Fauna and Flora, Abraham Lake, Alberta

Rufous Hummingbird on a snag, Aurum Lodge, Abraham Lake

Rufous Hummingbird on a snag, Aurum Lodge, Abraham Lake

The Rocky Mountains and the colour of Abraham Lake were awe-inspiring but these little copper-coloured hummingbirds around Aurum Lodge stole my heart. The owners have snags around the property for the birds to perch, and dead branches fastened to one side of the lodge – from which they hang the feeders.  Rufous Hummingbirds are native to the west coast of North America and migrate as far north as Alaska. It was early May when we visited Alberta and it snowed one morning, but there they were, about ten of them, chasing each other around the property and each trying to dominate a feeder. Alberta experienced a very dry winter (2015-16) and the birds returned about 10 days early, so we were lucky to have seen them.

I didn’t have a long lens or a tripod so the pictures don’t do the birds justice.

Rufous Hummingbird on a snag, Aurum Lodge, Abraham Lake

Rufous Hummingbird on a snag, Aurum Lodge, Abraham Lake

On our first evening at the Lodge I went for a walk along the designated walking trails. The eco-system is fragile and you’re asked to keep to the trails to avoid damage to the flora.

Flora around Abraham Lake

Flora around Abraham Lake

Arctostaphylos in blossom (Bearberry) The flowers look like those of blueberries.

Arctostaphylos in blossom (Bearberry) The flowers look like those of blueberries.

Tiny pine trees, isolated as this one is, may or may not survive harsh winters and drying winds.

Flora around Abraham Lake

Flora around Abraham Lake

Rocks – naturally white.

Abraham Lake

Abraham Lake

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4 comments on “Fauna and Flora, Abraham Lake, Alberta

  1. Even though a bit small, I can see how beautiful these birds are… how fantastic you saw them!!

    • BuntyMcC says:

      Do you have hummingbirds where you live, Noortje? WE have ruby-throated ones in eastern Canada, but somehow these rufous ones were more interesting – perhaps because they were flying all around the lodge.

  2. We don’t have hummingbirds here. I bet it is delightful ..

    • BuntyMcC says:

      They are so tiny yet they move so fast. And the orange was so brilliant compared to the dark green trees and the dark gray mountains.

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