Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Spring Is Here !

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 :

8 comments:

Roy said...

Thats quite a list Nick.
Hope you recover OK and quickly.

grammie g said...

Sorry to hear about your broken rib incident! Glad to see your back!! Good bird count!!

The Early Birder said...

Nice list Nick. Best wishes for a speedy recovery.

Nick S said...

Thanks guys. Hopefully it won't take too long !

holdingmoments said...

What a great list of 'highlights' mate.

Hope those ribs heal up quickly.
Doesn't seem to interfere with the picture taking. That Shrike is superb!

Chris said...

Wow broken ribs, how did you manage that???
Hope this was not done while birding.. Take care mate...
You got an impresive list of birds there, and it sure announces spring... Well done on the shrike, the pictures are wonderful!

Nick S said...

Cheers friends :-) Ribs heal pretty slowly, so I'm taking it easy !

Mary Howell Cromer said...

First off, best wishes on a quick recovery and yes, they are painful, but they shall ease quickly. Your images are great in that they blend into the background with such a soft textured quality, really awesome~