Sunday, June 6, 2010

More birding in southern Manitoba June 6, 2010

Our first stop today was at Douglas Marsh. Lots of activity including 4 Le conte's Sparrow, 2 Nelson's Sparrow, 8 Sedge Wren and 2 Yellow Rail. The rails were calling from the west side of the road. Along Waggle Springs Road watched a small group of 10 Sharp-tailed Grouse displaying. At the south end of Waggle Springs Road had a few Chestnut-collared Longspur, 1 Spraque's Pipit , 2 Grasshopper Sparrow, along with 2 Lark Sparrow. Further west observed 2 Loggerhead Shrike, 1 near Broomhill and the second along Hwy. 345 near Bernice. There was 1 Snow Goose along the Souris River near Coulter.

Good Birding, Bruce Di Labio

While driving south of Brandon on Hwy. 10 we spotted 2 baby Wilson's Snipe standing in the middle of the road.

We made a quick stop before any traffic came by and walked them off to the vegetation along the road side.

Sharp-tailed Grouse were still on "leks" near Shilo. We watched 10 males dancing and displaying.

The Loggerhead Shrike is a scarce breeder in southern Manitoba.

A male Lark Sparrow in full display as a nearby female watches.

The distinctive head and tail marking make it a very striking sparrow.

A Grasshopper Sparrow in full song.

Cliff Swallows gathering mud to build nests.

A White-tailed Jack Rabbit in full stride.

The Vesper Sparrow is one of the most common sparrows found in the southwest. Note the white outer tail feathers and eye ring.

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