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OFO Field Trip – Dusk Birding Along the Ottawa River (Friday, Oct. 28)

female Long-tailed Duck, Andrew Haydon Park - photo Josh McCullough

female Long-tailed Duck, Andrew Haydon Park - photo Josh McCullough

On Friday afternoon, twenty enthusiastic birders gathered at Andrew Haydon Park for OFO’s “Dusk Birding along the Ottawa River”. After a spectacular week of stellar birding, mainly east of the Deschenes Rapids, expectations were high that the river would continue to reveal mega-rarities. We stayed mainly along the shores of the western side of Lac Deschenes. However, a cold west wind and high water levels made viewing conditions bitter and challenging resulting in low diversity. Regardless, everyone had an excellent time, often getting close-up views of uncommon species. Those that stayed to the end were treated to an enchanting show of large flocks arriving for their evening roost, their aerobatic flights draped against a clear vermillion sky. Other highlights included a juvenile Brant, a female Northern Shoveler, 2 juvenile Greater Snow Geese, 11 Red-necked Grebes, all three species of scoter, and several individuals & small flocks of Long-tailed Ducks. For photographers, the tame Brant, the accommodating Long-tailed Duck, and the cooperative Wilson’s Snipe, provided some pleasant diversion.
A Special “Thank You” to contributing photographers: Ron Allen, Joshua McCullough, Jariya Rasaputra and Deanna Wright.

Juvenile Brant, Andrew Haydon Park - photo Deanna Wright

Juvenile Brant, Andrew Haydon Park - photo Deanna Wright


OFO Field Trip - Birding at Andrew Haydon Park - photo Josh McCullough

OFO Field Trip - Birding at Andrew Haydon Park - photo Josh McCullough


Wilson's Snipe, Andrew Haydon Park - photo Jariya Rasaputra

Wilson's Snipe, Andrew Haydon Park - photo Jariya Rasaputra


SPECIES LIST

American Black Duck
American Crow
American Robin
American Tree Sparrow
Black-capped Chickadee
Blue Jay
Brant
Bufflehead
Canada Goose
Common Goldeneye
Downy Woodpecker
European Starling
Great Black-backed Gull
Great Blue Heron
Green-winged Teal
Herring Gull
Hooded Merganser
House Sparrow
Lesser Scaup
Long-tailed Duck
Mallard
Northern Shoveler
Red-breasted Merganser
Red-necked Grebe
Ring-billed Gull
Snow Goose
Song sparrow
White-winged Scoter
Wilson’s Snipe
Surf Scoter
Black Scoter

Great Blue Heron, Andrew Haydon Park - photo Ron Allen

Great Blue Heron, Andrew Haydon Park - photo Ron Allen

1 Comment so far

  1. On May 15, 2012 at 6:59 am

    Very nice photos, congratulations ! I’m an animal lover and you have great shots.
    I’m every year once on Canada. This August I’ll go to Nova Scotia and PEI, hope to get some nice shots there.
    have a good day, greetz Thee

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