Re: [Saskbirds] Regina Sightings
I know we all love to read about sightings no matter which birds are
involved. I suspect that most people would be very pleased to see
Gyrfalcon. I suspect that we never get tired or bored with reading about any
sightings. Reading about these inspires us all to get out and see more birds
plus simultaneously provides data for the various reports.
The March North American Bird Report will cover the months of Nov.-Feb.,
inclusive. I will just add the data from sightings this month to the
previous information already collected for the first two months. The
deadline for forwarding sightings will be the last Wednesday of this month.
Today, Fred Lahrman reports a single A.Crow flying over Broad Street and
Broadway. This is a considerable distance from the two crows wintering near
Dewdney and York Street in Western Regina and may represent a third
wintering bird. Cedar Waxwings are missing from their previous Regina areas
since the cold last two weeks in January. !? Also, Bohemian Waxwings seem
absent from the City this Winter !? White-winged Crossbills are also much
The female Red-bellied Woodpecker is still being seen regularly just after
lunch in Douglas Park near the 20th Ave. entrance.
I have recently seen the male Varied Thrush on the back fence of the corner
house on 19th and Retallack Street. The best time to see it seems to be
between 10:00 and 11:00 each day. It arrives from an unknown destination to
the northeast. The large garage on the alley blocks views until it appears
on the fence. The owner of the yard ,with the feeders, says that it usually
visit three times each day. It is eating ground peanuts plus scavenging
under several feeders on the back yard fence. The best way to see this bird
is to remain in your parked car on Retallack opposite the alley between 19th
and Leopold Crescent. The bird usually perches on the fence as it flies in
and out of the yard. It spooks easily and simply disappears within nearby
spruce ,cedars and junipers. If you are in the alley it simply doesn't
appear. I have been unable to find it when I use that strategy.
The American Goldfinch is travelling with Pine Siskins within the Douglas
Park area. Recently larger numbers of Common Redpolls are joining this mixed
group. Each day , I see varying numbers of Dark-eyed Junco's in both the Old
Lakeview and Douglas Park areas. A single flock of 34+ House Finches was
perched together in a large ash tree in Tom Riffel's back yard. Included
within this group were three orange variant males.
Good Birding !