Sunday, November 17, 2013

Eagles & Finches – Gatineau Escarpment with Tony & Nina

Thursday Nov 14

We met at the information Kiosk at the Gatineau Park.  I arrived on time, but had I been a minute earlier, I would have seen the Cooper's Hawk.

Today there were Tony, Nina, Josh, Karen, Paula, Lorraine, Brian, and Rick.

We checked the trail across the road, then headed straight out Hwy 148.  We pulled off to see a Bald Eagle, then spotted a second one beneath.  We went up Eardley Masham Road part way, and around the back roads to Steele Line.  Here we saw another Bald Eagle.  Making our was back along Bradley, we saw a Golden Eagle!  Then we spotted a couple of Rough-legged Hawks.  All of these great raptors were too distant for photos.

We decided to head back to town to Andrew Haydon to try for the King Eider.  She was indeed there, but mostly sleeping.  We saw several other water birds at the same location.

Some photographers tipped me off about a Lapland Longspur at Britannia Point.  I told our crew, but I was the only one to go for it.  There were three nice Snow Buntings with the Longspur.



Bird List

  1. American Robin
  2. Northern Cardinal
  3. Blue Jay
  4. Black-capped Chickadee
  5. White-throated Sparrow
  6. Common Raven
  7. Purple Finch
  8. Bald Eagle
  9. Pileated Woodpecker
  10. Red-tailed Hawk
  11. Golden Eagle
  12. Blue Jay
  13. Rough-legged Hawk
  14. Bufflehead
  15. Canada Goose
  16. King Eider
  17. Lesser Scaup
  18. Greater Scaup
  19. Red-necked Grebe
  20. Red-breasted Merganser
  21. Snow Bunting
  22. Lapland Longspur

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