Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Greenbelt Trails - Ottawa West with Tony Beck

Tuesday Dec 8, 8:00am

We met at the Coliseum parking lot – Heather, Rick, Tony & me. We went first to Ottawa Beach. There was not much action, unless you count Canada Geese. We hiked over to Andrew Haydon Park and scanned the river, since the ponds were now frozen. We spotted a single Surf Scoter and several scattered Common Goldeneye.

There were a total of seven Buffleheads in the corner, in with a bunch of Mallards.
Scanning the docks at the Yacht Club, we saw one Glaucous Gull along with a bunch of Great Black-backed Gulls.

We moved on to Shirley’s Bay, where we saw a Red-breasted Merganser and a Common Loon. We checked the Hilda feeders and had a couple of late Red-winged Blackbirds, a White-throated Sparrow, an American Tree Sparrow, lots of Blue Jays and a Mourning Dove.
We decided to leave and head out into the countryside. Tony spotted an adult Northern Shrike at the corner of Rifle Road and Carling. On March Valley Road, we saw a dark-morph Rough-legged Hawk and a pair of Ravens. We circled the roads out around Dunrobin without seeing much, besides deer, so decided to try Grandview Road. We saw a Northern Cardinal and several Dark-eyed Juncos at a feeder. At the end of the road, we found a large flock of Bohemian Waxwings with a couple of Cedar Waxwings thrown in. There was also a Hairy Woodpecker to round out the day.

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