Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Gatineau Park with Tony Beck

Tuesday May 26, 7:30 am

Today there was a small group – Helena, Martha, Russell, Al & me plus Tony.

We met at the Gamelin Blvd visitor reception area and carpooled directly to the Champlain Parkway and the Waterfall Trail.

Right off, we saw a Blue Jay and a Broad-winged Hawk. We heard a Veery and a Black-throated Green Warbler. Then Tony saw a perched Ovenbird which we were able to photograph in the dim light. By the Bridal Veil Falls, we saw a Hermit Thrush and a pair of Scarlet Tanagers. We also heard a Wood Thrush and a Black and White Warbler.
We moved to the Champlain Lookout parking where e saw a Blackburnian Warbler and an American Redstart. Then we saw an amazing three species of vireo in the same tree – Philadelphia, Yellow-throated and Red-eyed. Moving down the trail, we saw a White-breasted Nuthatch and Scarlet Tanager. Once again, we heard, but could not entice out, a Blackpoll Warbler. We saw both Hairy & Downy Woodpeckers.
At Western Lodge, we had great views of a male Indigo Bunting, a female Cerulean Warbler, and a male Canada Warbler. There was a photogenic Eastern Phoebe at the wood shed.
On the way back to the cars, we saw a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Chestnut-sided Warbler and a Rose-breasted Grosbeak.

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