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Monday, March 28, 2011

Sunday Excursion 27th March 2011

Bohemian Waxwing (Bombycilla garrulus) 

15 enthusiastic birders and photographers gathered together on this clear, yet brisk morning in Gatineau Park. Our goal was to look for lingering winter-birds in the hills of Quebec.
Yet again the day started out perfectly with 2000+ Bohemian Waxwings having a feast on the remaining berries in the trees, occasionally coming to the ground to eat snow. Their soft trill had a soothing quality.


We car-pooled for a long ride along the base of the Gatineau escarpment.
We cut through the park north from the village of Eardley.
Along the way  we observed about 20 Turkey Vultures, a few Red-tailed and Rough-legged Hawks, 4 Bald Eagles, 2 American Kestrels, and 2 Merlins.

Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)

To end a great birding day, and make it complete, we had an Eastern Screech-Owl, which I now can proudly add to my lifelist.

  1. Canada Goose        
  2. Mallard
  3. Wild Turkey
  4. Red-tailed Hawk
  5. Rough-legged Hawk
  6. Ring-billed Gull
  7. Rock Pigeon
  8. Blue Jay
  9. American Crow
  10. Common Raven
  11. Black-capped Chickadee
  12. American Robin
  13. European Starling
  14. American Tree Sparrow
  15. Song Sparrow
  16. Northern Cardinal
  17. Red-winged Blackbird
  18. Common Grackle
  19. American Goldfinch
  20. Common Redpoll
  21. House Sparrow
  22. Bohemian Waxwing
  23. Merlin
  24. Turkey Vulture
  25. Hairy Woodpecker
  26. Downy Woodpecker
  27. Red-breasted Nuthatch
  28. Bald Eagle
  29. Snowbunting
  30. American Kestrel
  31. Common Goldeneye
  32. Eastern Screech-Owl
Juvenile Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo Jamaicensis)

Excursion organized by Tony Beck - Always An Adventure


  1. Love the photo of the red-tailed hawk, awesome! Sounds like another great excursion :)

  2. Thank you Karen. I have yet to experience a terrible excursion with Tony. Something always happens and not to forget to mention how much I learn :o)

  3. Hey Nina,

    Your posts are real visual treats. I am your new follower !!

  4. I am so happy to hear that Mayank. Thank you :o)