Thursday, January 29, 2015

Winter Birding with Jane & Connie

January 21, 2015

A civilized 9 am start at Fletcher - Jane, Conne, Peggy & me.

We went first to the feeders out back and saw a nice group of House Finches.  Then we went to the other feeder at the edge of the field.  As soon as we go there, Peggy spotted a Barred Owl in the evergreen. Wow!

 We looked around at some other trails - just in case.  Then we drove over to Grimes Rd in Aylmer to try for the American Three-toed Woodpecker - no luck.  We tried going into the woods on the well packed trail (hey, people must read this blog!), but we could not find it.  There were a few Hairys around, but not as many as before.  I decided to pack it in, happy with the owl find.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Sportsplex Trail 31

Jan 01, 2015

We decided to brave the cold winds today to check out a trail that we had not been to for years.  It was very quiet except for a Pileated Woodpecker that was at a backyard bird feeder, then flew briefly to a nearby tree.

Jack Pine Trail

Dec 31, 2014

Both Coyotes and an Ermine have been seen on this trail, as well as Black-backed Woodpeckers.  It certainly was worth a visit.

It was remarkably quiet when we went in the morning.  Only a single Downy Woodpecker could be found. We met Gillian who tossed some nuts and seed for the local jays and cardinals in the full sun for great photo ops.