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Monday, November 21, 2011

Fall lingers on...

European Starling



Tony Beck demonstrating his techniques
Tuesday Nov. 15:
Continuing with our series of “photo days”, we met at Fletcher Wildlife Garden, part of Ottawa’s Central Experimental Farm. We spent the entire morning in the garden area including the paths through the Arboretum, and besides Dow’s Lake. A perfect day - there was plenty of great weather, and endless photo opportunities. Everyone finished the session with good results. Check out some of the images here: Facebook GalleryAlthough our agenda was to capture photos and learning photography, we tallied a day-list of 32 species of birds:
  1. American Black Duck
  2. American Crow
  3. American Goldfinch
  4. American Robin
  5. American Tree Sparrow
  6. Black-capped Chickadee
  7. Blue Jay
  8. Cackling Goose
  9. Canada Goose        
  10. Cedar Waxwing
  11. Common Goldeneye
  12. Common Merganser
  13. Common Raven
  14. Common Redpoll
  15. Dark-eyed Junco
  16. Double-crested Cormorant
  17. Downy Woodpecker
  18. European Starling
  19. Great Black-backed Gull
  20. Hairy Woodpecker
  21. Hooded Merganser
  22. House Finch
  23. House Sparrow
  24. Lesser Scaup
  25. Mallard
  26. Northern Cardinal
  27. Peregrine Falcon
  28. Ring-billed Gull
  29. Rock Pigeon
  30. Song Sparrow
  31. White-breasted Nuthatch
  32. White-throated Sparrow
Richmond Lagoons
American Crow

Thursday Nov. 17:
We began our morning at the Coliseum Theater Parking Lot, east of Bayshore. From here we went directly for nearby coniferous woodlands in search of northern birds. Rough-legged and Red-tailed Hawks were very common throughout the whole morning. Interestingly, we found 2 late Eastern Blue Birds at the Berry Side Road. At Richmond Lagoons we had two juvenile Brant and a Cackling Goose amongst many Canada and Snow Geese.
  1. American Black Duck
  2. American Crow
  3. American Robin
  4. American Tree Sparrow
  5. Black-capped Chickadee
  6. Blue Jay
  7. Brant
  8. Cackling Goose
  9. Canada Goose        
  10. Common Merganser
  11. Common Raven
  12. Downy Woodpecker
  13. Eastern Bluebird
  14. European Starling
  15. Golden-crowned Kinglet
  16. Great Black-backed Gull
  17. Green-winged Teal
  18. Hairy Woodpecker
  19. Herring Gull
  20. Hooded Merganser
  21. Iceland Gull
  22. Lesser Black-backed Gull
  23. Lesser Scaup
  24. Mallard
  25. Northern Shrike
  26. Purple Finch
  27. Red-breasted Nuthatch
  28. Red-tailed Hawk
  29. Red-winged Blackbird
  30. Ring-billed Gull
  31. Ring-necked Duck
  32. Rough-legged Hawk
  33. Snow Goose
  34. Song Sparrow
Dawn at Petrie Island
Sunrise at Petrie Beach
Snow Geese

Saturday 19th Nov:
As autumn lingers on, we begin experiencing ever-changing weather conditions.
We started our excursion at Petrie Island with mild and comfortable temperatures.
Our goal this morning - find big flocks of Snow Geese and Sandhill Cranes. By the end of the morning, we found around 14,000 Snow Geese and about 60 Sandhill Cranes.
Other highlights were Northern Harrier, Rough-legged Hawks and Red-tailed Hawks in good numbers. We still expect more northern birds to arrive in the weeks ahead.
  1. American Black Duck
  2. American Crow
  3. Blue Jay
  4. Cackling Goose
  5. Canada Goose        
  6. Common Merganser
  7. Common Raven
  8. Dark-eyed Junco
  9. European Starling
  10. Green-winged Teal
  11. Hairy Woodpecker
  12. Herring Gull
  13. Hooded Merganser
  14. House Sparrow
  15. Mallard
  16. Northern Harrier
  17. Red-tailed Hawk
  18. Ring-billed Gull
  19. Rock Pigeon
  20. Rough-legged Hawk
  21. Sandhill Crane
  22. Snow Bunting
  23. Snow Goose
  24. Wood Duck
Two young Snow Geese among Canada Geese
Dick Bell Park

Sunday 20th Nov:
Our group started at Andrew Haydon Park this morning, hiking along the shoreline of the Ottawa River from Ottawa Beach to Dick Bell Park. Here we found 2 young Snow Geese, White-winged Scoter and several individual Cackling Geese amongst the Canada’s. Unfortunately, heavy rain forced us into an early coffee break. Abandoning the Fletcher Wildlife Gardens for open country, we headed south into the open fields near the village of Richmond.
Burnside Pit produced a big flock of Snow Geese including 3 Blue Morphs. Other highlights today were Great Blue Heron, Bufflehead, Greater Scaup and Lesser Scaup.
  1. American Crow
  2. American Goldfinch
  3. Black-capped Chickadee
  4. Blue Jay
  5. Bufflehead
  6. Cackling Goose
  7. Canada Goose        
  8. Common Goldeneye
  9. Common Loon
  10. European Starling
  11. Great Black-backed Gull
  12. Great Blue Heron
  13. Greater Scaup
  14. Green-winged Teal
  15. Herring Gull
  16. House Sparrow
  17. Lesser Scaup
  18. Mallard
  19. Northern Cardinal
  20. Red-breasted Merganser
  21. Red-tailed Hawk
  22. Ring-billed Gull
  23. Rock Pigeon
  24. Snow Goose
  25. White-winged Scoter
  26. Wild Turkey

Until next time...

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All excursions organized by Nina Stavlund & Tony Beck