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Red Deer Birding Trail

Download copies of Bird Trail Brochure and Central Alberta Bird Checklist

The City of Red Deer hosts a wide variety of birds in most seasons of the year.

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 Spring migration, you never know what will show up.

We have many Summer nesting birds including several species of ducks, American Coot, several species of birds of prey, Osprey, and Peregrine Falcon.

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 Waxwings are irruptive. Less common, but regular feeder birds include Pine Siskin, Common Redpoll, Hoary Redpoll (rare), Pileated Woodpecker, and Dark-eyed Junco.

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.

The Kerry Wood Nature Centre maintains a sighting list. Check out our Coming Events, we may have a birding trip coming up. Everyone is invited to join in.