I was away for awhile, had company shortly after I got back home,
and my E-mail program has been Snafu'd so y'all haven't seen any of my
verbiage for some time. Now I'm home, my company has been and gone, and
a young local computer whiz has un-Snafu'd my E-mail so here goes.
On Tues. June 22 at Reed Lake I had my best ever sighting of a
Clark's Grebe. This bird was foraging in the current that flows through
the culvert half-way along the road that crosses the lake. The
municipality has widened the road a bit there so I was able to pull over
in the truck and sit in comfort getting great bino and scope views as
the bird swam back and forth. The three features that Sibley mentions
that distinguish it from the Western, that is the bright orange-yellow
bill, the white are almost completely encircling and the grayer flanks,
were all dramatically apparent.
On the evening of June 23rd at Roche Percee I saw my first Field
Sparrow. This bird was very cooperative, sitting up in a dead tree on
the south side of the approach to the house across from the monument and
Early on the morning of June 26 at Bear Creek (east of Tantallon in
the eastern part of the Qu'Appelle Valley) I saw what I believe to be an
albino Cedar Waxwing. It was perched high in some dead branches along
with a couple of normal looking Cedar Waxwings. It had a black mask, red
drops of sealing wax on its wings, the terminal quarter of its tail was
dark with the yellow terminal band, and all the rest of its plumage was
a dirty white.I checked the illustration of the juvenile in Sibley and
this bird didn't fit, and I think it's too early to be seeing full-grown
juvenile Cedar Waxwings.
In the dunes at Good Spirit Lake Provincial Park on the morning of
June 27, I observed an Eastern Towhee in typical Eastern plumage and
singing the typical "Drink you teeeeeeea" song.
Early yesterday morning on the sage flats along Lodge Creek, I
observed several Brewer's Sparrows.
Last evening on the Fire Tower Road in the West Block of Cypress
Hills Interprovincial Park at least two, possibley three, Common
Poorwills sang apparently in response to my playing a tape.