Sunday, December 7, 2008

Northern Mockingbird

Yesterday morning I accompanied friends from the Saskatoon Nature Society on a trip to Gardiner Dam and surrounding areas.
I have been joking a few times this year and on past years , that " we might get a Mockingbird " on this or that trip, as very occasionally one will venture north from its home in the United States and linger in our Province for awhile.
Well, today I got my first ever Mockingbird :-)
It just goes to show that even on a bitterly cold, snowy day in December , you can still add to your life, and year lists !

Here is a photo of the bird, followed by a list of all the species seen..

In all, we found 29 bird species this trip, and also met up with a porcupine at Danielson Provincial Park that seemed to be missing quills and fur from its backside.
I will be posting more photos from this trip later .

Species list:

Canada Goose
Mallard - a flock of several 1000s of birds north of bank, flying around
Scaup species - 4
Bufflehead - 2 female
Common Goldeneye
Hooded Merganser - 3 female, 1 male
Common Merganser - 1 or 2
Gray Partridge - 1 covey north of Broderick
Sharp-tailed Grouse - several at Danielson Provincial Park
Bald Eagle - 16+
Golden Eagle - 1 at Lake Diefenbaker above dam
Herring Gull - several
Glaucous Gull - 1
Rock Pigeon
Great Horned Owl - near Broderick, also Coldwell Park
Snowy Owl - North of Cutbank and another near Broderick
Downy Woodpecker - 2
Hairy Woodpecker - 1 at Cutbank
Blue Jay
Black-billed Magpie
Common Raven
Black-capped Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Northern Mockingbird (see above)
Chipping Sparrow - a very late bird and the other highlight of the day
Snow Bunting - several flocks
White-winged Crossbill - a couple at Danielson Provincial Park
Common Redpoll- several small flocks
House Sparrow


Jayne said...

Congratulations Nick! I'd have sent you a dozen or more from here in Georgia. ;c)

Nick S said...

Thanks Jayne, they are slightly less common here :-)

NCmountainwoman said...

A Snowy Owl? Oh, I do hope you got a picture of that.

Shelley said...

I love all the colors of the mockingbird - beautiful! I hope you post some snowy owl pics in the near future!

Peggy said...

Looks like you had a fantastic day! I'm envious of the owls, and in particular, the snowy, but I don't live up there where they are just a tad more common.

Congrats on your mockingbird! It's a beautiful photo!

Nick S said...

Many thanks guys. It made my day :-)

Anonymous said...

Quite a loot! And though so common - the Mocking Bird always is beautiful!
Cheers, Klaus

Mike said...

Stunning pic and great sightings, more than you would see in the sunny south of England hey..