Tuesday, June 21, 2011

June 18-20, 2011 birding Southwest Manitoba

Birded the southwest again and had a number of new species including Connecticut Warbler which was missed on my first trip. Overall, the flooding of roads was still a problem with navigating around the southwest. Fortunately Route 19 in Riding Mountain National Park was now open which gave us access to a great area for birding. Also, Lake Audey road was open to the Bison preserve and we were able to have great views of the herd and finally got a Western Wood Pewee and a number of Mourning Warblers along the road.

A Red-winged Blackbird in hot pursuit of an American Bittern over Douglas Marsh.

The Red-winged Blackbird landed on the bitterns back and held on!

Still holding on, the Red-winged Blackbird pecks at the bitterns back before letting go. .

One of many old farm houses in southwestern Manitoba.

A White-tailed Jack Rabbit off to the races.

Still lots of flooding in southwestern Manitoba.

The Loggerhead Shrike is a local specialty in the southwest.

The Lark Sparrow is easy to recognize by its distinctive facial marking.

A Clay-coloured Sparrow with lunch for the young near Lyleton.

A Black Bear crosses the road along Audey Lake Road.

A male Connecticut Warbler in full song at Riding Mountain National Park.

The Connecticut Warbler walks along the branch, not hopping as most of warblers do.

A White-tailed Deer gets a surprise visitor, a female Brown-headed Cowbird.

After a few seconds the White-tailed Deer nudges the cowbird.

1 comment:

Dave said...

Love the pictures, Bruce.