15630Re: Catching up bigtime
- Sep 1, 2008Hello good point and thanks for pointing it out
in 2007 I had a total of 15 American Bittern, but my 52 species this
year was far below last years 68, for the past 3 years I have always
found Red-eyed Vireo, for example, but this year I dipped.
Willowbrook is about 40km north of Melville. You are right there is
much water, and the area is sparsely populated I have done this
route now for 4 years and have seen only two cars). The route offers
a very diverse habitat with open farm areas and pastureland which
net typical grassland species. But the route is interspersed with
some nice tracts riparian habitat, and valleys offering mature
deciduous stands. I really lucked out getting this outstanding
route. I also think that this area of the province up to the Canora
area is just teaming with some incredible treasures.
--- In Saskbirds@yahoogroups.com, "J Frank Roy" <jfroy@...> wrote:
> Greg: An interesting report. It's fun trying to figure out from
the list of species seen just where Willowbrook Survey route is.
For one thing you have a number of stops with water. To get 'only"
9 bitterns and you are complaining! The combo of Pileated Woodpecker
and Black-billed Cuckoo, Mountain Bluebird and Eastern Wood Pewee
sugests a mix of habitat with some forest and some more open land,
possibly prairie. I'm betting the eastern Qu'Appelle Valley or the
Moose Mountain-Souris River area. Please let us know. It's fun
guessing, but in most of our reports, we should give the geographic
location when it is needed, as in a case like this. Frank Roy
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: Greg
> To: Saskbirds@yahoogroups.com
> Sent: Monday, September 01, 2008 2:53 AM
> Subject: [Saskbirds] Re: Catching up bigtime
> PS I also found 14 Marsh Wren, up from an average of 1...not to
> --- In Saskbirds@yahoogroups.com, "Greg" <skyman845@> wrote:
> > hello all, looked at the calendar today and could not believe
> > it is September already, it appears that I have in effect
> > past 2 months.
> > Anywho, I completed my usual BBS (BreedingBird Survey)route
> > (Willowbrook) at the end of June...one of these days I will
> > get it done in early June. The weather was better than perfect
> > a few clouds, +11, and with a wind speed of less than calm.
> > Started my count at 4:01 in the A of M, and had two steaming
> > mugs of Tims. I logged 52 species in 5 hours of birding and
> > species for me to the route. I was thrilled to find a single
> > Pileated Woodpecker, and early in the morning this bird
> > not a threat and allowed some great looks. A Black-billed
> > floated across the road landed in a tree, and as Bob would
> > me some crippling looks at it before it flew back across the
> > think this is the first time I have seen this species in about
> > years. Also new wre Mountain Bluebirds (1 pair), and two
> > Wood Peewee in two seperate locations.
> > American Bittern Numbers were way way down with only 9 birds
> > out of 50 stops. Sora numbers were average with 37
> > 2 Virginia Rail were average as well. I did not pick up Yellow
> > as I had in the past 2 years. Wilson's Snipe were slightly
> > year with only 26 individuals found. Also way off were Black
> > with 28 individuals found.
> > Overall it was a great time and as always look forward to
> > all over again in 2009.
> > PS there are still routes available for next year so give it
> > thought
> > Greg Kratzig
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