Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Bill Mason Centre & Constance Bay

Friday, June 12, 11:00 am
Pamela & Craig had a late afternoon flight home to Saskatoon, but we decided we had enough time for birding.
We parked at the Bill Mason Centre and started down the boardwalk. There were a few students and other hikers about, but it was still fairly quiet.
I played my Virginia Rail song on the voice recorder. It was the click-click song, not the more common one. Although they did not come out in droves, we had one very cooperative rail come out and forage in the open.
In the shrubby areas there were several Yellow Warblers and Common Yellowthroats tearing around. It was really hard to see them, much less take photographs.
We took the short loop through the woods, where we saw a couple of Blue Jays, a Rose-breasted Grosbeak, and several Eastern Wood Peewees. We also heard an Ovenbird. We had all three common woodpeckers. Back on the boardwalk, we flushed a Wilson’s Snipe and called out a second Virginia Rail, although this one did not stick around.

We still had time, so drove out to the old burn site at Constance Bay. We hiked down the trail a ways, but it was completely silent. Then, happily, we saw at least three adult Red-headed Woodpeckers. Our outing a success, we headed back to Constance Creek on the way home. An Osprey was on the nest, soon replaced by its mate. A quick check of the ponds at March Valley Road and Klondike revealed only a Great-blue Heron and a family of Canada Geese.

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