The Snye as seen from the causeway to MacDonald Island.
I wasn't really sure what I would see for birds given that it was rather gloomy and I didn't get out of the house until a bit later in the morning than I had hoped. I was hopeful to see some woodpeckers or perhaps a blue jay but in terms of variety of species Lady Luck just wasn't with me today.
The one thing that I did get to see was Shell Place, the new sports field that was completed last summer. While I had been down there while it was under construction this was the first time I had a chance to see the finished product. It's actually quite a lot bigger than I thought it would be. When I first came through Fort McMurray and walked through MacDonald Island a dozen years ago, many of the places I walked through to day were just wide open space. It certainly looks a lot different from then or from even how I remembered it a year ago. While I was hoping to get some more photos of it, shortly after taking these next two photos, my camera died (or rather, the batteries in the camera did).
I missed out on some decent shots of the river I was hoping to take but I made the best of my outing. I took a trail down to the tip of the island near the confluence of the Athabasca and the Clearwater and had lots of space for myself. After fretting over the camera, I soon forgot about it and enjoyed a rather nice walk.
As for my bird count, while I didn't get the variety of species I wanted, I made up for it somewhat in terms of numbers of individuals and I did see my first Rock Doves of the year.
1. Common Raven - 42
2. Rock Dove - 6
3. Black-billed Magpie - 5
4. House Sparrow - 4
5. Black-capped Chickadee - 4