[Ontbirds]Cackling & Snow Geese at Coyote Pond

Sat Oct 9 17:30:42 EDT 2004

Good afternoon all.

Today Stan Bajurny and I got to meet for birding at a decent hour and it 
turned out to be a fairly good day birding and weather wise even after the 
8:30 or so am monsoon that drove us back into the vehicle.

 When we first arrived at Coyote Pond there were about 300 or so Canada 
Geese but no little ones and the 300 or so were soon down to 3 birds and a 
Great blue Heron as they and approx. 200 Mallards flew north. After the rain 
we went back out and while waiting we saw 1 juvenile Merlin, 2 Cooper's 
Hawks, 4 Rusty Blackbirds, a few each of American Pipits and Horned Larks 
overhead as well as numerous Robins, Red-winged Blackbirds and Blue Jays 
flying past and a half a zillion Mourning Doves.

 We and a few other birders stood around and stood around and stood around 
until at last at 11am 10 Cackling Geese flew in and 10 minutes later another 
6 arrived. We had good scope views of these birds and then off we went to 
browner pastures.

 Not finding much in other places we returned to Coyote Pond around 3:15 in 
the afternoon to hopefully find a Snow Goose and  we fell into it and came 
out smelling like roses as there was one White Phase snow Goose on the pond 
that within 2 or so minutes of our arrival took of and flew north out of 

 While there awaiting a for a friend to catch up to us we observed 4 Eastern 
Bluebirds overhead and shortly an adult Merlin flew by. A nice ending to a 
leisurely birding day.

Directions to Coyote Pond borrowed from Jean Iron's posting:- Coyote Pond 
lies on the north side of Highway 7, 1 km east of  the Ninth Line in 
Markham. There's a big blue real estate type sign near where you can pull 
off the road to park on the side.

Norm Murr
Richmond Hill, ON

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