Thursday Sep 9, 7:30am
Today it was Michael, Rick, Heather, Nina, Tony and me. It was a dull morning at Petrie Island, so photography was difficult. We could see Wood Ducks, Green-winged Teal, Mallard, Great Blue Heron and Ring-billed Gulls. We got an Eastern Phoebe and a Belted Kingfisher before the light improved enough for photography.
Tony heard a Black-bellied Plover call and saw a Bald Eagle fly past. Michael saw another Bald Eagle on the far shore feeding on something. It was amusing to see a Great Blue Heron saunter right past the eagle. A Double-crested Cormorant was on some debris in the middle of the river.
Tony saw a warbler that looked like an Orange-crowned, but it turned out to be a late juvenile female Yellow. We heard a Brown Creeper, even me! Some got a Blackburnian Warbler and we saw an American Redstart.
After all that activity, we went to Tim Horton’s for a coffee, then headed to Giroux Ponds. Just before we got there, we saw an American Kestrel chasing an American Crow. At Giroux, we saw a Northern Harrier and a couple of Turkey Vultures. Coming down Dunning Road, we had a lovely male Northern Harrier fly over the road.
We proceeded to Hall Road to check out Mer Bleue. We did not see anything much except horses, which Tony called in and fed some grass. Our last stop was along Milton Road and Smith Road. Heather was jumping up and down in excitement when we saw a family of 2 adult and 2 juvenile Sandhill Cranes.