Monday, September 15, 2014

Sandhill Cranes near Venosta

September 14, 2014

We passed a rainy cool weekend at the cottage.  Finally, late Sunday, it cleared up.  We went for a paddle but found nothing of note.  But on the drive home, Barbara had just told Grant to be on the lookout for cranes, when he announced that there were 3 in the field!

Loon Count with Friends

August 24, 2014

Friends Colette & Francis and Johanne & David visited our cottage for dinner.  It was decided that the guys would do a Loon Count.  David was the recorder, but we saw very few pairs, only gangs of 5 and 6.  The one and only baby could not be located, but I found it the next day.  Although it was feeding, it did not have a good healthy look and it was all by itself.  We have to hope for the best.   We did tally a nice Bald Eagle during our count.

The Ottawa River Migratory Corridor – Ottawa with Always an Adventure

Thursday Aug 21

Today there were Helen, Gary, Sue, me and Lorraine came late.  We went to Shirley's Bay dike where we saw 17 Great Egrets. 

Inexplicably, all my photos and lists vanished for this day.  I was only able to grab a few off the already used card using card recovery software.

We also went to Richmond Lagoons and Moodie Pond.  We finished up at the dump and Greely Sand and Gravel.  Here we got a few nice migrating warblers.

Juveniles and Adults, Migrating Shorebirds – Ottawa East with Always an Adventure

Tuesday Aug 19

Today there were  Gary & Sue, Tony & Nina and me .  We met at Petrie Island and birded at the ponds for a while, then went to Giroux Ponds via Tim Horton's.  While parking at hte Park 'n Ride, we got a Caspian Tern in the lot! From there went went to Dignard Constructed Wetland.  Next stop was Embrun Lagoons.  And then on to the Chrysler Lagoons.

Bird List

  1. Great Blue Heron
  2. Red-winged Blackbird
  3. Mallard
  4. Virginia Rail
  5. American Black Duck
  6. Ring-billed Gull
  7. Belted Kingfisher
  8. Wilson's Snipe
  9. Killdeer
  10. Green Heron
  11. Bald Eagle
  12. American Bittern
  13. Song Sparrow
  14. Solitary Sandpiper
  15. Caspian Tern
  16. Wood Duck
  17. Spotted Sandpiper
  18. Northern Shoveller
  19. American Goldfinch
  20. Blue-winged Teal
  21. Lesser Yellowlegs
  22. House Sparrow
  23. Mourning Dove
  24. European Starling
  25. Rock Pigeon
  26. American Crow
  27. Tree Swallow
  28. Cliff Swallow
  29. Green-winged Teal
  30. Gadwall
  31. American Wigeon
  32. Common Raven
  33. Least Sandpiper
  34. Northern Harrier
  35. Peregrine Falcon
  36. Semi-palmated Plover
  37. Bobolink
  38. Semi-palmated Sandpiper
  39. Baird's Sandpiper
  40. Eastern Kingbird
  41. American Kestrel
  42. Wild Turkey
  43. Turkey Vulture
  44. Cedar Waxwing
  45. Eastern Phoebe
  46. Swamp Sparrow
  47. Common Gallinule
  48. White-winged Scoter
  49. Northern Flicker
  50. Red-tailed Hawk
  51. Blac-capped Chickadee
  52. American Robin