Monday, February 15, 2010

West End Birding with Connie & Jane’s Group

Wednesday, Feb 10, 9:00 am

It was another beautiful sunny day with comfortable temperature.
Today’s was another large turnout - Jane, Nadine, Janet, Bill, Russell, Hedrik, Barb R., Peggy, Marc D'A, Lena & Connie.

We met at Mud Lake and toured the ridge and the forest across the road. Picking were a bit slim:
1 American Black Duck (flying over)
2 American Crow
3 Black Duck
4 Black-capped Chickadee
5 Common Goldeneye (m, f)
6 Common Raven
We also heard a Northern Cardinal and White-breasted Nuthatch.

Jane knew of some finches on Jamieson, so we made a stop there.
7 House Finch (m, f; feeder on Jamieson) 8 House Sparrow (feeder on Jamieson)
9 Mallard
10 White-breasted Nuthatch

We headed west to Scrivens St. down by the river. The river was completely frozen, and not offering much. But we did get both small woodpeckers at a feeder.
11 Downy Woodpecker
12 Hairy Woodpecker (m)

Some of the group went to the Coliseum to set up a car pool, while a few went to Tim Horton’s for a beverage. I went ahead to Grandview road where I saw a couple of European Starlings at the corner of Carling. While driving down Grandview, Hedrik spotted a Coopers Hawk, which was the highlight of the day.
13 Blue Jay
14 Cooper's Hawk (Grandview)
15 Dark-eyed Junco (Hastings)
16 Rock Pigeon

From there, we went to Hilda Road to check the feeders. En route, we saw a flock of perhaps 50 Bohemian Waxwings on Rifle Road. 17 American Tree Sparrow (Hilda)
18 Bohemian Waxwings (50+; Rifle)
I had to depart, but the group carried on for several more stops.

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