A good turnout in spite of a drizzly
afternoon. Familiar faces were Peggy,
Barb R., Barbara C., Colleen, Bob Cermak and even a few from afar, including
Kevin Shackleton, hoping to build on his Ontario big year, currently standing
at 289. He was lured here by last week's
report of a Western Grebe and a Tufted Duck.
Alas for him and everyone else, these rarities had moved on. Ottawa
Before joining the group, Barbara and I dropped off several bags of dry pine needles at the Wild Bird Care Centre. Here we came face to face with a group of a dozen or so Wild Turkeys. It would have been a great photo op, but the cameras were in the car.
We started at
where we saw a miserable
Great Blue Heron, a couple of Song Sparrows, an American Black Duck and distant
views of White-winged and Surf Scoters.
Also present were Mallards, Canada Geese, Ring-billed Gulls, a
Black-backed Gull and a Swamp Sparrow. Ottawa
We heard a Pileated Woodpecker call behind us then fly briefly into a tree by the parking lot. A couple of Red-breasted Mergansers swam quite close to the beach. The group decided to go to the dike via the road, but Barbara and I went by the shore. We were rewarded with close-up views of the male Pileated Woodpecker, but the going was indeed treacherous on those shoreline rocks.
They made another pass later too.
Mark said there were some Greater Scaup in with them, but I could not be sure. A pair of Horned Grebes swam quite close to us, which was unusual.
Before going home, we car birded at Hilda, where we saw a female Northern Cardinal, several Dark-eyed Juncos, a White-breasted Nuthatch, a Black-capped Chickadee and 2 or 3 American Tree Sparrows.