I’ve moved to Edmonton! The new centre of my universe is a neighbourhood called Strathcona.
Edmonton is almost 300 km north of Calgary, so spring hadn’t quite sprung when I arrived in late April, though it was already springing in Calgary. The oppressive taupe of the leafless trees lacked visual appeal but the already green grass promised greener days ahead. And, indeed, a week later, the fresh green beginnings of leaves appeared in the treetops and the bright reds and yellows of tulips decorated the front yards of many charming Strathcona houses.
My first birding destination was William Hawrelak Park. Deborah mentioned to me a while back that one of the silver linings of living in Edmonton was the possibility of seeing Cape May Warblers. A quick search on eBird revealed that these little beauties had previously been spotted at this park. No warblers visited me that day, May 2nd, but I did see a lot of waterfowl in the man-made pond. The gulls (Franklin’s and Ring-billed) were present in large numbers and were raising quite a ruckus (especially the Franklins’!). The Canada Geese were also quite plentiful and added a few honks to the gull cacophony.
I didn’t spend a lot of time at the pond. I got a bit lost walking there. A seemingly uncrossable road, hidden stairs and meandering through mysterious wooded trails made me a bit hungry. Also, the midday sun was super bright, except for the occasional cloud. So I returned another day…