2018/05/24: Tofield 69 km
2018/05/25: Wainwright 148 km
2018/05/26: Marsden 72 km
2018/05/27: Battleford 115 km
2018/05/28: North Battleford 11 km
2018/05/29: Langham 108 km
2018/05/30: Saskatoon 36 km
Since leaving Edmonton, we have taken mainly the 14 and 40 highways, although our back roads route out of Edmonton included about 6 km of gravel. This has taken us across the prairie on a reasonably minor road. Stops at gas stations for drinks and snack food has lead to interesting interactions with the locals.
The prairie had surprises for me. Firstly the roads are not straight, despite looking that way on the map; lakes and valleys disturb the surveyors’ desire for straight lines. Secondly, there are lots of ponds, called sloughs by the locals. These are formed in prairie potholes which are depressions left at the retreat of the last ice age. These host a surprising diversity of our feathered friends. I have made a selection of our snap shots of these that I append below.
I include only birds that are not very familiar to Margo or to me. We live in Vancouver, Canada which is in a different migration flyway , so it is not surprising we see a different mixture of birds. I assume that most of these birds do not overwinter on the Canadian prairies as it is very cold here in the winter, and hence they are migratory birds.
P.S. We invite all enthusiastic twitchers to help with identification!