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White-crowned Sparrows and other beauties in Sheridan Rapids

MVFN Nature Notebook Sightings

Spring bird sightings reports received May 7, May 9, May 11, and May 14 2019.  All photos by Lise Balthazar. Her first rose-breasted grosbeak for this Spring (2019) was May 4; the first hummingbird on May 6; the first oriole on May 7.

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Juvenile rose-breasted grosbeak, May 5, 2019 photo L. Balthazar

First Oriole, May 7, 2019 Sheridan Rapids. photo L. Balthazar

White-crowned Sparrow, May 9, 2019 photo L. Balthazar

White-crowned Sparrow 2, May 9, 2019 photo L. Balthazar

Female Purple Finch, May 9, 2019 photo L. Balthazar

Rose-breasted grosbeak, May 9, 2019, photo Lise Balthazar

Juvenile rose-breasted grosbeak, May 11, 2019 photo L. Balthazar

Ruby throated hummingbird, May 11, 2019. 

Song sparrow, May 11, 2019

Oriole at bird bath, May 13, 2019 photo by Lise Balthazar

Oriole at bird bath, May 13, 2019 photo by Lise Balthazar

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Early spring sightings: hooded mergansers on the Mississippi; swans at Fallbrook

MVFN Nature Notebook Sightings

Several early spring sightings were recently sent in to the MVFN Naturnotebook; received from Lise Balthazar, Sheridan Rapids on April 17, 2019. All photos by Nat Capitanio

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Male Hooded Merganser, Mississippi River, April 16, 2019 photo N. Capitanio

Female Hooded Merganser, Mississippi River, April 16, 2019 photo N. Capitanio

Swans, Fallbrook, ON April 11, 2019 photo N. Capitanio

Swan at Fallbrook, ON April 11, 2019 photo N. Capitanio

 

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Red-bellied Woodpecker sighting, Halpenny area

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The following report and photos were received by the MVFN Nature Notebook mailbox on January 20, 2019. A Red-bellied Woodpecker was observed locally in the Halpenny area on January 12, 2019. Photos and report sent in by Gerard Rumleskie. This is quite a rare sighting for our area, with only one of these birds seen on the Carleton Place Christmas Bird Count this year, and that was a record for the count. Thank you for sending in this sighting!

Red-bellied Woodpecker, Jan 2019, Halpenny, ON photo Gerard Rumleskie

 

Red-bellied Woodpecker, Halpenny, ON. photo courtesy G. Rumleskie

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Pine Grosbeaks in Sheridan Rapids

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Lise Balthazar of Sheridan Rapids has had Evening Grosbeaks at her feeder since October. She reports that this morning “a few Pine Grosbeaks showed up”.

December 11, 2018

Evening Grosbeaks photo Lise Balthazar

 

Male Pine Grosbeak photo Lise Balthazar

Male Pine Grosbeak photo Lise Balthazar

Male Pine Grosbeak photo Lise Balthazar

 

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Birds easily seen and others hiding as weather cools

MVFN Nature Notebook

As the fall migration continues, some birds are still easily seen, while others still require careful observation and patience to catch sight of and to identify.

Observations of ducks, geese and other birds continues in the area and at sites such as the new MVFN Mike McPhail Bird Viewing Shelter just outside the town of Almonte, ON. Local birders are recording and submitting sightings of species and numbers to E-bird and other sites and agencies.

These beautiful mallards, female and male birds, were in the Mississippi River, at a site easily seen from the Mississippi Riverwalk Trail in Almonte, and photographed by Michel Gauthier.

Female (L) and male mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) in the Mississippi River at Almonte. photo Michel Gauthier

A Lincoln’s Sparrow noticed in a thicket; Michel Gauthier: “. . .  on the 1st of October, along the fence at the bird viewing shelter. It shows how birds can easily become invisible.”

Lincoln’s Sparrow (Melospiza linolnii) hides near the MVFN Mike McPhail Bird Viewing Shelter, Mississippi Mills, ON photo M. Gauthier

Later in October even flocks of small birds, such as these Redpolls (Acanthis flammea), can be easily overlooked in leafy trees, but become obvious and easier to examine more closely as they settle in large groups on bare branches alongside the open field behind the MVFNs Mike McPhail Bird Viewing Shelter near Almonte, ON.

Redpolls, Mike McPhail Bird Viewing Shelter, Almonte ON photo P. Donaldson, October 23, 2018

Redpolls, October 23, 2018,  Mike McPhail Bird Viewing Shelter, Almonte ON photo P. Donaldson

Sometimes a spotting scope or camera zoom helps when trying to identify birds, such as this Long-tailed Duck and a Lesser Scaup seen at the Almonte Lagoons and photographed from the Mike McPhail Bird Viewing Shelter. Michel Gauthier: “The long-tailed duck is a rare sighting at the lagoon, although plentiful on the Ottawa River. This one is a stray. It hangs around with the 20 or so lesser scaups that are currently at the lagoon.”

Long-distance view of water birds at Almonte Lagoons,  Long-tailed duck (L) and Lesser Scaup (R), October 23, 2018, photo P. Donaldson from the MVFN Mike McPhail Bird Viewing Shelter

 

 

 

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