BIRDING

Regina presents many birding opportunities. Look up, you may sight a peregrine falcon on a ledge at city hall. Walk around Wascana Lake and you’ll likely see pelicans, cormorants and for sure, there will be Canada Geese. Spring and fall bring waves of migrating warblers, sparrows, gulls and waterfowl. Sharp-eyed visitors to the park in April 2014 were treated to a great horned owls’ nest with young. Thanks to Tia Slater for sharing these photos.

Christmas Bird Count

For many years Nature Regina members have participated in the annual Christmas Bird Count. Nature Regina groups count on the weekend closest to Boxing Day. We are also encouraging as many members as possible to participate by taking part of the day to record counts of birds at their bird feeders. You don’t need to leave home to help although the more the merrier on the field trips.

Christmas Bird Counts are conducted on any one day between December 14 and January 5 inclusive. They are carried out within a 24 km diameter circle that stays the same from year to year. Christmas counts are generally group efforts, though single-observer counts can and do happen.
See the Calendar for those dates, for more information on how to join in.

Feeder Tip

It’s nice to see the bird feeders filled for the birds, bird watching is such a rewarding and interesting experience – but it’s very important to create a safe environment for birds. Recently, the Saskatchewan winter has been so mild that birds scratching on the ground or sitting on the bird feeders are ingesting feces which has been mixed in with the seeds. With that, birds can die from the salmonellosis. Thanks to Linda Boxall for her efforts to investigate this.

Reminder: it’s very important to keep feeders clean, and to use rubber gloves or washing well afterwards, when doing so.

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