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Gray Catbird Dumetella carolinensis Location: Wascana Lake, Regina, SK Interesting facts: Named for their ability to imitate a cat’s “mew”-like sound. Catbirds copy several other birds’ calls as well.   Catbirds eat a variety of foods including insects: moths, beetles, ants, and grasshoppers and fruit: blackberries, cherries, holly berries, and strawberries.   Nests are built in shrubs or small trees. They are constructed with mud, … Continue reading Fauna of Saskatchewan 26

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House Sparrow Passer domesticus Location: Regina, SK Interesting facts: – House sparrows are very aggressive. In the late 1800s, a scientist documented sparrows protecting their nest from seventy varying species including Purple Martins and Eastern Bluebirds. – This species of sparrow was first imported to Brooklyn in the 1850s. They protected city trees by eating the larva of the snow-white linden moth. In less than … Continue reading Fauna of Saskatchewan 25

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Rose-breasted Grosbeak (female) Pheucticus ludovicianus Location: Science Centre, Regina, SK Interesting facts: – Grosbeaks carelessly build their nests in a few days, with little efforts to be secretive. They sing while they build attracting the attention of squirrels, cowbirds, and jays. The nests are of such poor quality that eggs may be visible through the bottom. – Their voice is similar to that of an … Continue reading Fauna of Saskatchewan 24

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Common Grackle Quiscalus quiscula Location: A. E. Wilson Park, Regina Interesting facts: – Grackles eat everything including fish, mice, grain, insects, leeches, and even other birds. – Forages in shallow water, on the ground, and in trees and shrubs. – They are becoming pests for farmers in North America. Grackles love eating seeds and spouted corn. – Grackles engage in “anting”; allowing ants to crawl … Continue reading Fauna of Saskatchewan 23

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