Thursday, July 26, 2012

Burrough Road and around the Cottage at Grand Lac des Cèdres

July 20-22, 2012
We stopped at Burrough Rd just outside of Venosta and hiked a couple of km along the bike path.  Jane and Sami had seen a family of Sandhill Cranes here recently and also an Upland Sandpiper.  Well, we saw neither, but there were lots of birds - Savannah and Song Sparrows, Common Yellowthroats, American Goldfinches, American Robins, Ring-billed Gulls, European Starlings and a Brown Thrasher.  For mammals we had a Racoon and a White-tailed Deer.

Returning to the car, we decided to drive a little further along Burrough, whereupon we saw 4 Wild Turkeys.  Then we carried on to the cottage.
The next morning, we decided to try birding and berry picking on Ch. du Lac à L'Arche, where it turns to go down towards Cayamant.  There were virtually no berries due to the drought, but we saw a few nice birds, including a White-throated Sparrow, and Eastern Phoebe and an American Kestrel.

I decided we should hike over an explore the abandoned farm at Lac Catherine.  The fields were full of Savannah Sparrows and also a darker bird which I had to look up - female Indigo Buntings.  Barbara spotted an Eastern Kingbird too.

We drove to the other end of the lake and saw a bunch of juvenile Eastern Bluebirds on a wire.  We stopped on the way back to check out the decorative rocks, and I spotted an adult male Common Yellowthroat (all the previous one had been juveniles).

As we drove down the hill to our cottage, I spotted a juvenile Yellow-bellied Sapsucker.  Unfortunately, we were not able to get a photo.  Later, while watching the Purple Finches and Red-breasted Nuthatches around the feeders, we saw a Brown Creeper on the tree behind.  The Creeper and the Thrasher were numbers 106 and 107 on our cottage list.  We also had some brief visits from a Ruby throated Hummingbird, both Downy and Hairy woodpeckers and Blue Jays throughout the weekend.

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