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

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Napanee, Prince Edward Point & Gananoque

April 24-26, 2017

We planned a 3-day get away staying at a B&B in Gananoque. Our first quest was the Loggerhead Shrike at Nugent Roasd on the Napanee Plain.  We went across country via Sharbot Lake.  We were successful with the shrike and also had nice views of Eastern Meadowlarks.  Or next stop was the ponds opposite Camden Lake on Moscow Road for ducks.  Our last stop before heading to Gananoque was the Camden Lake Provincial Wildlife Area.

The next day we went to Prince Edward County.  We took the ferry at Adolphustown and went straight to Kaiser Crossroads where there were lots of ducks in the flooded fields.  Next stop was the south end of Kaiser for Buffleheads.  From there we went to the Point via Babylon Rd where we saw our first Eastern Towhee.  At the point there were many Red-breasted Mergansers, more towhees, a Brown Thrasher and others.  We tried Point Petre, but the waves were crashing preventing us from seeing the desired sea ducks.

On our last day, we decided to explore the Lost Bay Nature Reserve.  On the way there, we had good luck at a wetland for Yellowlegs.  The reserve was fairly quiet, but we had a nice hike.  A Red-shouldered Hawk put on a good show for us.

The complete bird list follows the photos.