OH my gosh, what an amazing spring and summer it has been birding from the vantage point in and around our cabin. It seems like each year I see a little more, I learn a lot more and it feels like I am really starting to understand the behaviors and patterns of several species.
This is a fact I am quite proud of, as this is really only my second year of dedicated birding. To me, it is fascinating and thrilling each time I make a discovery on my own.
It is my belief that …
Once you start looking,
you never stop seeing.
Our family cabin is located across the lake from Buffalo Pound Provincial Park, Saskatchewan, in an area called Valley View. This prime locations makes it so easy to skip across the lake and explore the area of Nicolle Flats and the park to take in additional viewing, which generally leads to spotting more of the water loving species. There we can also take in some hiking, mountain bike riding, bison viewing, simply walk the trails or head into the park for ice cream or a dip in the pool.
This is all fabulous but let’s get to the real reason I am gushing: the birds.
We are super fortunate to be in a spot where we see significant numbers of bird varieties during the spring and fall migrations. As well, we have many that bunker down for the summer within a super close radius of the cabin to breed and raise their young.
So I have a few highlights to share.
I was able to watch (many times over) both downy and hairy woodpeckers feeding their young.
The downies are especially trusting of me I find and not nearly as skittish as their hairy counterparts.
We had a pair of breeding wrens on the deck.
I have never seen a species work so hard and so diligently to feed their young. These wrens popped in and out every two to three minutes with a variety of insects for their babies. All day long. Anytime the parents were remotely nearby the young wrens would chirp super loud. I awoke to it each morning and went to bed to it each night. They must have voracious appetites.
I found out where the bobolinks and horned larks have been nesting.
Bobolinks can be hard to come by and are a threatened species in Canada. One which have in fact, been in severe decline since the 60’s. Last year was the first time I had ever spotted one. I saw a pair not far from the cabin. This year, however I have seen up to three at a time and have had about eight spotting’s in total – which gives me hope that in this area at least, they are thriving.
Another species that used to be very common and easy to spot, the horned lark, breeds in the Saskatchewan Grasslands. I have also seen more of these this year than ever before.
I really loved the daily drives to take pictures of some of my favorite birds.
Each night before the sun went down, we drove the grids to take in the opportunity to spot other wildlife and bird species that exist in the open prairies. This came to be my second favorite part of the day – with the morning viewing from my deck clinching top spot. Here are a few of my favorite shots from the road.
I could go on and on … and literally have thousands of images from the summer with around 40 different bird species. These are just a few of my faves. I hope you enjoy the images as much as I enjoyed shooting them. It really is a treat to be able to hang with bird folk for most of the summer.