Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Black-throated Gray Warbler Still Hanging Around

November 7, 2017

By now, nearly every birder in Ottawa has seen this bird.  With blue skies and mild weather, we decided to join the throng to get some better photos of this rarity.



Friday, November 3, 2017

A Mega Rarity - Black-throated Gray Warbler

November 2, 2017

Bruce DiLabio posted this find at Britannia Ridge at 11:00 am; we went right over!
At first we could not locate it as there were few others birders around.  But as more arrived, the elusive subject was finally spotted.  It was very active in the drizzly day.  Photos were difficult, but finally obtained.







Monday, October 23, 2017

Godwit still there

October 23, 2017

It changed ponds, but was equally visible with a bit better light.


Monday, October 16, 2017

Hudsonian Godwit

October 16, 2017

Alerted by e-bird, we went to find this guy across from the Canadian Tire Centre, only 15 minutes from our house!



Sunday, October 15, 2017

Snow Geese

October 15, 2017

We were out at Embrun anyway, so it was handy to go to St. Albert for some cheese and then proceed to Highway 138 at Lafleche Dump to look for Snow Geese.

There was a small flock on the ground which soon swelled to over 3000 as the rest of the flock came noisily in from the north.




It's always an awesome sight.


Sunday, August 27, 2017

Four Baby Loons Grown Up

August 27, 2017

No depredation this year.  Yeah!  Baby Common Terns doing well too.



Wednesday, August 9, 2017

House Wren still feeding young in the nest

August 9, 2017

The babies are just about to fledge.





Monday, July 10, 2017

Baby Loons have Hatched on Big Cedar

We did our loon count and were pleasantly surprised to find 3 sets of babies - 5 all together.  This is the best year in quite a while. Here's hoping they survive till the fall.



Thursday, June 22, 2017

Grassland Birds on the way to Shawville

June 22, 2017

We were lucky to see two Brown Thrashers and a Savannah Sparrow on Ch. de la Rivière.  But imagine our marvelous good fortune to see an Upland Sandpiper on a wire near Shawville, Qc.





Sunday, June 18, 2017

A House Wren Makes a Nest in our Box

June 18, 2017

Grant spotted the House Wren and heard it singing.  We saw it gathering twigs and food for the nest.  We also spotted a juvenile American Robin on the back fence.






Sunday, June 11, 2017

More Good Sighting at the Cottage

June 11, 2017

I surprised a Bald Eagle in the water, and it flew up with difficulty to dry it's wings.  Upon returning from fishing, I spotted a Red-necked Grebe near the mouth of our bay.



Later, we did our first Loon Count.  We only saw 3 pairs, but a female was on the nest.


Monday, May 22, 2017

Cottage Opening

May 22, 2017

On the road in, we saw a Broad-winged Hawk perched on a fence gate - spotted by Grant.


Around the cottage, we got a some American Goldfinches, a Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Eastern Phoebe, Yellow Warbler and Yellow-bellied Sapsucker.








In Maniwaki, we got a Wilson's Warber, a new bird for the list, and a couple of Bobolinks.




A big surprise were shorebirds on the lake - Dunlin and Lesser Yellowlegs (new birds) together with Spotted Sandpipers.





It was nice to see the Common Loons and Common Terns back for another year.




Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Mud Lake

May 9, 2017

It is warbler time at Mud Lake, but there were none in evidence on this day.  Perhaps it was the flooding or the unusual spring weather - who knows.  We had to content ourselves with the usual residents.




Saturday, April 29, 2017

Camp Opemikon Work Weekend

April 28-30, 2017

We are busy working with little time for birding.  But the persistent pumperlunk coming from the marsh across the road could not be ignored.  We were rewarded with good views of two American Bitterns and heard a few more.  We also got our Pine Warbler for the third year in a row!

American Bittern calling https://youtu.be/1PU1gMfnCw0