A Shoulder Season.

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.

Dried grass anyone?
American Robin eating last year crabapples.
Ring-billed Gull eating a crayfish.
Tree Swallows in large flocks moving along the river.
A Song Sparrow filling the air with song.

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.

Cooper’s Hawk on a nest.
The mate on a nearby branch.
Peregrine Falcon ready for takeoff.

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.

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  1. Linda Landine May 7, 2019 at 7:47 am #

    I just caught up on your posts since December. All fantastic. Thank-you for sharing the talent of SK artists and the birds of the prairies. I am not able to pick a favourite, perhaps the racoon sleeping in the tree, it made me smile.

  2. Shelly M Benoit April 27, 2019 at 6:16 pm #

    Your walks are all visual feasts and it’s so amazing that these creatures of nature all line up saying “pick me” for your photographs!

  3. Miranda Jones April 27, 2019 at 5:45 am #

    Wonderful photos Trent..I think my favourite is the Coopers Hawk sentinel….I feel very sad about the snow goose.

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