Lakewood Park, Saskatoon
- When I went there this evening I met a woman who I have chatted with
occasionally over the past two years. After we'd exchanged greetings
she asked me if I had seen the crane or heron that had been there for
the last 5 days! I hadn't been there since the 27th but hadn't seen
it then. She told me that she had just seen it at the edge of the
reeds on the north side of the inlet pond which was close to where we
were and about 20 seconds later she pointed and said "There it is".
Sure enough, it strolled up onto the shore at the northwest end of
the inlet pond - a Great Blue Heron!!!
The sun was getting quite low on the horizon and was being covered up
by cloud (it was almost 7pm) and after she left I went over and got
as many shots as I could. I tried to be careful not to spook it and
got some great looks at it from only about 30 feet away. It was
really amazing to be able to watch it stalk and then strike at a
And that's not all. Before I saw the heron I had seen a young Sora in
the marsh and a few minutes later also saw an adult.
Pied-billed Grebe - 2
Mallard - 12
Gadwall - 5
Blue-winged Teal - 12
Ruddy duck - 2 hens and 2 ducklings
- 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?