Thursday, July 02, 2015

Hyde Park

I got a chance to visit the Hyde Park naturalized wetland area in Saskatoon today. It's a large area and I didn't get to see all of it, but I really enjoyed what I did see. Their were lots of birds around including red-winged blackbirds, ducks, grebes, terns, and herons.

I'm not a good judge of how "natural" it is, but it's certainly wilder than the mowed grass playing fields in the same area.


The red-winged blackbirds seemed busy collecting food, presumably for their young. The flashier males didn't cooperate so all the pictures are of the drab (in comparison) females. If you zoom in you can see the mouthful of bugs this one has collected. What I want to know is how they pick up so many without dropping any!

red-winged blackbird (female)

Nice to see all the wild flowers.



There were lots of blue damselflies around. They didn't like to sit still to be photographed either! (damselflies hold their wings together at rest, whereas dragonflies hold them spread out)

blue damselfly

Still beautiful despite all the smoke in the air (from forest fires) and the resulting gray skies.


Definitely worth a visit if you're in the area.

See all 17 photos as a slideshow or overview

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