Condie and area Field Trip – Saturday April 30, 2016

On a sunny, warm morning, Nature Regina’s field trip was expertly led by Bradley Yee, who brought his viewing scope and tripod for others to view the sights.

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The group walked along Boggy Creek, and viewed the reservoir.
Highlights for birds were the Rusty Blackbirds which stuck around long enough for most to view! 3 people saw the Sora cross the creek, 2 Palm Warblers were seen and heard, and 2 Brown-headed Cowbirds were there. h Blue-winged Teal April 30 2016 Condie Nature Refuge h Forster's Tern April 30 2016 Condie Nature Refuge

The group then viewed “Brown’s Slough” to the West of Condie.

The list of birds at both locations also included:

Horned Lark, Sparrows: Vesper, Song, and Clay-coloured. h Tree Swallow April 30 2016 Condie Nature Refuge

Tree Swallows, a Forster’s Tern, Canada Geese, Robins, Brewer’s Blackbirds, Yellow-headed and Red-winged Blackbirds and and Eastern Phoebe. h Palm Warbler April 30 2016 Condie Nature Refuge

Ducks: Mallard, Blue-winged Teal, Canvasback, Redhead, Lesser Scaup, Ring-necked, American Wigeon, Ruddy and Bufflehead.

Yellow-rumped Warbler, Mourning Doves, Northern Harrier, Brown-headed Cowbirds, Gulls, Common Raven, Kildeer, Coots and Western Meadowlarks. IMG_2568

Horned and Pied-billed Grebe were viewed, and a pair of Great-horned Owls.

As well as birds, a few watched a muskrat, and a Northern Green-striped Grasshopper. IMG_2587 h Rusty Blackbird April 30 2016 Condie Nature Refuge

click on the photos for a larger view of the Blue-winged Teal, Forster’s Tern, Palm Warbler, Rusty Blackbird, and Tree Swallow photos by Hiroyuki Aoki
Group photos, the Northern Green-striped Grasshopper, Yellow-headed IMG_2595Blackbird, photos bIMG_2598y Fran K