Spring Arrivals

Spring has hit already. It seems like just a month ago I was watching birds swing through on their way south.Of course, I wasn’t. I was actually wondering why so many Snowy Owls were around, and if winter would ever end.

Song Sparrow

Song Sparrow

But now? Between my dad and I, we have seen Song, White-throated and White-crowned Sparrows in addition to the ubiquitous House Sparrows. We have seen many swans, and Snow Geese have been seen as well. Last year, I didn’t find a song sparrow until April, but I saw them in the first week of March this year.

Once it hits, though, migration is unstoppable. American Robins are back in the neighbourhood, and eagles are flying flying through in their hundreds. Some birds are pairing up already, and and two my favourite nest sites have welcomed their owners back already.

American Robin

American Robin

Last week, we went to Weed Lake where we saw 5 Snowy Owls, American Widgeon, Lesser Scaup, and an unusual Eurasian Widgeon. The Owls were sitting on the ice, as it was, (for once) the only white substance for miles around.

Soon we can be expecting Swallows, Blue-winged and Cinnamon Teal, Yellow-rumped Warblers and many more Gulls. Here are some photos of birdswe saw at Weed Lake.

Swans, Geese, Pintail, both Widgeon.

Swans, Geese, Pintail, both Widgeon.

See the owl?

See the owl?

A quick stretch...

A quick stretch…

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