Thursday, August 19, 2010

Cottage Birding August 14-15, 2010

When we arrived on Friday night, there was a bat in the toilet. I assumed it was dead, but when I snared it with my kid’s minnow net, it struggled briefly. I put it on the bench outside and left it. In the morning, it was still there, but after we returned from birding, it was gone.
We stopped at Blue Sea Lake at the creek and tried in vain to coax out a Sora or Virginia Rail. Barbara briefly spotted the Green Heron.

We headed into Maniwaki to shop at Martel’s, and tried the road opposite that had been good before. Here we spotted a Northern Flicker and several juvenile Rose-breasted Grosbeaks. On the way back, we stopped for fresh bread, and the Eastern Bluebird was present again on a hydro pole. At the creek this time, Barbara spotted a young Hooded Merganser. The next morning out front of the cottage, we had not one, but two Pileated Woodpeckers. The second one was shy, but I think they were both males.

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