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Saturday, March 26, 2011

Excursion Thursday 24th March 2011 - Ottawa

Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)

What a most perfect day!
The excursion started with a young Moose staring at us from the edge of the woods while driving to our destination.
It was a fresh and crisp day, with sunshine and blue skies.
It started out very well, already with 17 species on the day-list before 8:00am.
After some hiking, driving, stopping and scanning, we went searching for geese again.
Our goal was to repeat the great experience of last Sunday's excursion. 

Thousands of Canada Geese

Today we had a single Snow Goose together with thousands of Canada Geese. 
After a tractor flushed about 20,000 of them, we spotted a Leucistic Canada Goose in with the flock.
We ended up with 29 different species by the end of the morning:
  1. Canada Goose        
  2. American Black Duck
  3. Mallard
  4. Wild Turkey
  5. Red-tailed Hawk
  6. Rough-legged Hawk
  7. Killdeer
  8. Ring-billed Gull
  9. Rock Pigeon
  10. Mourning Dove
  11. Blue Jay
  12. American Crow
  13. Common Raven
  14. Black-capped Chickadee
  15. White-breasted Nuthatch
  16. American Robin
  17. European Starling
  18. American Tree Sparrow
  19. Song Sparrow
  20. Northern Cardinal
  21. Red-winged Blackbird
  22. Common Grackle
  23. American Goldfinch
  24. Common Redpoll
  25. House Sparrow
  26. Northern Pintail
  27. Horned Lark
  28. Snow Goose
  29. Pileated Woodpecker
American Black Duck (Anas rubripes)

Although I can not get enough of the massive numbers of Canada Geese these days, I haven't forgotten the more common birds like Northern Cardinal and American Black Duck.

Thanks to Tony, I can also add American Woodcock to my life-list.
Last Wednesday evening we saw and heard its full display. 

Rough-legged hawk
Rough-legged Hawk / Rough-legged Buzzard (Buteo lagopus)

Excursion organized by Tony Beck - Always An Adventure


  1. Beautiful photos, and what an awesome day! If I lived in Canada, I would love to go on one of the excursions. You always have fun, and see so many interesting birds, animals, etc (:

  2. Awesome Nina!!!