With over 350 species of birds, Saskatchewan is a solid destination for birding activities. That seems to be ringing true throughout the chilly winter months and is evident even in my backyard. As I learn more and more techniques for attracting certain types of birds into my yard, they seem to come a ‘flocking’. And they bring their friends.
I think I have even been able to get my neighbors on the bird train and there may even be some friendly competition going on for the most attractive yard for the feathery visitors.
At any given time I can see large families of sparrows can be spotted nestling contentedly in the pine tree; juncos cleaning up the fallen seeds in the snow; a downy woodpecker rapping on the maple tree; house finches hopping along the fence link; beautiful red polls who pose for me; and of course nuthatches and chickadees who have fierce speed competitions through the branches. Those are the most common yard visitors this year but certainly not the full extent. Winter birding in Saskatchewan has not disappointed.
So after a couple of days in Uganda I know a couple of things to be true:
1. It is hot here and I hear we are just coming off of the winter season.
2. There are a lot of people here, albeit, friendly, warm people (35 million-ish, comparable to the population in all of Canada in the space of about 1/2 the province of Saskatchewan).
3.On a journey to discover how highly functional co-operatives can be in a country such as this I have I already learned that even the Ugandan birds co-operate.
Yes, I have found a way to sneak the birds into my Uganda stories. But there is a point, I promise. Continue reading →
Fall is clearly upon us. Leaves turning and landing on the ground, brisk mornings and the absence of my fine, feathered friends have been noted.
This will likely be my last bird post of the season as the steady exit becomes more noticeable each weekend I go birding around my cabin area.I plan on doing a provincial bird tour next year so that I can expand my birding horizons, so stay tuned!
Ok, it’s official, Saskatchewan birding is awesome!! I love being a new birder and learning all about neat birdy behaviours! There is so much to learn though. I was told today that I really need to travel up north and do some birding in the Prince Albert area. Also, that if I had a naturalist as a tour guide that would be helpful. I would love to do that in the future as I do love that area of the province, but I have to say that I think what we have going on in the immediate region around Regina is pretty darned awesome.
I think a full fledged birding tour should be in my future. I am already assembling my wish list of birds that I want to see. One day, one day… Continue reading →
Welcome to my new post on bird sightings from the spring and summer time here in Saskatchewan. Most of these sightings have taken place en route to or at our family cabin. Our cabin is located on the north end … Continue reading →
So, this is kind of interesting, at least to me. While doing some bird research I stumbled upon a note about grackles. For anyone that knows me, I have had an odd fascination with these birds for some time now.
We have many grackle visitors in the back yard during the spring-fall seasons and I sometimes can’t help but love spending time watching them. They have beautiful plumage and a simply radiant sheen if you get close enough to them. When I chat with bird enthusiasts about my love for these birds, it is most definitely not well received. In fact, they have nothing nice to say.
They scare all the other birds away!
They are a nuisance!
Mmm, I never seem to see what others see in these birds. We still have many other types of birds in the yard and I don’t find them a nuisance at all.
Anyhow, regardless of what others say about my bird friends, I feel a connection to them. When I came across this grackle write up it made sense to me in more than one way. It said:
Grackle- Grackles are very happy birds that look past the emotional turmoil and find joy in the smallest of things. Black is the color of the inner and the feminine and the purple and bronze coloring about the head especially usually indicates that emotions are coloring the thinking process. Situations are not always what they appear to be; particularly when dealing with emotions. Emotions that are not dealt with can even go on to produce physical congestion in the body. Grackles love to live in pine trees and the essence of pine can be used to help alleviate strong emotional states, particularly feelings of guilt. The grackle showing up is a sign that it is time to clear away emotional congestion and to deal with your emotions.
So that is why they visit me so often – must be trying to get me to deal with stuff. Point taken. Hope they keep coming by though to keep me in check! I feel I may be grackle like in spirit too – finding joy in small things. Or medium, grackle sized things at least.