountain Hills, Arizona Notes:  These birds are now native to Europe and Asia, though they were […]
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Lady’s Slipper Orchids – No Match for the Mower

I’ve blogged about the Lady’s Slipper Orchids several times:  Lady’s Slipper Orchid – Surprise in the Ditch and Lady’s Slipper Orchid Mimics the Old Masters. In that post, I mentioned the fate of the orchids when the county mower bears down on them. This year the mower arrived earlier in the season than normal and […]
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Chaos in the Garden

This is one of my flower beds. It has been over 20 years in the making. In that time, a small tree grew – casting more and more deep shade. The plants that liked sun weren’t so happy about this. Some died – I thought. So I planted others, only to have the dead sometimes […]
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Red-Breasted Nuthatch

The Feather Files Name: Red-breasted Nuthatch Species: Sitta canadensis Native to and Migration: Found throughout much of Canada and the United States. Can be resident or a short-distance migrant. Date Seen: September 2016 Location: North of Calgary, Alberta Notes: These birds wander up, down and sideways along trunks and branches of trees. They eat mainly […]
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Mountain Bluebird

The Feather Files Name: Mountain Bluebird Species: Sialia currucoides Native to and Migration: Mountain Bluebirds breed in western North America as far north as Alaska. They winter as far south as central Mexico Date Seen:  May 2016;  May 2017 Location: Arches National Park, Utah, USA;  North of Calgary, Alberta, Canada Notes:  Mountain Bluebirds will use […]
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