Wednesday, October 5, 2011

October 5, 2011 More birding along the Ottawa River

Another great morning along the Ottawa River. It was nice to see the sun finally! At Britannia Conservation Area/mud Lake there were numerous Yellow-rumped Warblers, White-throated Sparrows, both Ruby-crowned and Golden-crowned Kinglets. We also had an immature Bald Eagle along the rapids. At Andrew Haydon Park we observed a number of land birds including White-crowned Sparrow, Swamp Sparrow, and numerous Song Sparrow. I'm sure there was a Nelson's hidden in the reeds somewhere! Shorebirds were few but we did see a Solitary Sandpiper thanks to Nick von Maltzahn. Our final stop for the morning outing was at Shirley's Bay. There were still 14 Hudsonian Godwit and a small number of White-rumped Sandpiper, Pectoral Sandpiper, and Dunlin. The Bald Eagles were active but no Great Egrets. They may have departed for a warmer climate!

A Solitary Sandpiper feeding along Graham Creek.

Lots of Golden-crowned Kinglets on the move now.

A Common Merganser relaxing along the channel at Britannia.

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