Monday, April 19, 2010

Weekend bird notes ♩ ♬ ♪

Spring migration if picking up some momentum. More raptors - Merlin, American Kestrel and Northern Harrier - are being seen around town.
Northern Harrier at Peninsula Harbour, 17.04.

Our backyard is are hopping with scores of American Tree Sparrows, Dark-eyed Juncos, Pine Siskins and Purple Finches. We have smaller numbers of Fox, White-throated and Song Sparrows. The Eurasian Siskin returned on April 19 after not being seen for a few days.

Nolan and I spent the better part of a fair Sunday birding in the Town of Marathon & the Hwy 627 corridor through Heron Bay and Hattie Cove in Pukaskwa National Park. We came up with 43 species:

Canada Goose 11Rock Pigeon 2American Robin 14
American Black Duck 3Mourning Dove 5Yellow-rumped Warbler 1*
Mallard 5Belted Kingfisher 1Song Sparrow 22
Green-winged Teal 4Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1Fox Sparrow 2
Bufflehead 2Downy Woodpecker 7White-throated Sparrow 1
Common Goldeneye 23Northern Flicker 18American Tree Sparrow 18
Common Merganser 4American Crow 22Dark-eyed Junco 65
Ruffed Grouse 8Common Raven 50Red-winged Blackbird 3
Great Blue Heron* 1Black-capped Chickadee 15Common Grackle 8
Turkey Vulture 2Red-breasted Nuthatch 12Brown-headed Cowbird 3
Bald Eagle 2Winter Wren 6Purple Finch 12
American Kestrel* 1Golden-crowned Kinglet 30Pine Siskin 16
Merlin 2Ruby-crowned Kinglet 6Evening Grosbeak 10
Ring-billed Gull 41European Starling 6*first of year
Herring Gull 230Hermit Thrush 3

Our friend Wayne Michano reported some good birds from Marathon:

April 14 - Yellow-rumped Warbler (3); In our Crab-apple tree.

April 17- Bohemian Waxwings (5-6); Green-belt behind our home; positive identification via the reddish features near the rump portion of the tail feathers.

April 17- Sandhill Cranes flying over our home area; way high up; I could not see them.

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