The Feather Files Name: Woodhouse’s Scrub-Jay Species: Aphelocoma woodhouseii Native to and Migration: Year round resident of the dry lowlands from Nevada, United States into Mexico Date Seen: April 2016 Location: Grand Canyon, Arizona Notes: Unlike some other species of Jay, this one does not have a crested head.
Bug Bits Name: Anise Swallowtail Butterfly Species: Papilio zelicaon Native to: Western North America Date Seen: May 2012 Location: Southern Alberta Notes: A large butterfly – 52 to 80 mm (2.0 to 3.1 in) similar in color to the Canadian Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly – except quite different when you look more carefully!
The Feather Files Name: Red-breasted Nuthatch Species: Sitta canadensis Native to and Migration: Found throughout much of Canada and the United States. Can be resident or a short-distance migrant. Date Seen: September 2016 Location: North of Calgary, Alberta Notes: These birds wander up, down and sideways along trunks and branches of trees. They eat mainly insects, but in fall and winter they will eat conifer seeds. We call them and other small birds like them, hoover birds. Flocks of them hop across the patio and lawn picking up the spruce seeds that our forest sheds all over our property.
Bug Bits Name: Canadian Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly Species: Papilio canadensis Native to: All Canadian Provinces and Northern U.S. States Date Seen: June 2013 Location: Southern Alberta Notes: Large (53mm to 80mm; 2.07in to 3.12in) bright Butterflies with a furry black and yellow body.
The Feather Files Name:Western Meadowlark Species: Sturnella neglecta Native to and Migration: Birds can be found in South Central and Western Canada; central and Western United States; North and Central Mexico. Resident to medium distance migrants. Date Seen: May 2018 Location: Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge, Utah Notes: Open grassland birds, their song is familiar to many of us here on the prairies, but we seldom if ever see them!