Yesterday I traveled south of Saskatoon in overcast & rainy conditions with 2 friends, for almost 2 hours. I had heard good things about Raptor sightings in between Rosetown & Elrose from my friend Marten and wanted to see for myself.
It was a long journey but very worthwhile !
Here's what was seen :
Red-tailed Hawk - 39 in total ! at one point there was a pair on a
power pole every 2 k or so. Stopping on the high highway was pretty scary , so we opted to just ID them as we were driving.
Rough-legged Hawk - my first of the year - 4 birds including a very dark phased individual.
American Kestrel - 5
Merlin - 1
Snowy Owl - 4 on the way home . Including a great look at a male.
Great Horned Owl - 2 on the way home
Western Meadowlark - new for the year . 5 birds including one singing
American Robin - 1 at Harris.
American Tree Sparrow - 2
Mountain Bluebird - 1
European Starling - 35
Canada Goose - 150
Green-winged Teal - ( new for 2008 )1 male among many Northern Pintail
Northern Pintail ( new for 2008 ) - 65 + in a slough east of Elrose
Horned Lark - 9
American Crow - 12
Common Raven - 6
House Sparrow - 20
Here are a couple of photos :
Rough-legged Hawk - not the closest view. This handsome bird was way out in a field.
...and the first Western Meadowlark of 2008