Inglewood Bird Sanctuary, Calgary
This morning we decided to pay a visit to Inglewood Bird Sanctuary. We had seen quite a few photos of birds and animals taken here that we thought it was worth scoping out.
The sanctuary is about 15 mins drive from our apartment or about an hours walk. We went by car today as we wanted to be able to have enough energy to walk around the place itself without having to worry about walking home again.
As it is located in the middle of the city we weren't sure what to expect, but we were pleasantly surprised. Baring in mind we visited mid-morning we still managed to find some wildlife.
The first bird we spotted was a Swainson's Hawk flying over the neighboring meadow.
The bird was screaming as it flew and soon we spotted the second one, obviously a pair as they communicated to each other. They landed in a tree and we watched them for quite some time before they flew off again.
The sanctuary itself isn't large, but it is open year round and is completely free.
There is a lot of woodland as well as streams and river tributaries off the Bow River which also runs alongside this park.
The next thing we spotted was a woodpecker, in fact there were three of them.
Here are some of the other birds we saw.
We saw lots of evidence of beavers including many gnawed trees like this one.
Now we know where this is and it being so close to us we can visit as often as we like. Next time we will go early in the morning or late evening to see if we can see more birds and hopefully some beavers and muskrats as we know they are here.
All of the bird photos except the woodpecker were taken by Chris.