Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Plaisance Wildlife Reserve – Gatineau East

Tuesday April 8

Although prospects for open water were not good, we decided to go anyway to check it out.  Today there were Tony, Nina, Karen, Josh, Margaret and me.

We met at the Gamelin entrance to Gatineau Park, then headed east on Hwy 50.  First good bird was a Red-tailed Hawk on the fence along side of the throughway.

We exited at Masson and took the 148 east towards Plaisance.  Margaret spotted a lone Sandhill Crane in a field beside a house just outside of the village.

We turned into the park and debated about paying the fee, finally deciding to have a look first.  Just past the entrance, Josh spotted a Ruffed Grouse in the bush at the edge of the road.  A quick drive around showed that there was no open water and no prospects of seeing any waterfowl.  So we turned around and headed back to Gatineau, stopping to view a perched light-morph Rough-legged Hawk and a Snowy Owl.

We drove all the way back through Gatineau to Aylmer, turning at Vanier Rd to check the Ottawa River.  At least the river was open, but there were only a few ducks to be seen.

Bird List

  1. Canada Goose
  2. Common Grackle
  3. American Robin
  4. American Crow
  5. Ring-billed Gull
  6. European Starling
  7. Red-tailed Hawk
  8. Sandhill Crane
  9. Killdeer
  10. House Sparrow
  11. Brown-headed Cowbird
  12. Red-winged Blackbird
  13. Song Sparrow
  14. Ruffed Grouse
  15. Rough-legged Hawk
  16. Snowy Owl
  17. Common Goldeneye
  18. Mallard
  19. Common Merganser
  20. Herring Gull
  21. Wood Duck
  22. Great Blue Heron
  23. Hooded Merganser
  24. Lesser Scaup

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