Tuesday 6 November 2012

Netitishi Days 4 and 5

Days 1 and 2 - October 21 - 22, 2012
Day 3 - October 23, 2012
Days 4 and 5 - October 24 - 25, 2012
Days 6 and 7 - October 26 - 27, 2012
Days 8 and 9 - October 28 - 29, 2012
Days 10 and 11 - October 30 - 31, 2012
Day 12 - November 1, 2012

October 24, 2012
Weather: between 1 and 7 Celsius, overcast with some drizzle, winds SE switching E, 15-20 km/h
ebird checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/canada/view/checklist?subID=S11953101
37 species

Today was a fairly uneventful day with no real highlights. The winds from from a pretty bad direction and as a result very birds were flying. I had the first Green-winged Teal of the trip, more Rough-legged Hawks, and a Northern Shrike which briefly perched on the now-defunct "Gyrfalcon Pole".

Northern Shrike - Netitishi Point

Of course the local Gray Jays were looking for handouts around camp.

Gray Jay - Netitishi Point

I actually took my camera out for some scenery shots today.

coastline at  Netitishi Point

The sun came out late in the day for a bit, warming the surrounding landscape to an almost balmy 7 degrees. Even the occasional fly was out and about!

fly - Netitishi Point

The winds were light and by evening it was calm with a full moon. I went out again and got a few photos of the wind shelter near the coast.

early evening - Netitishi Point

early evening - Netitishi Point

moon - Netitishi Point

October 25, 2012
Weather: between 5 and 15 Celcius, overcast with showers and some thunder, wind E switching SW, 5 to 10 km/h
ebird checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/canada/view/checklist?subID=S11953194
35 species

Another poor day for weather with warm temperatures, rain, and light winds from the wrong direction. I guess we couldn't be too disappointed, given the good conditions and rare birds a few days earlier. Even still we were hoping that the southwest winds would bring us rare Passerines from the south.

At one point I was bored of seawatching since few waterfowl were migrating, so I wandered east down the coast a few miles. I found the only southern Passerine of the day, an American Robin. Exciting Stuff!

Other highlights for the day included a bunch of Lapland Longspurs, the first Red-breasted Nuthatch on the trip, and 2 seperate Three-toed Woodpeckers! They both proved to be alusive and we didn't get photos of either.

Hopefully the weather clears soon and the waterbirds pick up again!

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