Sunday, November 4, 2007

OFO Trip Grand Bend-Pinery

Today I joined in with the OFO field trip led by Maris Apse. It was one of those rare days when the weather was decent and so were the birds! We saw about 70 species during the day--an excellent total.

We started at the Grand Bend waterfront to see what was on the lake. Ducks included all three scoter species and some scaup. A Horned Grebe flew by, and two loons came into view. The loons were the highlight, as one was a definitive basic Red-throated (uncommon), and the other was a juvenile Pacific (rare!). Just as we were leaving, I spotted a Little Gull.

At the Grand Bend sewage lagoons a variety of ducks were seen plus a large number of Canada Geese. A lone white Snow Goose was with them. Coots were also present, as well as several Bonaparte's Gulls.

At least ten bluebirds were along the road there--always nice to see in colder weather.

Off to Pinery Park and we saw Cedar Waxwings, Purple Finches, Tufted Titmice, two Bald Eagles, two Pied-billed Grebes, and a juvenile Red-headed Woodpecker.

A Northern Shrike was near the Port Franks golf course.

At Kettle Point, not much was moving, but we did add Dunlin and Great Black-backed Gull.

At Forest sewage lagoons we added Northern Pintail and Wilson's Snipe.
It was a pleasant day to be with birding friends and to see lots of birds.

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