Category: Birds

A Little Bird Story

A Little Bird Story

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Magpies are a familiar sight hereabouts. Seeing them always reminds me of a funny incident that took place when our youngest daughter was about five years old. She was interested in knowing the names of the various birds and animals she saw. One day, when she spied a magpie, she exclaimed, “Look! A cake bird.” That memory always brings me a smile. The magpie image above is by TheOtherKev from Pixabay, and it’s much better than my blurry, distant, shot to the left.

 

Other birds are prevalent too. Sparrows find the most unusual places to build their nests. I’ve posted about some of their chosen locations before. Here’s a new one to me: the opening to a dryer vent of an apartment building.sparrow2
The resident I was visiting assured me that there is a nest in there.

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Some birds like to survey their world from the highest available spot. This dead tree provided a nice vantage point for this red winged black bird.
Have you ever spotted a crow, swaying atop the uppermost branch of a fir tree? It seems they’d rather struggle to keep their high perch than sit on a lower, more stable branch.

Bird behaviour is interesting to observe. I’m glad many bloggers make them the subject of their posts.

A Park Discovered

A Park Discovered

I was happy to discover another beautiful park within my city’s limits. A.E. Wilson Park has it all: trails, a playground, bridges, a water park, wildlife, and meandering through it, a creek. Come explore with me.

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Some areas here are quite rustic and natural, others have expansive, scrupulously maintained grassy areas. Along the trails are many benches for those who want to rest and breathe in the fresh air while enjoying the scenery.

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Birds are by far, the most prevalent type of wildlife. I saw several Goose families as I walked one of the winding trails.

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Some kayaks drifted lazily around the little islets within the park.

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Because of Covid-19, the playground was eerily quiet. The date had not been set for the reopening of play parks as of May 28, when I last visited here.

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All around were blooming shrubs and trees. Their scents filled the air.
I will come walk here again. There are more trails to walk, and sights to discover.

More Trans-Canada Trail

More Trans-Canada Trail

Part of the Trans-Canada, or Great Trail, as it’s now called, runs through a the Migratory Bird Sanctuary within the city of Regina, Saskatchewan, where I live. On a cool, windy early April day, I went walking there. These ducks were happily swimming around in a puddle, rather than taking advantage of the lake on the other side of the hill.
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The Goose Island Overlook gave me a good view of the city’s university campus.
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Another view from the Overlook was Goose Island, and in the background is the city centre.
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If you look closely at this picture, you can see the flock of geese to the right, and to the left, of this little strip of land.

playgroundNear the Sanctuary is a playground, deserted during the Covid-19 ban on public parks.

playground gooseAnd in keeping with the Goose Island theme, is this triple slide. Looks like fun!