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13813Re: [Saskbirds] Friday around Estevan

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  • Bob
    Mar 1, 2008
      Thanks again for the hospitality. It's always great to meet you again and finally Barry. We also appreciated the tea/coffee and meeting our host. The birding was fun and the weather was excellent as well. It was nearly twice as cold at Regina yesterday with -7 for a high with a nasty wind.

      No, we didn't get a diagnostic look at that bird prior to it flying. We as planned stopped at Barry's place and saw a Pine Siskin, a single Mourning Dove among the several Dark-eyed Juncos, Ring-necked Pheasants, White-breasted Nuthatches and usual Woodpeckers.We saw a Merlin just out of Estevan plus again saw the incredible herd of Pronghorn ,the Snowy Owls and a few Ravens. The Horned Larks was scattered along roadside and in the fields. I suspect that Steven will post a list from the trip as he recorded the species and numbers.

      The roads back to Regina were excellent until we arrived again at Corrine. By the time we got to here the southeast winds were gusting and snow pack and ice were again on highway # 39. We saw only one snow plow during the day and marvel that apparently nobody was killed here, yesterday.

      Take care
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      From: Kathy Hedegard
      To: Saskbirds
      Sent: Saturday, March 01, 2008 6:37 AM
      Subject: [Saskbirds] Friday around Estevan

      Morning Birders:

      We had a little 'special event' down this way yesterday afternoon. My friend Barry and I met up with Saskbirders Steven W. and Bob L. and visited an elderly lady who has the great fortune to live on one fantastic piece of property. Her home overlooks the valley below the Boundary Dam spillway. Unfortunately, the Dutch Elm has destroyed the big trees, as it has everywhere else along the rivers and streams in this area.

      The main purpose of the visit was to see the wild turkeys that lurk around the yard pretty well all day, apparently. Talk about well fed birds....hmmmm. Steven and I were both thinking about Christmas and Thanksgiving for some reason.

      In addition to the turkeys, 3-4 white-tailed deer wandered into the yard, overcame some skittishness, and nibbled up the grain. These are also regular visitors

      Downy and Hairy Woodpeckers; Black-capped Chickadees and White-breasted Nuthatches, with a fly-by of a Black-billed Magpie and Ring-neck Pheasant rounded out the viewing.

      Nice to spent a litte time with Steven and Bob. Did either of You happen to see the bird that briefly sat on a post - as we were driving out? I didn't get a chance to raise the binocs. Anyway, I hope the drive back to Regina wasn't as icy as the morning skate down.

      Kathy in Estevan

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