Monday, March 22, 2010

West end birding with Tony Beck

Thurs, March 18, 8 am.

After a long break, Tony is back in Ottawa. Today there were Heather, Rick, Al, Martha, another Heather, Margo and Tony

We were amazed by the large numbers of Red-winged Blackbirds at Mud Lake. We also saw some Common Grackles, Ring-billed Gulls and a single Tree Swallow. There were Mallards and Common Goldeneye in the river. We car-pooled to the Richmond area. I saw a Red-tailed Hawk on a fence post along the 416. Some saw a Horned Lark on Aikins, but it was very quiet.

We went to the dump on Trail Road and saw 5 species of Gull, including Iceland and Glaucous. I spotted another Red-tailed Hawk perched on a pipe. We heard and spotted a Song Sparrow singing at the dump. Several Kildeer flew over the road calling. Further on we saw a Red-tailed Hawk being chased by a Sharp-shinned Hawk.

We returned to the Jock River to look for unusual geese – no luck. But we did see our first Turkey Vulture of the season, a Common Raven and White-breasted Nuthatch.

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