Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Aventure dans le "mid-ouest"

November 7, 2015

Barbara spotted a small article in Le Droit advertising a birding outing with le Club des ornithologues de l'Outaouais to the Breckinridge, Quyon, Norway Bay area.  This is an area that we have birded often with Always an Adventure, so we thought it would be fun to join.

We drove to the Tim Hortons at Ch Vanier & Allumettières at 7:30am.  At first we saw nobody, but inside there was a couple with binoculars - a good sign.  Outside, we met Gérard Desjardins and Daniel Toussaint.  They are both fluently bilingual and tolerated our best efforts in French.  We soon met Claude Martineau too. A few others arrived.

We proceeded in four vehicles to Breckinridge and Ch de la Rivière.  We stopped and scoped two dark hawks in a distant tree.  At first we thought Red-tails, but then changed to dark morph Roughies.  Now we are not so sure!  Another hawk, definitely a Red-tail, was even more distant.  So we drove farther along to get a closer view.  But from the same vantage point, we saw an adult Bald Eagle perched with a juvenile below.  Then a second juvenile soared into view - 3 eagles!

We planned to check out Ch Therrien, but the eagles took too much time as we had a rendezvous at the Quyon Ferry dock at 9 am.  Indeed, there were a few others there at the dock when we arrived. We viewed a pair of Hooded Mergansers and a lone Red-breasted Merganser in the bay.  One of these, Deb Powell, joined our group as we headed out on the back roads.

We cruised Chemins Pontiac, Bronson, Bryant, Clarendon, MacKechnie, Knox, 8th Line, Ragged Chute and Bristol.  Sightings included an immense flock of Red-winged Blackbirds, several isolated American Goldfinches, a few Grackles and Ravens, and a Red-breasted Nuthatch (and some apple-loving horses).  We headed to Pine Lodge for lunch, but it was closed for some special occasion.  So on Deb's advice (but she could not come), we headed to Café 349 in Shawville, where we enjoyed a relaxing meal with the Club des ornithologues de l'Outaouais birders.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Cattle Egret

November 3, 2015

The Pink-footed Goose was proving hard to get, so we figured the Cattle Egret near Kemptville might be easier.  We were right!  This is a first in Canada for us.

Snow Geese

October 31, 2014

The lure of a Pink-footed Goose on Lafleche Road go us out past Casselman to try for it.  It was not to be, but we did see 80,000 Snow Geese and Rick and Lorraine!

There were quite a few blue morph Snow Geese in the crowd.  Others spotted a Greater White-fronted Goose and a Ross's Goose, but we did not.  We weren't disappointed.  The spectacle of 80,000 Snow Geese is amazing.

Cottage Visit for Colleen's Birthday

October 19, 2015

With little turnaround after our fall RoVent weekend camp, we headed back up to the cottage for a day, then back home for Rick's birthday.

There were still plenty of Common Loons, most of them in their fall plumage.  The feeder birds were very active, especially the Blue Jays.

Fall Colours at Thanksgiving

October 12, 2015

We had to close up our cottage, drain the water and pull out the boat.  But we took time to enjoy the large flock of Common Mergansers and the magnificent fall colours.

Mud Lake

October 5, 2015

The leaves are turning and the migrants are passing through - an ideal time for a visit to Mud Lake.