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25489Cattle Egrets and another Dickcissel

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  • Kathy Hedegard
    Jul 5, 2013
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      Hi 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).

      Highlights:
      - 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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