25489Cattle Egrets and another Dickcissel
- Jul 5, 2013Hi Birders:
My birding drive today took me out to Rafferty Dam, #18 to Torquay, up #606 to Mainprize Regional Park, on to #705 to check out the former heronry NE of Midale (nada) and over to Lampman (Roy's Lake).
- Sprague's Pipits and Chestnut-collared Longspurs near Rafferty Dam
- a single Dickcissel south of Mainprize on #606
- Baird's and Grasshopper Sparrows between Estevan and Mainprize Park.
- Ferruginous Hawks, 4. A local nest has at least two chicks, both parents were hunting nearby early this morning.
- 7 Common Nighthawks, resting at community pasture corral near Mainprize.
- many Wilson's Snipes perched on fence posts; ditto Upland Sandpipers
- both Lesser and Greater Yellowlegs
- American Avocets with chicks
- 10-11 Least Sandpipers at Lampman - actually there were quite a few shorebirds along the washed out road across Roy's Lake, but the heat waves and glare made identification a trifle difficult, so I didn't try too hard.
- 4 nests of Great Blue Herons at the Lampman heronry. One nest had 3 chicks, couldn't see the others well enough to determine number of young.
- Cattle Egrets. 1 single not too far from a solo bird I saw a couple weeks ago. At least 9 CAEGs are with a small herd of cattle along the paved road west of Lampman. There is a roosting tree that some flew into as I was stopping.
Here at home, a Red-breasted Nuthatch is pipping non-stop in a neighbour's tree.
Kathy H in Estevan
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