Friday, June 24, 2022

Opinicon Road

 June 24, 2022

We met at our house so that Jane and Barb could see the wrens at our birdhouse and listen to the babies begging inside.

We decided to all travel together so we could save gas and hear about Jane's trip to Pond Inlet and the floe edge.  Jane suggested that we go via Richmond to see if there were any Upland Sandpipers.  We were a bit frustrated with the early morning fog, but  we saw lot of meadowlarks, though no sandpipers.

We took Hwy 15 south to Chaffey's Lock Road, stopping only to look at the distant Osprey nest.

We birded near the intersection of Hwy 15, and and also made several stops along the way to Chaffey's Locks.  Best bird was a Blue-winged Warbler that was singing the Golden-winged's song.

Finally, we arrived at the Opinicon Hotel, where Bill and the two Barb's enjoyed a homemade ice cream cone.  The latter enjoyed the unusual Rhubarb/Ginger flavour.

Our next stop was at the Cataraqui Trail, where we hiked for half an hour in the noon heat.  It was quiet, but we did pick up a couple of warblers and a Scarlet Tanager. Thousands of tine toadlets were hopping everywhere on the trail.

From there, we went to the Queen's University Biological Station, where we asked and received permission to have our lunch in the shade at a picnic table. After, we walked the grounds and spotted an Eastern Garter Snake. A Pine Warbler was singing up a storm, but would not show itself.

Then it was off to Skycroft.  We drove to the boat launch, then hiked a short distance on one of the trails across the road.  We spotted a warbler in the shade on the hike that might have been a Cerulean.  And when we returned to the road, a Cerulean was singing, but we were not able to to see it. 

We decided to drive down Post Office Road.  It was very rough and we were glad to find a place to turn around.  Our last stop was the cemetery to check out the Tree Swallow nesting project.

On the way home, we took a short detour on Crosby Road, which did not yield much.  A marsh along Hwy 15 had a Great Blue Heron in the distance.

After negotiating a big detour through Smith's Falls, we took the road to North Gower then home on Hwy 416.  It was fun to be birding with our friends after a long break due to our various travels.

Thursday, June 23, 2022

Northern Mockingbird

 June 23, 2022

We were busy on Thursday with the boys, but noted several RBAs about a mockingbird near the airport. So after dropping them off, we headed straight there at 5:30 pm.  We soon spotted the suspect, as it was very vocal.  It sat on top of a distant high post, then flew over to a fence where we got our best shots.

Wednesday, June 22, 2022

House Wrens Feeding their Young

 June 22, 2022

Parents coming constantly with food and removing fecal sacs.

Friday, June 17, 2022

Chemin des Eaux, Maniwaki

 June 17, 2022

Chemin des Eaux north of Maniwaki runs right along the Gatineau River.  We have found it to be a good place for grassland birds near our cottage at Grand lac des C├Ędres.  You would be surprised at all the farms and old fields along this road.

We observed a Common Merganser and Common Loon from our dock before taking off to explore Chemin des Eaux.

We made a quick stop at Chemin Galipeau, where we saw a Least Flycatcher among others.

We went to Maniwaki through Farley and the Reserve, since it can be good for birds.  But this time, we only go a couple of Wild Turkeys.

Moving to our our main target road, we were not disappointed in the many Bobolinks and a few Eastern Meadowlarks.

Further north on the road, the fields change to forest and we got an Ovenbird and Blue Jay and another Bobolink!

Returning to Route 105, we stopped at Rue Gendron, where we often try for birds at the north end of Lac Evans.  Here we got many butterflies, another least Flycatcher and a Warbling Vireo.

Returning to our cottage, we were entertained by a Hairy Woodpecker feeding suet to one of its young.