Monday, May 17, 2010

5/16/10 - Long Tailed Ducks...

... 371 of them. Much better weather than yesterday and a good waterbird passage for the first 4 hours or so. In fact it was completely clear skies and no wind at all. Other birds:

W W Scoter 31
G Scaup 4
Merganser 219
Bonapartes Gull 49
Least Sand 1
Piping Plover 2

Highlight of the day was a Red Bellied Woodpecker which showed really well on the Merlin Pole. After the count, there was a concentration of birds down Memory Lane (at the end of the car park) and cracking views were obtained of Chestnut Sided, Parula, Orange Crowned and Yellow Warblers, Hairy Woodpecker and Rose Breasted Grosbeak among several others.
Dan and Ken then very kindly took me to look for Black Backed Woodpecker, and we got great views of a female. And a few days ago Jason took me to a good area near the Soo where we flushed a Sharp Tailed Grouse, and heard Le Contes Sparrow and Bittern. So doing quite well with some of those more difficult species!

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