Saturday, April 30, 2022


       We had an excellent bird walk this morning. It was plus 12 C, calm and partly cloudy. 

     We went to a place called Heritage Ranch which was set aside for parkland and developed in the 1970's . Part of it was farmed and used to raise cattle. A large part of it was taken for gravel pits. Trees shrubs and grass have come back to these areas and it makes for some good birding habitat. 

     We had 16 spotters of various ages, shapes and sizes.

 We saw 22 species. More of the spring migrants are starting to show up. 

Protocol: Traveling5.416 kilometer(s)Checklist Comments:     RDRN Bird Focus Group outing22 speciesCanada Goose (Branta canadensis)  5Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  10Common Goldeneye (Bucephala clangula)  1Common Merganser (Mergus merganser)  2Franklin's Gull (Leucophaeus pipixcan)  5Osprey (Pandion haliaetus)  2Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon)  1Downy Woodpecker (Dryobates pubescens)  2Hairy Woodpecker (Dryobates villosus)  1American Kestrel (Falco sparverius)  1Merlin (Falco columbarius)  1Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus)  2American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)  4Common Raven (Corvus corax)  1Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)  55Boreal Chickadee (Poecile hudsonicus)  3Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Corthylio calendula)  1Red-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta canadensis)  2American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  4Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)  1Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  2Yellow-rumped Warbler (Setophaga coronata)  4View this checklist online at report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (

     Now I am not a bird photographer. I may be able to give some links tomorrow for photos. 

     But to show you my lack of skill here are my two bird shots. Nuff said!