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07 Mar Re: Spring Fever? Day dreams? ["kmscouts AT hotmail.com [Saskbirds]" ]
07 Mar Re: so far no Mtn Bluebirds on 99 NE of Craven ["prairiesfranni AT yahoo.ca [Saskbirds]" ]
07 Mar so far no Mtn Bluebirds on 99 NE of Craven ["prairiesfranni AT yahoo.ca [Saskbirds]" ]
7 Mar Re: Spring Fever? Day dreams? ["'Nick S' nikovich AT sasktel.net [Saskbirds]" ]
7 Mar Re: Spring Fever? Day dreams? ["'Jim Nordquist' j.nordquist AT accesscomm.ca [Saskbirds]" ]
06 Mar Spring Fever? Day dreams? ["kmscouts AT hotmail.com [Saskbirds]" ]
04 Mar SK Migration Corridor? ["kmscouts AT hotmail.com [Saskbirds]" ]
15 Feb Re: Re: Grasslands birds wish list ["bob luterbach tsb2001 AT sasktel.net [Saskbirds]" ]
01 Mar Re: Winter Bird List 2014/2015 ["Ryan Dudragne pl8guy AT sasktel.net [Saskbirds]" ]
2 Mar Re: Re: Winter Bird List 2014/2015 ["Jared Clarke clarkejared16 AT yahoo.ca [Saskbirds]" ]
01 Mar Sask Landing Prov Park (2015 March 01) ["M A dudra.m AT sasktel.net [Saskbirds]" ]
01 Mar Saturday SW of Regina ["prairiesfranni AT yahoo.ca [Saskbirds]" ]
01 Mar Swift Current and area (2015 Feb 17-28) ["M A dudra.m AT sasktel.net [Saskbirds]" ]
01 Mar Rusty Blackbird Information ["kratzigp AT gmail.com [Saskbirds]" ]
01 Mar Last Years Map of Rusty Sightings by Location ["kratzigp AT gmail.com [Saskbirds]" ]
01 Mar Rusty Blackbird Spring Migration Blitz: Opening Day ["kratzigp AT gmail.com [Saskbirds]" ]
1 Mar Re: Re: Winter Bird List 2014/2015 ["Bob tsb2001 AT sasktel.net [Saskbirds]" ]
01 Mar Re: Winter Bird List 2014/2015 ["Ryan Dudragne pl8guy AT sasktel.net [Saskbirds]" ]
28 Feb Snowy Owl ["jmonteith AT sasktel.net [Saskbirds]" ]
28 Feb Re: Winter Bird List 2014/2015 ["sawatzkyd AT sasktel.net [Saskbirds]" ]
28 Feb Re: Winter Bird List 2014/2015 ["kratzigp AT gmail.com [Saskbirds]" ]
28 Feb Winter Bird List 2014/2015 ["Ryan Dudragne pl8guy AT sasktel.net [Saskbirds]" ]
27 Feb Re: Geese near Val Marie ["sawatzkyd AT sasktel.net [Saskbirds]" ]
27 Feb Re: Geese near Val Marie ["dudra.m AT sasktel.net [Saskbirds]" ]
27 Feb Geese near Val Marie ["kmscouts AT hotmail.com [Saskbirds]" ]
24 Feb Talk on Friday Feb 27 2015 ["K M dragonflypondsk AT yahoo.com [Saskbirds]" ]
23 Feb Re: Horned Larks ["kmscouts AT hotmail.com [Saskbirds]" ]
23 Feb Crooked Lake birds - Brewer's Blackbird ["donaldweidl AT yahoo.ca [Saskbirds]" ]
22 Feb Re: Horned Larks ["kmscouts AT hotmail.com [Saskbirds]" ]
21 Feb Near Swift Current ["nkrell AT shaw.ca [Saskbirds]" ]
21 Feb Re: Horned Larks ["tsb2001 AT sasktel.net [Saskbirds]" ]
21 Feb Horned Larks ["val_doyle_thomas AT hotmail.com [Saskbirds]" ]
20 Feb regina am ["'Jim Nordquist' j.nordquist AT accesscomm.ca [Saskbirds]" ]
20 Feb Mankota Pasture ["kmscouts AT hotmail.com [Saskbirds]" ]
20 Feb When Doves Cry? ["kmscouts AT hotmail.com [Saskbirds]" ]
20 Feb Re: Snowy owl on the farm! ["Bob tsb2001 AT sasktel.net [Saskbirds]" ]
20 Feb Re: Re: American Goldfinches at Lumsden feeder ["Bob tsb2001 AT sasktel.net [Saskbirds]" ]
19 Feb Snowy owl on the farm! ["Julie Graham jules.graham AT icloud.com [Saskbirds]" ]
19 Feb Re: American Goldfinches at Lumsden feeder ["'George' 100 AT sasktel.net [Saskbirds]" ]
19 Feb American Goldfinches at Lumsden feeder ["tsb2001 AT sasktel.net [Saskbirds]" ]
19 Feb Re: Sibley guide ["kmscouts AT hotmail.com [Saskbirds]" ]
17 Feb Re: Sibley guide ["kmscouts AT hotmail.com [Saskbirds]" ]
17 Feb RE: bluebird houses ["kmscouts AT hotmail.com [Saskbirds]" ]
16 Feb 2015 GBBC - Day 3 & 4 (Feb 15 & 16) ["M A dudra.m AT sasktel.net [Saskbirds]" ]
16 Feb 2015 GBBC - Day 1 & 2 (Feb 13 & 14) ["M A dudra.m AT sasktel.net [Saskbirds]" ]
16 Feb RE: bluebird houses ["Alaina Armbruster alainala AT hotmail.ca [Saskbirds]" ]
16 Feb bluebird houses ["Ray or Adele Dueck dueckr AT yourlink.ca [Saskbirds]" ]
16 Feb ta-dahh - tonight... ["prairiesfranni AT yahoo.ca [Saskbirds]" ]
15 Feb Re: Re: Grasslands birds wish list ["Paule Hjertaas phjertaas AT gmail.com [Saskbirds]" ]
15 Feb Re: Grasslands birds wish list ["kmscouts AT hotmail.com [Saskbirds]" ]
15 Feb birding in Wakamow today postponed ["prairiesfranni AT yahoo.ca [Saskbirds]" ]
14 Feb Re: Grasslands birds wish list ["tsb2001 AT sasktel.net [Saskbirds]" ]
14 Feb Grasslands birds wish list ["'Nic MacP' pterelas AT gmail.com [Saskbirds]" ]
14 Feb Birding Humour ["kmscouts AT hotmail.com [Saskbirds]" ]
14 Feb Re: Backyard Bird Count ["kmscouts AT hotmail.com [Saskbirds]" ]
14 Feb Backyard Bird Count ["kmscouts AT hotmail.com [Saskbirds]" ]
13 Feb Swift Current & Southwest Saskatchewan (2015 February 01-12) ["M A dudra.m AT sasktel.net [Saskbirds]" ]
13 Feb Re: wascana ["prairiesfranni AT yahoo.ca [Saskbirds]" ]
13 Feb wascana ["sawatzkyd AT sasktel.net [Saskbirds]" ]
12 Feb Sibley guide ["prairiesfranni AT yahoo.ca [Saskbirds]" ]
11 Feb Great-horned Owl ["val_doyle_thomas AT hotmail.com [Saskbirds]" ]
10 Feb Re: Ravens around Taylor Field ["kratzigp AT gmail.com [Saskbirds]" ]
11 Feb Re: Ravens around Taylor Field ["Jared Clarke clarkejared16 AT yahoo.ca [Saskbirds]" ]
10 Feb Ravens around Taylor Field ["bquiring AT sasktel.net [Saskbirds]" ]
9 Feb RE: Seeking Snowy Owls ["Ryan Bradshaw corby80 AT hotmail.com [Saskbirds]" ]
09 Feb Merlin Calling In Regina ["tsb2001 AT sasktel.net [Saskbirds]" ]
9 Feb Feb 16th Nature Regina talk ["K M dragonflypondsk AT yahoo.com [Saskbirds]" ]
07 Feb Eurasian Collared-Doves in Melfort ["scott.green AT sasktel.net [Saskbirds]" ]
06 Feb Re: Raven as Predator ["kratzigp AT gmail.com [Saskbirds]" ]
06 Feb Re: Raven as Predator ["prairiesfranni AT yahoo.ca [Saskbirds]" ]
06 Feb Raven as Predator ["kratzigp AT gmail.com [Saskbirds]" ]
06 Feb Re: Snowy Owl in GNP ["kratzigp AT gmail.com [Saskbirds]" ]
06 Feb Re: Raven as Predator ["kmscouts AT hotmail.com [Saskbirds]" ]
05 Feb Reporting in Miles ["kmscouts AT hotmail.com [Saskbirds]" ]
05 Feb Snowy Owl in GNP ["kmscouts AT hotmail.com [Saskbirds]" ]
05 Feb Re: Raven as Predator ["kmscouts AT hotmail.com [Saskbirds]" ]

Subject: Re: Spring Fever? Day dreams?
From: "kmscouts AT hotmail.com [Saskbirds]" <Saskbirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 07 Mar 2015 18:07:41 -0800
Did the Mankota drive but no bluebirds.  A few notes:

*Great Horned Owl in tree near my house where he has been many times this 
winter. This is about 1 km from the nearest nest so wonder if it is yet another 
GH owl. Maybe last years' s young? 

*HHorned Larks everywhere and often calling. From fields by Val Marie to the 
Pense grid road. 

*SSnowy owl on Pense Grid road. The only one seen the whole trip.
* Friend reported seeing 6 Sandhill Cranes flying overhead. I cannot confirm. 
*CCrow at Glentworth landfill.
*TTree Sparrow in same area in Val Marie as reported a few weeks ago.
* Flock of 6 or 7 Starlings in town as well.



And not special news but finally, considering how common they are in Val Marie, 
I finally had Eurasian Collared Doves feeding in my backyard where I scattered 
food. Took long enough. 


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Subject: Re: so far no Mtn Bluebirds on 99 NE of Craven
From: "prairiesfranni AT yahoo.ca [Saskbirds]" <Saskbirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 07 Mar 2015 13:56:55 -0800
ok! so I have Sharp-tailed Grouse on the brain, yes - those noises WERE Gray 
Partridge at WalMart this morning. (sorry 'bout that ya'all) 


 Fran K, Regina
Subject: so far no Mtn Bluebirds on 99 NE of Craven
From: "prairiesfranni AT yahoo.ca [Saskbirds]" <Saskbirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 07 Mar 2015 12:30:08 -0800
 This morning started with hearing the sqweegie noises from Sharp-tailed Grouse 
in the field E of the North WalMart at 8:30. I'm used to finding Gray Partridge 
there, so was a nice change to know the STGR are there. 

 

 That prompted a country drive from 10:15 - 12:15 NW and N of Regina:
 

 Hwy 11 on the way to Lumsden and at the top of Lumsden Hill: 3 Common Raven 
total 

 

 1 American Crow at the turnoff North to Craven.
 

 1 Black-billed Magpie on the way to Craven
 

 Hwy 99 NE of Craven:
 

 15 Black-billed Magpies within the first 5 miles. Very little open water at 
the dam E of Craven, and no open water at the Oxbow 3 miles NE of town. Heard 1 
Black-capped Chickadee 

 

 No Mountain Bluebirds.  :(
 

 

 I turned back into Craven, finding sparrows and about 30 Rock Pigeons
 

 Russell Hill Road (just S of Craven that cuts across the Qu'Appelle Valley): 
nothing at the (very little) open water under the bridge. 

 

 Russell Hill Rd turnoff North to Nature Regina's "Hidden Valley": 8 
Black-billed Magpie, 2 Common Raven 

 

 No Mountain Bluebirds found on this SE side of the valley either.
 

 Back out of the valley: Catley Rd East to Hwy 6 N: 2 Gray Partridge, 3 Magpie, 
and 9 Horned Lark over the space of 1/2 mile just before Hwy 6. 

 

 1 Common Raven by the Edenwold Rd, hwy 6
 

 Temp -2 to +2
 

 -Fran K, Regina 
 

Subject: Re: Spring Fever? Day dreams?
From: "'Nick S' nikovich AT sasktel.net [Saskbirds]" <Saskbirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 7 Mar 2015 14:05:19 -0600
I too had a very vocal Merlin yesterday while clearing wet snow at the 
Mother-In Laws place. Very soon now, they will establish a territory and begin 
their incessant shrieking. Every year, since moving to our current property in 
the Avalon neighbourhood of Saskatoon, we’ve had nesting Merlins right on our 
doorstep, so to speak. 


Today of course, is a very spring-like day, and the pond was visited by a 
yellow-eyed, juvenile Sharp-shinned Hawk. 

Previous to this bird, we’ve had numerous stop-overs by a full adult with 
striking red eye, and beautiful blue-grey plumage. 


Our 4 over-wintering Junco’s have survived some of the harshest winter 
weather, and have now began singing to each other in that interesting trill of 
theirs. 


Yesterday, I witnessed mating rituals between a pair of Downy Woodpeckers in 
the yard, with the female out-stretching her wings like an aeroplane, and 
really giving the male a good show. As Spock would say, “ Fascinating”. 


A week ago today, Guy Wapple, Ron Jensen and myself travelled north, stopping 
at Narrow Hills Provincial Park, and also Candle Lake to add more species to 
our final winter tallies. I ended February with 55 species. 


Noting an unfortunate absence of forest owls ( we found zero ), we still came 
up with 2 Black-backed Woodpeckers, a female Pileated Woodpecker, many Gray 
Jays and Boreal Chickadees for our trouble. We also found zero species of 
Grouse, with Spruce Grouse in particular now becoming a much sought-after 
species. 


Cheers, and good birding!

Nick

Saskatoon



From: mailto:Saskbirds AT yahoogroups.com 
Sent: Saturday, March 7, 2015 11:22 AM
To: Saskbirds AT yahoogroups.com 
Subject: Re: [Saskbirds] Spring Fever? Day dreams?

  

I just saw a merlin screeching by our driveway. feels spring like
Jim Nordquist
Regina Sask

From: mailto:Saskbirds AT yahoogroups.com 
Sent: Saturday, March 07, 2015 1:24 AM
To: Saskbirds AT yahoogroups.com 
Subject: [Saskbirds] Spring Fever? Day dreams?

  

There was a series of observations in the last few days that if true I think 
are an indication that spring is here or at least people are hoping/imagining 
too much for spring: 





*After not seeing my downy woodpecker at my feeders nor anywhere else in town 
since December, he or another Downy was at my feeder on Tuesday. 


*At work a coworker asked me if blue birds were back yet and I said soon. He 
asked as he was sure he saw one fly across the road on Sunday, March 1st on his 
way back to Val Marie from Frontier. 


*A friend has come to visit and said she heard the merlin calling yesterday. 
I've not seen any merlins here since early January. (Thought he ate my downy 
woodpecker.) 


*On the way to work this morning I thought I heard a robin calling but it did 
not repeat. There was a robin reported on the December CBC but I've not seen 
any since the la! te fall. 


*Also today someone said they heard a hawk call. From their description it 
sounded like a red-tailed but actually any hawk would have been good as there 
have not been many around all winter. 


*Also friend reported GH Owls on nest. Not unusual this time of year but there 
are three nests along the #4 - all within a 10 km stretch. In fact 2 nests are 
likely within 3 kms of each other. Coworkers report other nests nearby too but 
I need to confirm if they are active. 





So not much definite but lots of potential and at least some hope that birds, 
even if they only wintered in Montana, could be coming back. No snow cover down 
here in the SW. Frenchman River open and flowing. Plus high temperatures 
forecast for the next 7 days and into plus double digits. Night time lows 
staying in single negative digits. While we ! can always have a March blizzard, 
at least in the SW spring seems to have arrived. 






Tomorrow I'm driving to Regina but will come the lower route with slower 
traffic and fences lining the entire route. Will search for early bluebirds. 





Kevin in Val Marie 



Subject: Re: Spring Fever? Day dreams?
From: "'Jim Nordquist' j.nordquist AT accesscomm.ca [Saskbirds]" <Saskbirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 7 Mar 2015 11:22:52 -0600
I just saw a merlin screeching by our driveway. feels spring like
Jim Nordquist
Regina Sask

From: mailto:Saskbirds AT yahoogroups.com 
Sent: Saturday, March 07, 2015 1:24 AM
To: Saskbirds AT yahoogroups.com 
Subject: [Saskbirds] Spring Fever? Day dreams?

  

There was a series of observations in the last few days that if true I think 
are an indication that spring is here or at least people are hoping/imagining 
too much for spring: 





*After not seeing my downy woodpecker at my feeders nor anywhere else in town 
since December, he or another Downy was at my feeder on Tuesday. 


*At work a coworker asked me if blue birds were back yet and I said soon. He 
asked as he was sure he saw one fly across the road on Sunday, March 1st on his 
way back to Val Marie from Frontier. 


*A friend has come to visit and said she heard the merlin calling yesterday. 
I've not seen any merlins here since early January. (Thought he ate my downy 
woodpecker.) 


*On the way to work this morning I thought I heard a robin calling but it did 
not repeat. There was a robin reported on the December CBC but I've not seen 
any since the la! te fall. 


*Also today someone said they heard a hawk call. From their description it 
sounded like a red-tailed but actually any hawk would have been good as there 
have not been many around all winter. 


*Also friend reported GH Owls on nest. Not unusual this time of year but there 
are three nests along the #4 - all within a 10 km stretch. In fact 2 nests are 
likely within 3 kms of each other. Coworkers report other nests nearby too but 
I need to confirm if they are active. 





So not much definite but lots of potential and at least some hope that birds, 
even if they only wintered in Montana, could be coming back. No snow cover down 
here in the SW. Frenchman River open and flowing. Plus high temperatures 
forecast for the next 7 days and into plus double digits. Night time lows 
staying in single negative digits. While we ! can always have a March blizzard, 
at least in the SW spring seems to have arrived. 






Tomorrow I'm driving to Regina but will come the lower route with slower 
traffic and fences lining the entire route. Will search for early bluebirds. 





Kevin in Val Marie 



Subject: Spring Fever? Day dreams?
From: "kmscouts AT hotmail.com [Saskbirds]" <Saskbirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 06 Mar 2015 23:24:35 -0800
There was a series of observations in the last few days that if true I think 
are an indication that spring is here or at least people are hoping/imagining 
too much for spring: 

 

 *After not seeing my downy woodpecker at my feeders nor anywhere else in town 
since December, he or another Downy was at my feeder on Tuesday. 

 *At work a coworker asked me if blue birds were back yet and I said soon. He 
asked as he was sure he saw one fly across the road on Sunday, March 1st on his 
way back to Val Marie from Frontier. 

 *A friend has come to visit and said she heard the merlin calling yesterday. 
I've not seen any merlins here since early January. (Thought he ate my downy 
woodpecker.) 

 *On the way to work this morning I thought I heard a robin calling but it did 
not repeat. There was a robin reported on the December CBC but I've not seen 
any since the late fall. 

 *Also today someone said they heard a hawk call. From their description it 
sounded like a red-tailed but actually any hawk would have been good as there 
have not been many around all winter. 

 *Also friend reported GH Owls on nest. Not unusual this time of year but there 
are three nests along the #4 - all within a 10 km stretch. In fact 2 nests are 
likely within 3 kms of each other. Coworkers report other nests nearby too but 
I need to confirm if they are active. 

 

 So not much definite but lots of potential and at least some hope that birds, 
even if they only wintered in Montana, could be coming back. No snow cover down 
here in the SW. Frenchman River open and flowing. Plus high temperatures 
forecast for the next 7 days and into plus double digits. Night time lows 
staying in single negative digits. While we can always have a March blizzard, 
at least in the SW spring seems to have arrived. 


 

 Tomorrow I'm driving to Regina but will come the lower route with slower 
traffic and fences lining the entire route. Will search for early bluebirds. 

 

 Kevin in Val Marie 
 

Subject: SK Migration Corridor?
From: "kmscouts AT hotmail.com [Saskbirds]" <Saskbirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 04 Mar 2015 05:54:51 -0800
It is time for us to soon see Mountain Bluebirds. I think last year I looked 
back a decade and we had always reported them before March 15th. I was talking 
about this at work and people say they don't see many bluebirds in the West 
Block of GNP but see them more frequently in the East Block. While these folks 
weren't birders - the bluebird is one species that even casual observers do 
notice. 

 

 I realized that I don't think I have any records of Mountain Bluebirds in GNP, 
east or west block. The nearest record I can think of are the hills by St. 
Victor. Which of course reminds me of the country around Craven where in most 
years I usually saw my first blue birds of the year. 

 

 Also made me think if there are other species that I've seen in migration in 
the St. Victor area that might be unusual. I can thing of three - some of the 
few Say's Phoebee sightings that I have - again sping; some very interesting 
hawk fall migrations - sometimes three species in the sky at the same time; and 
while not unusual, flocks of gulls, just seemingly out of place in the hills. 
And I still have this memory of traveling in these hills late in spring maybe 2 
decades ago and in one trip getting many species that I still hadn't seen back 
in Lumsden. I remember my first lesser yellowlegs in a pond on that trip - a 
few birds among some greaters. Again odd to me being in the hills. 

 

 There might be no correlation here at all and these are all just random 
observations. But it made me wonder if we have definite corridors that birds 
use to sweep up into SK. Does anyone know? Since I live in Val Marie then I 
will be birding on this side the most and will go to the east block as often as 
possible (160 km one way drive). If indeed there is a corridor and the East 
Block is closer then maybe I should be making more of an effort to get over 
there. 

 

 I look forward to your comments.
 

 Kevin in Val Marie
Subject: Re: Re: Grasslands birds wish list
From: "bob luterbach tsb2001 AT sasktel.net [Saskbirds]" <Saskbirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 15 Feb 2015 20:36:09 -0600
All
One of my favorite places to see McCown's Longspurs has been along 
roadside pastures along both sides of the shorter stretch of Highway #13 
west of Govenlock towards the Alberta Border. It has been a while though 
since I have seen this species at that location as I have not traveled 
this road lately. The pastures then where subject to drought with 
stunted vegetation. This species appears to prefer slightly rolling 
fairly barren terrain which probably provides lift for their 
abbreviated  descending flight displays. Learn the song as you will 
probably hear these first prior to seeing them..

My experience with Chestnut-collared Longspurs is that they prefer 
pastures with more  vegetation than McCown's. These also often are 
perched on rocks, fences or fence posts or smaller bushes which McCown's 
apparently do not. Their flight displays are somewhat circular and more 
prolonged than McCown's which is typically foraging on the ground 
sometimes on trails when they are not displaying or coming to ponds to 
drink.

Enjoy birding
Bob L
Regina




On 2015-02-15 11:30 AM, kmscouts AT hotmail.com [Saskbirds] wrote:
>
> Bob L's response gives you all you wanted.  I would agree that early 
> June might be best only based on some quick work I did earlier this 
> week answering someone else's questions.  Most observations people 
> were  noting especially of calling birds were early June.  Personally 
> I have often visited Grasslands National Park on the May 24th weekend 
> and have seen/heard many of the birds we would have here.  The park 
> has a database that I have not looked at yet but I will see if it 
> records first and last data.  I was suggesting that with the advent of 
> ebird that maybe the park no longer needs to keep a separate database.
>
>
> Now that I live here I will start noting when I first hear and stop 
> hearing species.  If I truly want to be helpful then I'll start using 
> ebird too.
>
> As for specific birds in the GNP my general comments are:
>
> McCown's Longspur - I know there are not many recent records although 
> there are some but that might be more reflective of birders not 
> reporting their sightings.  I know camping here two years ago, one 
> birder from Quebec had seen 4 or 5 in a few day.  I did not.  There 
> are some on this bird line (Frank?) who have been monitoring the 
> apparent decline of this species in much of SK and they will have more 
> complete information.
>
> Chestnut-Collared Longspur - Relatively common.  A large wild fire two 
> years created some good habitat for them near the main road.  We also 
> did some prescribed burns last fall near the main Ecotour road so that 
> should help as well.  I have almost always seen them driving the 
> Rosefield Grid road on the south part of the park.
>
> Sprague's Pipit.  Can be heard in many places.  Those same fires 
> removed their preferred habitat but they should still be heard at 
> almost every stop.   Seeing them is more tricky.
>
> Baird's Sparrow.  Also not to hard to find once you know the call. 
>  Some were on territory last summer as soon as you entered the park 
> from the north on the main ecotour road.  Just stop at that first 
> information stand and listen and you should hear them.   I say this 
> being the first to admit that I am not good on bird songs esp 
> grassland birds.  One of my New Year's resolutions for this year is to 
> know all of the grassland sparrow calls.
>
> Brewer's Sparrow.  People likely know this species better than I do as 
> I have few sightings.However one of which was on the road between Val 
> Marie and Mankota - I stopped to look at this sparrow and was on the 
> edge of three different males' territories so had calls coming from 
> three directions. .  I don't want to start the debate but if you are 
> driving on the roads in southern SK outside of birding areas such as 
> GNP then the use of playback will be especially helpful.  All the 
> issues of using playback come into effect but the odds that you and 
> some other birder might stop somewhere on southern SK roads and use 
> playback would be almost nil.  Again not in popular birding areas.
>
> Say's Phoebe.  I don't know if I've seen this in GNP on any of my 
> trips.  I have seen it multiple times in the hills leading into and 
> around St. Victor's Petroglyphs but that might just be coincidence on 
> migration.
>
> Yellow Breasted Chat.  Another bird that might be more common but I 
> only have one record from south of Mankota.   I suspect it has 
> specific habitat requirement that I will try to learn this year and 
> see if it is more common.
>
> Rock Wren.   Another species that is likely more common.  However an 
> easy spot to see and hear it is on Eagle Mile Butte trail near Val Marie.
>
> Prairie Falcon.   Random.  I've seen it but not on any regular 
> pattern.  I'm told it is more common in the East Block of GNP where it 
> nests in the badlands.   I plan to bird more this year.
>
> Ferruginous Hawk.  Not uncommon and often seen on telephone poles. 
>  Bob's comment about nest abandonment is certainly the most important 
> advice to follow.  Again others more experienced can advise but while 
> it may not be a common species, it is often not hard to find a 
> ferruginous hawk nest.  Afterall you'll see the one standing tree 
> several kilometres before you get there.  But my limited experience is 
> that this species likes to lie VERY low in the nest making it hard to 
> even see what species it is.  So I think even careful birders might be 
> tempted to get closer than they should.   However I have noticed that 
> patience and sitting back from the nest is rewarding in a few minutes 
> as the mate will fly in.  Sometimes the mate is sitting somewhere even 
> on the ground in a nearby field.   Having said that this species will 
> also nest in trees along busy, a relative term in southern SK, roads. 
>  Have seen nests on the highway from Estevan to Portal, ND, the 
> highway south of Avonlea and on t he forementioned Rosefield Grid road.
>
> LarkBunting.  In good years - everywhere.  But almost always found if 
> you are here for a day or two.
>
>
> Just a note of warning if you depend on internet for your data vs a 
> paper guide then much of GNP has poor reception UNLESS you are with 
> SaskTel (or I suspect any of its MA BELL partners).  Even then there 
> are some gaps - the road I'm going to be driving on in about 45 
> minutes is one such road.  If you use Rogers or some other localized 
> provider then you will likely not get coverage in the town of Val 
> Marie let alone in the park.  So if you plan to use google maps, 
> ebird, or some non-downloaded program then you will need options.
>
> Kevin in Val Marie - who is now going out to the Mankota Community 
> Pasture to find the bunkhouse we have out there - a few kilometres 
> from the Montana border.  I went two weekends ago and actually found 
> the place but didn't realize it.  Duh.  So doing it again.   I'm 
> guessing I will see 5 species total the whole afternoon.  I'll report 
> back.
>
> 
Subject: Re: Winter Bird List 2014/2015
From: "Ryan Dudragne pl8guy AT sasktel.net [Saskbirds]" <Saskbirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 01 Mar 2015 23:18:18 -0600
Good Evening All,

Thanks to those who have chimed in recently, the winter list has swelled 
to triple digits with a (tentative) total of 100 species for the winter 
listing period, barring any additions from the Christmas Bird 
Countsummary that will come out in a few weeks.

Best of Birding,

Ryan Dudragne
Regina, SK

**New to the list:/Spruce Grouse, Barred Owl, Great Gray Owl, Harris' 
Sparrow (Clark's Crossing CBC), Cassin's Finch*/


Saskatchewan Winter Bird List 2014/2015

1.    Cackling Goose
2.    Canada Goose
3.    Tundra Swan*
4.    Gadwall
5.    Mallard
6.    Northern Pintail
7.    Green-winged Teal
8.    Redhead
9.    Ring-necked Duck
10.    Greater Scaup
11.    Lesser Scaup
12.    Bufflehead
13.    Common Goldeneye
14.    Hooded Merganser
15.    Common Merganser
16.    Ruddy Duck
17.    Gray Partridge
18.    Ring-necked Pheasant
19.    Ruffed Grouse
20.    Greater Sage-Grouse
21.    Spruce Grouse
22.    Willow Ptarmigan
23.    Sharp-tailed Grouse
24.    Wild Turkey
25.    Pied-billed Grebe
26.    Bald Eagle
27.    Sharp-shinned Hawk
28.    Cooper’s Hawk
29.    Northern Goshawk
30.    Red-tailed Hawk
31.    Rough-legged Hawk
32.    Golden Eagle
33.    American Kestrel
34.    Merlin
35.    Gyrfalcon
36.    Prairie Falcon
37.    American Coot
38.    Herring Gull
39.    Rock Pigeon
40.    Mourning Dove
41.    Eurasian Collared Dove
42.    Great Horned Owl
43.    Snowy Owl
44.    Northern Hawk Owl
45.    Barred Owl
46.    Great Gray Owl
47.    Short-eared Owl
48.    Boreal Owl
49.    Northern Saw-whet Owl
50.    Downy Woodpecker
51.    Hairy Woodpecker
52.    American Three-toed Woodpecker
53.    Black-backed Woodpecker
54.    Northern Flicker
55.    Pileated Woodpecker
56.    Northern Shrike
57.    Gray Jay
58.    Blue Jay
59.    Black-billed Magpie
60.    American Crow
61.    Common Raven
62.    Horned Lark
63.    Black-capped Chickadee
64.    Boreal Chickadee
65.    Red-breasted Nuthatch
66.    White-breasted Nuthatch
67.    Brown Creeper
68.    Golden-crowned Kinglet
69.    Townsend's Solitaire
70.    American Robin
71.    Varied Thrush
72.    Brown Thrasher*
73.    European Starling
74.    Bohemian Waxwing
75.    Cedar Waxwing
76.    American Tree Sparrow
77.    White-throated Sparrow
78.    Harris' Sparrow
79.    Golden-crowned Sparrow*
80.    Dark-eyed Junco
81.    Lapland Longspur
82.    Snow Bunting
83.    Northern Cardinal*
84.    Red-winged Blackbird
85.    Rusty Blackbird
86.    Brewer's Blackbird
87.    Common Grackle
88.    Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch
89.    Pine Grosbeak
90.    Purple Finch
91.    Cassin's Finch*
92.    House Finch
93.    Red Crossbill
94.    White-winged Crossbill
95.    Common Redpoll
96.    Hoary Redpoll
97.    Pine Siskin
98.    American Goldfinch
99.    Evening Grosbeak
100.    House Sparrow

Subject: Re: Re: Winter Bird List 2014/2015
From: "Jared Clarke clarkejared16 AT yahoo.ca [Saskbirds]" <Saskbirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 2 Mar 2015 04:24:27 +0000 (UTC)
Ryan,

Harold Fisher up Prince Albert has banded a couple of Great Grays during the 
winter list period and he also has a resident pair of Barred Owls on his 
property.  We didn't get to see them when we were up there in January, but he 
said he has been seeing them regularly. 

At our place, its been pretty quiet the last couple of months.  We had a flock 
of at least 30 Common Redpolls at the feeder today.  One American Goldfinch 
showed up yesterday.  Otherwise it is just chickadees, downy and hairy 
woodpeckers and house sparrows.   

I found feathers around the yard yesterday, so our Ruffed Grouse isn't around 
any more... 

Jared ClarkeEdenwold, SK
 From: "Ryan Dudragne pl8guy AT sasktel.net [Saskbirds]" 
 

 To: Saskbirds  
Cc: Blake Maybank ; Guy J. Wapple  
 Sent: Sunday, March 1, 2015 12:11 AM
 Subject: [Saskbirds] Re: Winter Bird List 2014/2015
   
     Good Evening All,
 
 A couple of additions have trickled in so far to bump us up to 97 spp:
 -Spruce Grouse along Hanson Lake Road near Creighton on Jan. 03
 -Harris' Sparrow on the Clark's Crossing CBC (Warman) and at Ituna
 
 Greg, the asterisk indicates a rare or otherwise unexpected winter bird. For 
example, Tundra Swan (atypical in winter), Golden-crowned Sparrow (provincially 
rare). It just helps me to pick them out of my list. 

 
 
 Cheers,
 Ryan Dudragne
 Regina, SK
 
 
 
 On 28/02/2015 7:38 PM, Ryan Dudragne wrote:
  
 Good Evening All,
 
 Well, today is February 28th, the final day for the official "Winter Birding" 
period. As such, this will be the final update to this season's list unless any 
more reports of new birds from the listing period (Dec. 01-Feb. 28) trickle in. 

 
 I regret that I have not been actively updating the list here since the 
initial posting on December 14th; personal circumstances have interrupted this 
for much of the winter. 

 
 As of Dec. 24th, 78 birds had been reported. Since then, we have added several 
birds to reach a (tentative) final total of 95 species, the lowest in 12 years 
- we had 93 reported in 2003/04, when an official list was not kept. 

 
 However, I have a suspicion that there are a few species that were present 
this winter but not yet accounted for in posts to me or to Saskbirds. For 
example, see below for the following regular/expected winter species that are 
missing: 

 
 Canvasback (7 of past 10 winters)
 Spruce Grouse (resident)
 Barred Owl (resident but difficult)
 Great Gray Owl (resident)
 Harris' Sparrow (regular, 10 of past 10 winters)
 White-crowned Sparrow (regular, 7 of 10 past winters)
 Western Meadowlark (regular, 9 of past 10 winters)
 
 Thank you to everyone who has reported their sightings this season. I will as 
usual update the final list if reliable reports of missing birds trickle in 
over the next couple of weeks (some people are on warm holidays right now after 
all!). I wish everyone a fantastic spring when it arrives! 

 
 
 Best of Birding,
  
 Ryan Dudragne
 Regina, SK
 
 
     **New to the list: 
 Greater Scaup (Gardiner Dam CBC), Bufflehead (Gardiner Dam CBC), Ruddy Duck 
(Estevan CBC), Greater Sage-Grouse, Willow Ptarmigan (SK River Forks, Creighton 
 CBCs), Wild Turkey, Cooper's Hawk, Northern Goshawk, American Kestrel, 
Northern Hawk-Owl, Boreal Owl, American Three-toed Woodpecker (Squaw Rapids 
CBC), Pileated Woodpecker (Squaw Rapids CBC), Gray Jay (Squaw Rapids CBC), 
Townsend's Solitaire, Cedar Waxwing, Red-winged Blackbird (Estevan CBC), 
Brewer's Blackbird, Grey-crowned Rosy-Finch, White-winged Crossbill 

 Saskatchewan Winter Bird List 2014/2015
 
 
 1.    Cackling Goose
 2.    Canada Goose
 3.    Tundra Swan*
 4.    Gadwall
 5.    Mallard
 6.    Northern Pintail
 7.    Green-winged Teal
 8.    Redhead
 9.    Ring-necked Duck
 10.    Greater Scaup
 11.    Lesser Scaup
 12.    Bufflehead
 13.    Common Goldeneye
 14.    Hooded Merganser
 15.    Common Merganser
 16.    Ruddy Duck
 17.    Gray Partridge
 18.    Ring-necked Pheasant
 19.    Ruffed Grouse
 20.    Greater Sage-Grouse
 21.    Willow Ptarmigan
 22.    Sharp-tailed Grouse
 23.    Wild Turkey
 24.    Pied-billed Grebe
 25.    Bald Eagle
 26.    Sharp-shinned Hawk
 27.    Cooper’s Hawk
 28.    Northern Goshawk
 29.    Red-tailed Hawk
 30.    Rough-legged Hawk
 31.    Golden Eagle
 32.    American Kestrel
 33.    Merlin
 34.    Gyrfalcon
 35.    Prairie Falcon
 36.    American Coot
 37.    Herring Gull
 38.    Rock Pigeon
 39.    Mourning Dove
 40.    Eurasian Collared Dove
 41.    Great Horned Owl
 42.    Snowy Owl
 43.    Northern Hawk Owl
 44.    Short-eared Owl
 45.    Boreal Owl
 46.    Northern Saw-whet Owl
 47.    Downy Woodpecker
 48.    Hairy Woodpecker
 49.    American Three-toed Woodpecker
 50.    Black-backed Woodpecker
 51.    Northern Flicker
 52.    Pileated Woodpecker
 53.    Northern Shrike
 54.    Gray Jay
 55.    Blue Jay
 56.    Black-billed Magpie
 57.    American Crow
 58.    Common Raven
 59.    Horned Lark
 60.    Black-capped Chickadee
 61.    Boreal Chickadee
 62.    Red-breasted Nuthatch
 63.    White-breasted Nuthatch
 64.    Brown Creeper
 65.    Golden-crowned Kinglet
 66.    Townsend's Solitaire
 67.    American Robin
 68.    Varied Thrush
 69.    Brown Thrasher*
 70.    European Starling
 71.    Bohemian Waxwing
 72.    Cedar Waxwing
 73.    American Tree Sparrow
 74.    White-throated Sparrow
 75.    Golden-crowned Sparrow*
 76.    Dark-eyed Junco
 77.    Lapland Longspur
 78.    Snow Bunting
 79.    Northern Cardinal*
 80.    Red-winged Blackbird
 81.    Rusty Blackbird
 82.    Brewer's Blackbird
 83.    Common Grackle
 84.    Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch
 85.    Pine Grosbeak
 86.    Purple Finch
 87.    House Finch
 88.    Red Crossbill
 89.    White-winged Crossbill
 90.    Common Redpoll
 91.    Hoary Redpoll
 92.    Pine Siskin
 93.    American Goldfinch
 94.    Evening Grosbeak
 95.    House Sparrow
 
 
 
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Subject: Sask Landing Prov Park (2015 March 01)
From: "M A dudra.m AT sasktel.net [Saskbirds]" <Saskbirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 01 Mar 2015 21:43:50 -0600
This afternoon we headed off to Sask Landing Provincial Park for a bit 
of a breather... and some fresh air!  We left home at 1:15PM and were 
home by 4:00PM ... and logged 115 km.

 From Swift Current to Sask Landing, we saw 1 Rock Pigeon on the side of 
the highway just north of the #4 Highway Bypass (now known as Memorial 
Drive) and a flock of 15-20 House Sparrows that flew up off the edge of 
the highway on "TV Hill".  THAT was it!

At Sask Landing we saw 1 Golden Eagle flying, 18 Black-billed Magpies 
(including a flock of 11 just as we headed into the Park), 2 
Black-capped Chickadees, and 14 Mule Deer (total of three herds of 5, 6 
and 3!)  There was also a flock of 15 or so dark birds maybe Horned Lark 
size flying just out of binocular range in the northeast quadrant (east 
of the last campgrounds), but they didn't come any closer nor did they 
hang around.  Again, THAT was it!!

We were disappointed to find the northwest quadrant blocked off with the 
dreaded locked gate, as well as most of the campgrounds. The last time I 
was at Sask Landing (2015 January 25), these were all open and accessible.

We headed for home at 3:30PM and did not see any birds nor mammals 
between Sask Landing and Swift Current.... not even a magpie! That is 
way too quiet!

- Mary Ann and Larry, Swift Current, SK
50 17' 00" N - 107 48' 00" W
Subject: Saturday SW of Regina
From: "prairiesfranni AT yahoo.ca [Saskbirds]" <Saskbirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 01 Mar 2015 18:26:18 -0800
Saturday, my sister and I headed S of Regina to zoom around Southern Sask. 
Highways were beauty. 

 

 2 Common Raven were seen along hwy 6, about 20 km S of Regina, and at Corinne. 
(The rest, I believe, are at Taylor Field). 

 

 Once Hwy 6 curved East towards Weyburn... where it turns South to the border - 
we'd expected to find Sharp-tailed Grouse (STGR)and were not disappointed... 

 3 flocks totalling around 40 STGR were all within the next 15 miles, N and S 
of where the Moose Jaw Creek crosses the #6, and at a large farm on the W side 
of Hwy 6. That farm also held 12 Gray Partridge. 

 

 That stretch of Hwy 6 down to just S of the Pangman turnoff held many flocks 
of Horned Larks - very few pairs, mostly flocks of 20-40 birds, a couple 
hundred total. 

 Snow Buntings flocks were fewer, although one large flock held about 150.
 

 Although in Montana, the highway W of Plentywood to Scobey is right under our 
border, so I'll report the juv Golden Eagle. This stretch held a lot of pairs 
and singles of Horned Larks. 

 

 The trip up from East Block Grasslands was very quiet. The border guards had 
both mentioned seeing Snowy Owls, we never spotted a one. 

 

 - Fran K and Mary W
 Regina
 

Subject: Swift Current and area (2015 Feb 17-28)
From: "M A dudra.m AT sasktel.net [Saskbirds]" <Saskbirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 01 Mar 2015 19:52:42 -0600
The last couple weeks of February brought a mixed bag of weather... from 
frigid to melting temperatures, and with that we also had snow and 
rain.  it hasn't been too exciting here...

2-3 Downy Woodpeckers (1 male, 1-2 females)
2-17 Black-billed Magpies
1 Common Raven (flying over Feb 24 and Feb 26)
2 Black-capped Chickadees
2-3 Red-breasted Nuthatches (1-2 males, 1 female)
40+ Bohemian Waxwings (flying over Feb 17, 20, 23, 25)
1-6 Dark-eyed Juncos
up to 13 or 14 House Finches
up to 25 or 30 House Sparrows

6 Eastern Gray Squirrels (4 black-phased, 2 brownish gray-phased)
1 Nuttall's Cottontail
Mule Deer (fresh tracks in our yard, and in the neighbours' yards)

The above mentioned are all pretty much daily occurrences (often in 
varying numbers) with the exception of the Common Raven and Bohemian 
Waxwings.

The extra female Downy Woodpecker isn't a welcome 'intruder' in the eyes 
of the 'resident' female.  The 'resident' female gets upset and chases 
the intruder off.  The male just keeps on eating.  LOL!  Such is the 
same drama with the 'intruder' male Red-breasted Nuthatch.  The 
'resident' male chases the intruder off every chance he gets.

The Black-billed Magpies have been showing up in larger numbers because 
we have a couple suet chunks out.  (We overbought suet -- too much for 
the one female Downy Woodpecker to eat... she's the only one that is 
interested in it, besides the Magpies.)  The Magpies usually show up in 
numbers up to 10 or 12, but there were 15 on Feb 19, and  17 on Feb 20 
and 26!!

We still have a lot of Mountain Ash berries on the tree... there must be 
good berry crops around the city because the Bohemian Waxwings haven't 
been hanging around here at all.  We usually only see them fly over, or 
maybe fly onto a tree or two for a couple minutes before continuing on 
to wherever they go.  There will be good pickings for the Robins when 
they return.

The House Finches and House Sparrows have been singing and the 
Nuthatches have really been starting to defend their nestbox the past 
couple weeks.  Spring is in the air... (and hopefully right around the 
corner!)

==================

Going to and from work the past couple weeks, it has been very quiet.  
There are days I only see a 2 Black-billed Magpies and nothing else!!

Along Hwy 32 up to the Fosterton grid road, most days I  see a few Rock 
Pigeons, 5 or 6 Black-billed Magpies (February 25 I saw a flock of 11 in 
addition to the 5 or 6 'regulars'), and 2 Common Ravens.  The mornings 
of February 18 and 23 I saw 2 white Snowy Owls south of the Hwy 332 
intersection (they were 4 power poles apart!!) and the late afternoon of 
February 23, I saw 1 very white Snowy Owl just north of Hwy 332 
intersection.  The late afternoon of February 25 I saw the white Snowy 
Owl just north of the Hwy 332 intersection and a heavily barred Snowy 
Owl sitting on a light post (just north of fish pond by Hwy 1 and 32 off 
ramp).  The morning of February 26 I saw 1 white Snowy Owl south of Hwy 
332 intersection, and in the afternoon I saw a heavily barred Snowy Owl 
just south of the Fosterton grid road turnoff.

Along Fosterton Road it has been very quiet ... with a flock of 20 or so 
Rock Pigeons (near a farmyard), a few Black-billed Magpies, an 
occasional Horned Lark, and a flock of 30 or so House Sparrows (near a 
farmyard).

There were a couple days I took the grid roads to and from work as far 
as I could (so I only had a couple miles of very icy highway to drive 
on.)  Along the Skyline grid road the late afternoon of February 17 I 
saw 1 white Snowy Owl just east of Hwy 32 (just east of the first farm), 
and a heavily barred Snowy Owl sitting on the SaskPower high line as 
well as 4 Black-billed Magpies (all near the first farm).  The morning 
of February 19 (7:30AM - and still dark), there were 2 Snowy Owls that 
flew up off the Skyline grid road just east of the SaskPower high line.  
Just before I got onto the Skyline grid that same morning, 1 Gray 
Partridge flew up off the middle of the gravel road near a farm.

All I have been seeing out at the Compressor Station are 5 or 6 
Black-billed Magpies, 6 Dark-eyed Juncos and 75+ House Sparrows.

Happy Birding everyone!!

- Mary Ann and Larry, Swift Current, SK
50 17' 00" N - 107 48' 00" W
Subject: Rusty Blackbird Information
From: "kratzigp AT gmail.com [Saskbirds]" <Saskbirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 01 Mar 2015 10:00:58 -0800
This is the last post for now
 

 here are some great links for you all to refer to 
 http://rustyblackbird.org/outreach/migration-blitz/faq/ 
http://rustyblackbird.org/outreach/migration-blitz/faq/ 

 

 Also here are two great YouTube videos that have been created
 

 1. Beginner video: targeted at birders who are new to eBird and want to be 
walked through the entire data submission process. 7.5 minutes long. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FjqOLXyJLro&feature=youtu.be 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FjqOLXyJLro&feature=youtu.be 

2. Advanced video: targeted at birders who are comfortable with eBird but who 
want more information about how, when, and what to submit to the Blitz. ~4 
minutes long. Rusty Blackbird Spring Migration Blitz Data Entry: Advanced 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ETRXujTSsZQ 

 
 
 
 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ETRXujTSsZQ 
 
 Rusty Blackbird Spring Migration Blitz Data Entry: ... 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ETRXujTSsZQ This video is for experienced eBird 
users who want to learn how to submit data to the Rusty Blackbird Spring 
Migration Blitz. This video discusses when and h... 

 
 
 
 View on www.youtube.com https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ETRXujTSsZQ 
 Preview by Yahoo 
 
 
  
Subject: Last Years Map of Rusty Sightings by Location
From: "kratzigp AT gmail.com [Saskbirds]" <Saskbirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 01 Mar 2015 09:34:10 -0800




Subject: Rusty Blackbird Spring Migration Blitz: Opening Day
From: "kratzigp AT gmail.com [Saskbirds]" <Saskbirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 01 Mar 2015 09:26:41 -0800
 
 I am sending this out early, and there will be more posts as the date draws 
near. 

 Last year was our first full year participating in this survey, but 
unfortunately our recorded sightings were few and far between. Please consider 
participating this year. 

 

 thanks 
 

 Greg Kratzig  (Saskatchewan Rusty Blackbird Co-coordinator)
 

 Welcome to International Opening Day of the Rusty Blackbird Spring Migration 
Blitz! The Blitz challenges birders to seek Rusty Blackbirds throughout this 
species’ entire migratory range, from the southeastern U.S. through the 
Northeast, Midwest, Canada, and Alaska. It’s easy to participate- bird as you 
normally do and search especially carefully for Rusty Blackbirds- then report 
your results to eBird under the “Rusty Blackbird Spring Migration Blitz” 
survey type, even if you don’t find a Rusty. Or, visit one of our Rusty 
Blackbird Areas of Interest (visit our interactive map at 
http://rustyblackbird.org/outreach/migration-blitz/2015-areas-of-interest/) to 
help us assess consistency of migratory timing and habitat use during spring 
migration. 

 
  
 
 Of course, the farther north you are, the later in the spring Rusties are 
likely to move through your area. To give you a sense of when Rusties are most 
likely to migrate through Saskatchewan we’ve posted a list of suggested 
target dates for each region (mid April for us) : 
http://rustyblackbird.org/outreach/migration-blitz/states-and-dates/ 
http://rustyblackbird.org/outreach/migration-blitz/states-and-dates/ . However, 
migratory timing can vary annually based on weather and climate, so any Rusty 
reports during the Blitz period of 1 March through 15 June will help our 
effort! 

 
  
 
 For more information on Blitz objectives, along with Rusty Blackbird 
identification tips, data collection instructions, and data reporting 
information, you can find additional resources at 
http://rustyblackbird.org/outreach/migration-blitz/. 

 
  
 
 We hope you’ll “get Rusty” with us to help conserve this elusive and 
vulnerable songbird! Also, follow us on Facebook to hear about Rusty sightings, 
see Rusty pictures, and get the latest Blitz news: Rusty Blackbird Spring 
Migration Blitz https://www.facebook.com/rustyblackbirdspringblitz 

 
 
 https://www.facebook.com/rustyblackbirdspringblitz 
 
 Rusty Blackbird Spring Migration Blitz 
https://www.facebook.com/rustyblackbirdspringblitz Calling All Birders: Will 
you accept a Rusty Challenge? This spring, help to advance our... 

 
 
 
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Subject: Re: Re: Winter Bird List 2014/2015
From: "Bob tsb2001 AT sasktel.net [Saskbirds]" <Saskbirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2015 00:25:50 -0600
Ryan
Phil Taylor had another female Cassin"s Finch at his backyard Saskatoon feeder 
again this winter. He saw it just twice about the same dates as the bird of 
last year. 

Good birding
Bob L
Regina
> On Mar 1, 2015, at 12:11 AM, "Ryan Dudragne pl8guy AT sasktel.net [Saskbirds]" 
 wrote: 

> 
> Good Evening All,
> 
> A couple of additions have trickled in so far to bump us up to 97 spp:
> -Spruce Grouse along Hanson Lake Road near Creighton on Jan. 03
> -Harris' Sparrow on the Clark's Crossing CBC (Warman) and at Ituna
> 
> Greg, the asterisk indicates a rare or otherwise unexpected winter bird. For 
example, Tundra Swan (atypical in winter), Golden-crowned Sparrow (provincially 
rare). It just helps me to pick them out of my list. 

> 
> 
> Cheers,
> Ryan Dudragne
> Regina, SK
> 
> 
> 
>> On 28/02/2015 7:38 PM, Ryan Dudragne       wrote:
>> Good Evening All,
>> 
>> Well, today is February 28th, the final day for the official "Winter 
Birding" period. As such, this will be the final update to this season's list 
unless any more reports of new birds from the listing period (Dec. 01-Feb. 28) 
trickle in. 

>> 
>> I regret that I have not been actively updating the list here since the 
initial posting on December 14th; personal circumstances have interrupted this 
for much of the winter. 

>> 
>> As of Dec. 24th, 78 birds had been reported. Since then, we have added 
several birds to reach a (tentative) final total of 95 species, the lowest in 
12 years - we had 93 reported in 2003/04, when an official list was not kept. 

>> 
>> However, I have a suspicion that there are a few species that were present 
this winter but not yet accounted for in posts to me or to Saskbirds. For 
example, see below for the following regular/expected winter species that are 
missing: 

>> 
>> Canvasback (7 of past 10 winters)
>> Spruce Grouse (resident)
>> Barred Owl (resident but difficult)
>> Great Gray Owl (resident)
>> Harris' Sparrow (regular, 10 of past 10 winters)
>> White-crowned Sparrow (regular, 7 of 10 past winters)
>> Western Meadowlark (regular, 9 of past 10 winters)
>> 
>> Thank you to everyone who has reported their sightings this season. I will 
as usual update the final list if reliable reports of missing birds trickle in 
over the next couple of weeks (some people are on warm holidays right now after 
all!). I wish everyone a fantastic spring when it arrives! 

>> 
>> 
>> Best of Birding,
>>  
>> Ryan Dudragne
>> Regina, SK
>> 
>> 
>> **New to the list: 
>> Greater Scaup (Gardiner Dam CBC), Bufflehead (Gardiner Dam CBC), Ruddy Duck 
(Estevan CBC), Greater Sage-Grouse, Willow Ptarmigan (SK River Forks, Creighton 
CBCs), Wild Turkey, Cooper's Hawk, Northern Goshawk, American Kestrel, Northern 
Hawk-Owl, Boreal Owl, American Three-toed Woodpecker (Squaw Rapids CBC), 
Pileated Woodpecker (Squaw Rapids CBC), Gray Jay (Squaw Rapids CBC), Townsend's 
Solitaire, Cedar Waxwing, Red-winged Blackbird (Estevan CBC), Brewer's 
Blackbird, Grey-crowned Rosy-Finch, White-winged Crossbill 

>> 
>> 
>> Saskatchewan Winter Bird List 2014/2015
>> 
>> 
>> 1.    Cackling Goose
>> 2.    Canada Goose
>> 3.    Tundra Swan*
>> 4.    Gadwall
>> 5.    Mallard
>> 6.    Northern Pintail
>> 7.    Green-winged Teal
>> 8.    Redhead
>> 9.    Ring-necked Duck
>> 10.    Greater Scaup
>> 11.    Lesser Scaup
>> 12.    Bufflehead
>> 13.    Common Goldeneye
>> 14.    Hooded Merganser
>> 15.    Common Merganser
>> 16.    Ruddy Duck
>> 17.    Gray Partridge
>> 18.    Ring-necked Pheasant
>> 19.    Ruffed Grouse
>> 20.    Greater Sage-Grouse
>> 21.    Willow Ptarmigan
>> 22.    Sharp-tailed Grouse
>> 23.    Wild Turkey
>> 24.    Pied-billed Grebe
>> 25.    Bald Eagle
>> 26.    Sharp-shinned Hawk
>> 27.    Cooper’s Hawk
>> 28.    Northern Goshawk
>> 29.    Red-tailed Hawk
>> 30.    Rough-legged Hawk
>> 31.    Golden Eagle
>> 32.    American Kestrel
>> 33.    Merlin
>> 34.    Gyrfalcon
>> 35.    Prairie Falcon
>> 36.    American Coot
>> 37.    Herring Gull
>> 38.    Rock Pigeon
>> 39.    Mourning Dove
>> 40.    Eurasian Collared Dove
>> 41.    Great Horned Owl
>> 42.    Snowy Owl
>> 43.    Northern Hawk Owl
>> 44.    Short-eared Owl
>> 45.    Boreal Owl
>> 46.    Northern Saw-whet Owl
>> 47.    Downy Woodpecker
>> 48.    Hairy Woodpecker
>> 49.    American Three-toed Woodpecker
>> 50.    Black-backed Woodpecker
>> 51.    Northern Flicker
>> 52.    Pileated Woodpecker
>> 53.    Northern Shrike
>> 54.    Gray Jay
>> 55.    Blue Jay
>> 56.    Black-billed Magpie
>> 57.    American Crow
>> 58.    Common Raven
>> 59.    Horned Lark
>> 60.    Black-capped Chickadee
>> 61.    Boreal Chickadee
>> 62.    Red-breasted Nuthatch
>> 63.    White-breasted Nuthatch
>> 64.    Brown Creeper
>> 65.    Golden-crowned Kinglet
>> 66.    Townsend's Solitaire
>> 67.    American Robin
>> 68.    Varied Thrush
>> 69.    Brown Thrasher*
>> 70.    European Starling
>> 71.    Bohemian Waxwing
>> 72.    Cedar Waxwing
>> 73.    American Tree Sparrow
>> 74.    White-throated Sparrow
>> 75.    Golden-crowned Sparrow*
>> 76.    Dark-eyed Junco
>> 77.    Lapland Longspur
>> 78.    Snow Bunting
>> 79.    Northern Cardinal*
>> 80.    Red-winged Blackbird
>> 81.    Rusty Blackbird
>> 82.    Brewer's Blackbird
>> 83.    Common Grackle
>> 84.    Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch
>> 85.    Pine Grosbeak
>> 86.    Purple Finch
>> 87.    House Finch
>> 88.    Red Crossbill
>> 89.    White-winged Crossbill
>> 90.    Common Redpoll
>> 91.    Hoary Redpoll
>> 92.    Pine Siskin
>> 93.    American Goldfinch
>> 94.    Evening Grosbeak
>> 95.    House Sparrow
> 
> 
Subject: Re: Winter Bird List 2014/2015
From: "Ryan Dudragne pl8guy AT sasktel.net [Saskbirds]" <Saskbirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 01 Mar 2015 00:11:22 -0600
Good Evening All,

A couple of additions have trickled in so far to bump us up to 97 spp:
-Spruce Grouse along Hanson Lake Road near Creighton on Jan. 03
-Harris' Sparrow on the Clark's Crossing CBC (Warman) and at Ituna

Greg, the asterisk indicates a rare or otherwise unexpected winter bird. 
For example, Tundra Swan (atypical in winter), Golden-crowned Sparrow 
(provincially rare). It just helps me to pick them out of my list.


Cheers,
Ryan Dudragne
Regina, SK



On 28/02/2015 7:38 PM, Ryan Dudragne wrote:
> Good Evening All,
>
> Well, today is February 28th, the final day for the official "Winter 
> Birding" period. As such, this will be the final update to this 
> season's list unless any more reports of new birds from the listing 
> period (Dec. 01-Feb. 28) trickle in.
>
> I regret that I have not been actively updating the list here since 
> the initial posting on December 14th; personal circumstances have 
> interrupted this for much of the winter.
>
> As of Dec. 24th, 78 birds had been reported. Since then, we have added 
> several birds to reach a (tentative) final total of 95 species, the 
> lowest in 12 years - we had 93 reported in 2003/04, when an official 
> list was not kept.
>
> However, I have a suspicion that there are a few species that were 
> present this winter but not yet accounted for in posts to me or to 
> Saskbirds. For example, see below for the following regular/expected 
> winter species that are missing:
>
> Canvasback (7 of past 10 winters)
> Spruce Grouse (resident)
> Barred Owl (resident but difficult)
> Great Gray Owl (resident)
> Harris' Sparrow (regular, 10 of past 10 winters)
> White-crowned Sparrow (regular, 7 of 10 past winters)
> Western Meadowlark (regular, 9 of past 10 winters)
>
> Thank you to everyone who has reported their sightings this season. I 
> will as usual update the final list if reliable reports of missing 
> birds trickle in over the next couple of weeks (some people are on 
> warm holidays right now after all!). I wish everyone a fantastic 
> spring when it arrives!
>
>
> Best of Birding,
>
> Ryan Dudragne
> Regina, SK
>
>
> **New to the list://
>
> /Greater Scaup (Gardiner Dam CBC), Bufflehead (Gardiner Dam CBC), 
> Ruddy Duck (Estevan CBC), Greater Sage-Grouse, Willow Ptarmigan (SK 
> River Forks, Creighton CBCs), Wild Turkey, Cooper's Hawk, Northern 
> Goshawk, American Kestrel, Northern Hawk-Owl, Boreal Owl, American 
> Three-toed Woodpecker (Squaw Rapids CBC), Pileated Woodpecker (Squaw 
> Rapids CBC), Gray Jay (Squaw Rapids CBC), Townsend's Solitaire, Cedar 
> Waxwing, Red-winged Blackbird (Estevan CBC), Brewer's Blackbird, 
> Grey-crowned Rosy-Finch, White-winged Crossbill/
>
>
> Saskatchewan Winter Bird List 2014/2015
>
>
> 1.    Cackling Goose
> 2.    Canada Goose
> 3.    Tundra Swan*
> 4.    Gadwall
> 5.    Mallard
> 6.    Northern Pintail
> 7.    Green-winged Teal
> 8.    Redhead
> 9.    Ring-necked Duck
> 10.    Greater Scaup
> 11.    Lesser Scaup
> 12.    Bufflehead
> 13.    Common Goldeneye
> 14.    Hooded Merganser
> 15.    Common Merganser
> 16.    Ruddy Duck
> 17.    Gray Partridge
> 18.    Ring-necked Pheasant
> 19.    Ruffed Grouse
> 20.    Greater Sage-Grouse
> 21.    Willow Ptarmigan
> 22.    Sharp-tailed Grouse
> 23.    Wild Turkey
> 24.    Pied-billed Grebe
> 25.    Bald Eagle
> 26.    Sharp-shinned Hawk
> 27.    Cooper’s Hawk
> 28.    Northern Goshawk
> 29.    Red-tailed Hawk
> 30.    Rough-legged Hawk
> 31.    Golden Eagle
> 32.    American Kestrel
> 33.    Merlin
> 34.    Gyrfalcon
> 35.    Prairie Falcon
> 36.    American Coot
> 37.    Herring Gull
> 38.    Rock Pigeon
> 39.    Mourning Dove
> 40.    Eurasian Collared Dove
> 41.    Great Horned Owl
> 42.    Snowy Owl
> 43.    Northern Hawk Owl
> 44.    Short-eared Owl
> 45.    Boreal Owl
> 46.    Northern Saw-whet Owl
> 47.    Downy Woodpecker
> 48.    Hairy Woodpecker
> 49.    American Three-toed Woodpecker
> 50.    Black-backed Woodpecker
> 51.    Northern Flicker
> 52.    Pileated Woodpecker
> 53.    Northern Shrike
> 54.    Gray Jay
> 55.    Blue Jay
> 56.    Black-billed Magpie
> 57.    American Crow
> 58.    Common Raven
> 59.    Horned Lark
> 60.    Black-capped Chickadee
> 61.    Boreal Chickadee
> 62.    Red-breasted Nuthatch
> 63.    White-breasted Nuthatch
> 64.    Brown Creeper
> 65.    Golden-crowned Kinglet
> 66.    Townsend's Solitaire
> 67.    American Robin
> 68.    Varied Thrush
> 69.    Brown Thrasher*
> 70.    European Starling
> 71.    Bohemian Waxwing
> 72.    Cedar Waxwing
> 73.    American Tree Sparrow
> 74.    White-throated Sparrow
> 75.    Golden-crowned Sparrow*
> 76.    Dark-eyed Junco
> 77.    Lapland Longspur
> 78.    Snow Bunting
> 79.    Northern Cardinal*
> 80.    Red-winged Blackbird
> 81.    Rusty Blackbird
> 82.    Brewer's Blackbird
> 83.    Common Grackle
> 84.    Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch
> 85.    Pine Grosbeak
> 86.    Purple Finch
> 87.    House Finch
> 88.    Red Crossbill
> 89.    White-winged Crossbill
> 90.    Common Redpoll
> 91.    Hoary Redpoll
> 92.    Pine Siskin
> 93.    American Goldfinch
> 94.    Evening Grosbeak
> 95.    House Sparrow
>
Subject: Snowy Owl
From: "jmonteith AT sasktel.net [Saskbirds]" <Saskbirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 28 Feb 2015 21:30:04 -0800
 I spotted my first Snowy Owl in quite a few years today. It was on a power 
pole near the pig morgue a mile north of Balcarres on 310 Highway. It was very 
white with only a few black wing feathers and seemed rather small. 


 

 Otherwise it's been a very slow winter with only ten species seen since the 
first of January . 


 

 About 10 resident Black-Capped Chickadees. 

 1 Slate Coloured Junco that's been here since before Christmas.
 2 Ruffed Grouse cleaning up under the feeder.
 1 female Hairy woodpecker.

 2 Ravens spotted at least once a week.

 1 male Pine Grosbeak for 4 days, the first since 2012

 A few magpies, usually one or two, but a flock of over a dozen dropped in one 
day a month ago. 


 1 female Downy Woodpecker.

 1 Common Redpoll seen for a few minutes, the first since 2013.
 

 Jack, north of Balcarres 

 

 

Subject: Re: Winter Bird List 2014/2015
From: "sawatzkyd AT sasktel.net [Saskbirds]" <Saskbirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 28 Feb 2015 20:31:43 -0800
Hi Ryan
  
 There is a record for a Harris's Sparrow in Ituna on eBird, along with a 
picture. There has been a White-throated Sparrow at the Musuem this winter and 
I had one by the Legislature on Jan 20. 

  
 Dan
 Regina

Subject: Re: Winter Bird List 2014/2015
From: "kratzigp AT gmail.com [Saskbirds]" <Saskbirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 28 Feb 2015 20:25:02 -0800
Hello
 Question, what does the single asterisk represent (e.g., Tundra Swan)
 

 thanks 

Subject: Winter Bird List 2014/2015
From: "Ryan Dudragne pl8guy AT sasktel.net [Saskbirds]" <Saskbirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 19:38:29 -0600
Good Evening All,

Well, today is February 28th, the final day for the official "Winter 
Birding" period. As such, this will be the final update to this season's 
list unless any more reports of new birds from the listing period (Dec. 
01-Feb. 28) trickle in.

I regret that I have not been actively updating the list here since the 
initial posting on December 14th; personal circumstances have 
interrupted this for much of the winter.

As of Dec. 24th, 78 birds had been reported. Since then, we have added 
several birds to reach a (tentative) final total of 95 species, the 
lowest in 12 years - we had 93 reported in 2003/04, when an official 
list was not kept.

However, I have a suspicion that there are a few species that were 
present this winter but not yet accounted for in posts to me or to 
Saskbirds. For example, see below for the following regular/expected 
winter species that are missing:

Canvasback (7 of past 10 winters)
Spruce Grouse (resident)
Barred Owl (resident but difficult)
Great Gray Owl (resident)
Harris' Sparrow (regular, 10 of past 10 winters)
White-crowned Sparrow (regular, 7 of 10 past winters)
Western Meadowlark (regular, 9 of past 10 winters)

Thank you to everyone who has reported their sightings this season. I 
will as usual update the final list if reliable reports of missing birds 
trickle in over the next couple of weeks (some people are on warm 
holidays right now after all!). I wish everyone a fantastic spring when 
it arrives!


Best of Birding,

Ryan Dudragne
Regina, SK


**New to the list://

/Greater Scaup (Gardiner Dam CBC), Bufflehead (Gardiner Dam CBC), Ruddy 
Duck (Estevan CBC), Greater Sage-Grouse, Willow Ptarmigan (SK River 
Forks, Creighton CBCs), Wild Turkey, Cooper's Hawk, Northern Goshawk, 
American Kestrel, Northern Hawk-Owl, Boreal Owl, American Three-toed 
Woodpecker (Squaw Rapids CBC), Pileated Woodpecker (Squaw Rapids CBC), 
Gray Jay (Squaw Rapids CBC), Townsend's Solitaire, Cedar Waxwing, 
Red-winged Blackbird (Estevan CBC), Brewer's Blackbird, Grey-crowned 
Rosy-Finch, White-winged Crossbill/


Saskatchewan Winter Bird List 2014/2015


1.    Cackling Goose
2.    Canada Goose
3.    Tundra Swan*
4.    Gadwall
5.    Mallard
6.    Northern Pintail
7.    Green-winged Teal
8.    Redhead
9.    Ring-necked Duck
10.    Greater Scaup
11.    Lesser Scaup
12.    Bufflehead
13.    Common Goldeneye
14.    Hooded Merganser
15.    Common Merganser
16.    Ruddy Duck
17.    Gray Partridge
18.    Ring-necked Pheasant
19.    Ruffed Grouse
20.    Greater Sage-Grouse
21.    Willow Ptarmigan
22.    Sharp-tailed Grouse
23.    Wild Turkey
24.    Pied-billed Grebe
25.    Bald Eagle
26.    Sharp-shinned Hawk
27.    Cooper’s Hawk
28.    Northern Goshawk
29.    Red-tailed Hawk
30.    Rough-legged Hawk
31.    Golden Eagle
32.    American Kestrel
33.    Merlin
34.    Gyrfalcon
35.    Prairie Falcon
36.    American Coot
37.    Herring Gull
38.    Rock Pigeon
39.    Mourning Dove
40.    Eurasian Collared Dove
41.    Great Horned Owl
42.    Snowy Owl
43.    Northern Hawk Owl
44.    Short-eared Owl
45.    Boreal Owl
46.    Northern Saw-whet Owl
47.    Downy Woodpecker
48.    Hairy Woodpecker
49.    American Three-toed Woodpecker
50.    Black-backed Woodpecker
51.    Northern Flicker
52.    Pileated Woodpecker
53.    Northern Shrike
54.    Gray Jay
55.    Blue Jay
56.    Black-billed Magpie
57.    American Crow
58.    Common Raven
59.    Horned Lark
60.    Black-capped Chickadee
61.    Boreal Chickadee
62.    Red-breasted Nuthatch
63.    White-breasted Nuthatch
64.    Brown Creeper
65.    Golden-crowned Kinglet
66.    Townsend's Solitaire
67.    American Robin
68.    Varied Thrush
69.    Brown Thrasher*
70.    European Starling
71.    Bohemian Waxwing
72.    Cedar Waxwing
73.    American Tree Sparrow
74.    White-throated Sparrow
75.    Golden-crowned Sparrow*
76.    Dark-eyed Junco
77.    Lapland Longspur
78.    Snow Bunting
79.    Northern Cardinal*
80.    Red-winged Blackbird
81.    Rusty Blackbird
82.    Brewer's Blackbird
83.    Common Grackle
84.    Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch
85.    Pine Grosbeak
86.    Purple Finch
87.    House Finch
88.    Red Crossbill
89.    White-winged Crossbill
90.    Common Redpoll
91.    Hoary Redpoll
92.    Pine Siskin
93.    American Goldfinch
94.    Evening Grosbeak
95.    House Sparrow
Subject: Re: Geese near Val Marie
From: "sawatzkyd AT sasktel.net [Saskbirds]" <Saskbirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 27 Feb 2015 18:59:50 -0800
Hi
  
 There is open water at the power plant at Coronach where thousands of geese 
and mallards overwinter. That's not too far from Val Marie. With little snow 
cover in the south west I'm sure the geese are just moving around looking for 
good places to forage. There also must be open water along the Frenchman River 
after the warm weather this week in the southwest. 

  
 Dan
 Regina

Subject: Re: Geese near Val Marie
From: "dudra.m AT sasktel.net [Saskbirds]" <Saskbirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 27 Feb 2015 17:13:22 -0800
Is there open water at the Val Marie Dam? 

 - Mary Ann, Swift Current, SK
 50° 17' 00" N - 107° 48' 00" W

 

Subject: Geese near Val Marie
From: "kmscouts AT hotmail.com [Saskbirds]" <Saskbirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 27 Feb 2015 12:41:12 -0800
 A coworker reported a flock of geese flying overhead earlier this week gooing 
north. Then a short while later the flock was seen flying south. Decided that 
there was still too much winter north? 

  
 Likely these are birds from some wintering population south of us in Montana 
although residents here in Val Marie were not sure where the nearest open water 
is. There are some NWA south of the border (e.g.Bowdoin) but I don't know if 
there is open water. People think parts of the Missouri River would be open - 
as there is right now on the Frenchman and Milk Rivers. 

  
 Kevin in Val Marie
Subject: Talk on Friday Feb 27 2015
From: "K M dragonflypondsk AT yahoo.com [Saskbirds]" <Saskbirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 24 Feb 2015 21:04:27 +0000 (UTC)
 Hi everyone, This Friday from 9:30am-noon, Fran, Val, and I are giving a talk 
on birds at the Lifelong Learning Centre. It is on Feeding Winter Birds and 
will include interesting facts and photos of the birds most likely to be found 
at feeders in and around the Regina area. Weather permitting, we hope to go 
visit the feeders at the RSM after the talk. There is a small fee to attend. If 
you are interested please visit About the Lifelong Learning Centre | Continuing 
Education, University of Regina or call 3065855748 to register.  Today in 
Rochdale Pk, there was a Northern Flicker (male), 2 Grey Partridge, and the 
usual flock of House Sparrows. Kim in Regina   
Subject: Re: Horned Larks
From: "kmscouts AT hotmail.com [Saskbirds]" <Saskbirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 23 Feb 2015 06:21:47 -0800
Was a fantastic day out hiking. Eventually warmed up to -6oC and was sunny all 
day.However it was not especially productive bird wise. Two snowy owls, one all 
white, the other very dark back. Maybe 30 snow buntings but usually in small 
groups of 4 or 5. Slightly more horned larks, sometimes in small groups, 
sometimes just a pair and 3-4 times a solitary bird that did not fly very far 
and then flew back to same are. Assuming a male starting to be territorial? A 
few scattered magpies. That was it for birds. 


 Lots of white tailed deer, coyote and the prairie dogs were out and active.
 

 Kevin in Val Marie
Subject: Crooked Lake birds - Brewer's Blackbird
From: "donaldweidl AT yahoo.ca [Saskbirds]" <Saskbirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 23 Feb 2015 04:50:09 -0800
Hi folks, spring is just around the corner! Hard to believe when temperatures 
are still at -33C. Yesterday I decided to make a quick trip to Crooked Lake to 
see what waterfowl species made it through the winter. On my way to the Crooked 
Lake dam, a friend stopped me and said he had something in his horse barn to 
show me. This is the same person that had a Boreal Owl in his barn last winter, 
so I was a bit excited. As we walked toward the barn a male blackbird flew out 
and landed on a hay bale. After several good looks, I determined the bird was a 
Brewer's Blackbird. The purple head, greenish back, lack of brown on the body 
and call note separated it from a Rusty Blackbird, which would be the most 
likely species wintering in this area. 

 Other birds seen in the Crooked Lake area include:
 Canada Goose 3
 Mallard 5
 Gadwal 2
 Common Goldeneye 2
 Common Merganser 1 male
 Rock Pigeon 15
 Blue Jay 6
 Black-capped Chickadee 8
 Black-billed Magpie 4
 Common Raven 2
 Hairy Woodpecker 1
 House Sparrow 1
 

 Good Birding
 Don from Broadview
Subject: Re: Horned Larks
From: "kmscouts AT hotmail.com [Saskbirds]" <Saskbirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 22 Feb 2015 07:44:45 -0800
I see a few horned larks almost every trip I take out, usually a few small 
flocks - sometimes only a few birds. I'm heading out shortly and will be in 
some ideal habitat, I'll report back. I am being a bit of a wimp this morning 
as it is blue skies and sun and almost no snow on the ground but it was -25oC.. 
Has warmed up to -21oC on its way to -11oC. It's a shell game as there was no 
wind this morning so that might have been nice. The wind made it bitter cold 
yesterday right here in town and it was only -13oC. Today I plan on walking 
some exposed plateaus (Turkey Track SE of Walker Ranch in GNP) so definitely 
hope for no wind. 


 Kevin in Val Marie  
Subject: Near Swift Current
From: "nkrell AT shaw.ca [Saskbirds]" <Saskbirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 21 Feb 2015 20:21:20 -0800
I took a short drive north of Swift today looking for a snowy owl which has 
stayed in one area along the skyline road. True to form, it was there but again 
flew before I could get a decent picture. It landed on the second fence line 
across a field for only a brief second before moving again. I checked out a few 
nests along the way home and found one great horned owl sitting on a nest. If 
others were nesting they were deep in the nests and I didn't disturb them. I 
also found several small flocks of horned larks and of course lots of black 
billed magpies. 

 I also came across a herd of 11 mule deer --7 does and 4 bucks still with 
antlers intact. A red fox raced across the road as I sat parked on the side of 
a grid road. No idea why it ran across in front of me instead of away from the 
road. 

 My yard is still quiet with the usual house sparrows and house finches. There 
are 3 or 4 red breasted nuthatches from time to time and a couple of black 
capped chickadees every now and then. Last week a flock of about 35 cedar 
waxwings were in the neighbours trees but didn't stay long. 

 Norm Krell
 Swift Current
Subject: Re: Horned Larks
From: "tsb2001 AT sasktel.net [Saskbirds]" <Saskbirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 21 Feb 2015 12:57:42 -0600
Val
This about the time as March approaches when more of these are reported 
along the highways and roads. Throughout the winter these are highly 
variable around Regina. The Midale area seems a more regular wintering 
area plus I am guessing elsewhere in the south. 

Good Birding
Bob

On 21 Feb 2015 10:47:43 -0800, "val_doyle_thomas AT hotmail.com 
[Saskbirds]"  wrote:

        We have seen a few Horned Larks along the country road this week. 

Val T. McTaggart


 
Subject: Horned Larks
From: "val_doyle_thomas AT hotmail.com [Saskbirds]" <Saskbirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 21 Feb 2015 10:47:43 -0800
We have seen a few Horned Larks along the country road this week. 

Val T. McTaggart

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Subject: regina am
From: "'Jim Nordquist' j.nordquist AT accesscomm.ca [Saskbirds]" <Saskbirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 20 Feb 2015 11:37:34 -0600
This sighting is mostly aimed at Dan Sawatsky and his friend whose name I 
can’t remember. Wednesday, at 7:30 am(pretty much full dark) I saw approx. 35 
ravens coming off City hall. Today , same time ,I saw several on SGI and I 
glassed Taylor Field and found several birds sitting on various parts of the 
stadium. 

Jim Nordquist
Regina Sask
Subject: Mankota Pasture
From: "kmscouts AT hotmail.com [Saskbirds]" <Saskbirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 20 Feb 2015 06:14:58 -0800
Last weekend I said I was "going out to the Mankota Community Pasture ... I'm 
guessing I will see 5 species total the whole afternoon. I'll report back." 


 

 I forgot to report back although birding was poor. It was an overcast albeit 
warm day. Much of the snow was gone from the fields which I suspect dispersed 
the birds. Saw only 2 snow buntings - both as individual birds. No flocks. Also 
saw 2 horned larks - together. 5 magpies in a group. A small covey of Grey 
Partridges on the way back. That was it. 4 species total. No snowy owls this 
trip - that was odd. Sorry - house sparrows as I drove through Mankota. 

 

 Before I left saw my house sparrows, one white breasted nuthatch, 15+ redpolls 
that are usually at my feeders and Eurasian collared doves calling. Great 
Horned Owls calling upon my return. So 5 species from my yard. 

 

 BTW last night, Feb 19th, we had dueling male Great Horned Owls calling in 
town. 

 

 Kevin in Val Marie
 

 

Subject: When Doves Cry?
From: "kmscouts AT hotmail.com [Saskbirds]" <Saskbirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 20 Feb 2015 06:02:40 -0800
I think I reported several weeks back hearing a crow in town. Not a long caw - 
just 2 notes or so. I never saw it. I heard it once again maybe 9 days ago. 
Again no sighting. Yesterday on the way back to work it was +3oC and many 
birds, few species, were active. Collared Doves chasing each other and often 
calling. They call even when it's surprisingly cold. It very nice to hear them 
on such days. I then heard the crow caw again. Again I didn't see it. Enough of 
this. So I go look in the area the noise came from - nothing. However there is 
a collared dove up in a tree. Could be a mourning dove as I didn't have my 
binoculars and we do have at least one mourning dove in town. But likely a 
collared dove. 

 

 Crows are not shy reclusive birds. If there is one here, not only in the trees 
in front of me, but anywhere in the Val Marie area then I should see it. In 
fact I've not seen any ravens for weeks either until I go north of Cadillac. So 
now I'm wondering if doves have some alternative cry that sounds like a crow's 
caw? 

 

 I came home and checked out some websites but all the calls were typical 
versions. But on the Audubon page (link below) I found that they do have a 
harsh call. I'm now thinking that is what I heard all three times - not an 
invisible crow. 

 

 Also found out that Collared-Doves have whistling wings - I thought only the 
Mourning Doves had that. I can't say I've heard any of our collared doves with 
whistling wings. But then again, I was also hearing that invisible crow. I'll 
have to listen today for the wings if the birds are active. It is +1oC outside 
right now at 8 am with grey skies but temperatures should drop to -3oC during 
the day. -15oC tomorrow but full sun and blue skies. 

 

 Eurasian Collared-Dove 
https://www.audubon.org/field-guide/bird/eurasian-collared-dove 


 
 
 https://www.audubon.org/field-guide/bird/eurasian-collared-dove 
 
 Eurasian Collared-Dove 
https://www.audubon.org/field-guide/bird/eurasian-collared-dove During the 20th 
century, this pale dove expanded its range spectacularly from the Middle East 
all the way across Europe. Introduced accidentally into the Baham... 

 
 
 
 View on www.audubon.org 
https://www.audubon.org/field-guide/bird/eurasian-collared-dove 

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 Kevin in Val Marie 
Subject: Re: Snowy owl on the farm!
From: "Bob tsb2001 AT sasktel.net [Saskbirds]" <Saskbirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 20 Feb 2015 07:29:27 -0600
Julie
It would not be unprecedented to have a Boreal Chickadee occur in the south 
:however, this species is rare away from the mixed or boreal forest zones. 


Snowy Owls are always great to see. 

Redpolls seem largely absent from Regina this year at least in the areas I 
travel. 


Good birding
Bob L
Regina
> On Feb 19, 2015, at 8:34 PM, "Julie Graham jules.graham AT icloud.com 
[Saskbirds]"  wrote: 

> 
> We accidentally spooked an immature snowy in the farm yard today, just 
outside Maryfield (a half hour south of Moosomin). We couldn't track it well 
through the sheets of driving snow, but a half hour later a very noisy solitary 
raven was circling the adjoining field. 

> 
> My in-laws' feeder has about 15 common redpolls in residence now, along with 
a hairy woodpecker, two downys, and lots of black capped chickadees. We keep 
hearing a very raspy chickadee when outside but assume it would be very 
unlikely to have a boreal around. 

> 
> Julie
> 
Subject: Re: Re: American Goldfinches at Lumsden feeder
From: "Bob tsb2001 AT sasktel.net [Saskbirds]" <Saskbirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 20 Feb 2015 07:17:22 -0600
George
Sorry for the confusion. 

The Snowy Owl was perched on a power pole along the section of # 11 just prior 
to this road joining #6 near the outskirts of Regina.This area features a 
series of tall single roadside power poles. 


I have seen Snowies and raptors here previously perched along this section. It 
is of course dangerous to stop or park at this location because the road 
narrows into one lane with much traffic. 


I agree Snowy Owls can also be seen along the section of # 11 where the 
roadside poles begin northwest of Condie plus north along # 6 as you mention. 
Other locations include west of the City along Dewdney plus on the power 
structures to the southwest and southeast of the City. 


This species can easily be overlooked when they are sitting on snowy ground. 
This can occur particularly on windy days although this behaviour does happen 
anytime. 


Enjoy birding
Bob L
Regina
> On Feb 19, 2015, at 7:23 PM, "'George' 100 AT sasktel.net [Saskbirds]" 
 wrote: 

> 
> I have never seen snowys near the overpass where 11 and 6 join, but have seen 
several and took pictures on # 11 about ½ way to Lumsden and a couple on #54 
where I also saw a very large almost black owl I got a picture as well. Also 
have seen a couple north on #6 right by All Parts auto wreckers on right hand 
side where the road goes left by that huge estate to #11, Were the ones you saw 
on power poles? 

> 
>  
> 
> Good luck viewing.
> 
>  
> 
> George.
> 
> 
Subject: Snowy owl on the farm!
From: "Julie Graham jules.graham AT icloud.com [Saskbirds]" <Saskbirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 19 Feb 2015 20:34:13 -0600
We accidentally spooked an immature snowy in the farm yard today, just outside 
Maryfield (a half hour south of Moosomin). We couldn't track it well through 
the sheets of driving snow, but a half hour later a very noisy solitary raven 
was circling the adjoining field. 


My in-laws' feeder has about 15 common redpolls in residence now, along with a 
hairy woodpecker, two downys, and lots of black capped chickadees. We keep 
hearing a very raspy chickadee when outside but assume it would be very 
unlikely to have a boreal around. 


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Subject: Re: American Goldfinches at Lumsden feeder
From: "'George' 100 AT sasktel.net [Saskbirds]" <Saskbirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 19 Feb 2015 19:23:24 -0600
I have never seen snowys near the overpass where 11 and 6 join, but have
seen several and took pictures on # 11 about  way to Lumsden and a couple
on #54 where I also saw a very large almost black owl I got a picture as
well. Also have seen a couple north on #6 right by All Parts auto wreckers
on right hand side where the road goes left by that huge estate to #11, Were
the ones you saw on power poles?

 

Good luck viewing.

 

George.
Subject: American Goldfinches at Lumsden feeder
From: "tsb2001 AT sasktel.net [Saskbirds]" <Saskbirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 19 Feb 2015 19:11:37 -0600
 Curtis Pollock has 15 + American Goldfinches coming to his Lumsden feeder. 

Other species seen in his yard  today included 5+ Black-capped Chickadees, and 
at least one pair of Hairy and Downy Woodpeckers. 


I saw one Raven patrolling # 11 near Lumsden and a heavily marked probable 
female Snowy Owl along # 11 as it joins # 6 north of Regina. 


Good Birding
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Subject: Re: Sibley guide
From: "kmscouts AT hotmail.com [Saskbirds]" <Saskbirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 19 Feb 2015 05:49:41 -0800
IMPORTANT UPDATE 

 The following was posted on Birder's Library last night. If you have a first 
printing of Sibleys with the poor colouration then it looks like you can get 
the second printing free if you are interested: 

 

 .. reports some great news on the ABA Facebook group - the publisher has added 
an option on its automated message when you call them that provides details on 
how to get a replacement copy. You will have to cut off the UPC from your 1st 
printing and mail it to them. 


If you were previously denied a replacement or just haven't tried yet, now's 
the time! 

(The original post has been updated with this info.)

See all comments on this post here:

http://www.birderslibrary.com/news/book_news/sibley-guide-2nd-edition-free-replacement.htm#comments 
http://www.birderslibrary.com/news/book_news/sibley-guide-2nd-edition-free-replacement.htm#comments 


Kevin in Val Marie
 

Subject: Re: Sibley guide
From: "kmscouts AT hotmail.com [Saskbirds]" <Saskbirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 17 Feb 2015 18:23:13 -0800
Thanks Fran, 

 I waited to reply to see if I would get my replacement copy. I saw some posts 
on this topic on the Birder's Library and the suggestion to call in. I called 
in about 2 weeks ago and had a very pleasant person who understood the problem, 
took my data and said a new book would be shipped. However later that day 
people were reporting that they were no longer honouring that - the assumption 
is that there were too many calls. I doubted my book would be replaced. I 
actually had two copies of the first printing, one I bought and one I got as a 
gift but I only gave them the ISBN for one of those books. 

 

 Today my replacement book arrived in Val Marie. So I did get in before they 
apparently stopped shipping. The interesting thing that was told to me by the 
representative is that they, and I suspect most book publishers, will replace 
books with poor printing. Might be difficult to argue the colour of some birds 
esp if the author signed off on the originals but things like very light text 
could easily be a defect that they would replace. 

 

 I have quickly looked over the second printing and I see some of the colour 
issues have been addressed. It is still a very good book but the text remains 
far too small. I don't need reading glasses - yet - but I find some of the text 
just too hard to read. Being stereotypical about the age of most birders - many 
will have a harder time with the small text. It will remain in my car as one of 
my travelling books but won't be an actual field guide that I will take into 
the actual field. 

 

 Kevin in Val Marie
Subject: RE: bluebird houses
From: "kmscouts AT hotmail.com [Saskbirds]" <Saskbirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 17 Feb 2015 05:50:33 -0800
I was thinking of getting some boxes too. I've noticed an almost complete 
absence of bluebird boxes in the Val Marie area. Nor can I think of any records 
I have of bluebirds down here. Does anyone know if the bluebirds just migrate 
through and nest slightly further north? I'm told there are blue birds for the 
East Block of GNP and while I have not seen any blue bird boxes over there - I 
have spent less time there. 


 When I think of nesting bluebirds that I've seen such as near Craven or St. 
Victor then the hills and badlands of the East Block might be more conducive 
for nesting. 

 

 Kevin in Val Marie
Subject: 2015 GBBC - Day 3 & 4 (Feb 15 & 16)
From: "M A dudra.m AT sasktel.net [Saskbirds]" <Saskbirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 16 Feb 2015 20:04:06 -0600
We had very low counts for this year's GBBC.  Our yard and immediate 
neighbourhood were quiet, very quiet...  The weather wasn't the best for 
the most part, but when even the House Sparrows disappear, one begins to 
wonder if there is a hawk or little falcon nearby.  Due to weather and 
other commitments, we were unable to get out and about for a drive in 
the country this year.


*Day 3* of the GBBC I spent at home for the better part of the day, but 
I did go out for a couple hours in the afternoon for a drive around the 
City.  I submitted two reports for home sightings (because I was gone 
for a little over a two hour period during the count, and had two other 
submitted reports for that two-hour time frame.  The weather wasn't 
bad... though I was starting to wonder about it when I first started 
driving around the City at 1:30... when a couple passing snow squalls 
passed quickly through. Larry did, however, get to Gull Lake the 
afternoon of Feb 15 so I submitted his Gull lake sightings for GBBC Day 3.

The following are our GBBC reports submitted for *Day 3 (Feb 15)*:

(Home) Swift Current, Sk, Swift Current, CA-SK
Feb 15, 2015 8:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments:     Our front and back yards and immediate neighbourhood.
4 species

Black-billed Magpie  1
Red-breasted Nuthatch  2 (**NOTE: 1 male, 1 female)
Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored)  1(**NOTE: 1 male)
House Finch  2(**NOTE: 2 male)

-------------------

(Home) Swift Current, Sk, Swift Current, CA-SK
Feb 15, 2015 3:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments:     Our front and back yards and immediate neighbourhood.
5 species

Downy Woodpecker  1(**NOTE: 1 female)
Black-billed Magpie  14
Red-breasted Nuthatch  3(**NOTE: 2 male, 1 female)
Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored)  1(**NOTE: 1 male)
House Finch  6(**NOTE: 3 male, 3 female)

-------------------

Swift Current, Sk, Swift Current, CA-SK
Feb 15, 2015 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Protocol: Traveling
21.0 kilometer(s)
Comments:     Driving around Swift Current, Sk (small City)
6 species

Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  700
Eurasian Collared-Dove  17
Black-billed Magpie  5
American Robin 4 4 dark males singing at or near the top of two side-by-side 
evergreen trees 

House Finch 7 7 males singing near or at the top of 4 side-by-side evergreen 
trees 

House Sparrow  72

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Swift Current--Agricultural Research Station, Swift Current, CA-SK
Feb 15, 2015 2:30 PM - 3:15 PM
Protocol: Traveling
11.0 kilometer(s)
Comments: Driving around the Research Station grounds, and stopping to wait and 
observe. 

4 species

Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  17
Black-billed Magpie  4
Dark-eyed Junco 16 often found at this 'urban forest' location in the winter 

Pine Grosbeak  1     female or immature

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Gull Lake, Sk, Swift Current, CA-SK
Feb 15, 2015 3:00 PM - 3:15 PM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments:     Observed by my husband (Laurent Dudragne)
3 species

Eurasian Collared-Dove  1
Bohemian Waxwing  40
House Sparrow  15

_________________


*Day 4* of the GBBC brought us snow, sun, cloud, and more of the 
same.... being more of a blustery day than not.  The snowy weather did 
bring a bonus to our feeders -- a pair of Black-capped Chickadees, and 4 
extra Dark-eyed Juncos (we think this little troupe may follow the 
Chickadees as we have had only one Junco hanging around for the most 
part all winter.

The 'daily' female Downy Woodpecker was none too pleased to have a 
second female visiting our yard and feeders... she seemed to tolerate 
her at best if the 'daily' male wasn't around, but whenever he showed 
up, she would chase off the other female.

The resident male Red-breasted Nuthatch was also very excited and not a 
happy camper to have a second male visiting the yard and feeders.  He 
put the run on the visitor every time it came into the yard.  It was 
comical to watch because the visiting male would sneak into the back 
yard, first onto the trees behind the shed then make a bee-line for the 
feeders until he was noticed and chased off.

The following is our GBBC report submitted for *Day 4 (Feb 16*):

(Home) Swift Current, Sk, Swift Current, CA-SK
Feb 16, 2015 8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments:     Our front and back yards and immediate neighbourhood.
7 species

Downy Woodpecker  3(**NOTE: 1 male, 2 female)
Black-billed Magpie  1
Black-capped Chickadee  2
Red-breasted Nuthatch  3(**NOTE: 2 male, 1 female)
Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored)  5(**NOTE: 5 male)
House Finch  6(**NOTE: 3 male, 3 female)
House Sparrow  2(**NOTE: 2 male)




- Mary Ann and Larry, Swift Current, SK
50 17' 00" N - 107 48' 00" W
Subject: 2015 GBBC - Day 1 & 2 (Feb 13 & 14)
From: "M A dudra.m AT sasktel.net [Saskbirds]" <Saskbirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 16 Feb 2015 20:03:16 -0600
*Day 1 *of the GBBC I spent at home most of the day.  The weather wasn't 
bad, and I wish I could have gone out and about but had commitments I 
had to deal with so was only able to keep a watch on our front and back 
yards and the immediate neighbourhood.


The following is our GBBC report submitted for*Day 1 (Feb 13)*:

(Home) Swift Current, Sk, Swift Current, CA-SK
Feb 13, 2015 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments:     Our front and back yards and immediate neighbourhood.
5 species

Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  5
Black-billed Magpie  14
Red-breasted Nuthatch  2(**NOTE: 1 male, 1 female)
House Finch  13(**NOTE: 8 male, 5 female)
House Sparrow  16(**NOTE: 9 male, 7 female)

_________________


*Day 2* of the GBBC brought ugly weather! We had everything from 
freezing rain to snow pellets to snow and repeat of all the same for the 
better part of the day.  It certainly was not a good day to go out and 
about... not even around the city.  Larry had to go out for a bit in the 
afternoon - hence a second checklist for the day.

The following are our GBBC reports submitted for *Day 2 (Feb 14)*:

(Home) Swift Current, Sk, Swift Current, CA-SK
Feb 14, 2015 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments:     Our front and back yards and immediate neighbourhood.
4 species

Downy Woodpecker  2(**NOTE: 1 male, 1 female)
Black-billed Magpie  1
Dark-eyed Junco  1(**NOTE: 1 male)
House Finch  5(**NOTE: 2 male, 3 female)

-------------------

Swift Current, Sk-West, Swift Current, CA-SK
Feb 14, 2015 2:00 PM - 2:15 PM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 kilometer(s)
Comments:     Light industrial area
1 species

Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  150




- Mary Ann and Larry, Swift Current, SK
50 17' 00" N - 107 48' 00" W

Subject: RE: bluebird houses
From: "Alaina Armbruster alainala AT hotmail.ca [Saskbirds]" <Saskbirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 16 Feb 2015 18:44:12 -0500
Most hardware stores seem to sell them (Home hardware does for sure).. walmart 
as well probably does.. 


Alaina in Manor
To: Saskbirds AT yahoogroups.com
From: Saskbirds AT yahoogroups.com
Date: Mon, 16 Feb 2015 16:28:20 -0600
Subject: [Saskbirds] bluebird houses














 

 



  


    
      
      
      Does anyone know a Saskatchewan source for bluebird houses, or do most 

people make their own?  We would like to put some on our pasture fence 

line, but would rather not build them.



Adele Dueck




    
     

    
    






   		 	   		  
Subject: bluebird houses
From: "Ray or Adele Dueck dueckr AT yourlink.ca [Saskbirds]" <Saskbirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 16 Feb 2015 16:28:20 -0600
Does anyone know a Saskatchewan source for bluebird houses, or do most 
people make their own?  We would like to put some on our pasture fence 
line, but would rather not build them.

Adele Dueck


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Subject: ta-dahh - tonight...
From: "prairiesfranni AT yahoo.ca [Saskbirds]" <Saskbirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 16 Feb 2015 12:06:50 -0800
Hi, Birders: in Regina tonight - a reminder: - an awesome evening of Nature 
Regina: birds, wildlife and info on one of the lakes right here in NW Regina - 
by Kim and Val Mann. 7:30 at the Cathedral Community Centre (directly across 
from Safeway on 13th), all are welcome! 

 

 
 Fran K, Regina
 

Subject: Re: Re: Grasslands birds wish list
From: "Paule Hjertaas phjertaas AT gmail.com [Saskbirds]" <Saskbirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 15 Feb 2015 21:04:36 -0600
apparently we just don't know how to find Brewer's sparrows. I tried to
phone and Estelle said you had just left Saskatoon.

On Sun, Feb 15, 2015 at 11:30 AM, kmscouts AT hotmail.com [Saskbirds] <
Saskbirds AT yahoogroups.com> wrote:

>
>
> Bob L's response gives you all you wanted.  I would agree that early June
> might be best only based on some quick work I did earlier this week
> answering someone else's questions.  Most observations people were  noting
> especially of calling birds were early June.  Personally I have often
> visited Grasslands National Park on the May 24th weekend and have
> seen/heard many of the birds we would have here.  The park has a database
> that I have not looked at yet but I will see if it records first and last
> data.  I was suggesting that with the advent of ebird that maybe the park
> no longer needs to keep a separate database.
>
> Now that I live here I will start noting when I first hear and stop
> hearing species.  If I truly want to be helpful then I'll start using ebird
> too.
>
> As for specific birds in the GNP my general comments are:
>
> McCown's Longspur - I know there are not many recent records although
> there are some but that might be more reflective of birders not reporting
> their sightings.  I know camping here two years ago, one birder from Quebec
> had seen 4 or 5 in a few day.  I did not.  There are some on this bird line
> (Frank?) who have been monitoring the apparent decline of this species in
> much of SK and they will have more complete information.
>
> Chestnut-Collared Longspur - Relatively common.  A large wild fire two
> years created some good habitat for them near the main road.  We also did
> some prescribed burns last fall near the main Ecotour road so that should
> help as well.  I have almost always seen them driving the Rosefield Grid
> road on the south part of the park.
>
> Sprague's Pipit.  Can be heard in many places.  Those same fires removed
> their preferred habitat but they should still be heard at almost every
> stop.   Seeing them is more tricky.
>
> Baird's Sparrow.  Also not to hard to find once you know the call.  Some
> were on territory last summer as soon as you entered the park from the
> north on the main ecotour road.  Just stop at that first information stand
> and listen and you should hear them.   I say this being the first to admit
> that I am not good on bird songs esp grassland birds.  One of my New Year's
> resolutions for this year is to know all of the grassland sparrow calls.
>
> Brewer's Sparrow.  People likely know this species better than I do as I
> have few sightings.However one of which was on the road between Val Marie
> and Mankota - I stopped to look at this sparrow and was on the edge of
> three different males' territories so had calls coming from three
> directions. .  I don't want to start the debate but if you are driving on
> the roads in southern SK outside of birding areas such as GNP then the use
> of playback will be especially helpful.  All the issues of using playback
> come into effect but the odds that you and some other birder might stop
> somewhere on southern SK roads and use playback would be almost nil.  Again
> not in popular birding areas.
>
> Say's Phoebe.  I don't know if I've seen this in GNP on any of my trips.
> I have seen it multiple times in the hills leading into and around St.
> Victor's Petroglyphs but that might just be coincidence on migration.
>
> Yellow Breasted Chat.  Another bird that might be more common but I only
> have one record from south of Mankota.   I suspect it has specific habitat
> requirement that I will try to learn this year and see if it is more common.
>
> Rock Wren.   Another species that is likely more common.  However an easy
> spot to see and hear it is on Eagle Mile Butte trail near Val Marie.
>
> Prairie Falcon.   Random.  I've seen it but not on any regular pattern.
> I'm told it is more common in the East Block of GNP where it nests in the
> badlands.   I plan to bird more this year.
>
> Ferruginous Hawk.  Not uncommon and often seen on telephone poles.  Bob's
> comment about nest abandonment is certainly the most important advice to
> follow.  Again others more experienced can advise but while it may not be a
> common species, it is often not hard to find a ferruginous hawk nest.
> Afterall you'll see the one standing tree several kilometres before you get
> there.  But my limited experience is that this species likes to lie VERY
> low in the nest making it hard to even see what species it is.  So I think
> even careful birders might be tempted to get closer than they should.
> However I have noticed that patience and sitting back from the nest is
> rewarding in a few minutes as the mate will fly in.  Sometimes the mate is
> sitting somewhere even on the ground in a nearby field.   Having said that
> this species will also nest in trees along busy, a relative term in
> southern SK, roads.  Have seen nests on the highway from Estevan to Portal,
> ND, the highway south of Avonlea and on the forementioned Rosefield Grid
> road.
>
> Lark Bunting.  In good years - everywhere.  But almost always found if
> you are here for a day or two.
>
>
> Just a note of warning if you depend on internet for your data vs a paper
> guide then much of GNP has poor reception UNLESS you are with SaskTel (or I
> suspect any of its MA BELL partners).  Even then there are some gaps - the
> road I'm going to be driving on in about 45 minutes is one such road.  If
> you use Rogers or some other localized provider then you will likely not
> get coverage in the town of Val Marie let alone in the park.  So if you
> plan to use google maps, ebird, or some non-downloaded program then you
> will need options.
>
> Kevin in Val Marie - who is now going out to the Mankota Community Pasture
> to find the bunkhouse we have out there - a few kilometres from the Montana
> border.  I went two weekends ago and actually found the place but didn't
> realize it.  Duh.  So doing it again.   I'm guessing I will see 5 species
> total the whole afternoon.  I'll report back.
>
>  
>
Subject: Re: Grasslands birds wish list
From: "kmscouts AT hotmail.com [Saskbirds]" <Saskbirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 15 Feb 2015 09:30:06 -0800
Bob L's response gives you all you wanted. I would agree that early June might 
be best only based on some quick work I did earlier this week answering someone 
else's questions. Most observations people were noting especially of calling 
birds were early June. Personally I have often visited Grasslands National Park 
on the May 24th weekend and have seen/heard many of the birds we would have 
here. The park has a database that I have not looked at yet but I will see if 
it records first and last data. I was suggesting that with the advent of ebird 
that maybe the park no longer needs to keep a separate database. 


 Now that I live here I will start noting when I first hear and stop hearing 
species. If I truly want to be helpful then I'll start using ebird too. 

 

 As for specific birds in the GNP my general comments are:
 

 McCown's Longspur - I know there are not many recent records although there 
are some but that might be more reflective of birders not reporting their 
sightings. I know camping here two years ago, one birder from Quebec had seen 4 
or 5 in a few day. I did not. There are some on this bird line (Frank?) who 
have been monitoring the apparent decline of this species in much of SK and 
they will have more complete information. 

 

 Chestnut-Collared Longspur - Relatively common. A large wild fire two years 
created some good habitat for them near the main road. We also did some 
prescribed burns last fall near the main Ecotour road so that should help as 
well. I have almost always seen them driving the Rosefield Grid road on the 
south part of the park. 

 

 Sprague's Pipit. Can be heard in many places. Those same fires removed their 
preferred habitat but they should still be heard at almost every stop. Seeing 
them is more tricky. 

 

 Baird's Sparrow. Also not to hard to find once you know the call. Some were on 
territory last summer as soon as you entered the park from the north on the 
main ecotour road. Just stop at that first information stand and listen and you 
should hear them. I say this being the first to admit that I am not good on 
bird songs esp grassland birds. One of my New Year's resolutions for this year 
is to know all of the grassland sparrow calls. 

 

 Brewer's Sparrow. People likely know this species better than I do as I have 
few sightings.However one of which was on the road between Val Marie and 
Mankota - I stopped to look at this sparrow and was on the edge of three 
different males' territories so had calls coming from three directions. . I 
don't want to start the debate but if you are driving on the roads in southern 
SK outside of birding areas such as GNP then the use of playback will be 
especially helpful. All the issues of using playback come into effect but the 
odds that you and some other birder might stop somewhere on southern SK roads 
and use playback would be almost nil. Again not in popular birding areas. 

 

 Say's Phoebe. I don't know if I've seen this in GNP on any of my trips. I have 
seen it multiple times in the hills leading into and around St. Victor's 
Petroglyphs but that might just be coincidence on migration. 

 

 Yellow Breasted Chat. Another bird that might be more common but I only have 
one record from south of Mankota. I suspect it has specific habitat requirement 
that I will try to learn this year and see if it is more common. 

 

 Rock Wren. Another species that is likely more common. However an easy spot to 
see and hear it is on Eagle Mile Butte trail near Val Marie. 

 

 Prairie Falcon. Random. I've seen it but not on any regular pattern. I'm told 
it is more common in the East Block of GNP where it nests in the badlands. I 
plan to bird more this year. 

 

 Ferruginous Hawk. Not uncommon and often seen on telephone poles. Bob's 
comment about nest abandonment is certainly the most important advice to 
follow. Again others more experienced can advise but while it may not be a 
common species, it is often not hard to find a ferruginous hawk nest. Afterall 
you'll see the one standing tree several kilometres before you get there. But 
my limited experience is that this species likes to lie VERY low in the nest 
making it hard to even see what species it is. So I think even careful birders 
might be tempted to get closer than they should. However I have noticed that 
patience and sitting back from the nest is rewarding in a few minutes as the 
mate will fly in. Sometimes the mate is sitting somewhere even on the ground in 
a nearby field. Having said that this species will also nest in trees along 
busy, a relative term in southern SK, roads. Have seen nests on the highway 
from Estevan to Portal, ND, the highway south of Avonlea and on the 
forementioned Rosefield Grid road. 

 

 Lark Bunting. In good years - everywhere. But almost always found if you are 
here for a day or two. 

 

 

 Just a note of warning if you depend on internet for your data vs a paper 
guide then much of GNP has poor reception UNLESS you are with SaskTel (or I 
suspect any of its MA BELL partners). Even then there are some gaps - the road 
I'm going to be driving on in about 45 minutes is one such road. If you use 
Rogers or some other localized provider then you will likely not get coverage 
in the town of Val Marie let alone in the park. So if you plan to use google 
maps, ebird, or some non-downloaded program then you will need options. 

 

 Kevin in Val Marie - who is now going out to the Mankota Community Pasture to 
find the bunkhouse we have out there - a few kilometres from the Montana 
border. I went two weekends ago and actually found the place but didn't realize 
it. Duh. So doing it again. I'm guessing I will see 5 species total the whole 
afternoon. I'll report back. 

 

Subject: birding in Wakamow today postponed
From: "prairiesfranni AT yahoo.ca [Saskbirds]" <Saskbirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 15 Feb 2015 08:21:22 -0800
Hi, the trip to bird/walk River Park, Wakamow Valley in Moose Jaw with the 
Nature Regina group today has been postponed until March 8th. The City is 
understandably clearing main arteries today, they're not snow plowing the long 
road in / parking lot today. (Someone please tell mother Nature too for that 
March 8th date) Thx. 

 

 Fran K
 Regina
 

 

Subject: Re: Grasslands birds wish list
From: "tsb2001 AT sasktel.net [Saskbirds]" <Saskbirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 14 Feb 2015 14:21:46 -0600
Nicole
Grasslands Park would work for many of these in addition to the Cypress 
Hills .I am not that familiar with the Park although others here and 
staff would be helpful I think. The Spengler Flats near 
Govenlock (FerruginousHawk, Brewer's Sparrow and Lark Bunting) 
could be great IF the roads are not muddy. 

One area near  Eastend,, the Tower site, would provide many of the 
species as a replacement for Avonlea (Say's Phoebe and Rock Wren). 
This area also has breeding Violet-green Swallows. 

Ferruginous Hawks are notorious for abandoning nests particularly if 
disturbed/ approached early in their cycle. Do not approach nesting 
birds. 

The Cypress Hills also has Saskatchewan specialties such as 
MacGillivray's Warbler and Dusky Flycatcher. Lazuli Bunting, Black 
headed Grosbeak and Western Tanager (regular) are possible here. 
Townsend's Solitaire is possible at the Conglomerate Cliffs in the 
West Block of Cypress Hills, possibly. 

I always enjoy looking at some western subspecies here at the Cypress 
Hills including Warbling Vireo, White-crowned Sparrow and Pink-sided 
Junco. 

Clark's Grebe maybe found at Cypress Lake if conditions are correct. 
Plus there is a location here for Cinnamon Teal along the highway south 
of the Main Block. 

Both Longspurs can be seen in or near the Grasslands Park or south of 
Cypress Hills. Lark Bunting is a sometimes irruptive species with 
variable numbers each year. 

Dickcissel is not a regular species In Saskatchewan 
except possibly near Estevan. It maybe easier to find this species in 
Southwestern Manitoba. 

A route across the south of Province including Roche Percee ( 
Black-head Grosbeak, Willow Flycatcher, Yellow-breasted Chat) then 
travelling west along # 18 enroute to the Grasslands and Cypress Hills 
may work.and then returning via # 1 may be a preferred approach  I am 
uncertain though of the condition of # 18 Highway ?

A return via #1 could add some other species such as Piping Plover at 
Chaplin Lake. Long-billed Curlew which is probably more regular in or 
near the Grassland's National Park may be found nearby. 

Hope this is helpful. Contact me directly if follow up is required. 

I would think that early June is better than May for this trip? 
However, others may comment about this. 

Enjoy your birding
Bob L
Regina

On Sat, 14 Feb 2015 12:20:37 -0600, "'Nic MacP' pterelas AT gmail.com 
[Saskbirds]"  wrote:

        hi all,

A friend and myself are planning a grasslands-bird-finding trip to southern
Saskatchewan this spring. We were thinking of the last week of May/first
week of June, but I've been reading the archives looking for info, and now I
am wondering if we may want to come a little earlier. I'd be super
appreciative of any tips, hints, directions, trip buddies, anything!

Our wish list:
Long Billed Curlew (my absolute #1 want), McCown's Longspur,
Chestnut-Collared Longspur, Sprague's Pipit, Lazuli Bunting, Dickcissel,
Baird's Sparrow, Brewer's Sparrow, Say's Phoebe, Yellow Breasted Chat, Rock
Wren, Northern Rough Winged Swallow, Prairie Falcon, Ferruginous Hawk, Lark
Bunting... Pretty much all of the specialties!

My tentative trip list includes Cypress Hills, Grasslands, Swift Current,
Chaplin Lake, and possibly Avonlea. 

I spent a few days in Grasslands last summer, but that's the only one of
these areas I've birded. 

Much thanks in advance for any help!!

Nicole MacPherson from Winnipeg



 
Subject: Grasslands birds wish list
From: "'Nic MacP' pterelas AT gmail.com [Saskbirds]" <Saskbirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 14 Feb 2015 12:20:37 -0600
hi all,

A friend and myself are planning a grasslands-bird-finding trip to southern 
Saskatchewan this spring.  We were thinking of the last week of May/first 
week of June, but I've been reading the archives looking for info, and now I 
am wondering if we may want to come a little earlier.  I'd be super 
appreciative of any tips, hints, directions, trip buddies, anything!

Our wish list:
Long Billed Curlew (my absolute #1 want), McCown's Longspur, 
Chestnut-Collared Longspur, Sprague's Pipit, Lazuli Bunting, Dickcissel, 
Baird's Sparrow, Brewer's Sparrow, Say's Phoebe, Yellow Breasted Chat, Rock 
Wren, Northern Rough Winged Swallow, Prairie Falcon, Ferruginous Hawk, Lark 
Bunting...  Pretty much all of the specialties!

My tentative trip list includes Cypress Hills, Grasslands, Swift Current, 
Chaplin Lake, and possibly Avonlea.

I spent a few days in Grasslands last summer, but that's the only one of 
these areas I've birded.

Much thanks in advance for any help!!

Nicole MacPherson from Winnipeg



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Subject: Birding Humour
From: "kmscouts AT hotmail.com [Saskbirds]" <Saskbirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 14 Feb 2015 10:11:58 -0800
Humour for your day in our slow reporting winter doldrums. The 11 types of 
birdwatchers: 

 

 Green Humour: The 11 Types of Birdwatchers 
http://www.greenhumour.com/2011/12/11-types-of-birdwatchers.html 


 
 
 http://www.greenhumour.com/2011/12/11-types-of-birdwatchers.html 
 
 Green Humour: The 11 Types of Birdwatchers 
http://www.greenhumour.com/2011/12/11-types-of-birdwatchers.html A tribute to 
the birding community, which comprises of truly wonderful people, and of which 
I am a proud member. 

 
 
 
 View on www.greenhumour.com 
http://www.greenhumour.com/2011/12/11-types-of-birdwatchers.html 

 Preview by Yahoo 
 
 
 

 Kevin in Val Marie
Subject: Re: Backyard Bird Count
From: "kmscouts AT hotmail.com [Saskbirds]" <Saskbirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 14 Feb 2015 10:02:17 -0800
Kevin in Val Marie 

Subject: Backyard Bird Count
From: "kmscouts AT hotmail.com [Saskbirds]" <Saskbirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 14 Feb 2015 10:01:32 -0800
I know it's only mid day but so far I've only seen the two species that I've 
seen for weeks in my backyard: House Sparrows and Common Redpolls. I'm 
suspecting that it is for the day. Driving up to Swift Current for a few hours 
I will see if anything new is there if I get back before dark. 

 

 Do you count hearing things? Then I can add Great Horned Owls and Eurasian 
Collared Doves. 

 

 Kevin
Subject: Swift Current & Southwest Saskatchewan (2015 February 01-12)
From: "M A dudra.m AT sasktel.net [Saskbirds]" <Saskbirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 13 Feb 2015 19:33:12 -0600
The gopher saw his shadow in this area on Ground Hog Day so according to 
the analyzers, we are in for six more weeks of winter.  I guess, 
considering official Spring arrives on March 20, that doesn't really 
make a whole lot of difference.

We don't have much snow left around here (and in some places no snow), 
but that may change this weekend.  We will see.

Our yard and immediate neighbourhood have been pretty quiet the first 
few days of February....  We have been seeing:

1 Sharp-shinned Hawk chasing a bird (Feb 1)
2 Downy Woodpeckers (1 male, 1 female)
1 Northern "Yellow-shafted" Flicker male (Feb 7, 8)
8-12 Black-billed Magpies
1 Common Raven flying over (Feb 8, 10)
2 Black-capped Chickadees (Feb 1, 2)
2 Red-breasted Nuthatches (1 male, 1 female)
1 American Robin (Feb 6)
22 Cedar Waxwings (Feb 4)
2 Bohemian Waxwings (Feb 4)
at least 13 or 14 House Finches
up to 25 or 30 House Sparrows

4 Eastern Gray Squirrels (3 black-phased, 1 brownish gray-phased)
1 Nuttall's Cottontail
Mule Deer (fresh tracks in our yard, and in the neighbours' yards)

For the most part, we are pretty much guaranteed to see the pairs of 
Downy Woodpeckers & Red-breasted Nuthatches, some Black-billed Magpies, 
as well as a few House Finches & House Sparrows.  Everything else we see 
is a bonus!!

On February 01, I was sitting in the living room talking on the phone 
when a Sharp-shinned Hawk flew within a few feet of the window chasing a 
bird (I don't know what bird it was in pursuit of.)  It continued on 
through the next door neighbour's yard then disappeared.

On February 04, I was surprised to see a flock of 22 Cedar Waxwings with 
2 Bohemian Waxwings hanging around with them.

The House Finches and House Sparrows have been singing, and the House 
Finch males have been starting to feed their intended females.  Spring 
is in the air...

_______________

It was very quiet out in the country as I went to and from work these 
past couple weeks.

Along Hwy 32, I  have been seeing a few Rock Pigeons, 5 or 6 
Black-billed Magpies, 2 Common Ravens, and the bonus the late afternoon 
of February 06 - a heavily barred Snowy Owl sitting on a light post 
(just north of fish pond by Hwy 1 and 32 off ramp.)

Along Fosterton grid road, there have been a flock of 20 or so Rock 
Pigeons, at least 8 Black-billed Magpies, a Common Raven (February 9 & 
10), a flock of 30+ House Sparrows, and the bonus the late afternoon of 
February 04 - a flock of 150+ Snow Buntings.

Out at the Compressor Station, all I have been seeing are 3 Black-billed 
Magpies and 75+ House Sparrows.

Happy Birding everyone!!

- Mary Ann and Larry, Swift Current, SK
50 17' 00" N - 107 48' 00" W
Subject: Re: wascana
From: "prairiesfranni AT yahoo.ca [Saskbirds]" <Saskbirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 13 Feb 2015 09:22:20 -0800
Nice start, Dan, to the Great Backyard Bird Count!  Fran K, Regina
Subject: wascana
From: "sawatzkyd AT sasktel.net [Saskbirds]" <Saskbirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 13 Feb 2015 09:14:25 -0800
 Hi
  
 Took a walk around Wascana this morning from Pine Island around the 
Legislature and back. Found the following. 

  
 Hairy Woodpecker  2
 Downy Woodpecker  1
 White-breasted Nuthatch  2
 Red-breasted Nuthatch  2
 Brown Creeper  1
 Black-capped Chickadee  8
 Black-billed Magpie  3
 House Finch  5
  
 Dan
 Regina
Subject: Sibley guide
From: "prairiesfranni AT yahoo.ca [Saskbirds]" <Saskbirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 12 Feb 2015 13:05:54 -0800
Anyone who has a Sibley Guide to Birds, Second Edition March 2014: a reprint 
has been done due to issues such as faint text, incorrect colour, etc. 

 

 On the Facebook "American Birding Association" page, a post was started 
February 3rd and is now up to 128 posts from people commenting on their 
experiences with the "free replacement", from the publisher's standpoint, from 
Amazon's replies, as well as from others. 

 

 Some are getting their books replaced for free, no return required, others 
have different responses, based upon wherever they bought it from. 

 

 The latest post indicates (in part): "I just noticed this on the Amazon 
product page: Product alert: the second print run of this book is now being 
shipped. So it seems safe to order/get a replacement from them..." 

 

 I purchased mine from indigo/chapters and they are looking into it. I find the 
text faint and would prefer a darker, bolder text, however that's personal 
preference. 

 

 I don't wish to start a load of saskbirds' posts of people's findings and 
experiences regarding this topic, but would like to give people a heads up that 
if you have issues with the book, to check with whomever you purchased it from 
to see about a replacement. Those on facebook can read a lot on the ABA post. 

 

 
 Fran K, Regina
 

Subject: Great-horned Owl
From: "val_doyle_thomas AT hotmail.com [Saskbirds]" <Saskbirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 11 Feb 2015 18:50:43 -0800
As well as hearing the owl hoot, we now see one now and then in the trees. We 
also see the Ring-necked Pheasants a few times each week in the yard plus a 
young fox. The pair of Downies and one Hairy Woodpecker frequent the feeders. 
Lots of House Sparrows and Rock Pigeons call our place home. That's about it 
for here. Val T. - McTaggart 

   

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Subject: Re: Ravens around Taylor Field
From: "kratzigp AT gmail.com [Saskbirds]" <Saskbirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 10 Feb 2015 19:34:12 -0800
Hi I remember seeing a large number of raven at the same location last year, 
and when I looked at my notes I counted 17 birds at Mosaic Stadium at the same 
time of year you did (19 February 2014) 

 

 greg in regina

Subject: Re: Ravens around Taylor Field
From: "Jared Clarke clarkejared16 AT yahoo.ca [Saskbirds]" <Saskbirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 11 Feb 2015 03:02:05 +0000 (UTC)
We saw that yesterday (monday) as well!  That was a lot of Ravens!
JaredEdenwold
      From: "bquiring AT sasktel.net [Saskbirds]" 
 To: Saskbirds AT yahoogroups.com 
 Sent: Tuesday, February 10, 2015 8:45 PM
 Subject: [Saskbirds] Ravens around Taylor Field
   
  At about 5:30 this evening I saw about 40 Ravens soaring near Taylor 
field.  I don't think I have ever seen so many Ravens inside city.   


Brett Quiring
Regina
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Subject: Ravens around Taylor Field
From: "bquiring AT sasktel.net [Saskbirds]" <Saskbirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 10 Feb 2015 18:45:36 -0800
At about 5:30 this evening I saw about 40 Ravens soaring near Taylor field. I 
don't think I have ever seen so many Ravens inside city. 


Brett Quiring
 Regina

Subject: RE: Seeking Snowy Owls
From: "Ryan Bradshaw corby80 AT hotmail.com [Saskbirds]" <Saskbirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 9 Feb 2015 14:10:19 -0600
Well, we managed to spot two Snowy Owls yesterday! Both of them were east of 
Saskatoon's Northeast Swale. One was heavily speckled with black, perched atop 
a large 

dirt pile. The other was pure white, barely visible on the snow-covered 
ground. Thank you Stan and Scott for the tips! 

Enjoy the birds,
Ryan in Saskatoon



To: saskbirds AT yahoogroups.com
From: Saskbirds AT yahoogroups.com
Date: Wed, 4 Feb 2015 15:30:46 -0600
Subject: [Saskbirds] Seeking Snowy Owls














 

 



  


    
      
      
      


I have somehow managed to never see a Snowy Owl in the wild, and I'd like to 
change that! I don't generally get out of the city in the winter, but we plan 
on taking a drive this weekend. Anyone have recommendations for places near 
Saskatoon where would one be likely to see a Snowy Owl? And what time of day is 
best? 


Thanks!
Ryan in Saskatoon  
 		 	   		  



    
     

    
    






   		 	   		  
Subject: Merlin Calling In Regina
From: "tsb2001 AT sasktel.net [Saskbirds]" <Saskbirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 09 Feb 2015 13:04:08 -0600
On 07 February, I heard and saw my first calling Merlin of the season. It was 
sitting on top of a large spruce near the corner of Winnipeg St .,and 19 
Avenue.  


On 05 February, the mixed Waxwing flock appears to have departed from the Quinn 
Drive Alley where they have been regularly foraging for a couple of weeks. 
There is no shortage of varieties of crabapples and scattered bushes 
of hackberries within this area and much remains, On this last date I counted 
51+- birds perched high in a poplar tree. The majority were Bohemian Waxwings 
with just 3 Cedar's observed. 


Good Birding
Bob L
Regina

 


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Subject: Feb 16th Nature Regina talk
From: "K M dragonflypondsk AT yahoo.com [Saskbirds]" <Saskbirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 9 Feb 2015 17:39:16 +0000 (UTC)
 Hi everyone, On Monday, Feb 16th at the Cathedral Community Centre (directly 
across from Safeway on 13th), my sister, Val, and I are giving a talk on the 
Rochdale Stormwater Retention Pond. The talk will include interesting facts 
about the pond and the wildlife/birds that we have seen in the approx. 5 yrs we 
have lived close by. The meeting starts at 7:30pm and all are 
welcome.  Rochdale Pk news- today I heard House Finches singing and I think 
the flash that zipped by my deck is the Merlin returning : )    Kim in 
Regina 
Subject: Eurasian Collared-Doves in Melfort
From: "scott.green AT sasktel.net [Saskbirds]" <Saskbirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 07 Feb 2015 18:29:38 -0800
Today we found a pair of Eurasian Collared-Doves in the neighborhood. I've 
never seen this species before, so it's a life bird for me today. I drove home 
to get my camera, returned, found one of the birds and managed to get a few 
good photos before it flew off. 

 

 We have been having a Sharp-shinned Hawk show up on and off to hunt sparrows 
in the yard. 

 

 Scott
 Melfort
Subject: Re: Raven as Predator
From: "kratzigp AT gmail.com [Saskbirds]" <Saskbirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 06 Feb 2015 10:39:00 -0800
I too am not sure how this would apply as per Fair Dealings, it is pretty clear 
for academic use, and clear for commercial gain. I think how you handled it 
with providing the title and letting the readers find it themselves is the way 
to go. 
Subject: Re: Raven as Predator
From: "prairiesfranni AT yahoo.ca [Saskbirds]" <Saskbirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 06 Feb 2015 09:58:17 -0800
Re Raven article: not sure if this would fall into "fair dealing", however the 
point is moot as the article is available online to view and to download the 
.pdf. I won't provide the direct link, however if you google "A Review of the 
Impacts of Corvids on Bird Productivity" in quotations and choose the link to 
onlinelibrary dot wiley dot com, you will find it, (choose Get PDF, it's 373K) 
and can download it. It's interesting reading. 

 Fran K
 Regina

Subject: Raven as Predator
From: "kratzigp AT gmail.com [Saskbirds]" <Saskbirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 06 Feb 2015 06:19:33 -0800
Hi
 Just a note about posting articles, etc., make sure that you have written 
permission from either the author, but more likely the publisher as this more 
than likely will be an issue of infringing on copyright. 

  
 Greg on Regina
Subject: Re: Snowy Owl in GNP
From: "kratzigp AT gmail.com [Saskbirds]" <Saskbirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 06 Feb 2015 06:17:13 -0800
Hi
Subject: Re: Raven as Predator
From: "kmscouts AT hotmail.com [Saskbirds]" <Saskbirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 06 Feb 2015 06:07:43 -0800
Coincidentally I had an article on this very topic. "A Review of the Impacts of 
Corvids on Bird Productivity and Abundance" by Madden, Arroyo & Amar IBIS 
(2015), 157, 1-16. 


 Can this article be uploaded as a file to Saskbirds?
 

 I have a PDF copy of this that I can send to anyone who wants a copy. Just 
drop me an email. Please note that I leave in about 10 minutes from Calgary so 
won't be back until Sunday night so I won't be able to respond until then. 

 

 Kevin in Val Marie
Subject: Reporting in Miles
From: "kmscouts AT hotmail.com [Saskbirds]" <Saskbirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 05 Feb 2015 06:00:34 -0800
Just thought I'd make this note about miles. This will seem simplistic to those 
of you raised in the prairies especially if outside of an urban area. But I 
moved to SK in 1989. Coming from NS and NF, I was becoming fairly accustomed to 
using kilometres. Since there is rarely a straight road anywhere down east then 
the concept of grids was not existent. 

 

 After moving west I have said in the past that the reason Canada will never 
fully go metric is that our land and road structures out here is based on a 
mile grid system. When your property lines and physical road structure are 
based on an imperial measurement - you are not easily going to convert. I've 
never really appreciated it as much as in the last few months. 


 

 In the park we look at land in many different ways including management, 
surplus, trade etc. When we officially report on something, such as a 
prescribed burn or wildlife monitoring, we do the report in hectares. But in 
the day to day we use miles. Last weekend I drove down to the Mankota pasture 
where we have an 8 room bunkhouse. When I looked on the map to see where I had 
to go, the map has sections on it. Each section is a mile square. So you just 
go count down the sections and know you have 12 miles to drive. If people talk 
about selling land, it is by the quarter section. If they are talking about 
grazing regimes, it is by the number of animals on a section. 

 

 So just my rambles but likely I will be reporting on a mile scale whenever I 
am reporting birds in GNP. Until I figure out my GPS and can give actual 
coordinates. 

 

 Kevin in Val Marie
Subject: Snowy Owl in GNP
From: "kmscouts AT hotmail.com [Saskbirds]" <Saskbirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 05 Feb 2015 05:57:47 -0800
Just wanted to report a Snowy Owl on a grid road not far from the Walker Bridge 
in Grasslands National Park. We were maybe 2 miles north of the Montana border. 
Fairly sure it was a male but I was in the backseat of a truck with 4 other 
people so difficult to see and those four, not being birders, were not the kind 
to stop and look. 

 

 Also as we were driving in an area where I had once before this winter 
reported one lone black bird, sure enough I saw it again.Just a glimpse of it 
as it flew and the truck drove on. Asked the driver if he saw it and "nope". 
I've gone back to that area by myself but haven't seen it. Someday.... 

 

 

 Kevin in Val Marie
Subject: Re: Raven as Predator
From: "kmscouts AT hotmail.com [Saskbirds]" <Saskbirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 05 Feb 2015 05:38:50 -0800
When I worked in Newfoundland which was 1989 and earlier, in our work library 
there was a book that I think was just on Ravens and the book was making the 
argument that Ravens ECOLOGICALLY should be classified as raptors due to their 
behaviour. Clearly they don't have the same physical characteristic but as 
you've noted, some of their behaviours are typical of raptors. Of course they 
are very opportunistic as well. My best friend lived in Fort Smith, NWT for 
years and would report when the Ravens would go after the cliff swallows 
nesting on the water tower. They would get a toe hold on the mud nests and then 
sit there and pick out the chicks from the nest. 


 Kevin in Val Marie