Nov. 5, 7:30 am
Besides regulars Rick and Heather, today we had Jen and a couple of Algonquin journalism students, Jeremy and Alexander.
We began at Ottawa Beach at the east end of Andrew Haydon Park, where Heather discovered a Lesser Black-backed Gull on the sand spit. There was a first-year Glaucous Gull too, which we tried to digiscope. There were 4 or 5 Cackling Geese which quickly disappeared to the west behind the bushes in the foreground. There was a large raft of Common Goldeneye way out. An American Black Duck was off to the right on the spit. The three common gulls, were also present in various life stages.
We moved over to the ponds area of the park, and scanned the river. We found a single White-winged Scoter and also a Black Scoter, 4 Common Mergansers, a Red-breasted Merganser, a Red-necked Grebe, and rafts of mostly Greater Scaup. There were a few Buffleheads right against the break wall.
On the pond, there were some Green-winged Teal, including a male in breeding plumage. And about 15 Lesser Scaup and 1 Greater Scaup females.
We jumped in the cars and went for a coffee. Then we headed for Burnside Pit, stopping a few times to scan the fields.
At Burnside we had many Hooded Mergansers, some Ruddy Ducks, and a Greater Yellowlegs fly past.