Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Recent Findings

Well, after the fun of the Christmas Bird Counts and finishing up 2009 short of my goal of 250 species found in Saskatchewan (but snagging a still-respectable 249), the last Christmas count until next December was at Pike Lake.
Myself and my 3 compadre's had an excellent day, notching up 24 species, which I think was an all time high for that particular route.

Highlights were :

Great Horned Owl
Pine Siskin
Pine Grosbeak
Purple Finch
Common Redpoll
Pileated Woodpecker

Earlier this week, a friend and I took a drive up to Candle Lake on the hunt for some Willow Ptarmigan that were reported to be in the area.
Of course, things don't always turn out how you would envision, and the search
for the white grouse proved fruitless.
Still, during our hours spent walking and driving around the area, we did pick up
a few nice things.

Highlights were :

Great Gray Owl - My first Great Gray of the year was sat on a low perch, but did
not take too kindly to us and took of as soon as we slowed the land rover down
for a closer look.

Northern Hawk Owl - 2 of these beauties. One which was quite co-operative late
in the afternoon.

Great Horned Owl - A very miserable looking Owl who did not like the falling
snow , was perched in an aspen stand, along the forest edge.

Northern Goshawk - A juvenile bird perched high on a lookout tree.

Pine Grosbeak - 7

White-winged Crossbill - 15

Common Redpoll - 6

Boreal Chickadee - 2

Strangely, we did not see any grouse the whole day, not even the local Ruffed and Spruce. Of course they were there somewhere, they just decided they wouldn't grace us with their presence !

Here are some new photos :

Cedar Waxwing

Northern Hawk Owl

White-tailed Deer

Cottontail Rabbit


Chris said...

Hi Nick,
Wow you saw an impressive list of birds for the season... I love your cedar waxing picture, but do not be surprise waxings are my favorites ;-) Still this is a gorgeous pictures.. The others are wonderful too, I really love what you do mate!!

holdingmoments said...

Fantastic count for the year Nick.
Love that Cedar Waxwing and Northern Hawk Owl. You've got some beautiful birds over there.

Susan Ellis said...

Stunning the yellow tail tips of the Waxwing...

Mike said...

Stunning pics Nick as always, Mike.

Mary Howell Cromer said...

I saw my first Cedar Waxwing this past summer ending. Your image is so beautiful, I love how you captured the bird all fluffed about~

Anonymous said...

Hi Nick

I have been out doing my own birding (and moosing and deering) so am not sure if this is here somewhere: have you made a map with your birding areas, and possibly sightings in Saskatchewan? Everytime you name a place, I want to have a visual in my mind in relation to Saskatoon. Pelican Narrows, Pike Lake, Dief Dam. Et. Cet. Era.


Philip said...

As always Nick stunning photography I really like that Northern Hawk Owl
photo stunning eyes :)

Kelly said...

...these are beautiful photos. I love that Northern Hawk Owl and the sweet little cottontail.

Kerri Farley said...

That Northern Hawk Owl is quite stunning! They all are!