March 19th, 2017 — Colonel Samuel Smith Park

Approximate conditions: 2°C, cloudy with sunny breaks

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-King Eider in winter plumage

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-Eared Grebe juvenile 

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-Gadwall 

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-Snowy Owl 

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-Ring-necked Ducks 

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-Herring gull in the center with the red dot on its beak and distinct mirror pattern on black tail feathers

  • Snowy Owl (on a wooden post in the marina–stayed there for the entirety of our trip. There were remains of a seagull and it was assumed that the owl fed on it last night)
  • Gadwalls (so many of them!)
  • Ring-necked Duck
  • King Eider (it seemed to be adopted by the Mallards)
  • Herring Gull
  • Ring-billed gull
  • Bufflehead
  • Common Merganser
  • Red-breasted Merganser
  • Common Goldeneye
  • Mallard
  • American Black Duck (hybrid?)
  • Trumpeter Swans
  • Long-tailed Duck
  • Red-necked Grebe
  • Eared Grebe juvenile
  • Red-winged Blackbird
  • Northern Cardinal
  • American Robin
  • American Goldfinch
  • Common Grackle
  • Greater/Lesser Scaup
  • Canada Geese
  • Mourning Dove

Mammal: Mink!

March 4th, 2017 — Princess Point

Approximate Conditions: Sunny and windy. -9°C.

It was a lovely day by the water and this is a good trail because you get both woodland birds as well as ducks by the point

  • Brown Creeper!!! (A lovely spot by my friend, Emily)
  • Greater Scaup (or Lesser Scaup)
  • White-breasted Nuthatch
  • Dozens upon dozens of American Robins
  • Downy Woodpecker
  • Hairy Woodpecker
  • Buffleheads (a lot of them together)
  • Ringed-bill Gull
  • Mute Swans (2 pairs)
  • Raptor (?)
  • Northern Cardinal
  • House Sparrow
  • Redhead
  • Mallard (Male and Female)
  • Blue Jay
  • American Goldfinch
  • Red-winged Blackbird

20th January, 2017– Ruthven Park Birdbanding Station

Approximate conditions: Sunny and bright, 12°C

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Me holding an American Goldfinch that I banded! 

Thanks to Rick Ludkin (check out his blog! : http://www.ruthvenparknatureblog.com/) and his great, continuing work at the Ruthven Park National Historic Site, I was able to finally do some bird banding today! It was an amazing experience. I have so so so so so much to learn! But I am so glad that there were so many seasoned, patient banders out there to help me (sorry for accidentally letting the White-breasted Nuthatch go!). Can’t wait to go back and I would encourage all to go and check it out!

  • Tufted Titmouse (have been wanting to see one for the longest time and was able to see it right before it was let out from the banding station)
  • Downy Woodpecker
  • Red-Bellied woodpecker
  • White-breasted Nuthatch
  • Black-capped Chikadee
  • American Goldfinch
  • Slate-colored Junco/Dark-eyed Junco
  • Canada Geese
  • Red-Tailed Hawk
  • Eastern Bluebird (seen by my mother and father)
  • House Finch
  • Mallard
  • Northern Cardinal
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    Red-bellied Woodpecker 

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    House Finches 

January 14th, 2017– Bruce Trail from Tiffany Falls to Sherman Falls

Approximate Conditions: -3 °C, gray and cloudy

I got to see a winter waterfall! It was lovely.

I have never seen so many birds in a flock together during winter.

  • Canada Geese
  • UI Gull
  • Red-bellied woodpecker
  • Downy woodpecker
  • Hairy Woodpecker
  • American Goldfinch (approximately 24!)
  • Northern Cardinal
  • American Robin (approximately 12!)
  • Black-capped Chikadee
  • White-breasted Nuthatch
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    All American Goldfinches!

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There was a larger patch of birds near the stairs leading down to the waterfalls then there were in the whole patch leading up to either waterfall.

 

Thursday Janurary 12th, 2017-Spencer Creek Trail

Approximate Conditions: 6 degrees (°C), cloudy with light drizzle

The Spencer Creek Trail (did you know it’s an endangered cold, freshwater creek?) 15978847_10209989901537585_1483632222_n

This is was my first trail alone with binoculars! I learned a lot about how much I have a lot to learn!

  • American Goldfinch
  • Black-capped Chikadee
  • UI Waterfowl (Mallard?)
  • UI Gull (Ring-billed gull?)
  • Hairy Woodpecker
  • White-breasted Nuthatch
  • Northern Cardinal
  • American crow
  • Dark-eyed Junco
  • Blue Jay (?)
  • Canada geese
  • American Robin