Birding Field Trip

A couple weeks ago I joined Nature Regina members on a “Wandering to find Warblers in Wascana Park” walk. It was a chilly August morning, but it did not deter fifteen individuals from coming out. Our tour began south of the Science Centre where we watched the trees along the shoreline. Our focus was warblers, however we observed many species of birds. Eastern kingbirds, brown … Continue reading Birding Field Trip

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Wood Duck (on the left) Aix sponsa Location: Wascana Lake Migratory Bird Sanctuary, Regina, SK My friend and I came across a male wood duck swimming with a few mallards while snowshoeing in February. Saskatchewan is in breeding range for wood ducks; although it early for breeding and we did not see his partner. Interesting facts: – The wood duck is a perching duck; it … Continue reading Fauna of Saskatchewan 20

Snowshoes and Sunshine

In late December I purchased new snowshoes to get me outdoors and keep me active in the winter. So far I have been out a dozen times and logged nearly fifty kilometers of snowshoeing. Snowfall was below normal in January which limited where I could go. We received about 10 cm total in two snowfalls in February. Now we have just enough snow to enjoy … Continue reading Snowshoes and Sunshine

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American Bison Bison bison Location: Grasslands National Park (West Block)     Interesting facts: – Male bison may weigh up to 2,200 pounds; the largest mammal in North America. – Baby bison are known as “red dogs” because they are orangish red in colour in the first few months. – More people were injured by bisons than bears between 1980 and 1999 in Yellowstone National … Continue reading Fauna of Saskatchewan 19

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Western Meadowlark Sturnella neglecta Location: Devonian Islands, Regina Interesting facts: – A male Western Meadowlark usually has two mates at the same time. – They are  a member of the blackbird family. – Meadowlarks feed by “gaping”. They push their bill into soil or bark, then force it open, creating a hole to access insects. – They will abandon nests if disturbed by humans. – … Continue reading Fauna of Saskatchewan 18

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American White Pelican Pelecanus erythrorhynchos Location: Wascana Waterfowl Display Ponds Interesting facts: – A baby pelican may eat up to 150 pounds of  fish before they are nine weeks old. – The plate or projection on the pelican’s bill is shed after the breeding season. – Pelicans never carry food in their bill pouches. – They have a wing span of 8 – 10 feet, … Continue reading Fauna of Saskatchewan 17

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American Wigeon (female) Anas americana Location: Wascana Lake Migratory Bird Sanctuary Interesting facts: Originally known as Baldpate, as the white stripe on males mirrors a bald man’s head.   Wigeons will wait then snatch food away from diving birds returning to the surface with a meal.   Eats aquatic plants, insects, and mollusks at times   They are cautious birds and are frequently the first … Continue reading Fauna of Saskatchewan 16

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  Cedar waxwing   Bombycilla cedrorum Location: Devonian Islands, Regina Interesting facts: – Cedar waxwings can fly at 40 kilometres an hour at an altitude of 2,000 feet. – They enjoy eating cones from the Eastern Redcedar tree, giving them their name. – Occasionally cedar waxwings will eat overripe, fermented  fruit causing them to become intoxicated. – Is one of the few birds whose diet … Continue reading Fauna of Saskatchewan 15