I still get regular emails, quite often a few times a week, from good folks who have birds showing up that they need identifying, or birds that make them go " wow ".
A particular "wow" bird that has been 'doing the rounds' of late has been the Northern Mockingbird.
Usually found in the US and pretty unusual here in Saskatchewan ( although they HAVE bred here a handful of times ), I've had two reports of a 'Mocker' in 6 days, and from two different areas.
A group of us also found last winter that I posted on the blog.
Last week my friend and I visited a wonderful farm where the kind owner showed us around her property to look for the grey bird with white wing-patches that sounded like a police siren and a phone ringing.
We spent two hours combing the property but was unable to find the bird in question.
The exciting thing was, that it had been seen gathering nesting material, so it could have raised young.
I have another 'lead' to check out later today, so hopefully we can find the other one, although it can be like looking for a needle in a haystack sometimes :-)
Here are a couple of recent photos :
Vesper Sparrow - While searching for the Mockingbird, this sparrow hopped onto a nice perch for me :
Cape May Warbler - This female was enjoying sugar water at a friends yard last month :
Blackpoll Warbler - Here's one I got last month that I forgot to post !
Gray Catbird - This youngster was sitting on the grass at the Forestry Farm recently :