Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Mer Bleue and Eastern fields with Jane and Connie's Group

November 7, 2012

I met Jane, Connie and Sami at Mer Bleu by the boardwalk on Ridge Road.  It was very quiet there except for Chickadees and a Hairy Woodpecker, so we decided to go to Milton Road, stopping along the way.  There was no action until we got up Milton Road between Perrault and Smith.  Here we were amazed to see 155 Sandhill Cranes at the edge of the cornfield.  We got our photos as they lifted off.
(Photo by Sami, hand by Bill)


From there we cruised the roads, finding a Merlin on 10th Line.  It was quiet after that until we turned onto Giroux Road.  Here we were treated to a large mixed flock of Snow Bunting and Horned Larks.  I even spotted an American Pipit with the flock.

Bird List

  1. Ring-billed Gull
  2. Rock Pigeon
  3. American Crow
  4. Black-capped Chickadee
  5. Hairy Woodpecker
  6. White-breasted Nuthatch
  7. Red-winged Blackbird
  8. Common Raven
  9. Blue Jay
  10. Canada Goose
  11. Sandhill Crane (155!)
  12. Snow Bunting
  13. Merlin
  14. Northern Harrier (Jane only)
  15. Horned Lark
  16. American Pipit
  17. Mallard
  18. Great Black-backed Gull
  19. Common Merganser
  20. American Black Duck
  21. Hooded Merganser
  22. Northern Pintail

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