Brown Creepers galore!
- This morning, I was was out in the Riverdene area of Swift Current
looking for the Varied Thrush, but nadda... I still hit a feathered
jackpot though, especially with Brown Creepers the first 10 minutes I
was out there! I first saw a couple, then more flew onto the two trees
in front of me -- and within a couple minutes I had at least 12+ Brown
Creepers crawling the trunk and offshooting trunks of a pair of old
trees!!! I also saw at least 3 Ruby-Crowned Kinglets, 5 Orange-Crowned
Warblers, 7+ RB Nuthatches (I heard more than I saw!), 4 Song Sparrows,
4 White-Crowned Sparrows, 10+ Harris Sparrows, 10+ Dark-Eyed Juncos, 10+
House Finches (male & female), 15+ Purple Finches(male & female), 2
American Goldfinches (and I heard more), 15+ American Robins (no Varied
Thrush amongst them!), 5 Common Grackles, 2 Mallards, 3 Northern
Shovellers, a few House Sparrows, 3 Mule Deer, 1 Felis Domesticus (at
large), & 5 Canis familiaris (on leashes). I also heard Cedar Waxwings
but didn't see any. It was certainly worth the 2 hours I spent out
there this morning... I was surprised that I didn't see nor hear any
woodpeckers in that area!
We went back to the same area after supper just before dusk, but other
than a few Robins, Dark-Eyed Juncos, Song Sparrows, White-crowned
Sparrows, 3 Northern Shovellers, & 2 Gadwalls, (and the same 3 deer -
Mamma & twins, AND the same cat I saw this morning being chased by Mamma
Deer!), we didn't seen anything else.
Our yard was full of the Robins, House Finches, Harris Sparrows, a
couple White-throated Sparrows, a couple Dark-Eyed Juncos, 3 Mourning
Doves, and too many House Sparrows all day long!! This morning, I
could hear a couple RB Nuthatches across the street, and I finally saw
one of them mid-afternoon in a tree behind our yard.
I heard RB Nuthatches by one of the funeral homes across from the
Community College this morning when I was dropping Michelle off for her
first day of classes. That was a welcome sound:0) While waiting to
pick Ryan up after school today, I saw several Ring-billed Gulls hanging
around the high school parking lot, as well as more Robins!!!
That's my/our day in a nutshell... Gotta go back to work tomorrow, so no
morning birding stroll for me tomorrow morning!
- Mary Ann, Larry, & Ryan - Swift Current
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