Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Sparrows and Open Country - Ottawa South/East with Tony Beck

Thursday, June 11, 7:30 am

We met at Tim Hortons on Hunt Club Road. There was quite a large group on this fine spring day – myself and my daughter-in-law, Pamela, Russell, Rick, Martha, Judith, Heather, Jane, Brenda, and Helena, as well as Tony.

We got our first sparrow, A Chipping Sparrow in the Timmy’s parking lot. We negotiated the rush-hour traffic and headed to Bowesville Road behind the airport, where we saw a couple of Savannah Sparrows as we headed down the trail.
We saw a House Wren and a Clay-colored Sparrow, and then heard a Field Sparrow and Vesper Sparrow. The Field Sparrow was photographed in a tree top. Tony played the machine and we got a Song Sparrow.
A Tree Swallow flew overhead as we photographed a Vesper Sparrow. We moved to a chain-link fence and Tony was able to coax out a very cooperative Grasshopper Sparrow. After that we got another Vesper Sparrow, Field Sparrow and Clay-colored Sparrow and Savannah Sparrow. Tiring of Sparrow, we saw a Baltimore Oriole out of habitat.
At my request, Tony called in a Brown Thrasher, and we had a distant Eastern Bluebird. We carpooled to Mer Bleue boardwalk. There was a very close Chestnut-sided Warbler in the parking lot. Shortly into the boardwalk, we got a Swamp Sparrow. We surprised a Wilson’s Snipe, that jumped up from close by. A Coopers Hawk flew overhead.
At the back of the boardwalk we had a Broad-winged Hawk overhead. Then we saw a White-throated Sparrow. We got a glimpse of a Common Yellowthroat and a Palm Warbler. Later we saw an Eastern Kingbird, Cedar Waxwing and some American Goldfinches. At last we spotted a Linclon’s Sparrow.
We decided to call it a day, but Tony stopped to point out an Indigo Bunting along Ridge Road. Along Anderson Road, we saw a Northern Harrier.
The group broke up, but Pamela and I went south to High Road and Armstrong Road for some car birding. We were rewarded with close ups of several Eastern Kingbirds, an Eastern Bluebird, several sparrows, two kinds of Swallows (Tree and Barn), and a Kildeer.

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