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Scientific Name: Cypseloides niger
Range / Habitat: Breeds in high, rocky niches in the Caribbean and at sites near the Pacific coast of Canada, US and Mexico. Wintering grounds unknown, but they may travel as far as South America.
Field Notes: Large, all black, swift which may have some white fringes to underparts.
Personal Notes: Seen in flying over Maligne Gorge in Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada. We later saw these marked nest sites further up the gorge.
Range / Habitat: Year-round in boreal forests and taiga throughout Canada and Alaska.
Field Notes: Medium-sized fowl with heavily barred back and breast. Breeding males nearly black, as above, females lighter brown, as below. Males with white-boardered black throat and red eye combs. Ruffed Grouse larger with a crest and no red eye comb.
Personal Notes: First seen in Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada. These birds were not shy, often found right on the side of the road, not moving even when we stopped to photograph them. We later found the male on route to Wapta Falls in Yoho National Park, British Columbia, Canada.
Range / Habitat: Preferred habitat coniferous forest, year-round in the Pacific Northwest and Northeastern US. Summers in Canada into Alaska, winters throughout much of the US.
Field Notes: Very small songbird with grey to olive-green upperparts and buff underparts. Yellow to orange crown patch with black border. White eyebrow and black eye-line. Ruby-crowned Kinglet lacks eyebrow and eye-line.
Personal Notes: Seen in Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada.