The City of Red Deer hosts a wide variety of birds in most seasons of the year. During the May migration, you never know what will show up. Common year round residents include: Black-billed Magpie, Boreal Chickadee, Black-capped Chickadee, House Finch, Merlin, Common Raven, Mallard, Canada Goose, Downy Woodpecker, Hairy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Red-breasted Nuthatch, White-breasted Nuthatch, Blue Jay, and many others.
During the winter months Black-billed Magpie, House Finch, Black-capped and Boreal Chickadee, Red and White-breasted Nuthatch and Common Raven are very common. Bohemian Waxwing are irruptive. Less common, but regular feeder birds include Pine Sisken, Common Redpoll, Hoary Redpoll (rare), Pileated Woodpecker, and Dark-eyed Junco.
During the spring migration, mainly in May, you just never know what will show up. The Waskasoo Park Trails are excellent for casual birding. There are swampy areas on the outskirts of the City that host flocks of migrating Swan, Shorebirds, and Warbler.
Summer nesting birds include several species of ducks, American Coot, several species of birds of prey, Osprey, and Peregrine Falcon
The Kerry Wood Nature Centre maintains a sighting list. Check out our Coming Events We may have a birding trip coming up. From September to May, we have periodic Sunday bird walks. Everyone is invited to join is.