The Martensville Dog (and Bird) Park

My dog, Posey, and I go to the Martensville Off-leash Dog Park almost every morning. It’s also a great place for bird watching, especially in the Spring. So far this Spring, I’ve seen the following species:

  • Black-capped Chickadee (year-round residents)
  • Black-billed Magpie (also year-round residents)
  • Downy Woodpecker (also year-round residents)
  • House Sparrow (occasional year-round visitors)
  • House Finch (occasional year-round visitors)
  • Raven (winter residents)
  • Common Redpoll (winter residents)
  • Gull species (overhead)
  • Canada Goose (also overhead)
  • American Crow
  • Dark-eyed Junco
  • Western Meadowlark
  • American Robin
  • Red-winged Blackbird (only the males so far)
  • Bufflehead (a male and a female)
  • Eared Grebe (has been on the pond for 3 days now)
  • Mallard
  • Willet
  • Common Grackle
  • Killdeer
  • Owl species (we startled each other so I didn’t get a close enough look to identify it, and of course it was a day when I didn’t have my camera with me)

As well, I’ve seen Mourning Cloak butterflies.

Here are a few of my photos so far:

Eared Grebe

Willet

Killdeer

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

Prairie Crocus

I put up a couple of feeders at the park, but unfortunately because of concerns with Avian Flu, I will be removing them tomorrow. It’s sad, but better to be safe than sorry. As soon as I hear it’s safe to do so, I’ll be putting them back up.

But Posey and I will continue to visit the park, for the fresh air, the exercise, and the birds.

The Regina Glockenspiel

I went to Regina this week and made a point of getting there before noon, so I could hear the Glockenspiel. What’s a Glockenspiel?

It’s a clock with bells that plays at noon and 6 p.m. weekdays. It’s located at the corner of Scarth Street and 12th Ave. in Victoria Park. Here’s a little history from the plaque:

And here’s a little taste of the glockenspiel playing:

New Birds

This weekend I took part in a birding tour through Living Sky Wildlife Rehabilitiation with my friends Ray and Adele. We spent two days looking for Great Grey Owls. It was fantastic! The Great Grey Owl is a new bird for my life list. I also saw Evening Grosbeaks which are also new for my list. Here are my best Great Grey Owl pics.