Sunday, April 11, 2010

Along the Highwat 627 corridor

We spent a few minutes observing a magnificent Black Bear that was munching on grasses beside the highway. He seems to have emerged from his winter den site in excellent shape.

The mouth of the Pic River and - a few km to the east - Hattie Cove are two of the better places to view migrating waterfowl. At the mouth of the Pic this morning were Canada Goose, Common Goldeneye, Mallard, American Black Duck, Northern Pintail, American Wigeon and Green-winged Teal. Through the fog hanging over Hattie Cove we watched several passing "V's" of Canada Geese. After the fog had burned off, we saw many of the same ducks we'd seen on the Pic as well as Bufflehead and Common Merganser. It was also good to see a Bald Eagle sitting on a nest from which two healthy eaglets fledged last summer.
Boardwalk in Hattie Cove, Pukaskwa N.P.

Birds Seen:

Canada Goose 229
Eurasian Wigeon 1
American Black Duck 13
Mallard 33
Northern Pintail 2
Green-winged Teal 8
Bufflehead 1
Common Goldeneye 6
Common Merganser 4
Ruffed Grouse 1
Bald Eagle 1
Ring-billed Gull 4
Herring Gull 14
Mourning Dove 2
Belted Kingfisher 2
Downy Woodpecker 3
Hairy Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker 2
Pileated Woodpecker 1

Gray Jay 3
American Crow 6
Common Raven 7
Black-capped Chickadee 9
Boreal Chickadee 1
Red-breasted Nuthatch 2
Winter Wren 8
Golden-crowned Kinglet 8
American Robin 7
European Starling 10
American Tree Sparrow 4
Fox Sparrow 1
Song Sparrow 2
Dark-eyed Junco 17
Rusty Blackbird 5
Common Grackle 15
Purple Finch 4
Pine Siskin 3
Evening Grosbeak 6

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