Nature finally woke up and started sprinkling spring tidbits around Saskatoon. Early morning walks, soft light and limp, lifeless flags made for a visual feast along River Landing.
A few spring migrant birds are arriving and White-tailed Jackrabbits have hung up their white coats in exchange for their summer wardrobe. The Richardson Ground Squirrels are moving mounds of dried grass into their burrows.
This little beauty and many of its friends stayed all winter and continue to feast on seeds in my feeder. Pine Siskins are lovely little birds that let me approach quite close when they are feeding.
A few days ago my friend Caitlin, along with her friend Morgan went on a city birding trip to Lakeview Park. We scored with a sighting of a nesting Cooper’s Hawk and saw the Peregrine Falcons on the Renaisance Tower. We spotted a total of 15 different bird species so felt quite happy with the morning.
On my walk this afternoon I came across these two Snow Geese and was able to get remarkably close. One stayed sitting for long time but finally stood up on one leg. The bird’s foot was very floppy and when I got the pictures home I discovered a badly fractured foot with evidence of necrosis. It made me sad for the pain the goose must be feeling.