Monday, June 15, 2009

Gatineau Park with Tony Beck

Tuesday, June 9, 7:30 am

We met at Gamelin visitor reception area. It was pouring buckets, so there are no photos of this day’s action.

In spite of the poor weather, a new member, Donna, came out to join Jane, Rick, Helena and me. We saw a Great Blue Heron fly over in the parking lot. Then we headed right away for the Champlain Parkway and the Waterfall Trail to try for the Louisiana Waterthrush.

In the heavy rain, we managed to hear an Ovenbird and got good looks at a Black-throated Blue Warbler. We did spot the Ovenbird, and Tony saw a Hermit Thrush from the lookout, down on the creek.

We went back to the car and headed to Champlain lookout with the heater on full.
On the trail, we had good looks at a Black-throated Green Warbler. We could hear a Northern Waterthrush, Black and White Warbler and a Black-billed Cuckoo. The Cuckoo eventually came out into view.

Returning to the parking lot, we heard the marvelous call of a Winter Wren, and saw a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker.

The rain was not letting up, so we decided to call it a day shortly after 11.

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