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Early Morning Walk, Apr 12, 2017 – Birds seen or heard

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 Bluebird couple. photo Howard Robinson

The bluebird “couple” (photographed April 2, 2017 by Howard Robinson)

 

Red Fox, Clayton Lake. photo Howard Robinson

Red Fox, Clayton Lake. photo Howard Robinson

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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