Thursday, June 28, 2012

Petawawa River Whitewater Trip

June 26-28, 2012

On the trip were Bill, Barbara, Mike, Arianna, Rachel, Scott & Jessica.  With all the rapids ,the only chance for birding was at campsites and along portages.  Herewith our photos:


Sunday, June 24, 2012

Morris Island - Forest and Wetlands - Ottawa West with Tony & Nina

Thursday Jun 21, 7:30 am

We met at Andrew Haydon  Park - Tony Nina, Antonia, Pavel, Peter, Rick, Al, and me.  Rick and Peter were just back from a fabulous trip to Alaska

We got a few common birds at the park before car-pooling to Morris Island, past Fitzroy Harbour.  We spent our whole morning there enjoying a variety of habitats and birds on this very hot summer day.

Bird List

  1. Ring-billed Gull
  2. Mallard
  3. Mourning Dove
  4. Song Sparrow
  5. Yellow Warbler (H)
  6. Canada Goose
  7. American Crow
  8. Great Blue Heron
  9. Upland Sandpiper
  10. Savannah Sparrow (H)
  11. Chipping Sparrow (H)
  12. Bobolink (H)
  13. American Kestrel
  14. Eastern Meadowlark
  15. Double-crested Cormorant
  16. Cedar Waxwing
  17. Common Raven
  18. Northern Flicker
  19. American Robin
  20. Red-eyed Vireo
  21. Pileated Woodpecker
  22. Eastern Wood Pewee (H)
  23. White-breasted Nuthatch
  24. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
  25. Osprey
  26. Yellow-rumped Warbler
  27. Pine Warbler
  28. Black-capped Chickadee
  29. American Goldfinch
  30. Great Crested Flycatcher
  31. Hairy Woodpecker
  32. Black-throated Green Warbler
  33. Scarlet Tanager
  34. Great Blue Heron
  35. Ovenbird
  36. Blue Jay
  37. Black and White Warbler
  38. Veery
  39. Purple Finch
  40. Red-winged Blackbird
  41. Winter Wren
  42. Northern Waterthrush
  43. Red-breasted Nuthatch (H)
  44. Baltimore Oriole (H)
  45. Rose-breasted Grosbeak (H)
  46. Common Yellowthroat
  47. Swamp Sparrow (H)

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

PHOTO DAY - Purdon Fen and Showy Lady's Slippers with Tony Beck

Tuesday Jun 19 7:30 am

There was a relatively small group today - Tony, Nina, Josh, Pavel, Antonia, Al and myself.  We met at Andrew Haydon Park and carpooled from there.  Once again, Al insisted on driving me.

The highlight of the day was the showy lady's slippers which were in full bloom.  We also had great views of a Broad-winged Hawk and several warblers.

On the way back, we stopped at the burnt lands and got 5 species of sparrow.

Later in the afternoon, I had a Hooded Merganser with 5 chicks at Andrew Haydon Park pond.

Bird List

1. Ring-billed Gull
2. Red-winged Blackbird
3. European Starling
4. Wild Turkey
5. American Crow
6. Mourning Dove
7. American Robin
8. Green Heron
9. Rock Pigeon
10. Broad-winged Hawk
11. Pine Warbler
12. Red-eyed Vireo
13. Black-capped Chickadee
14. White-throated Sparrow (H)
15. Black and White Warbler (H)
16. Purple Finch (H)
17. Nashville Warbler
18. Ovenbird (H)
19. Swamp Sparrow
20. Common Yellowthroat (H)
21. American Kestrel
22. Great Blue Heron
23. Grasshopper Sparrow
24. Song Sparrow
25. Savannah Sparrow
26. Clay-colored Sparrow
27. Cedar Waxwing
28. American Goldfinch
29. Field Sparrow
30. Hooded Merganser

Monday, June 18, 2012

Alfred Bog & Alfred Lagoons with Tony Beck

Thursday Jun 14 - 7:30 am

Today there were Tony and Nina, Jeanine (new), Lena,  Al, Ron and myself.  We met at Petrie Island, birded a short time, then car-pooled to Alfred Lagoons.  I went with the ever-generous Al.

We had a Common Moorhen spotted by Al.  In fact there were three.  The name has recently been changed to Common Gallinule.

Al thought he had an American Bittern. We had a Wilson's Snip along Hwy 17.

The Alfred Lagoons provided good spotting of many duck species and coots, reminiscent of the prairies.

Bird List
1. Common Gallinule
2. Red-winged Blackbird
3. Mallard
4. Canada Goose
5. Ring-billed Gull
6. Tree Swallow
7. Eastern Kingbird
8. Great Blue Heron
9. Wilson's Snipe
10. Bobolink
11. Barn Swallow
12. Sora (H)
13. American Wigeon
14. Ruddy Duck
15. Gadwall
16. Northern Shoveller
17. American Coot
18. Redhead
19. Green-winged Teal
20. Blue-winged Teal
21. Wood Duck
22. Virginia Rail
23. Spotted Sandpiper
24. Pied-billed Grebe
25. Savannah Sparrow
26. Vesper Sparrow
27. American Goldfinch
28. Chestnut-sided Warbler
29. Black-capped Chickadee
30. American Robin
31. American Crow
32. Song Sparrow
33. White-throated Sparrow
34. Northern Harrier
35. Turkey Vulture
36. Mourning Dove
37. Common Grackle

Friday, June 15, 2012

Andrew Haydon Park

June 13, 2012

On a hot tip from Stephen Stevens, I hightailed it over to the west pond to find the mother Hooded Merganser and 8 chicks.  Try as I might, I could not get them all in one frame.  The Great Egret was also still present on the river, but further away.