Trout Creek Warden’s report Sept 12, 2012

Posted September 12, 2012 | Categories : 7,Invasive Species,Rare Species,Warden Reports |

Laurie Rockwell reports:

  • a very cool 7c at 7.30am with a slight breeze that seemed less noticeable in the sunny spots! it was very quiet for most of my 2hr hike.
  • I saw/heard 13 species of birds, mostly resident species. I was very happy to see a species that I have seldom seen on the ER, a Red-napedSapsucker (male) working a sap well on a Saskatoon shrub. I also saw a seldom seen Downy Woodpecker and heard a magpie,  a local species that I do not often see, even in the summer.
  • most plants are dried up, but a few are still in some stage of green. In fact, the Rabbit Bush is still in flower. I removed 10 knapweed plants, a far cry from the days before bio-control!
  • I saw/heard no mammals, saw no new scat. The only insects were a few small moths .
  • I saw no sign of human activity.
  • Sara et al will be doing fence repairs tomorrow. For this I am grateful,given tight economic time

Red-naped Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus nuchalis)

Image by Calibas, Wikipedia Commons.