Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Late Winter Birding – Ottawa East with Always an Adventure

April 1, 2014

The first spring arrivals would have to wait for spring weather - this was a winter outing! 

We met at Petrie Island - Tony, Nina, Josh, Margaret, Rick & me.  There were no waterfowl at Petrie Island in the only tiny trickle of open water under the causeway.  So we went to Wall Road to get our Snowy Owl fix, but could not locate the bird.  We tried Bear Brook on Milton and Frank Kenney, but there was no open water to speak of.

We proceeded to Larose Forest, and picked up a few finches and nuthatches.  No sign of any grosbeaks.  So we continued on to east of Caselman where we saw lots of Horned Larks and some Snow Buntings.  We also located 5 Snowy Owls, including 3 cooperative ones.  We saw a very dark Rough-legged Hawk, which was nice to find. 

Finally, we went back to Mer Bleue to pad the list.

Bird List

  1. Red-winged Blackbird
  2. Downy Woodpecker
  3. American Crow
  4. American Robin
  5. House Sparrow
  6. Common Raven
  7. Pileated Woodpecker
  8. Blue Jay
  9. American Goldfinch
  10. White-breasted Nuthatch
  11. Blue Jay
  12. Purple Finch
  13. Red-breasted Nuthatch
  14. Common Grackle
  15. Hairy Woodpecker
  16. Snow Bunting
  17. Horned Lark
  18. Ring-billed Gull
  19. Snowy Owl
  20. Rough-legged Hawk
  21. Mourning Dove
  22. Turkey Vulture
  23. Northern Cardinal
  24. European Starling

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