Last Mountain Lake Birding (Regina Beach, Lumsden Beach and Buena Vista)
- I have been mostly checking the Lumsden Beach and Buena Vista areas over the
last two mornings. I have not seen the juvenile Red-throated Loon either
This morning, I again scoped an adult Ferruginous Hawk perched on a roadside
power pole along # 54 across from the Hobby Farm with the exotic species
including the Llamas, Alpacas and a few Bison. Yesterday, I also saw a bird
near noon a km farther south. (I saw one earlier here on September 20.) This
location appears to be a favorite since I have had other sightings here over
the years. The adjacent overgrazed pasture usually has a few active
Richardson's Ground Squirrels later into fall. I saw several there
yesterday. As mentioned previously, there is much native prairie to the west
of this location extending towards the Arm River Valley and west towards
Dilke. This species apparently continues to have a remnant population in
this location. An abandoned nest is just over a mile directly east.
Other species noted today includes a large movement of 500+ Franklin's
Gulls. Three adult Herring Gulls were just offshore at Lumsden Beach
attempting to open a carcass of a large fish.
I saw 3 Common Loons today and 5 yesterday.
300+ D.c. Cormorants were foraging en masse with gulls flying over them at
Common Goldeneyes are building in numbers. Today, I counted 27. Buffleheads
and Hooded Mergansers are also slowly increasing as well as scaup species.
Ruddy Ducks seem fewer. Gadwalls and American Wigeons are increasing near
I saw a female/immature White-winged Scoter and 7+ immature /female Surf
Scoters on both days. The White-winged Scoter is usually just offshore at
Lumsden Beach. The Surf's are scattered along the Lake from Buena Vista to
Lumsden Beach in several smaller groups.
I saw 3 Red-tailed Hawks today and 6 yesterday.
Harris' Sparrows ,Dark-eyed Juncos, Tree Sparrows, Yellow-rumped Warblers,
American Robins and Cedar Waxwings were seen both days. A female Belted
Kingfisher continues at Lumsden Beach. An American Goldfinch flew over today
as did several smaller groups of Lapland Longspurs.