Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Thanksgiving Weekend at Lac des Cèdres

 Saturday was beautiful, but windy. With three days to do our close-up work, we decided to go for a hike out to the main road to look at the beaver dam. Then return by Chemin du Bouleau.

On the main road, we saw a hawk being harassed by Common Ravens. It was definitely a buteo, and I thought a Broad-winged Hawk, but perhaps it was getting late for them. We saw a great many Blue Jays and a single Dark-eyed Junco.

When we returned to our feeders, I saw both Nuthatches and a Hairy Woodpecker, along with a steady stream of Black-capped Chickadees.

In spite of the wind and cool temperature, I decided to launch the boat and look for whatever waterfowl might have put down on the lake. I was surprised to see 5 or 6 Horned Grebes in a tight little group. Perhaps it was a family.

The following day, Barbara and I went out again, but there was no sign of them. At the far end of the lake, I spotted a single Red-necked Grebe, and, at the mouth of Black Bay, we saw an unusual raft of birds. There were several Common Loons, including a large young, two Herring Gulls, and another Red-necked Grebe. We had also seen the twin Common Loons, still with their parents.
As we returned to the dock, a Bald Eagle flew overhead.

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