Thursday, January 26, 2012
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Sunday, January 22, 2012
(Text by Dave Britton)
This morning about 20 participants enjoyed some excellent birding east of
. The weather was better than expected: although things began with overcast skies and a raw north wind that created wind chills in the -20's, the skies soon cleared and the wind dropped for very pleasant birding conditions OttawaThe day's birding began under overcast skies scanning gulls flocking in the snow-covered fields near the Lafleche Dump, southeast of Casselman. Amongst the numerous Herring and Great Black-backed gulls, 20+ GLAUCOUS and 3 ICELAND Gulls were found.We continued north through the fields in the Ste-Rose area. On Concessions 20 and 21 we found 4 SNOWY OWLS and 1 ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK. On Concession 20 east of Ste-Rose Road, we had small numbers of SNOW BUNTINGS and HORNED LARKS on a manure spread and a group of 40 LAPLAND LONGSPURS (a very good count for eastern Ontario) feeding on grain screenings in front of some silos.We continued west and visited #998 Calypso Road, southeastof . Within 15 minutes everyone had great looks at the VARIED THRUSH. Along with the usual common feeder birds, there were also at least two EVENING GROSBEAKS present here. LimogesWe finished the trip on the behind the Tennis Club, where we were able to easily view the male BARROW'S GOLDENEYE amongst the more common wintering ducks. Rideau RiverThanks to everyone who participated for making this a very enjoyable morning.
Friday, January 20, 2012
while a couple of White-breasted Nuthatches showed up, which gave us something to photograph.
Rick and the couple moved on first. We were all getting cold feet and needed a bathroom break, so I suggested a stop at Tim Horton's in Casselman, which everyone readily agreed to.
She scoped it, but it flew off giving us good binocular views.
A good day of winter birding!
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
In between, we went to see the gulls - lots of Glaucous and some
We also went to Conc 20 & 19 and saw one Snowy - no partridges for us.
At 988 Calypso, we had many Blue Jays and Juncos, some Tree Sparrows and Mourning Doves, both Hairy and Downy Woodpeckers, and very cold hands and feet.
Sunday, January 15, 2012
It scooted in where it was impossible to see, even with binoculars. However, with the scope, we could just make out, not one, but three Gray Partridges huddled under the brush pile. Then, incredibly, a Northern Shrike flew in and landed briefly on top of the same brush pile.
Thursday, January 12, 2012
Today there was Tony, Nina, Barbara, Brenda, Helena, Rick and me. We started at
We drove out to Manotick to check the Rideau. There were tons of Mallards and a few American Black Ducks and a few hybrids. The hybrid with the white throat that was there a few years ago, was still there. While watching the ducks, and adult Herring Gull came in.
But there were plenty of Common Goldeneyes which put on a good show for us.
Monday, January 9, 2012
When I got home, there was a female Northern Cardinal at the feeder.