Re: [Saskbirds] Yard lists
I have never attempted a yard list . I have had a few yards in my time
Perhaps some of the more interesting birds that I have seen perched or
nesting in my various yards include: Prairie Falcon, Broad-winged Hawk,
Northern Goshawk, both eagles, Great Grey Owl,Winter Wren, nesting
Philadelphia Vireo and Connecticut Warbler, nesting Black-billed Cuckoo,
both crossbills, Northern 3-toed Woodpecker, and three Pileated Woodpeckers
at my suet for the winter. There are others.
Another bird that Trevor didn't mention was an adult male Blue -winged
Warbler that although technically not in his yard was heard singing in a
tree out front.
I always have enjoyed seeing all the residents as well as regular migrant
visitors plus the rarities.
Your yard is well situated. I must admit that I am envious. I have also
enjoyed reading about your coverage of your immediate area plus was
extremely pleased to see the elusive Golden-crowned Sparrow in the Boreal
Observing the parade of birds during migrations and regularly patrolling a
specific area is very rewarding. I am missing that now as I live in an
apartment complex. I have been going regularly to Buck Lake.
- On Monday I saw a Hermit Thrush in my yard. It was bird no. 108 seen or heard in or from 1278 Campbell St. Regina. The list includes all 3 Mergansers (our house looks out on Wascana Creek), Upland Sandpiper, both crossbills, both shrikes, Mountain and Eastern Bluebirds, Osprey, "large falcon" (likely a Peregrine), Lark Sparrow, and 13 species of warbler, the rarest of which is Mourning.
Sound impressive? Well, we'll be trying to sell the place in a year and a half or so, and I'd love to sell it to a birder. Seriously, though, I'd be interested in hearing about other Saskbirders' yard lists (and I realize that some Canadian yards have lists of over 200, and I remember also reading that Barry Kent Mackay (of Toronto) once saw over 90 species in or from his yard in a single day)--at least from those of us who don't sneer at keeping lists!
Bob Luterbach, if you're reading this, I'd be especially interested in hearing what your yard in Tyvan produced by way of sightings.
H.D. Sandy Ayer (Mr.)
Director of Library Services
Canadian Bible College/Canadian Theological Seminary
4400 4th Ave.
Regina, Sask., Canada
- Sandy et al:
We used to keep a yard list when we had a home in south Lakeview, Regina. I
think we lived there for five years and the list was at 101 when we left.
The best birds there were a Townsend's Warbler, and a yard bird I will be
hard pressed to top no matter how long I live in one place--a Poorwill. I
found the poorwill sitting on the ground between my garden rows one
afternoon in May. After flying into the neighbour's yard it was injured by
a cat. We found it dying the next day and passed it on to a biologist at
the U of R who was studying poowills at the time.
Although I don't keep a list for our current yard, the best bird so far has
been a Scarlet Tanager male in full song a few years back.