Well, I've been away for a while , had a few rough things to get through over the past few weeks, including the latest which involved me breaking 2 ribs which is insanely painful! , but I will not bore you with the details, especially on a nature blog !
Going out for a nice drive with my missus this morning we found several newly arrived species , and I got a bonus by finding a lingering Northern Shrike, soon to be replaced by the arriving Loggerhead Shrikes any week now.
Highlights today were : ( * inidicates new for the year )
*Killdeer - 2 very vocal birds , one at Blackstrap another at Indi Lake.
Northern Shrike - This guy was a real songster, hanging out along Indi Rd.
*Great Blue Heron - 2 - This is the first time I've ever seen two of this
species, flying alongside each other. Seen over highway 11.
*American Kestrel - 1 male along the old Regina Highway
*Rough-legged Hawk - 1 perched bird near Dundurn
*Red-tailed Hawk - 5
*Western Meadowlark - at least 10
Horned Lark - 6
Mountain Bluebird - 1 male at Brightwater Marsh
*Northern Pintail - 35 at Brightwater
*Lesser Scaup - 2 at Brightwater
*Green-winged Teal - 8 at brightwater
*Snow Goose - 2,000 at Brightwater
*Greater White-fronted Goose - 250 at Brightwater
American Beaver - 1 at Brightwater Marsh
Coyote - 1 on the old Regina highway
Here's a photo of the Shrike :