Saturday, November 27, 2010

Harriers to Phalarope

Another Chickadee!

Some good birds have recently been showing up in the province (if you are lucky and in the right place at the right time!).  A Painted Bunting is in Kincardine right now.  Nice feeder bird!  I have seen one of those, so there was no need to head up that way.

I headed south again, starting at Point Pelee.  It was not the best wind for the Tip, but the west wind was very strong.  Much less activity than last Sunday.  Interesting were several Harriers that headed out over the lake.  Some came back, and at a distance they looked jaeger-like coming in.

Acrobatic Harrier

I may have had a jaeger way out first thing, but I could not get a focus on it.  It sure appeared like one though.
A Turkey Vulture was on the East Beach where the trail comes out from the "42" sign.  Not sure what it was up to, but it was not too active.

Lots of dogwood berries are along Shuster Trail attracting birds.  Quite a few White-throated Sparrows were along here with a couple of Hermit Thrushes.
Bluebirds were near the visitor centre.

A good number of birds were near the cemetery including a couple of Yellow-rumped Warblers and some Cedar Waxwings.

A flicker was also making some noise here.
While there, a nice dark morph Rough-legged Hawk soared overhead.

 On the way out, the silouhette of a Great Horned Owl caught my eye beside Sanctuary Pond.

I decided to head towards Blenheim to check for the Wilson's Phalarope.  On the way I caught sight of a Golden Eagle just west of Port Alma dodging wind turbines. 
I had no doubt the phalarope would be there, but nobody had reported it since I saw it last Saturday.

The phalarope was still in its usual spot in Pond 1.  No other shorebirds were present.

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