Tuesday, October 20, 2009

October 20, 2009 Sandhill Cranes and Ross's Goose

There was still one adult Ross's Goose present late this morning along Milton Road just north of Perrault Road. It was feeding on the west side of the road in a open field with Canada Geese. A few small flocks of Sandhill Cranes were observed flying east and were later observed feeding along Trim Road north of McFadden Road. A total of 50 individuals were counted.
Good birding, Bruce

Directions: Ross's Goose: From Ottawa take Hwy. 417 east to exit 96 . Go north for 2 km on Boundary Road to Russell Road (Regional 26). Turn right onto Russell and drive 3.5 km to Milton Road (Regional 31). Turn left on Milton Road and go about 2 km to the bridge and start looking on the west side as you head north passed Perrault Road. For the Sandhill Cranes turn right on Perrault Rd. than left on Trim Rd. and watch on the west side.

Feeding area for both cranes and geese.

Flock of Sandhill Cranes coming in for a landing.

Sandhill Cranes are omnivorous and there diet widely varies with the season.

First recorded in the Ottawa-Gatineau District in 1995, the Ross's Goose is now a rare but regular spring and fall visitor.

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