Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Blue Sea and Cedar Lake Birding

August 29, 2015

We picked up Brenda at her cottage on Blue Sea for a full day of birding.

First we hiked along the bike trail towards Messines, until we could get a view of the two immature Bald Eagles.  Should have brought a scope.

The we drove to Chemin des Trois Collines and hikes up to the old tower.  There were a few sparrows, a Cedar Waxwing  and a Ruffed Grouse family.  Nice views of Blue Sea Lake

Next, we checked out the swamp on Chemin Gallipeau, where we got a Common Yellowthroat.

Next we drove up Chemin Farley, where we stopped at the bike rest station, where we had our lunch and saw a large flock of turkeys.

Brenda had a hunch we should check out Chemin Lécuyer, which turned out to be very good for warblers, a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker and a Wood Duck.

Retracing our steps, we turned onto Chemin St Jacques to check the creek area where it flows into Blue Sea.  Brenda convinced us to explore the adjacent road down to the lake - once again her hunch paid off.  There were several Rose-breasted Grosbeaks, a flock of Cedar Waxwings, a Northern Flicker and even a Scarlet Tanager.

We saw quite a few Monarch Butterflies, which was encouraging. A fine day of late summer birding.


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