[Ontbirds] OFO Minesing trip-April 26

dave milsom via ONTBIRDS birdalert at ontbirds.ca
Sat Apr 26 21:30:23 EDT 2014

30 birders braved the damp, cold conditions to enjoy a good day's birding around and within the Minesing Swamp today.
73 species included hundreds of ducks in the extensive flooded areas around the swamp as well as hordes of icterids and early migrants.
At least 500 Rusty Blackbirds were tallied over the course of the day plus many Pintail, Am. Wigeon, L. Scaup, N. Shovelers, Ring-necked Ducks, Redhead and Green-winged Teal.
Other interesting sightings included Wood Ducks, Pied-billed Grebe, Blue-winged Teal, 3  Trumpeter Swans on nests, Sandhill Crane, Ruffed Grouse, Winter Wren, Black and White Warbler, Pine Warbler, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Pileated Woodpecker, Eastern Phoebe, Eastern Bluebird, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, 4 Ravens, both Kinglets, Fox Sparrow.
4 shorebird species : 150 + Greater Yellowlegs, 12 Lesser Yellowlegs, 14 Wilson's Snipe, 4 Killdeer.
Many thanks to John Schemelefske and Jean Iron for their very able assistance today.
It was a pleasure to lead such an appreciative and fun-loving group !
Dave Milsom
milsomdave at hotmail.com 

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