[Ontbirds] OFO Trip to Tiny Marsh
Ronald J. Fleming
"ronaldj..fleming" at sympatico.ca
Sat Apr 17 19:33:39 EDT 2004
After running the gauntlet of a nasty mornings seemingly endless cloud
cover, several sobering flashes of scope-discouraging lightning, and
several bothersome bouts of binocular-clouding rains, 40 hardy
participants on todays OFO trip to Tiny Marsh were eventually rewarded
with balmy temperatures, clear blue skies and a very nice assortment of
spring arrivals. As the day steadily improved, so did the birding - by
the time the last eight stalwart birders packed things in at 5:00 p.m.,
the groups collective list had reached 64 species.
Highlights included several good looks (and listens) at SANDHILL CRANES,
two AMERICAN BITTERNS, a lone GREAT EGRET, our first two warbler species
of the spring (YELLOW-RUMPED and PINE), 14 duck species, two OSPREY, six
WILD TURKEYS, numerous TREE SWALLOWS and a single BARN SWALLOW, a very
early GREAT-CRESTED FLYCATCHER, several RUSTY BLACKBIRDS, and - perhaps
most surprising of all - a SHORT-EARED OWL flying along the dike trail.
Other spring arrivals of interest were several EASTERN PHOEBES, EASTERN
MEADOWLARKS, PIED-BILLED GREBES, NORTHERN HARRIERS, BELTED KINGFISHERES
and a FOX SPARROW.
Many thanks to those of you who joined me hiking and birding around this
beautiful wetland. You are great sports for having stuck with it during
those gray and gloomy hours before the weather turned.
Ron Fleming, Newmarket
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