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.


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