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Early Morning Birding, April 26, 2017

Note: follow this link for our next MVFN nature outing: Warblers and Spring Wildflowers on May 13

Eleven MVFN birders participated in the final Early Morning Bird Walk on April 26, 2017.  Morning dawned slightly grey and drizzly, which was just fine for seeing and hearing birds along the Mississippi Riverwalk Trail in Carleton Place.

We walked approximately 1.5 km out and the same distance back, being careful not to double count species or numbers while returning.  The most prevalent birds (over 20 sightings each) were the Red-winged Blackbirds and Canada Geese.  Harbingers of spring were the Eastern Phoebe, Ruby-crowned Kinglet and the Yellow-rumped Warbler along with glorious showings of spring flowers such as the Scilla flowers and Bloodroots.

All in all, it was a very fine conclusion for our April bird walks.  Below , in alphabetical order,  is the list of species seen or heard by the group.

1. American Crow
2. American Goldfinch
3. American Robin
4. Black-capped Chickadee
5. Blue Jay
6. Bufflehead
7. Canada Goose
8. Common Goldeneye
9. Common Grackle
10. Common Merganser
11. Common Raven
12. Dark-eyed Junco
13. Downy Woodpecker
14. Eastern Phoebe
15. European Starling
16. Hairy Woodpecker
17. Mallard
18. Mourning Dove
19. Northern Cardinal
20. Northern Flicker
21. Red-winged Blackbird
22. Ring-billed Gull
23. Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)
24. Ruby-crowned Kinglet
25. Song Sparrow
26. Turkey Vulture
27. White-breasted Nuthatch
28. White-throated Sparrow
29. Wood Duck
30. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
31. Yellow-rumped Warbler

– report by Mary Robinson

Canada Goose "log driver". photo Howard Robinson

Canada Goose “log driver”. photo Howard Robinson

Bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis) photo Michel Gauthier

Bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis) photo Michel Gauthier

 

Looking for a Ruby-crowned kinglet. photo Howard Robinson

Looking for a Ruby-crowned kinglet. photo Howard Robinson

Scilla in bloom. photo Howard Robinson

Scilla in bloom. photo Howard Robinson