Pike Lake Palm Warbler and more - October 5, 2013
- I hope everyone has been enjoying the start to the weekend. This morning I decided to check out Pike Lake then the old Regina highway.
Valley Road had hundreds, if not thousands, of SANDHILL CRANRES scattered in various locations along the road. I found a couple SNOW GEESE amongst the flocks of CANADA GEESE and CACKLING GEESE. A lone TURKEY VULTURE flew over the road. I was surprised to still see one hanging around here. I also saw a single RED-TAILED HAWK on a hay bale.
I walked the nature trail at Pike Lake. It was very quiet. I flushed a ruffed grouse early along the nature trail. I then proceeded to the east (I think) side of the parking lot and wandered through the BBQ area and along the water. A good number of DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANTS were on the far shore. There were thousands of SNOW GEESE, lots of COOTS, and a few PIED-BILLED GREBES.
I was quite disappointed by the lack of songbirds, when out of nowhere 4 warblers landed in front of me and a WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCH behind me. There was 1 YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER, 2 ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS, and 1 PALM WARBLER. This was clearly seen - dull plumage, eye stripe, tail bobbing, and most notably, yellow undertail coverts with no yellow extending into the belly. Unfortunately these birds moved on about 1 minute later and I wasn't able to relocate them.
I continued along the lake and found a couple HAIRY WOODPECKERS and a lone BELTED KINGFISHER.
I headed to the old Regina highway, which was also fairly quiet. A lot of waterfowl species, 19 TUNDRA SWANS, a flock of about 20 DOWITCHERS, and a couple RED-TAILED HAWKS.
Overall a fairly quiet morning, but some good species. I totaled 35 species between the locations. Here's my complete list if anyone is interested:
Have a great weekend!
Randy Walker - Langley, BC (currently visiting Saskatoon)