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MVFN group on evening bird walk. photo Howard Robinson

Thanks for participating in the MVFN Bird Walk on June 19th on the 12th Concession Line, Lanark Highlands.  Below is the list of species that the entire group saw or heard starting at the Union Hall.  Thanks very much to Lynda Bennett, our expert bird guide for the evening, and to Cliff Bennett and Ray Fortune who led smaller groups for part of the walk. Thanks also to Ray for letting us walk through his woods so that we could find a few more species and to Howard Robinson for sharing the attached photos.  Overall Lynda and I enjoyed the walk very much and were very pleased with the number of species recorded for the evening.


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Indigo bunting. photo Howard Robinson


  1. Turkey vulture
  2. American robin
  3. European starling
  4. Song sparrow
  5. American crow
  6. Tree swallow
  7. Black-capped chickadee
  8. Great Crested flycatcher
  9. Blue jay
  10. Mallard
  11. Indigo bunting
  12. Common grackle
  13. Yellow warbler
  14. Chestnut-sided warbler
  15. Catbird
  16. Red-winged blackbird
  17. Common loon
  18. Cedar waxwing
  19. Eastern Kingbird
  20. Eastern Phoebe
  21. Red-eyed vireo
  22. Veery
  23. Ovenbird
  24. Brown thrasher
  25. Pileated woodpecker
  26. American goldfinch
  27. Hairy woodpecker
  28. Wood thrush
  29. House wren
  30. Brown-headed Cowbird
  31. Ruffed grouse

Mary Robinson

Mississippi Valley Field Naturalists’ Birding Committee.


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Evening Bird Walk

 The MVFN Birding Committee is organizing an evening bird walk with Lynda Bennett as our expert birder.  The walk will take place on 12 Concession C of Lanark.  Almost at the summer solstice, there will be a long evening of daylight to look for summer birds.   We expect to see or hear woodland and field birds from the roadway, and water, and marsh birds at Taylor Lake.  On this  route in April, we counted 28 species on an early morning bird walk.  Let’s see if we can beat that number, and compare how the species have changed from April to June.

Date:  Thursday, June 19, 2014

Time:  6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Location:  The walk will be on 12 Concession C, Lanark (almost 3 km west of  Union Hall).   A vehicle will be parked at Taylor Lake, the half-way point, if anybody needs a ride back up the hill from the lake.

Carpooling:  Meet at the Union Hall (corner of Wolf Grove Rd. & Tatlock Rd., Almonte) at 5:45 p.m.  We plan to leave by 6 p.m.

Bring: binoculars, hat, and insect repellent.

Registration required: Please register beforehand with Mary Robinson (613-256-0817) or by e-mail:  .   There is no fee.

Note:  If the weather is too windy or rainy the walk will be cancelled and rescheduled at another time.  You may contact Mary before 4:30 p.m. on June 19th to confirm the status of this walk.

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