Tuesday, May 10, 2011

A bike ride through Neys Provincial Park

I swung through Neys Provincial Park for a few hours this morning. The gate was closed so I was obliged to cycle from the CPR tracks down to the beaches (about 4 km). The woods were full of the songs of kinglets (both species) Yellow-rumped Warblers and White-throated Sparrows. Four Palm Warblers brought the warbler species count to an unremarkable two.

Mottled Snowshoe Hares and female Ruffed Grouse foraged along the roadsides. Male Ruffed Grouse could be heard drumming from within the forest at several places.

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A nice surprise was a male American Three-toed Woodpecker that was noisily foraging on a spruce trunk in the camp ground (site 80e if you must know). I don't see many of these outside of winter.

Here are the bird totals as processed through eBird.

Location:     Neys Provincial Park
Observation date:     5/10/11
Number of species:     29

Bufflehead     5
Common Merganser     2
Ruffed Grouse     8
Common Loon     3
Great Blue Heron     1
Sharp-shinned Hawk     1
Broad-winged Hawk     3
Ring-billed Gull     3
Herring Gull     2
Mourning Dove     1
Downy Woodpecker     2
American Three-toed Woodpecker     1
Northern Flicker     2
American Crow     12
Common Raven     3
Boreal Chickadee     1
Red-breasted Nuthatch     13
Golden-crowned Kinglet     10
Ruby-crowned Kinglet     35
American Robin     1
Yellow-rumped Warbler     18
Palm Warbler     4
Chipping Sparrow     2
Song Sparrow     4
White-throated Sparrow     17
White-crowned Sparrow     2
Dark-eyed Junco     2
Red-winged Blackbird     1
Pine Siskin     1

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