Lakewood Park, Saskatoon
- I went for a walk in the park this evening hoping to clear my head
from another migraine. I saw about a dozen Canada Geese, eight Red-
winged Blackbirds, 5 mallards, one muskrat and heard an American
Robin. As I was about to leave, a bird that I didn't recognize flew
overhead towards the marsh pond. Then it hovered for several seconds
before diving into the water. I lost sight of it after that so I
walked back to the marsh area but couldn't see it. I was about to
leave again when it flew up again and this time I saw where it was
perched after it had performed its hovering and diving once more. I
got a better look at it, enough to be able to remember it when I had
a look through Sibley at home.
No doubt about it, a Belted Kingfisher - lifer number 116.
- I wandered around Lakewood Park yesterday afternoon. A UofS student
was doing a survey of park users and for my trouble in answering a few
questions I received a nice Ducks Unlimited poster.
There have been about a dozen American Tree Sparrows foraging in the
park for about a week now and one finally made the mistake of staying
still with only one twig between it and me.
A few weeks ago I saw two American Bitterns and two Great Blue Herons
but we appear to be down to just one Great Blue Heron now. I presume
that this is a youngster.
There are about 6 Greater Yellowlegs around the marsh and outlet pond
- this one was trying to sleep.
While I was walking along the edge of the marsh I surprised a Wilson's
Snipe which exploded out of the reeds and flew to the far end of the
I could hear a Marsh Wren chattering and scolding from within some
reeds on the southeast side of the inlet pond and I caught occasional
glimpses of it. Eventually it too made the mistake of staying still
out in the open and met the same fate as the American Tree Sparrow - I
Also at the inlet pond I spotted this bird working its way along the
edge of the reeds but it was moving away from me and I only got a
distant look at it. I've labelled it a Vesper Sparrow but maybe it's a
Savannah or something else entirely.
Can someone ID this for me please?