Friday, March 18, 2011

March 17th birding with Mom and Charlene

My sister was down from Barrie for her March break so herself, mom and I met at the tip for a little light birding.

Birding at the tip was generally slower then a couple of days ago. Noticeably were more Surf Scoters and I had a couple of new migrants, being 2 Horned Grebes. At the tip there were barely any gulls, though a strong reverse migration of Robins, Grackles, and Red-winged Blackbirds produced 8 House Finches, and 2 Rusty Blackbirds. A Belted Kingfisher flying south was a nice surprise as well.

We walked the Woodland Trail as well. Barely a bird besides blackbirds, and Robins. I did have 3 Rusty Blackbirds, 3 Black-capped Chickadees, 2 Downy Woodpecker, and a Song Sparrow.....yikes.

The mudflats outside the park were not that great either. We did have a female Canvasback at the Concession 2 mudflat, but a lot of ducks, geese and swans seemed to have flocked off.

Though birding was slow, it was a very pleasant day to be out with family, with lots of sunshine, and wonderfully warmer temperatures.

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