Tuesday, December 11, 2012

December 9, 2012 Local birding. A late Red-throated Loon.

On December 9th I birded along the Ottawa River from Britannia to Shirley's Bay. The river is still wide open and I observed a number of late lingering species. The best was a winter plumage Red-throated Loon off Dick Bell Park. Also 1 Common Loon, 1 Red-necked Grebe, and 6 Greater Scaup. There was 1 Great Blue Heron flying south over Britannia and an adult Bald Eagle being harassed by American Crows.  At the Britannia Conservation Area a small flock of Bohemian Waxwings flew over heading south.  A Northern Shrike was observed hunting in a open field near the corner of Riddell Road and 6th Line Road.
take care, Bruce

The Northern Shrike enjoying sitting high on top of trees and shrubs for hunting.

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