I recently finished another May Day Bird count for the Saskatoon area. A good pal and I have done this count together now for the past 5 years and always have a blast.
Last year was exceptional , and because of the very late Spring , we had an amazing 140 species documented by the end of the day. This time the weather was against us, and it rained hard pretty much all day. This did not deter us though , and we stayed out from 7am till 7pm notching up 116 species in total.
We had some nice highlights including a (usually rare) eye-level view at an Olive-sided Flycatcher and many other hard-to find species such as Wood Duck, Dunlin and Sedge Wren.
This update includes a few soggy shots from the day, plus a few other new photos :
Olive-sided Flycatcher from the bird count
Alder Flycatcher from a recent morning at the Forestry Farm Park
Tree Swallow - The Swallows were having a real tough time on the day of the bird count and were pretty much grounded while it rained.
Tree & Cliff Swallow sharing same soggy perch
Horned Grebe from a recent visit to the Forestry Farm Park
Veery from the bird count
Dunlin in very poor light from the bird count
Wilson's Snipe from a recent drive in the country
Brown Thrasher from a recent river walk