Re: Great Blue Heron
- I can see some certain wee one getting her own pair of little
binoculars, Val, and maybe a beginner's bird guide (for children) in
the not so distant future!!
Enjoy your time with her (as I know you will!)
- Mary Ann
50° 17' 00" N - 107° 48' 00" W
--- In Saskbirds@yahoogroups.com, "valndoyle"
> On Monday we had great views of a Great Blue Heron just west of
> Griffin in a slough that has provided lots of bird enjoyment this
> summer. We also saw many Red-tailed Hawks along the highway. In
> case there was a small body of water right along the highway in aof
> half moon shape surrounded by trees on the arch part. The water
> contained quite a few American Coots and two Red-tailed Hawks were
> sitting at either end of the water on a tree branch.
> We have Dark-eyed Juncos, one American Tree Sparrow, several
> Harris's Sparrows, two White-crowned Sparrows and five Mourning
> Doves feeding at the ground feeders. A Northern Harrier can been
> seen quite often from our front window soaring over the land. The
> Western Meadowlarks are still hanging about but didn't see the
> Killdeer today.
> There has (have?) been an unusual amount of racoons hit along #13
> highway east of Weyburn. In one spot there were three within feet
> each other.over
> We again have the joy of our 22-month-old granddaughter staying
> so birding is limited. She gets excited seeing them because wemake
> such a commotion about them with her :-).
> Val Thomas - McTaggart
- A few of us have been watching a Great Blue Heron in a large shallow
slough east of Weyburn (north of Kots) for the whole week. On Thursday
I spent almost two hours watching it fish, walk, stretch, preen, etc.
Fascinating! It doesn't seem to take too much notice of people as
three visiting family members of the farm were walking in the grass
area south of it. Anyway, they are gorgeous, graceful and quite the
clowns in some of the antics. A series of photos I took show it in
different poses/stages of fishing. It's still there this morning.
We're off to Regina this p.m. Buck Lake had about 6,000 Snow Geese
(White-fronted and Blue Phase included) on it yesterday and several
Mallards. One Ross's Goose was spotted.
- Good Evening All,
So I have officially "not won" Pelican Watch 2006, as no pelican touched
down on the river tonight. I knew it was a bit early, but I thought I'd
take a gamble. Maybe next year. But I did see something about as good
further north down the river; a Great Blue Heron was hunched on a tiny
sandbar south of the Circle Drive Bridge. Also present along the river
included six Common Mergansers (2 female), and mostly Ring-billed Gulls
at the 'new' gull roost with several larger Californias sprinkled in.
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- Our daughter just came in and said some 'prehistoric bird with a long
neck and huge wingspan' just flew into our yard, landing on the
dugout. That's a pretty good description :-). We headed out and there
was a Great Blue Heron at the east end of the water. Until the week
before last we hadn't seen one this year.
- Saw a Great Blue feeding in the bay on the east end of Wascana marsh,
by one of the water outlets,near faraway place, this afternoon about
- I forgot to mention that while driving to Winnipeg on Monday I saw a Great Blue Heron in a marsh just outside of Moosomin. Might not be a special observation but I've not seen any herons in the last 2-3 weeks and thought with the first frosts we've been having that maybe they've all gone.
- Hello all, I had meant to post yesterday but ran out of time.
Yesterday at about 2pm, I watched a cold looking Great Blue Heron fly over my house heading south. Hopefully this bird will make a safe journey. This is the latest sighting I have had for this species.
Greg in Regina
- Our daughter was just leaving the house a few minutes ago and came back
to say there was a crane in the poplars. We immediately checked and it
was a Great Blue Heron. Quite dark already but the sky was lighter than
the trees and the silhouette as it stood on a branch and then flew
overhead was unmistakeable. Great bird to add to our yard list!
Adele near Lucky Lake
- We took a drive to Glenburn Regional Park (by Maymont) yesterday in search of Mountain Bluebirds; this is a spot I've often visited before where the bluebirds are easy to observe. Unfortunately, they were no where to be found on this trip. Our observations there included several crows, 2 Merlins and a pair of Northern Pintails. On the drive there (from Saskatoon), we also observed some Canvasbacks.
On the way back to Saskatoon, we stopped in Borden for a short walk where I observed a Great Blue Heron overhead.
Enjoy the birds,
Ryan in Saskatoon