Re: [Saskbirds] Re: Migration
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From: "micknsharon" <micknsharon@...>
Sent: Saturday, April 06, 2002 1:16 PM
Subject: [Saskbirds] Re: Migration
> Moreover, the Migratory traits studied show considerable phenotypical
> and additive-genetical variability, and therefore have great
> microevolutionary potential. With regard to the microevolutionary
> potential, obligate partial migration proved to be particularly
I would translate that to mean that birds adjust to what is going on around
This afternoon we saw by Weyburn golf course our first Ring-billed Gulls,
Mallards, a dozen Mountain Bluebirds: 9 males and 3 females hawking from
fenceposts and onto the ground for what would appear to be non-existent
bugs. As well, two Meadowlarks, more Juncos and two Broad-winged Hawks.
Martin and Carol
- All morning skeens of Canada and Snow geese were flying over Weyburn. As
well, there were a group of four, then 24 and 25 Sandhill Cranes.
Redpolls swirled up into the wind and headed out of town.
Three Red-tailed and two Broad winged hawks circled and soared in a
Three Pintails struggled against the wind.
At Cedoux; two Mourning Doves perched and the Snowy Owls were noted because
of their absence.
- In Weyburn there are now many more Northern Flickers (yellow-shafted) than
what we see normally. Outside of Weyburn a gathering of Western
A small (probably first year) Kestral has been unsuccessfully chasing
everything. On the other hand, a mature Prairie Falcon is staying in the
vicinity of an elevator taking advantage of the pigeons who leave the
- Howdy folks,I went out for a hike along the river just north of Rosthern yesterday and during the day I encountered huge flocks (1000's) of Snow and Canada geese. There were masses of Juncos moving and I also managed to get a good look a Tree Sparrow heading south. Vesper Sparrows seemed to be gathering into fairly good sized groups of a dozen or so. I also had brief encounters with Song and Swamp Sparrows. On the way home we had a rather nice look at a Sharp-shinned Hawk (little male) sitting on a fence post where he remained until we drove away.In my yard the action continues hot and heavy. I now have several Fox Sparrows and White-crowned juveniles have arrived. Both yesterday and this morning I have finally had a Goldfinch in the yard. By this time of year both Goldfinches and Pine Siskins should be emptying my niger feeder daily but this is the first of either species this fall and it hasn't even found that feeder. A Palm Warbler was making a rather quiet inspection of my lawn this morning while the sparrows were causing a great commotion under all the feeders and in the garden.Hope the Riders have a little something in them for today. (Plenty of disrespect intended for our Manitoba readers ... I'll eat crow later if I have to!)Cheers,
- --- In Saskbirds@y..., Harv Lane <hdlane@s...> wrote:
> Both yesterday and this morning I have finally had a Goldfinch inthe yard. By this time of year both Goldfinches and Pine Siskins
should be emptying my niger feeder daily but this is the first of
either species this fall and it hasn't even found that feeder.
Hi Harv and All,
There was a Pine Siskin in my yard a few times today (Tues 8th).
Several house finches also showed up through the day. I haven't seen
any goldfinches for quite a long time and my freshly filled niger
feeder hasn't attracted any birds yet. They seem to be content to
feed on whatever they find on the ground.
- A territorial Merlin attacked a Cooper's Hawk on its way through Weyburn at
about 7:15 in the morning yesterday. The Cooper's was one of three seen in
the Weyburn area yesterday. Not seen, but heard overhead, were Sandhill
It was a hawk day. Red-tailed Hawks were noted all day including a black
and white one, which while probably a Harlin's, could have been a
Rough-legged Hawk. (The dark phase Rough-legged has a wide tail band
Thousands of Snow Geese are still in the area. And, yes, they were flying
south - from a dam outside of Weyburn to fields for a day of foraging.
One mature Bald Eagle lumbered northward. But it appeared smaller in size
than "the condor" perched on a farm building. The first Turkey Vulture seen
this year in the Weyburn area.
There were flocks of up to ten Western Meadow Larks by the roads and single
Mourning Doves were spotted in windbreaks as well as Tree Sparrows.
The only ducks noted yesterday were Mallards.
Martin, Carol and Johnnie
- In the middle of the night - last night - Carol heard Upland Sandpipers
It is amazing that many birds that are active during the day migrate at
Studies seem to indicate that during migration some birds go without sleep
without any change in their ability to cope. They do not suffer sleep
- Hello all.
I have a question for everyone out there concerning some of our more
common feathered friends. Re: American Robin, Blackbirds (variety),
all finch species, warblers, sparrow species, shorebirds, and any
other observations you may have. What I am interested in is migration
timing (early, late on time for your areas) numbers (up, down,
unchanged), activity at feeders and who is still here. Are there any
species that you have not seen yet that you usually see? There has
been sporatic mention of shorebird activity; duck, geese etc are just
starting but does anyone see any unusual patterns developing?
and any other tidbits that you may wnat to share
a sidebar great picture of the Egret WOW, and those Hawk numbers, a
little slice of natures wonder.
- 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
- We are about 2 Kms off the highway. When driving down the short drive along the country road today I found it interesting to see firstly about 8 Yellow-shafted Flickers when pulling out of our lane, then a little further along about 25 Western Meadowlarks flying by the road, then 30 or so American Robins by a farmyard and lastly a dozen Killdeer, all species in their little groupings and flying about. It's the time of the gatherings. When Doyle and Lawrence cleaned out one of the Purple Martin condos last week they found one dead adult male inside and six eggs. We estimate we had 15 pairs nesting in the houses., Val T - McTaggart