- A quick way to get a broadbrush view of the birds that stay and those that
leave in the winter, and where birds spend their time over the year, is to
look at the range maps in your bird book.
- I kow it is late, but we are cleaning the basement. I made some trips
to the trash, and could not help but notice that there were a great
many shorebirds peeping overhead. There was a steady stream of birds
from about 11pm, and they are still flying overhead at 1am.
- The warbler/Vireo migration is certainly in full swing. I am leaving the fountain running over night in our pond. Last week we had visits from Yellow-rumped, Yellow, Black-polled,Orange-crowned, Palm, Tennessee, Blackburnian, Northern Waterthrush and Wilson's Warblers. The two Vireo's were the Philadelphia and the Warbling.
Today Reta and I drove down to the Last Mountain Lake Wildlife and found the water filled with virtually every species of duck. The Sandhill Cranes were talking from high overhead then spiralling down out of their thermals to greet those already feeding or sleeping. There are probably five hundred there now.
We spotted one Great Egret hunting at the south end of the drive around the lake section. Pelican and Double Crested Cormorants were both present but in smaller numbers tha in our July visit.
There were several Swainson's Hawks present along with a couple of Red-tailed Hawks and many Northern Harriers. We spotted one Broad-winged Hawk riding a thermal southward alongside a light phase Red-tailed.
Barn Swallows and Tree Swallows were still present in good numbers but the Purple Martins were absent.
Ross Dixon of the CWF was mist-netting and banding in the shelter belts when we arrived and he most courteyesly gave us a tour.He showed us a Mourning Dove's nest with the mother and two young still in the nest.
Good birding to all
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- We've had a gathering of a dozen Yellow-shafted Northern Flickers at
the farm this past week along with 20 or so American Robins. A
Yellow-rumped Warbler is still drinking from the oriole feeder and
the Downy Woodpecker is as well. The warbler is quite tame when
we're watching it. White-crowned Sparrows have now appeared. We
still have lots of Mourning Doves but they'll be surprised at their
bird-bath drink this morning...need a chissel on the ice. We've seen
Palm Warblers and others that we can't ID.
We've been up and gone by 7:00 a.m. to daily babysit in Regina a few
days this week so garden chores were done around 5:30 a.m. three
days ago. The Rock Pigeons were out and about at that early time.
You did wait for a chilly garden gathering Guy!! :-)
The Swainson's Hawk data from Jared was really interesting as Elma
McCormick phoned the other day that she saw a Swainson's Hawk on the
street along Railway Avenue in Weyburn. A guy was approaching it so
she stopped to see what was going on. Then another van stopped. When
the guy got quite close the hawk flew up onto the van roof.
Meanwhile the conservation officer had been phoned and came along
and took the Swainson's. At this time I'd like to thank Jared for
making our summer so especially interesting with his e-mails and
Sanders updates and all the belly laughs. Just like when Jim reports
on your experiences together, total fun. We appreciated you from the
first time you enthusiastically came to our place. I remember Bob
gave us a good report on you. You have so many dedicated friends and
we know you have a lot of background support from those who work or
bird with you..we enjoyed your co-announcing on birdline!! There are
many special people on this birding forum who modestly go about
doing their thing. We are thankful for the younger people who are so
involved to carry on. We really enjoy taking part or hearing about
what goes on from all of you. We look forward to the postings of all
the great photos and stories of outings and backyard sightings from
everyone. We enjoy all the friendships garnished through bird
watching. Just felt a little blubbery this morning.
So, we still have a Rough-legged Hawk in the area but yesterday
was 'cool' with four Swainson's Hawks sitting on the fence posts
that surround the open-pit nuisance ground just down the road from
our place. A Merlin hangs around the yard. Our Bohemian Waxwing
really jumps in alarm about his cage at times and we're thinking
it's because a hawk or the merlin has gone by. By the way, he has
now become a connoisseur of almost every type of food....whatever is
on our plate he'll run over, take a piece off and devour it but
blueberries, bananas and orange slices are his mainstay.
Enough....heading in to work.
Val T - McTaggart