Thursday Mar 17, 8:00am -
We met along Cassels Street by the still-frozen Mud Lake. Today it was Chris, Bob, Tony, Nina & me. It was above zero, but with a cool breeze.
There were lots of male Red-winged Blackbirds, Ring-billed Gulls and a few American Robins about. We saw a Northern Cardinal, the first of many brilliant ones today. We also saw Common Grackles and European Starlings to round out the list of common birds.
We hiked down to the point where some rescue personnel were practicing ice rescues. Tony spotted a couple of Herring Gulls out on the ice and a Common Merganser in the water.
We walked back the other way towards the Britannia Yacht Club, seeing four White-breasted Nuthatches along the way. Tony heard a Song Sparrow, which he had been hoping for, then saw one in a shrub across the road. After checking with the club, we walked around to the front and scanned. We saw four Hooded Mergansers (3 males) and a pair of Northern Pintails. There were lots more Common Goldeneye and a bunch of Ring-billed Gulls on the ice. Tony spotted a Common Merganser and a sleeping Bufflehead on the far shore. Walking back to the cars, we saw a couple of Mourning Doves, some Rock Pigeons, a House Finch and some Dark-eyed Juncos.
We moved to Hilda, where we saw several Hoary Redpolls among the hordes of Commons, a few American Tree Sparrows, a Northern Cardinal, several Blue Jays, Downy and Hairy Woodpeckers, and lots of Red-winged Blackbirds.
Back on Riddell, we saw a nice light morph Red-tailed Hawk soaring above the road. On March Valley, we saw another Pileated Woodpecker and a perched Red-tailed Hawk which seemed all fluffed up. The pond, which had nothing much on the way past before, had three Green-winged Teal, including one male. There were also several American Black Ducks.