Today was the retirement gift warbler discovery outing for Linda & Susan led by Bill. We were delighted to be joined also by Rodney, Cathy & Barbara. We were equally delighted with the beautiful spring weather.
We met at 8:00 am at Mud Lake by the Britannia Filtration Plant.
We began at the Ottawa River across from the plant, and then worked our way along the ridge, seeing the first of several Yellow Warblers. Eagle-eye Rodney kept spotting them. Warbling Vireos were also present in good numbers.
At the west end of the ridge, we saw several Yellow-rumped Warblers, and Bill heard a Black-throated Blue Warbler (not seen).
Across the road, we were beckoned by a photographer group to see a Northern Parula. This small warbler was a very good find for the day list.
We then followed the trail towards the houses, being careful of the poison ivy. The Yellow Warblers were everywhere! In a large willow tree, we spotted a Baltimore Oriole. Further on there was a Gray Catbird.
We headed back to the trail by the pond. We saw a pair of Wood Ducks, and Bill got them in the scope. We hiked on over to the little bridge, where we saw many turtles basking, including a rare Blanding’s, which Bill also scoped.
Continuing around the trail, we saw an Eastern Kingbird and a couple of Brown-headed Cowbirds high in a tree.
We went down the spur trail towards the lake, but turned back when we saw a skunk in a hole in a tree right at waist level.
We carried on around towards the parkway, noting a Great Blue Heron fly away and a beaver swim away.
After getting our picture taken by a passing cyclist, we continued through the gate back towards the filtration plant. We saw a Wood Thrush on the path, and a Great-crested Flycatcher on an overhanging branch.
We made our way carefully past the muddy section and saw a White-crowned Sparrow and a Song Sparrow along the fence. Bill first identified the former as a White-throated Sparrow, but had second thoughts later.
With noon approaching, we made one last foray to the Ottawa River to show Linda the Canada Geese and goslings. A pair of Northern Flickers entertained us with a little hanky panky. We had also noted both Downy and Hairy Woodpeckers along the waterfront.
What a great day we had!
Yellow Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Northern Parula, Warbling Vireo, Blue Jay, Northern Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird, Baltimore Oriole, Gray Catbird, Canada Goose, Wood Duck, Mallard, Great Blue Heron, Eastern Kingbird, Brown-headed Cowbird, Great-crested Flycatcher, White-crowned Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Wood Thrush, Northern Flicker, Downy Woodpecker, Hairy Woodpecker, Black-capped Chickadee, American Crow, European Starling.