Tag: geese

Feathered Skaters

Feathered Skaters

While walking through the park on March 28, during that in-between time, when winter is not quite over, and spring has not quite arrived, the geese were happily swimming in what open water they could find. In other areas, it was comical to see the geese slipping and sliding on the icy portions of the pond, as they chased one another. I couldn’t tell if the geese were “skating” on purpose or not, and I’m sorry I don’t have a video to show. It was certainly a smile worthy few moments!

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.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

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.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

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

lake2

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

playground3
playground2

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.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

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.
ducks

overlook sign
The Goose Island Overlook gave me a good view of the city’s university campus.
overlook u of r
Another view from the Overlook was Goose Island, and in the background is the city centre.
overlook skyline
overlook with geese
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!

Pelicans & Geese

Pelicans & Geese

This park has a wealth of feathered friends in the summer. Some of my favourite birds to watch are the pelicans. Though they are large, they are graceful fliers.

09BDB64E-0B5F-4854-995B-AA04CADE7D13

The geese are ever-present, and take ownership of the park areas that suit them.  This group lined up nicely for their photo.

D8C78AD5-C52D-473E-AB56-C019D9E79DF9

Of course, many more species frequent the park, as it is part of the Wascana Migratory Bird Sanctuary. On the list are terns, wrens, blackbirds, killdeer, sandpipers, swallows, sparrows, and herons to name a few. I’m not quick enough to get pictures of the more timid birds that scatter as soon as I’m within 20 feet. I must think about investing in a zoom lens!