Thursday, October 9, 2014

OFO Field Trip with Manson Fleugel and Mark Patry

September 26, 2014

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 Upper Ottawa Valley.  We met at Cobden at the boat launch on Muskrat Lake.  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.

Bird List
  1. Wild Turkey
  2. Blue Jay
  3. Ring-billed Gull
  4. American Crow
  5. Common Loon
  6. Herring Gull
  7. Mallard
  8. Great Blue Heron
  9. Double-crested Cormorant
  10. Song Sparrow
  11. Common Yellowthroat
  12. Yellow-rumped Warbler
  13. White-crowned Sparrow
  14. Ruby-throated Hummingbird
  15. Ruby-crowned Kinglet
  16. Hairy Woodpecker
  17. White-breasted Nuthatch
  18. Wood Duck
  19. White-throated Sparrow
  20. Rusty Blackbird
  21. Bald Eagle
  22. Red-necked Grebe
  23. Red-tailed Hawk
  24. Common Raven
  25. Turkey Vulture
  26. Northern Harrier
  27. American Goldfinch
  28. Mourning Dove
  29. European Starling
  30. Sandhill Crane

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