Regina presents many birding opportunities. Look up, you may sight a peregrine falcon on a ledge at city hall. Walk around Wascana Lake and you’ll likely see pelicans, cormorants and for sure, there will be Canada Geese. Spring and fall bring waves of migrating warblers, sparrows, gulls and waterfowl. Sharp-eyed visitors to the park in April 2014 were treated to a great horned owls’ nest with young. Thanks to Tia Slater for sharing these photos.
Many of Nature Regina’s Field Trips go to known birding areas.
Christmas Bird Count
For many years Nature Regina members have participated in the annual Christmas Bird Count. Groups from across North America participate in this activity, this will be the 118th annual Christmas Bird Count
Nature Regina groups count on the weekend closest to Boxing Day. We are also encouraging as many members as possible to participate by taking part of the day to record counts of birds at their bird feeders. You don’t need to leave home to help although the more the merrier on the field trips.
Christmas Bird Counts are conducted on any one day between December 14 and January 5 inclusive. They are carried out within a 24 km diameter circle that stays the same from year to year. Christmas counts are generally group efforts, though single-observer counts can and do happen.
This year’s counts: Craven – Saturday, December 16, 2017. Regina – Tuesday, December 26, 2017. Balgonie – Saturday, December 30th, 2017. See the CALENDAR TAB for those dates, for more information on how to join in.
For some of the history and importance of this activity, go to the Audubon Christmas Bird Count web page.
In 2010 Kim Mann has prepared a quick Backyard Bird Count Checklist of the most common backyard winter birds. This list is a useful tool for novices participating in the Christmas Bird Count or the Great Backyard Bird Count (Friday, February 16, through Monday, February 19, 2018)
It’s nice to see the bird feeders filled for the birds, bird watching is such a rewarding and interesting experience – but it’s very important to create a safe environment for birds.
Recently, the Saskatchewan winter has been so mild that birds scratching on the ground or sitting on the bird feeders are ingesting feces which has been mixed in with the seeds. With that, birds can die from the salmonellosis. (Thanks to Linda Boxall for her efforts to investigate this)
Reminder: it’s very important to keep feeders clean, (and to use rubber gloves or washing well afterwards, when doing so).
The birds thank you!
Birds of A.E. Wilson Park
Long-time Nature Regina member Sandy Ayer moved to Calgary a few years ago, but when he lived in Regina he spent a lot of time in A.E. Wilson Park. Over many years, he maintained a list of birds he observed in the park. In 2010, Brett Quiring updated the A. E. Wilson Park Check List.
Saskbirds is a forum for discussions pertaining to the natural history of wild birds in Saskatchewan. Recent sightings and more can be viewed at saskbirds without being a member. To contribute sightings and related birding posts, use the “Join Group” button, then await approval.
ebird is a Global tools for birders, critical data for science. For more on ebird, go to ebird
More birding links are found on our links page here.