Birdingpals Trip Report
Trip Report, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, May 26-30, 2005 to meet the local Birdingpals
By Birdingpal Pat White
I traveled to Saskatoon to visit family and go birding. Birdingpal Mary Gilliland gave me good advice before the trip on what Canadian birds I was likely to see on those dates,
where it is safe to walk alone, etc. My niece also sent me email address of Jim Wood, a local birder, and I was invited to participate in the Saskatoon Nature Society bird count
on May 28.
Arrived on the afternoon of May 26. My hosts at Colony House B&B, George & Shirley Haines lent me a copy of ‘Birds of the Saskatoon Area’ published by the Saskatoon
Nature Society and Nature Saskatchewan. This is a wonderful reference book, (not a field guide) to know what birds you will see any season around Saskatoon. It provides detailed
information and maps on the birding hot spots, as well as information on abundance, migratory movements, breeding, and habitat preference of each species.
May 27 went out before breakfast to learn the common local warblers, sparrows, gulls, and see the famous American White Pelicans that fish at the weir.
May 28, our team counted birds all morning on a chilly overcast day. May 29 and May 30, I went birding alone and with relatives between other activities, and was able to hold
their interest with easily identifiable birds: Blue-winged Teal, Ruddy Duck, American Redstart, Magnolia Warbler, Yellow Warbler… I may have started a new generation of birders!
Here is my trip list:
American White Pelican
Greater White-fronted Goose