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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Goose overdose...?

Snow Geese

Am I on the brink of a birding overdose?
Nope, not at all!! On the contrary!!

After witnessing over 100,000 - Yes! One Hundred Thousand - Snow & Canada Geese last weekend, I am more hooked on spring migration then ever before!
It was an unbelievable sight! I was in total awe...

Scenery with Canada Geese

Nothing can compare to the experience of seeing such an abundance of life.
In addition to the goose overdose, I had Ross's Goose as a lifer, and a really nice long look at an adult  Peregrine Falcon from our balcony at the 23rd floor, which was a new bird added to my "balcony list".

Saturday we had a day-list of 32 species, and on Sunday we had 34.
The total list for the weekend was 41:
  1. American Black Duck
  2. Canada Goose
  3. Mallard
  4. Green-winged Teal
  5. Bufflehead
  6. Common Merganser
  7. Wild Turkey
  8. Turkey Vulture
  9. Red-tailed Hawk
  10. Rough-legged Hawk
  11. Killdeer
  12. Ring-billed Gull
  13. Herring Gull
  14. Lesser Black-backed Gull
  15. Rock Pigeon
  16. Mourning Dove
  17. Hairy Woodpecker
  18. Blue Jay
  19. American Crow
  20. Common Raven
  21. Black-capped Chickadee
  22. White-breasted Nuthatch
  23. American Robin
  24. European Starling
  25. American Tree Sparrow
  26. Song Sparrow
  27. Northern Cardinal
  28. Red-winged Blackbird
  29. Common Grackle
  30. American Goldfinch
  31. Common Redpoll
  32. House Sparrow
  33. Hooded Merganser
  34. American Wigeon
  35. Ring-necked Duck
  36. Cackling Goose
  37. Northern Pintail
  38. Northern Harrier
  39. American Goldfinch
  40. Horned Lark
  41. Snow Goose
Common Redpoll (carduelis flammea) 

Last Tuesday's birding excursion we had 36 species as follows:
  1. Canada Goose        
  2. American Black Duck
  3. Mallard
  4. Green-winged Teal
  5. Wild Turkey
  6. Turkey Vulture
  7. Red-tailed Hawk
  8. Killdeer
  9. Ring-billed Gull
  10. Herring Gull
  11. Lesser Black-backed Gull
  12. Great Black-backed Gull
  13. Rock Pigeon
  14. Mourning Dove
  15. Hairy Woodpecker
  16. Blue Jay
  17. American Crow
  18. Black-capped Chickadee
  19. White-breasted Nuthatch
  20. American Robin
  21. European Starling
  22. American Tree Sparrow
  23. Song Sparrow
  24. Northern Cardinal
  25. Red-winged Blackbird
  26. Common Grackle
  27. Common Redpoll
  28. Hoary Redpoll
  29. Northern Pintail
  30. Horned Lark
  31. Dark-eyed Junco
  32. Common Goldeneye
  33. Downy Woodpecker
  34. Pileated Woodpecker
  35. Greater White-fronted Goose
  36. Bald Eagle 
The Greater White-fronted Geese was the highlight of the day together with the Bald Eagle.

All excursions organized by: Tony Beck - Always An Adventure

Common Redpoll (carduelis flammea) chaos at the Hilda Road Feeder, Ottawa - Canada


  1. Love your blog (: I love geese (and all type of birds) and enjoyed the great photos!

  2. Thank you Karen! So happy to hear that :o)

  3. Gorgeous work,Nina...Love all your images,but especially love the birds. ;-)

  4. Thank you so much Pamela! :o) I will make sure to post many birds.. ;o)

  5. Very interesting and outstanding work by Nina .. love it.

  6. Thank you Nawazish :o) So happy to hear you enjoyed my Blog entry :o))