Buffalo Pound Field Trip – Saturday April 16, 2016

On Saturday, Apr 16th, Dale Hjertaas lead a group of 26 people (including 8 members of the Regina Photo Club) out to Buffalo Pound Provincial Park.

Weather ranged from -5 at 10 a.m. to a sunny 14 degrees celcius by 3 p.m…. with no wind it was a lovely day!

Click on each photo for a larger viewh Prairie crocuses April 16 2016 Baffalo Pound

Various flora and fauna:h Mountain Bluebird femail April 16 2016 Buffalo Pound

BIRDS:
110 Greater White-fronted Geese, 10 Canada Geese, 18 Tundra Swans, h Tundra Swan April 16 2016 Buffalo Pound (2)
2 Gadwall, 27 Mallard, 4 Northern Pintail, 78 Canvasback, 1 Common Merganser,
3 Double-crested Cormorants, 4 American White Pelicans,
3 Northern Harriers, 1 Sharp-shinned Hawk, 2 Merlins (perched on a stick nest in the bison paddock)
15 American Coots, 1 Killdeer, 11 Ring-billed Gulls, 1 Belted Kingfisher, 6 Black-billed Magpie,
6 American Crows, 1 Common Raven, 1 Tree Swallow, 3 Black-capped Chickadees,
1 Marsh Wren, 6 Mountain Bluebirds , 1 American Robin, 4 Dark-eyed Juncos, and 2 Red-winged Blackbirds.h Mountain Bluebird April 16 2016 Buffalo Pound

AMPHIBIANS:
Hundreds of wood frogs among the bulrushes around the boardwalk.

MAMMALS:
Bison (30 on top of hill above Nicole Flats trail) Fox Squirrel, Richardson’s Ground Squirrel, Porcupine.h Mushroom April 16 2016 Buffalo Poundh Porcupine April 16 2016 Buffalo Pound

FLOWERS IN BUD OR BLOOM:
Aspen Poplar, American Elm, Crocus, Desert Alyssum, Leafy Musineon, Moss Phlox, Three-flowered Avens, Canada Buffaloberry, Unidentified Yellow Flower, Silver Buffaloberry

FUNGHI: large brown (shown) unknown.

BUTTERFLIES:  1 Compton Tortoise Shell and 7 Milbert’s Tortoise Shell

 

 

Submitted by Ingrid Alesich and Dale Hjertaas, Photos by Hiroyuki Aoki
h Milbert's Tortoiseshell April 16 2016 Buffalo Pound