Monday, June 15, 2009

Meech Creek Valley Ottawa Field-Naturalists outing with Bernie Ladouceur and Bob Cermak

Sunday, June 7, 7:00 am

We met at Champlain Bridge, and then proceeded to P16 in Gatineau Park off Pine Road.
We saw a Black-billed Cuckoo in the parking lot before the others arrived.
We walked along Cowley Road as far as one can go. We saw an Alder Flycatcher, Eastern Kingbird, Indigo Bunting and a really close Black-billed Cuckoo along the road.
There were lots of Common Yellowthroat calling, but they were hard to spot. We did see a small flock of Cedar Waxwing, an Indigo Bunting, Song Sparrows and a Baltimore Oriole. When we got to the bridge, we saw a Spotted Sandpiper, another Oriole, a pair of Eastern Phoebes, and a Hairy Woodpecker. At the end of the road, there was a very cooperative perched Ruby-throated Hummingbird. We saw a Great Blue Heron and Red-tailed Hawk fly overhead. Back at the bridge, we had good looks at a Chestnut-sided Warbler.
On the hike back to the cars, we say a Great-crested Flycatcher, Common Yellowthroat, Turkey Vulture and Bobolink. We hiked down the hill to the bridge on the ski trail, seeing more of the same birds.

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