|Phil & Brian|
Earlier this week, we received our team T-shirts and this Saturday was our first chance to show them off. I can’t say that the birds and mammals were impressed though. Since it is difficult to see our design in the photo on the left, below is the image that was printed on the shirts. So far we've seen 6 of the species that are on the shirt - Bald Eagle, Snowy Owl, Rough-legged Hawk, Pileated Woodpecker, Dark-eyed Junco and Moose. With PEI being so small, you might have to take our word that it is represented by a Yellow Warbler. Apart from the Wolf, we chose common species so we should be able to tick everything on the shirt.
|American Three-toed Woodpecker (male)|
On the way back to Calgary, we came across a large herd of Elk in a field. At first we thought they were farmed Elk but the fences were way too low (there are a number of Elk farms in the area, all with very high fences) and the Elk were quite wary of us when we stopped to view them.
|Elk herd in the foothills east of Millarville|
|A young male after an older lady? or vice versa?!|
Last Monday, Phil went out with Bob Saunders and found a couple of catch-up birds – Sharp-tailed Grouse and Golden Eagle. I spent the morning working on my taxes and, pleased with my progress, decided to meet up with Phil and Bob at Frank Lake. We walked in to the open water and picked up the Trumpeter Swan that has overwintered there.
We now have 127 bird species and 12 mammal species for a total of 139. No new mammals but we appreciate the lead on the Striped Skunk and some other tips received by email. Now we just need to convince ourselves that finding a skunk is worth losing sleep!