We had not seen any hummingbirds at our cottage at Grand Lac
des Cèdres all summer. We even thought
about taking down the feeder. But
suddenly, there they were - a male, a female, and possibly a young one too.
Today I paddled the section of river from LastDuelPark
to the Tay Wildlife Reserve and back. After leaving Perth, the route is mostly wild.I
encountered an unusual number of Great Blue Herons, a few Green Herons, and
even an American Bittern. It is
surprising at how wary these birds are of the mostly silent canoe. It is very difficult to take photos from a
canoe in even the slightest breeze, so I have little evidence to show.
Friend Stew Hamill told us that this was a good place to
find Least Bitterns, if we went early.
Well, I guess is early
enough, because we had multiple sightings of one as it responded to the taped
call by jumping up fro the reeds for brief looks. There was no chance at all for a photo. It's quite an interesting area, accessible
only by canoe. The abundance of Black
Terns was a pleasant surprise. There
were several Mallard and Wood Duck families and one Pied-billed Grebe with
young. Barbara also spotted a water
snake and some interesting dragon flies.
Today we have Judith, Sue, Lorraine,
Rick ,Tony, Nina and me.
We went to ShirleysBay and hiked out onto the
dike. The mosquitoes on the hike in were
rather fierce. The water level was not as low as we had hoped, so shorebirds
were scarce. We did see three Great
Egrets. We went next to Richmond
Lagoons, then to Burnside and finally to TrailRoad/Cambrian
Today there are Gary & Sue,
Lorraine, Tony & Nina and me. We spent a good amount of time walking around
both parts of AndrewHaydonPark seeking out young birds. We went for coffee, then out to Richmond Area
and beyond. We came back via Burnside
pit, then went to Shirley's Bay checking both the river and adjacent roads.
We finally finished our last section of the Pontiac &
Pacific Junction bike trail. We went
from Wyman to Shawville and return, having finished the farther away sections
in previous years. We managed to cover
the 37 km distance, which is quite a feat considering all the stops we do for
birding. The birds along the remote
trail have never seen a birder, let alone heard a taped call. The Magnolia Warbler was a highlight.
When we finished we decided to take the Quyon Ferry to Ontario
and come home through Dunrobin. This
yielded the last 8 species on our list.