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