Canada is the 'nursery' for American songbirds, says Calgary bird expert
CBC News Posted: Mar 30, 2015 3:11 PM MT Last Updated: Mar 30, 2015 3:11 PM MT
If you haven't seen them, you've likely heard them.
"Canada is the nursery of the North American songbird," said Chris Fisher, the author of Birds of Alberta.
After migrating to warmer, southern climates for the winter the harbinger of spring — the American robin — is among the first species to flock back to Calgary.
"Calgary and Alberta in particular are just great places to have little babies," adds the Calgary bird expert.
Fisher says songbirds return to the province for the summer because there is less food competition, fewer predators and wide open spaces.