Spent most of the day birding Renfrew County. Our first stop of the day was at Muskrat Lake at Cobden. Overall quiet but a few Wood Ducks were found feeding along the edge of the cattails. The next stop was Westmeath Provincial Park for Nelson's Sparrow. With high water levels the search along the shoreline took some time but we did managed to find 2 individuals. Other species noted in the park included Pileated Woodpecker, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Blue-headed Vireo, Hermit Thrush, Pine Warbler, lots of Yellow-rumped Warbler, both Ruby and Golden-crowned Kinglet and a small variety of sparrows, White-throated, White-crowned, Swamp, Song and Savannah Sparrow. At the Pembroke Marina a small number of Ring-billed, Herring and Bonaparte's Gulls were resting on the small mudflat at the mouth of river. At Lake Dore a feeding frenzy of 50+ Common Loon, 80+ Bonaparte's Gull, 7 Horned Grebe and 2 Red-necked Grebe were found. Overall a beautiful day in the county!
The Nelson's Sparrow is a regular fall migrant in small numbers along the shore of the Ottawa River at Westmeath Provincial Park.
The Nelson's Sparrow is a secretive sparrow and easy to overlook.
The Nelson's Sparrow was formerly called the Sharp-tailed Sparrow.
The American Pipit is a regular fall migrant throughout eastern Ontario and the Outaouais region.