Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Migration Along The Ottawa River - Ottawa West with Tony Beck

Thursday Oct 15, 7:30am.

We met at the east parking lot of Andrew Haydon Park. There was Kim, Tony and me.

We saw at least three Cackling Geese, but not much else. So we walked over to the west side of the park and checked the Ottawa River. We were hoping to find a Greater White-fronted Goose which had been reported the day before, but it was nowhere to be found.

We saw a Red-breasted Merganser and a few Lesser Scaup.
In the pond, there was a Green-winged Teal and a Greater Yellowlegs. At the far end, by the creek, we saw a couple of Killdeer huddled on the shore looking very cold. We circled the pond and saw some immature gulls and the Brant which has been around since July. Tony was worried about it’s health and hoped that the Wild Bird Care Centre was monitoring the bird. We decided to warm up by driving over to try for the Black-backed Woodpecker. We enjoyed the trail, saw both nuthatches, some Golden-crowned Kinglets, plenty of Robins, a Blue Jay, and a Fox Sparrow, but no Black-backed Woodpecker. Oh, well.

We checked the Burnside Pond, but it was quiet there. We saw a Ruddy Duck pair, a nice male Lesser Scaup, a Bonaparte Gull, and a Pied-billed Grebe.

So, we headed back to Andrew Haydon and checked the ponds and river again. This time we saw a Lesser Yellowlegs, a couple of female Northern Pintails, and a Great Blue Heron.

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