Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Jane & Connie’s trip to Richmond and Munster

July 23, 2009 6:45 am

We met at Moodie & Fallowfield. Besides Jane & Connie, there were Nadine, Janet & me.

We stopped first at Burnside Pit where we saw an American Coot, a Green-winged Teal, a Spotted Sandpiper and several Pied-billed Grebes.

Our next stop was the Richmond Lagoons, where we saw many Tree Swallows, a Great-blue Heron, a Belted Kingfisher, groups of Cedar Waxwings and up to four Green Herons. There were several American Goldfinches, Wood Ducks, a Yellow Warbler and another warbler we could not identify.

We moved on to Jock Trail seeing a Northern Harrier along the way. There was a whole crowd of Cedar Waxwings perched in a dead tree. We heard a Great-crested Flycatcher and saw a Common Yellowthroat and a Gray Catbird. From there we went to Munster Side Road to look for Bitterns – no luck, but we did spot an Eastern Phoebe, an Eastern Kingbird and an Alder Flycatcher. We had a fleeting glimpse of a Wilson’s Snipe, then heard and later saw a Swamp Sparrow. We toured the back roads around Munster looking for Upland Sandpipers, but were not successful. Janet did spot an Eastern Meadowlark.

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