June 4 2013 Regina Beach, Craven, Saskatchewan.
A Slough of Birds
- Slough, a stream distributary or anabranch, or in some cases, a regular stream.
More localized meanings of slough are:
- a muddy marsh in the British Isles.
- a swamp or shallow lake system with trees (Eastern and South Eastern United States).
- a secondary channel of a river delta, without trees (Pacific coast of North America).
- a pond, often alkaline, often a glacial "pothole" (prairies of North America (see Prairie Pothole Region).
|A typical prairie slough in June. Note the cultivated fields behind.|
Farmers are working with naturalists to leave a swath of wild grasses to ensure nesting birds are safe from tilling, ploughing and spraying. A slough like this in Craven will host numerous species of ducks, grebes, phalarope, and Yellow-headed and Red-winged blackbirds. Various sparrows including Vesper and Savannah while Meadowlarks, Bobolink, Horned Lark and sometimes Willet nest nearby.
|Eared Grebe (Podiceps nigricollis)|
|Redhead (Aythya americana)|
|Wilson's Phalarope (Phalaropus tricolor) feeding on dragonfly larvae.|
|A pair of Willet nest close to a slough at Regina Beach hunt and for food in the adjoining fields and pastures.|