Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Early Winter Specialties - Ottawa West with Tony Beck

Thursday Dec 3, 8:00am

It was one of those really wet miserable late fall days. Only Heather and I braved the elements.

We got a Common Raven and American Crow in the parking lot at the Coliseum.

We went to the ponds at Andrew Haydon Park. The Lesser Scaup and Green-winged Teal were still present. On the river were many Herring Gulls and Common Goldeneye.

We hiked over to Dick Bell Park to check out the large number of Great Black-backed Gulls on the docks. Right on the path was a first-winter Iceland Gull. It flew up and joined his friends on the dock. There was a Red-breasted Merganser in the water and a female Bufflehead close to shore.

We drove off to Grandview Road. We saw a pair of Northern Cardinals. The female had strange pink feathers. There were also some Dark-eyed Juncos and Blue Jays. We drove to the end of the road and went a short distance down the trail. There were many Northern Cardinals – at least a dozen, all together. We also saw a Hairy Woodpecker.

We carried on to Shirley’s Bay, but did not see much in the water, other than Common Goldeneye. At Hilda Road feeders, there were a couple of American Goldfinch, a White-breasted Nuthatch, and some male and female Red-winged Blackbirds (unusual). We walked around the block, and, at the corner of Lois and Hilda, we heard and finally saw a Brown Creeper.

We drove out to March Valley Road, where we saw an Adult Red-tailed Hawk perched.

We decided to stop in a Pinhey’s Point to have a look around. Tony is considering a request to do a birding workshop there. We carried on out to Dunrobin to check the feeders on O’Hara. We saw a Mourning Dove, White-breasted and Red-breasted Nuthatches, a couple of American Goldfinch, and lots of Blue Jays. After hanging around a bit, a flock of Bohemian Waxwings came in going for the ash seeds.

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