Tuesday Mar 8, 8:00am
This was our first trip with Tony after his long absence on Antarctica trips. There was a large group out today - Bob, Al, Helena (long time no see), a young woman, Deanna, Leena, the lady from Merrickville, a couple from the Quebec side (unidentified), who were new birders, plus Tony, Nina & myself.
We went first to Shirley's Bay to scan the river for eagles. No eagles, but lots of ice fishermen. We hiked around to Hilda feeders where we saw a European Starling, lots of Redpolls, some Blue Jays, a few American Tree Sparrows and American Goldfinches, a White-breasted Nuthatch, a Hairy Woodpecker and a Downy Woodpecker.
We tuned right onto Riddell, then on to 6th Line Road, where we stopped twice to view Porcupines in trees. We turned down Berry Side Road where we spotted two more Red-tailed Hawks and a small flock of Snow Buntings. We went right on 5th Line Road then left on Thomas Dolan to stop for coffee and a bagel at Heart & Soul Café.
After our break, we headed for Constance Bay but stopped to see another Red-tailed Hawk at the entrance to the village.