We had an early start. Showers were in the forecast, but we still had a good turnout, including several we had never met before. Barbara came with us today.
We took Hwy 417 to Hwy 15, then through Smith's Falls to
We saw huge Osprey nests on the hydro pylons, one of them occupied. We parked at
We got fleeting views of Black-throated Green Warbler and Black-throated Blue Warbler, and good looks at a Great Crested Flycatcher. Nina saw a Turkey Vulture, and Tony heard a Rose-breasted Grosbeak that refused to show.
It showed itself several times, as it flew back and forth across the trail. But it never did sit still for a photo. We had to stop, as we were obviously perturbing it. But it was a lifer for us and many others.
Tony got a glimpse of a Swainson's Thrush. We heard a Ruffed Grouse.
When we reached the swamp, we saw a male Hooded Merganser barrelling across the water at high speed. A Cooper Hawk flew overhead, and Tony heard an Eastern Towhee. We saw a Swamp Sparrow perched on one of the dead trees. Incredibly, one of the ladies spotted a scarlet blob about 1 km away. Tony scoped it, and it turned out to be a male Scarlet Tanager. Even more amazing, it flew across and perched quite close to us.
Here we saw Map Turtles and an Eastern Wood Pewee. We hiked down one of the trails away from the lake to a Queen's Tree Swallow test area, hoping for a Golden-winged Warbler - no luck, but we did see an American Redstart.
Heather saw another Indigo Bunting, and also a female. Tony played the Cerulean Warbler tape, and one did show up briefly in the tree tops.
We tiptoed through the mud with Al lending a helping hand. He came prepared with rubber boots! We saw many Red-eyed Vireos and a few American Redstarts for our trouble. We did see a large morel mushroom.
Then we saw an Eastern Bluebird, and finally, a Golden-winged Warbler (spotted by Barbara).
Driving back along