Thursday Mar 24, 8:00am - Meeting Place: The parking lot of the Dewberry Trail, along the Dolman Ridge Road.
I arrived a couple of minutes late to a very excited Tony. He and Rick jumped into my car and we drove back to Anderson Road leaving the others behind. He had seen a Moose on the way in, but it had unfortunately departed by the time we got there. So we drove back to Dewberry Trail to join the others - Nina, Al, Chris and Betty.
Once again, it was as cold as mid-winter, so we shivered. We saw Mourning Doves, Blue Jays, American Crow and Black-capped Chickadees at the feeder. We walked down the road a bit and Nina saw a Pileated Woodpecker. There were lots of Common Redpolls and Red-winged Blackbirds in the treetops.
We went to Tim Horton's in Blackburn Hamlet to warm up, then headed to Milton Road / Smith Road to look for Sandhill Cranes - no luck. But there was a large flock of Wild Turkeys. We stopped along Milton, but all we saw were White-tailed Deer. Finally at the bridge, Tony spotted a single Greater Snow Goose on the east side with the large flock of Canadas. On the west side, there was another flock of about 20 Wild Turkeys, and sharp-eyed Nina spotted a distant Red-tailed Hawk.
Before giving up, we returned to Smith Road for another try. We had a great view of a Song Sparrow. That's about it.
On the way home, I decided to stop at Walmart on Innes to check out the field behind. There were lots of American Robins, a singing Common Grackle and a House Finch. No sign of the owl or American woodcock that had been reported by Barbara's friend Jim.