Yellow Grass grid (the one many travelled last year)
- Doyle and I decided to head out of Weyburn on #13 highway and do the Yellow Grass grid road from the south end and head north to #39. I guessed perhaps we'd see 12 species, Doyle guessed 7. We thankfully were wrong. (Note - if you are planning on doing this road please note that about 8 kms at the south end is new grade and only one trail with very deep ruts since the heavy rain. A low car would drag. When a vehicle comes along someone has to pulloff onto a side road. About 2/3's of the road heading north is good though).
What we saw in order as seen:
Bobolinks (displaying while sitting on fence wire)
(the above was all around the area of the William's place. We had a good chat with Arnott along the road)
Swainson's Hawks (2 soaring)
American Bittern (in dugout on east side more towards the south end - it was there last week as well)
Marbled Godwit (dugout further north on east side)
(here we visited with Mr. Murray. He hadn't seen any ibis yet nor had we on previous trips)
Red-necked Grebe (dugout on west side closer to farm where owls were)
Ruddy Ducks (lots of them around the bridge)
Sora (we saw one and heard lots along the drive)
and the icing:
2 White-faced Ibis (they were along the dugout just north of the red barn on the east side of the road. They flew across to the grassed area to forage and we had a great close view). They always remind me of flying scissors.
Glad Doyle and I were wrong on our estimates. See you had the ibis also Kim. Way to go!
Val and Doyle - McTaggart