Saturday, November 5, 2011

Open Fields & Lagoons - Ottawa East with Tony Beck

Thursday November 3, 7:30am

The meeting place was Petrie Island. I arrived at 7:15 to find Rick #2 staring at the water in the near darkness. We chatted for a few minutes before being joined by Tony, Nina, the other Rick, Peter, Paul and Alex.

As the light improved, we could see Mallards, a few Wood Ducks and some Green-winged Teal. A Gret Blue Heron flew over. We also saw a couple of female Hooded Mergansers, and Amertican Black Duck and a female Northern Shoveller.

We headed down over the causeway bridge, and saw a couple of Golden-crowned Kinglets and American Robins, We walked down to the beach and saw a small flock of Snow Buntings.
Heading back to the cars, we had a couple of Brown Creepers and a White-breasted Nuthatch.
We went to Tim Hortons, and Tony made arrangements to leave some of our cars there. We then went to Giroux, where Tony spotted a Red-tailed Hawk. It went down to ground, but then came back up so that we could scope it. I also saw a Downy Woodpecker through the scope.

Rick spotted a Northern Shrike and Tony got it in the scope. We moved on to the ponds, which were loaded with Common Mergansers. There were also many Double-crested Cormorants, a Great Blue Heron and some male and female Hooded Mergansers. Another Red-tailed Hawk was also seen.

We drove over to Trim Road where Tony spotted a distant flock of Sandhill Cranes in the cornfield. They were almost invisible; I don’t know how he saw them! We could not see any from Milton Road, but saw a group of 14 fairly close from Smith Road.

We made another pass by Giroux, where we saw bunches of Mourning Doves, Rock Pigeons and House Sparrows.

We finished the day with a light-morph Rough-legged Hawk and a Northern Harrier.

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