Thursday, April 23, 2009

Raptors and Other Migrants - Ottawa West with Tony Beck

Thursday Apr 16, 7:30am

Today there were Al, Helena, Connie, Jane, Ian, David and me. Another bluebird-sky day.
Figuring the raptors would wait a while for the thermals to develop, we went first to Shirley’s Bay. Another porcupine entertained us on Rifle Road. At the bay, we saw some Lesser Scaup and a Muskrat close in, a FOS Common Loon far out, and an Eastern Phoebe by the outhouse.
We left to patrol Riddell and Sixth Line Roads, spotting a Killdeer and a Wild Turkey on March Valley on the way. At the Bluebird corner, we found Tree Swallows and Song Sparrows. We stopped at a ditch on Sixth Line and tried to see a Western Chorus Frog among the many that were singing – impossible!
On Berry Side Road, we saw a perched Red-tailed Hawk and a pair of Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers. We heard first, then saw, a Wilson’s Snipe go down to ground.
On Thomas Dolan Parkway, we saw a female Northern Harrier and a pair of Buffleheads on Constance Creek. We made a second round of the back roads and saw a male Northern Harrier and an Eastern Bluebird.

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