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Thursday, March 17, 2011

Birding Excursion - Ottawa, Canada, 17th March 2011

Hoary Redpoll or Arctic Redpoll (Carduelis hornemanni)

The taste of spring becomes sweeter each day.
Birders and photographers met at Britannia, where Red-winged Blackbirds, Northern Cardinals and a single Song Sparrow entertained us with their beautiful song.
We were surrounded by spring-like activity with some birds carrying nest material, others claiming their territory and others in courtship.
The best birds of the morning were a Killdeer flying over head, Hooded Mergansers on the river and a pair of Northern Pintail near the marina.
We moved on for a little drive to March Valley Road. Here we found Pileated Woodpeckers, Green-winged Teal, Red-tailed and Rough-legged Hawks.
As the day progressed, the fog lifted and we had beautiful blue skies with warm comfortable temperatures.
There’s not many winter-birds left, but luckily Tony spotted a Northern Shrike.
We went to the Hilda Road feeder again to see if we could relocate the Leucistic Common Redpoll from Tuesday’s excursion, but we could not. Although there was still a lot of redpolls we could only find two Hoary Redpolls.
Never the less, it was a super day, which also included Turkey Vulture and Bufflehead, amongst other things.

  1. American Crow
  2. Northern Cardinal
  3. Wild Turkey
  4. Canada Goose
  5. Rock Pigeons
  6. Ring-billed Gull
  7. European Starling
  8. Red-winged Blackbird
  9. Red-tailed Hawk
  10. Common Grackle
  11. Blue Jay
  12. Mourning Dove
  13. American Robin
  14. Common Merganser
  15. Rough-legged Hawk
  16. Common Raven
  17. House Sparrow
  18. Buffledhead
  19. Common Goldeneye
  20. Herring Gull
  21. Black-capped Chickadee
  22. White-breasted Nuthatch
  23. House Finch
  24. American Tree Sparrow
  25. Dark-eyed Junco
  26. Mallard
  27. Hairy Woodpecker
  28. Hooded Merganser
  29. Great Black-backed Gull
  30. Downy Woodpecker
  31. American Black Duck
  32. American Goldfinch
  33. Turkey Vulture
  34. Common Redpoll
  35. Killdeer
  36. Song Sparrow
  37. Northern Pintail
  38. Hoary Redpoll
  39. Pileated Woodpecker
  40. Northern Shrike
  41. Green-winged Teal
Male Common Redpoll (Carduelis flammea)

Excursion organized by Tony Beck - Always An Adventure

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