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Early Morning Birding, April 5, 2017

Nine MVFN members showed up for the Apr 5 Early Morning Walk at Al Potvin’s property.

For the first half hour, the absence of daylight forced the group to detect and identify birds by ear. Eventually, with the increase in light level, the team became able to use eyes and binoculars.

After two hours of birding, Mary Robinson, the trusted recorder, and Michel Gauthier, the leader, tallied up the numbers:  twenty-five species of birds had been counted.

1            Canada Goose

2            Mallard

3            Common Merganser

4            Wild Turkey

5            Great Blue Heron

6            Turkey Vulture

7            Bald Eagle

8            Red-tailed Hawk

9            Ring-billed Gull

10          Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)

11           Mourning Dove

12          Northern Flicker

13          Blue Jay

14          American Crow

15          Common Raven

16          Black-capped Chickadee

17          White-breasted Nuthatch

18         Eastern Bluebird

19          American Robin

20         European Starling

21         Dark-eyed Junco

22         Song Sparrow

23         Northern Cardinal

24         Red-winged Blackbird

25         Common Grackle

NOTE: The next “Early Morning Birding” walk will take place on Wednesday April 12th. See details


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Birds seen on MVFN Early Morning Bird Walk

Wednesday April 27, 2016

The following is the list of birds seen or heard on the morning bird walk on the Mississippi River Walk in Carleton Place. This was the last of 4 Early Morning Bird Walks hosted by the Mississippi Valley Field Naturalists Birding Committee. Follow the calendar at for upcoming MVFN events. Watch for the four fall Almonte Lagoon Openhouses in September.

Yellow-rumped warbler, Robinson

Photo of a Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle subspecies) by Howard Robinson

American Crow

Black-capped Chickadee

Northern Cardinal

Northern Flicker

European Starling

American Robin

Canada Goose

Common Grackle

Red-winged Blackbird

Song Sparrow

Pine Warbler

White-breasted Nuthatch

Rock Pigeon

Common Goldeneye


Blue Jay


Wood Duck

Mourning Dove

Tree Swallow

Great Blue Heron

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

American Goldfinch

Downy Woodpecker

Ring-billed Gull

Dark-eyed Junco

Pine Siskin

Turkey Vulture

Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle subspecies)

List compiled by Mary Robinson


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April 14 Early Morning Birds Seen

List of birds seen on MVFN Early Morning bird walk April 14, 2016 near Clayton Lake. Compiled by Mary Robinson of the MVFN Birding Committee

Below: immatutre Bald Eagle seen; photo by Howard Robinson

IMG_6142B Immature Bald Eagle Robinson

  1. Wild Turkey
  2. American Crow
  3. American Robin
  4. Song Sparrow
  5. Northern Cardinal
  6. Blue Jay
  7. Winter Wren
  8. Black-capped Chickadee
  9. Canada Goose
  10. Mallard
  11. Common Grackle
  12. White-breasted Nuthatch
  13. Hairy Woodpecker
  14. Pileated Woodpecker
  15. Northern Flicker
  16. Purple Finch
  17. Eastern Bluebird
  18. Dark-eyed Junco
  19. Common Merganser
  20. American Goldfinch
  21. Hooded Merganser
  22. Wood Duck
  23. Bald Eagle (juvenile)
  24. Pine Siskin
  25. Common Redpoll
  26. Red-winged Blackbird
  27. Rock Pigeon
  28. European Starling
  29. Swamp Sparrow
  30. Bufflehead
  31. Red-breasted Nuthatch
  32. Mourning Dove
  33. Turkey Vulture
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Early Morning Bird Walk April 6th Birds Seen or Heard

Below is the list of bird species seen or heard on the MVFN early morning bird walk on Al Potvin’s property – not bad for a cold morning with the starting temperature below zero!  The walk was led by Cliff Bennett.


  1. American Robin
  2. Mourning Dove
  3. Canada Goose
  4. Northern Cardinal
  5. Song Sparrow
  6. American Crow
  7. Black-capped Chickadee
  8. Eastern Phoebe
  9. Mallard
  10. Wild Turkey
  11. Ring-billed Gull
  12. White-breasted Nuthatch
  13. Pine Siskin
  14. Blue Jay
  15. Great Blue Heron
  16. American Goldfinch
  17. Northern Flicker
  18. European Starling
  19. Hairy Woodpecker
  20. Rock Pigeon
  21. Golden-crowned Kinglet
  22. Dark-eyed Junco
  23. Common Merganser
  24. Purple Finch
  25. Common Goldeneye
  26. Common Raven
  27. Red-winged Blackbird
  28. Common Grackle
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Early Morning Spring Birds Tally: 2009-2015

Here is a tally of bird species seen or heard from 2009-2015 during MVFN Early Morning Bird Walks. Typically these early morning walks take place between 6 and 8 am on four Wednesdays in April,  in various locations in and around Mississippi Mills and other areas in Lanark County, Ontario. Watch the MVFN website in early Spring for dates and locations of the next Early Morning Bird Walk!

The information was compiled May 18, 2015 by Neil Carleton.


IMG_6383 Gray Catbird Robinson

Gray Catbird: This photo was taken in the spring and is one of the species seen on an Early Morning Bird Walk in 2011; but this particular Gray Catbird was seen during MVFN’s 4-day trip to Point Pelee National Park, May 2015 and was photographed by Howard Robinson. What a fantastic picture!



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