Thursday February 12 - Lifer Gyrfalcon today
We met at the
park & Ride. Tony and Nina were late
for the first time ever, as they had to wait for John Violette to come to
Lincoln Fields by bus from Kanata. There was a large group today. Besides the aforementioned, there was another
John, Josh, Lina, Sandra, Bree and her friends, Meg, visiting from BC, and
Julia (new birder). Rounding out the
group were Al and me.
We checked out Frank Kenny and got a Snowy Owl, then Snow Buntings on French Hill. Then we went straight to Lafleche Dump, where the Gyrflacon was on the ground with an Iceland Gull it had killed. We got a few photos, then it flew up to a post inside the gate. Tony went and asked permission to come in to get closer photos, which was given. As we edged closer and closer, it finally had enough and flew off. A truly banner day.
We went over to Ste Rose, where Al spotted another Snowy on a pole. Tony drove past, but we stopped and flushed the owl - at least the others saw it well. We stopped at Timmys, then returned to Ste Rose where we got a Rough-legged Hawk, then stopped for a large flock of Snow Buntings. We also saw a few Lapland Longspurs and Horned Larks.
From there, we went to
for the Evening Grosbeaks
and finches. We returned via Frank Kenny
and found yet another Snowy Owl on Regimbald.
This one followed the cars, so was presumed to be a baited owl. Larose
- Snowy Owl
- Snow Bunting
- Herring Gull
- Common Raven
- Rough-legged Hawk
- Horned Lark
- Evening Grosbeak
- Common Redpoll
- Blue Jay
- Hairy Woodpecker
- White-breasted Nuthatch
- American Tree Sparrow
- Black-capped Chickadee
- Red-breasted Nuthatch