My first Tree Sparrow of the Autumn.
- Today, Jim Cummings and I traveled to Last Mountain Lake to visit the usual spots near Regina Beach. Another great weather day; however, the birds were relatively few.
The highlights for me included:
A Ferruginous Hawk was observed along # 54. I suspect that this is the same bird from previously.
Three Great Blue Herons were together at Lumsden Beach. Two others? were observed at Buena Vista just earlier.
I saw my first Tree Sparrow of the season at Flag Point near Kinookimaw.
Three immature Surf Scoters were observed together at Buena Vista.
One Common Loon was offshore near Saskatchewan Beach.
Warbler species observed today include many Yellow-rumped and a couple of Palms. I obtained a quicker glimpse of a possible Yellow or Wilson's Warbler in the Quinn Drive Alley, later in the evening.
This evening, nine Wood Ducks were seen at the Wascana Waterfowl Park. This is the first time this fall that I have seen three adult alternate or breeding plumaged pairs at this location. The others seen were juvenile males.
Two American White Pelicans were observed flying near Condie Reservoir.
We saw a 'murder 'of American Crows near Lumsden. The group numbered at least two hundred and fifty birds.
We also saw two flocks of Western Meadowlarks in the uplands near Lumsden Beach. In total these numbered approximately 25 birds.
Unfortunately, the Beavers at Condie last fall took down eight mature hybrid aspens. Visitors were dismayed that the trees lining the parking lot were either on the ground or needed to be felled to avoid possible car and human danger from the remaining damaged trees. Now the roots of these trees have many suckers plus the stumps have sprouted new growth. The net effect from this event is that maybe a significantly larger grove has been created. This of course could change if the Beavers return this fall for the saplings. :(
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