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.
The Goose Island Overlook gave me a good view of the city’s university campus.
Another view from the Overlook was Goose Island, and in the background is the city centre.
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.
Near the Sanctuary is a playground, deserted during the Covid-19 ban on public parks.
And in keeping with the Goose Island theme, is this triple slide. Looks like fun!
I spent some time in the park during July. There was a lot of activity to grab my attention. The picture above shows a goose with, count them, twelve goslings! The family parade was making its way up from the lake.
Some park employees were busy arranging the venue for the Dragon Boat Festival and Races. The race lanes, for the 48 foot long boats, were marked with white buoys. This event has been part of Regina’s summer activities for 28 years, attracting 200 teams, consisting of over 2000 racers, and 20,000 spectators.
Much of the bird population was cooling off in the water. These twin ducks paddled happily along the shore. A lone pelican was too far away to get a good shot as it swam in circles mid-lake.
Apparently the “love locks” tradition is alive and well in this park. You can read about what love locks are, here. Every so often the park maintenance crew removes the locks, but eventually the fence is visited by more couples, and more locks are displayed there.
I’m glad nature doesn’t seem to hold to segregation of the species, at least not in this place. Here, we see geese, ducks, pigeons, and sparrows, all content to forage together. I’m sure there were gulls nearby too. If only humans had such tolerance.
I’m certain, though, if their offspring were under threat by another form of wildlife, these birds would become very protective, but that’s the God placed instinct of the animal world, and humankind alike.
While visiting a neighbouring town, I spied a display of whirligigs and spinners outside a shop as I explored the quaint downtown area. I stopped to admire the bright colours of this peacock, though it doesn’t hold a candle to its real-life counterparts.
Walking further, I came to a park. There is a man-made stream running through, and a pond, with an assortment of ducks and geese making themselves at home. They can’t really be classified as wild, as they seem quite unruffled by the presence of the people nearby. This particular pond used to be home to some beautiful swans. Unfortunately on this day, they were nowhere to be found. I’ll post more interesting bits about this park in a future post.