We left Monday evening after my first day of classes, arriving at our destination for then night at around 1:00 AM. The next morning we showed up at the spot and immediately met Nicholas von Maltzahn, also standing vigil at the feeders. Unfortunately it wasn't seen for the several hours we were there. Nick showed us some spots around the Larose forest before he had to take off. After not getting any Evening Grosbeaks at the feeders where they are supposed to be, we lucked out and heard two Red Crossbills calling. I managed to get very crappy photos of one!
|Red Crossbill - Larose Forest|
With about an hour of light left we drove down to Bate's Island to try for Barrow's Goldeneye. In the fading light Andrew picked out a textbook example of a female Barrow's Godeneye! I found an adult Glaucous Gull nearby and I ended the day with 82 species for the year.
Today we took the Amherst Island ferry to try for some owls and other wintering raptors. Driving along the roads we saw several raptors, including Snowy Owls, Rough-legged Hawks, Red-tailed Hawks, Northern Harriers and American Kestrels.
|distant Snowy Owl - Amherst Island|
A walk around Owl Woods was next on the agenda. A flock of 4 Common Redpolls greated us near on the walk in.
|Common Redpolls - Amherst Island|
Thar be owls in them woods....
|owl pellet - Amherst Island|
|Northern Saw-whet Owl - Amherst Island|
|Northern Goshawk - Amherst Island|
|House Finch - Amherst Island|
|American Robin - Amherst Island|