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Early Morning Birding 2019

For all MVFN members and friends.  If the early bird gets the worm, then the early birder gets the birds!  From 6-8 AM on four Wednesdays in April and,  NEW for this year,  the first Wednesday in May.

Please Dress warmly. Bring binoculars and camera.

You do not need to register for these walks. Just show up!

Robin, Almonte, ON

DETAILS for 2019:

Wednesday, April 3:  Al Potvin’s Trail, Almonte

Meet at Al Potvin’s trailhead for 6 AM. Al’s trail starts at 38 Carss St. Almonte, near the river.

Leader is Michel Gauthier; email:

Wednesday, April 10: Taylor Lake

Meet at the “trailhead” for 6 AM.  Corner of Lanark Concession 12 and Wolf Grove Road.

Leader: Michel Gauthier;  email: 

Wednesday, April 17:  Clayton Lake

Meet at the start of the laneway of 2645 Tatlock Rd, just before the village of Clayton, for 6 AM.

Leaders: Howard & Mary Robinson; 613-256-0817 or  email:

Wednesday, April 24:  Mississippi Riverwalk Trail, Carleton Place

Meet at the Carleton Place arena, 6 AM.  Parking lot near the trail at 75 Neelin Street, Carleton Place.

Leaders: Howard & Mary Robinson; 613-256-0817 or  email:

Wednesday, May 1st:  Wolf Grove

Meet at the laneway of 561 Wolf Grove Road, just West of the Old Kirk cemetery and Ramsay Conc 8, for 6 AM.

Leader: Ken Allison; 613-256-4283 or email:

For more information, please contact the leaders for the date shown.

 

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Clayton ‘Early Morning Bird Walk” bird numbers affected by cold

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.

Clayton Lake, mostly frozen over. photo Howard Robinson

Going to look for ducks, Clayton Lake. photo Howard Robinson

photo Howard Robinson

The group had good views of a female Pileated woodpecker as she “mined for bugs”. photo Michel Gauthier

“Spruced up” Black-capped Chickadee. photo Howard Robinson

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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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

 

 

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Early Morning Birding, April 19th

Note: the next Early Morning Birding Walk will take place on Wednesday, April 26th. See details.

Eleven birders gathered at dawn on Wednesday, Apr 19, 2017 at the corner of Wolf Grove Road and the 12th Lanark Concession. Their quest was to identify as many species of birds as they could in two hours.

They walked slowly along the gravel road, all the way to Taylor Lake and back, covering a distance of 3.3 kilometres.  When all was said and done, they added up the numbers:  29 species.

A good time was had by all.

An ID list and picture of some of the members follows:

Early Morning MVFN Birding Walk, April 19, 2017

Early Morning MVFN Birding Walk, April 19, 2017

 

1 Canada Goose
2 Mallard
3 Ruffed Grouse
4 Wild Turkey
5 Common Loon
6 Great Blue Heron
7 Mourning Dove
8 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
9 Hairy Woodpecker
10 Northern Flicker
11 Pileated Woodpecker
12 Eastern Phoebe
13 Blue Jay
14 American Crow
15 Common Raven
16 Black-capped Chickadee
17 White-breasted Nuthatch
18 Winter Wren
19 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
20 American Robin
21 Brown Thrasher
22 Dark-eyed Junco
23 White-throated Sparrow
24 Song Sparrow
25 Swamp Sparrow
26 Northern Cardinal
27 Red-winged Blackbird
28 Eastern Meadowlark
29 Common Grackle

 

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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 mvfn.ca 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

Bufflehead

Blue Jay

Mallard

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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