Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Rare Bird Alert - Yellow-headed Blackbird

April 18 & 19, 2014

Although it was Easter Weekend, we could not resist going for the Yellow-headed Blackbird in nearby Kanata.

When we arrived in the early afternoon, we met Mark Gawn and began our search.  We asked a neighbour to let us through the fence onto the golf course, and spend the next house wandering around in an unsuccessful search.  We only go a Great Blue Heron fly past.  Finally we gave up and returned home.

Surprise, a new report that the bird was being seen again! So I headed back out (as did Mark), and we failed again.  This time, I saw the neighbourhood Osprey and had several other birders to commiserate with.

In the morning, it was reported again.  We headed out one last time and met Judith this time.  We searched in the same location and came up empty.  Judith had to leave, but we followed some other birders down the street to a new access point to the golf course.  While Barbara was parking, I checked it out and saw a bunch of photographers with their big guns firing.

I headed right over and there it was.  At first we only had skulking views, but eventually it flew up to gave us good shots.  Third time's the charm!

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