23880Swift Current area
- Oct 7, 2012Yesterday (Oct 6), Larry was doing yardwork, so I went for a drive in
the afternoon.... hoping to see at least some hawks and Sandhill Cranes.
I headed west... stopping at the Junction Hwys 1 & 32 Fish Pond. Not
much there -- a few Mallards, 2 unidentified grebes, & 1 American Coot.
I headed north up Hwy 32 to the Fosterton grid road.... not much there
either - 1 Black-billed Magpie and some Rock Pigeons on the roof of an
old barn in a farmyard.
Along Fosterton grid road up to the Compressor Station, I saw 1 Mallard,
2 Black-billed Magpies, a few Horned Larks, 13 Western Meadowlarks, 1
Skunk, & 1 White-tailed Deer (there were 3 in the exact same location on
Oct 5 when I was coming home from work.) Where did everything that was
here just a couple days before go?
I headed down the grid road at the Compressor Station junction south to
Hwy 332. Not much - just 13 more Western Meadowlarks. I turned east
at Hwy 332... and finally found 79 Sandhill Cranes in a shallow slough
along with several Mallards, some unidentified ducks (too far for me to
figure out without the spotting scope I forgot to bring), 2 Greater
Yellowlegs, 3 Lesser Yellowlegs, a few peeps, & 2 Black-billed Magpies.
I continued east, crossing Hwy 32 and continued east down the grid road
until it dead-ended and I had to turn north or south. along that
stretch of grid I saw 1 Black-billed Magpie and 2 Western Meadowlarks.
I turned south -- to the 'Plewis Road', then continued east again to Hwy
4.... along there I saw 1 more Black-billed Magpie, 13 Western
Meadowlarks, and a few House Sparrows near acreages.
No Hawks... and 13 seemed to be the magic number for Western Meadowlarks
on almost every grid road I travelled!!
I wasn't quite ready to go home yet, so checked out the SPARC (Research
Station) grounds netting myself 28 Mallards, 5 Blue-winged Teals, 4
Black-billed Magpies, 2 Gray Squirrels (1 Black and 1 Gray Phased), and
3 Mule Deer. I went out to the Filtration Plant Reservoir -- and only
saw a few Gulls flying around and 2 Mallards on the water. South of the
Fairgrounds 4 Black-billed Magpies were pecking about in the grass.
Along South Railway St East, I saw 30+ Eurasian Collared-Doves sunning
themselves in the old trees, and a couple hundred Rock Pigeons flying
around the railroad tracks or roosting under the overpass. One last
stop -- at Burnett's Pond netted me 150+ Canada Geese, a few Mallards,
and a couple Gulls flying around.
2 1/2 hours later, several kilometers, and no hawks, but at least I did
see the Sandhill Cranes.
- Mary Ann, Swift Current
50° 17' 00" N - 107° 48' 00" W
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