22302Swift Current area
- Feb 19, 2012Going to and from work the past 2 1/2 months, there hasn't been much to
report other than Snowy Owls. Most days they are the only wild life we
On a good day, we see 5 -7 Snowy Owls between Swift Current and the
Compressor Station, most being along Hwy 32. Some days, there are 3 in
a 3-km stretch, with 2 often being less than 1 km. from the other (they
can actually see each other because there aren't any hills there.)
There are 1 sometimes 2 Snowy Owls along the Fosterton Road west of Hwy
32, and 4 sometimes 5 along Hwy 32 from the Fosterton Road intersection
to the merge lane of Hwy 32 and Hwy 1 (there is one Snowy Owl that is
sitting anywhere from a light post at the turn off to go to Hwy 1 west
off Hwy 32 to the (north of the Hwy 1) power poles within 1 km east of
the merge lane.
Every few days we see 1 or 2 Black-billed Magpies, and some days (not
often), we see a flock of 50-100 Snow Buntings or an occasional Horned
Lark. Also missing from our daily trips are Pronghorn and Deer. I
guess there is so little snow cover that they don't have to hang around
near the roads looking for food.
At work, we have the ever-present 2 or 3 Black-billed Magpies and lots
of House Sparrows.
2012 January 29 Larry and I took a little drive in the country.... We
went north of the City (past Green Hectares B&B) up to the Skyline
road. We then proceeded west, crossing Hwy 4 and continued west along
the Skyline Road to Hwy 32. From there, we went up to the Fosterton
Road, west to the Compressor Station, then south to Hwy 332, back to Hwy
32, then home. Our most abundant bird seen was the Snowy Owl. In our
travels,we saw 7 Snowy Owls, 6 Black-billed Magpies, and a few House
Sparrows near farmyards. That was it. No mammals at all.
- Mary Ann and Larry, Swift Current, SK
50° 17' 00" N - 107° 48' 00" W
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