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.
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.
Birds are by far, the most prevalent type of wildlife. I saw several Goose families as I walked one of the winding trails.
Some kayaks drifted lazily around the little islets within the park.
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.
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.
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!
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.
The geese are ever-present, and take ownership of the park areas that suit them. This group lined up nicely for their photo.
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!
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.