We met at the corner of Robertson and Moodie and decided to
go to AndrewHaydonPark to try for the Ross's Goose -
So we went to Burnside briefly, but the light was poor. So we headed instead for the Richmond
Lagoons. Finally, we returned to
Burnside to finish up the day. Other OFO
groups were also there, including Tony & Nina's, where Colin & Hilda
had spent the morning.
Bob Cermak announced at the lasagne night that a Ross's
Goose had been seen at AndrewHaydonPark and would likely be there in
the morning. Since we were meeting Bruce
(close by Andrew Haydon), we decided to go 30 minutes early to try for the
goose. Colin and Hilda were game.
Well we weren't the only ones. On the way over from the lot, we met
returning birders with the news that the goose had been there, but had
flown. Disappointed, we carried on
anyway; then were delighted when the goose returned, ever so briefly. Be the time we went to the rendezvous with
Bruce, it had departed for the day.
So we went off to Milton Road
to look for Sandhill Cranes, over 20 cars!
No luck there, but we did spot some flying on Perrault. WE then went to LaroseForest, where we heard but could
not get a Pine Warbler to show.
Our next stop was Giroux Ponds. Then we went to HighFalls in Casselman to have
lunch. Next we birded the Casselman
Lagoons and finally the Embrun Lagoons.
Home we went then off to the banquet at the Sportsplex.
Colin and Hilda joined us in Ottawa
for the 3-day OFO conference. This first trip was to Westmeath for Nelson's
Sparrow. Unfortunately, high water on
the Ottawa left no habitat for this
species. Nevertheless, we had a great
day exploring the UpperOttawaValley. We met at Cobden at the boat launch on MuskratLake. We then drove to Westmeath and divided into
two groups, those with rubber boots and those without. We went with the former while Colin and Hilda
went on the dry trail. Of note on the
wet trail were many hundreds of Northern Leopard Frogs and at least one
Pickerel Frog. On the return trip, we
saw three Garter Snakes and a Giant Water Beetle which had caught a frog.
Later, we went into town to the boat launch, where we had
lunch and checked the river. Later, we
went to the lookout outside of town, then returned by Snake River
line back into Renfrew. We got home just
in time to freshen up and head out to the Sportslex for the beer and lasagne
evening featuring Bruce Di Labio and Sarah Rupert with birding Jeopardy.
Today there are Tony & Nina, Lena, Rick, Judith
and me. I had to make it a short day to
get home and get ready for house guests.
We spent quite a bit of time at PetrieIsland, then went in
search of the Northern Wheatear and Sandhill Cranes on Milton Road. Unfortunately, neither of these were
around. However, at PetrieIsland, I got a
lifer Gray-cheeked Thrush (no photo though, but Rick got one).