Canada sabbatical – Day 1

I’d been planning for months and at long last my sabbtical trip to Manitoba was happenning – 6 weeks of bird surveys in central southern Canada.
I flew into Toronto and then onto Winnipeg, staying the night with Richard and Barbara Staniforth. Great hosts who filled me in with background on the birds and were-with-all of Manitoba. They live beside the northward flowing Red River which many migrants follow. We clocked a fine Caspian Tern (a local rare) as it moved upstream while peregrine, Wood Duck, Swainson’s thrush were nice too. The bus trip to Erikson to the west took 4 hours by Greyhound coach. Pleasant with some birding from the window getting me a rake of wildfowl and a few raptors.
A brief stop in Brandon found Yellow Warbler and Chipping Sparrow by the bus station and eventually I got collected at Erikson by the ‘crew’ who were watching Purple Martins as I disembarked the bus.

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