Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Peak Spring Migration - Ottawa West with Tony Beck

Thursday May 14, 7:30am

We met at Andrew Haydon Park East Parking Lot, off Carling Ave., West of Bayshore, East of Acres Road. Today there was a small group, just Jane, Connie, Martha & me, plus Tony.
In the parking lot we saw a female Purple Finch, American Redstart, Song Sparrow, Common Raven & Warbling Vireo. On the water were some Lesser Scaup.

We made a quick decision to go to Mud Lake. On the ridge, there were Cliff, Barn & Tree Swallows, a Northern Cardinal, Downy Woodpecker, Yellow & Yellow-rumped Warblers. A Baltimore Oriole was feeding in the apple blossoms. We moved across the road to the old field where we saw another Redstart, a juvenile male Baltimore Oriole, a Gray Catbird, and a Least Flycatcher. Near the back of Mud Lake, we got a glimpse of a Pine Warbler, a pair of Eastern Kingbirds, a tree full of Cedar Waxwings, an American Goldfinch, a Red-eyed Vireo, a male House Finch and a Hairy Woodpecker.

At the pond, we got really close views of an active Black-crowned Night-heron. At the filtration plant, we saw a Spotted Sandpiper and some Bank Swallows, a Common Grackle a Canada Goose family and a Black-and white Warbler.
We decided to end the day with a quick trip to the Burnside Pits. On the way we had a Pileated Woodpecker fly right over the car.

At the pit, the winds were vicious. There were Common Mergansers, and Ring-necked Ducks. It was not pleasant at all, so we decided to call it a day.

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