As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Songbirds return to Calgary for spring breeding

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. 

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