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Report of the Apr 11, 2018 Early Morning Bird Walk,  by Howard Robinson 

Nineteen MVFN members showed up at 6 AM for the Apr 11th Early Morning Bird Walk at the Robinson’s property near Clayton, Mississippi Mills, Ontario.  The temperature was -5 degrees C and did not get above freezing for the duration of the walk. The weather was more like Winter than Spring

For a brief period, the group identified birds by ear. As light levels increased, the team was able to use eyes and binoculars.

Most of Clayton Lake was iced over and we had a safe walk down the lake to check for waterfowl nearer Clayton.

After more than two hours of birding and an interlude for refreshments, the numbers were tallied.  Only eighteen species of birds had been spotted or heard by the group. This was a lot lower than the 36 species counted last year during the same week. The colder weather is having its effect.

The Group List with the number of each species is as follows:

13 Canada Goose

2 Wood Duck

9 Mallard

4 Common Goldeneye

6 Wild Turkey

1 Downy Woodpecker

2 Hairy Woodpecker

1 Northern Flicker

2 Pileated Woodpecker

6 Blue Jay

9 American Crow

9 Black-capped Chickadee

2 Red-breasted Nuthatch

1 White-breasted Nuthatch

15 American Robin

8 Dark-eyed Junco

8 Song Sparrows

7 Common Grackle

 

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NOTE: The next “Early Morning Birding” walk will take place on Wednesday April 19th. See details

Fifteen MVFN members showed up for the Apr 12th Early Morning Walk at the Robinson’s property near Clayton, Mississippi Mills, Ontario.

For a brief period, the group detected and identified birds by ear. As light levels increased, the team was able to use eyes and binoculars. For a short period, there was a lull in bird sounds which possibly had been caused by a raptor in the vicinity. We heard an indistinguishable hawk-like call some 15 minutes later.

It is always good to see the new arrival of bird species at this time of year. A highlight was the flyover with a tremolo call and the landing of a pair of Common Loons to an area where the ice had receded in Clayton Lake.  In addition to the birds, some of the group noticed an otter on the receding ice of the lake, and a Red Fox in another location stealthily walking on the ice in search of breakfast. Numerous waterfowl were swimming and feeding in the water areas while most of the Lake is still ice-bound.

After more than two hours of birding and an interlude for refreshments, Mary Robinson and co-leader Howard Robinson, tallied up the numbers:  Thirty-six species of birds had been spotted or heard by the group (see list below photos).

 

The Alphabetical Group List:

 1. American Crow
 2. American Goldfinch
 3. American Robin
 4. American Woodcock
 5. Black-capped Chickadee
 6. Blue Jay
 7. Bufflehead
 8. Canada Goose
 9. Common Goldeneye
10. Common Grackle
11. Common Loon
12. Common Merganser
13. Common Raven
14. Dark-eyed Junco
15. Downy Woodpecker
16. Eastern Bluebird17. Eastern Kingbird
18. Eastern Phoebe
19. Fox Sparrow
20. Golden-crowned Kinglet
21. Great Blue Heron
22. Hairy Woodpecker
23. Hooded Merganser
24. Mallard
25. Mourning Dove
26. Northern Cardinal
27. Northern Flicker
28. Pileated Woodpecker
29. Red-winged Blackbird
30. Ring-billed Gull
31. Ring-necked Duck
32. Ruffed Grouse
33. Song Sparrow
34. White-breasted Nuthatch
35. Wood Duck
36. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

 

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