Thursday, August 4, 2011

Cottage Birding

July 23-24, 2011

With Kirk & Karine's wedding fast approaching, we decided to drive in to Maniwaki to check out the flowers.  We stopped at our usual two spots on the way, then went via Farley and the KZ reserve, as the road is more birdy than the highway.

After not seeing them for some time, the Eastern Bluebirds were back at the nest box at Arsenault's farm.

At the creek into Blue Sea, we saw a White-throated Sparrow, an Eastern Phoebe, a Cedar Waxwing, and a family of Mallards.  Using the tape to attract a Sora or Least Bittern had no effect.

In Farley, we saw several Eastern Kingbirds together on the wire.
In Maniwaki, across the highway from BMR, we saw several Barn Swallows and perhaps others.  There were more Kingbirds and Cedar Waxwings too, and Barbara pished out a juvenile American Redstart.

We returned by KZ again, stopping at the bridge over the creek from Little Cedar Lake.  I spotted a Belted Kingfisher, but missed the photo.  An Anishnabe man came by and regaled us with tales of a giant snake-eating owl and a Turkey Vulture nest.

We returned to the lake and did our second July loon count.  The number of adults seen was way down, from 17 to 10, but we got a surprise new chick and found the Seagull Rock loon still on the nest.

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