Monday, November 23, 2009

November 22, 2009 Birding Renfrew County

Yesterday afternoon Ben and I spent a few hours birding in Renfrew County. Our first stop was Muskrat Lake at Cobden and we observed 3 Bonaparte's Gull, 1 American Coot, 4 Green-winged Teal and 4 Common Loon. Our next stop was Lake Dore and with excellent viewing conditions, calm water, we observed 76 Horned Grebe, 7 Red-necked Grebe, 32 Common Loon, 3 Long-tailed Duck, 5 White-winged Scoter and 22 Bonaparte's Gull. A few Evening Grosbeak were heard calling as they flew overhead and a Northern Shrike was observed along Point Church Drive. Later at the Pembroke Marina there was a flock of 150+ Snow Bunting.
Good birding, Bruce and Ben

Directions: Lake Dore is located off Hwy 41 near Eganville/Golden Lake. Muskrat Lake is located at Cobden off Hwy 17.

The Horned Grebe is a regular fall migrant on Lake Dore with peaks numbers during October and November. Sometimes 100+ birds can be seen.

The Red-necked Grebe is also a regular fall visitor to Lake Dore but in lower numbers.

The Northern Shrike tends to perch up high while hunting.

The Bonaparte's Gull can sometimes be very common on Lake Dore during the fall season. Even staying into December if the lake remains open due to mild weather.

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