Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Birding Shirley's Bay and Dunrobin area August 25, 2009

Yesterday on the Tuesday birding course outing we started at Shirley's Bay. The Ottawa River is still high with no shorebird habitat. Along the Shirley's Bay dyke we observed a few migrant warblers including Nashville, Tennessee, Blackburnian, Black-throated Green, Yellow-rumped, Magnolia and American Redstart. A few Scarlet Tanager, Eastern Phoebe and a Great Crested Flycatcher were also noted. On our return to the parking lot a Common Nighthawk was observed roosting on top of a telephone pole. The group had an excellent view. In the Dunrobin area were had great views of Ospreys carrying food overhead and a Merlin drive bombing one.

A roosting Common Nighthawk caused lots of excitement.

Osprey coming in for a landing with breakfast.

Time to eat!

A second Osprey overhead.

A juvenile Merlin tried numerous times to dive bomb the Osprey.

No comments: