Thursday, November 12, 2009

Chasing Rarities and Late Fall Birding – Ottawa West with Tony Beck

Nov 10, 7:30 a.m.

We had the Blackpoll Warbler on Nov 9, so decided to leave it and try Britannia Pier. There were a couple of White-winged Scoters in the bay, and a Common Goldeneye, fairly close to shore. We stalked it when it dove to try and get close for a photo.
We decided to try Mud Lake, not having been there for quite a while. There was a Great Blue Heron right by the car, but it moved away as we got out. There were several Mallards and American Black Ducks a short way in on the trail at the first viewing spot. There were also Hooded Mergansers in the distance. We moved up to the ridge and saw several Common Mergansers flying by in the distance. We could hear both Downy and Hairy Woodpeckers and saw an American Goldfinch. We photographed the ever-friendly Black-capped Chickadees. We stopped at Andrew Haydon Park. It was the same gang – Lesser Scaup, a few Green-winged Teal, Mallards, Canada Geese and lots of gulls. Tony tried to photograph a Black-backed Gull in flight. We drove to Burnside Pit and found many Hooded Mergansers, some Ruddy Ducks and a couple of Lesser Black-backed Gulls. There was one young Pied-billed Grebe and three Snow Geese among the thousands of Canadas. A Red-tailed Hawk was on a distant pole.

After a while, 15 more Snow Geese flew in to the pond, one of them a Blue morph.

Before packing it in, we returned to Andrew Haydon Park for a few more photo-ops in the gorgeous light.

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