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DVOC Field Trip Report
by Win Shafer

February 13-15, 2010

We left Conshohocken at 4AM Sat morning and headed to Ottawa. We arrived in Ottawa before noon and met Larry Neilly (who runs the Neillyworld.com website which is a great asset for birding the Ottawa area. Larry was kind enough to serve as our guide for the afternoon. We struck out on three of our target birds (Gray Partridge, Northern Hawk Owl and Barrow’s Goldeneye) but did pick up American Tree Sparrow and a Snowy Owl. We birded till dusk and then drove to the Amherst Island area where we spent the night.

On Sunday morning we again started early catching the 7:30AM ferry onto Amherst Island. Although it was a beautiful day the gods of birding were not smiling on us. In Owl Woods we could not locate the Boreal Owl, Long-eared Owls or Saw-whet Owls although we did find a single Barred Owl and a flock of Snow Buntings. The Dupont hot ponds near Kingston produced a good variety of ducks but the highlight of the day was Presque’ile Provincial Park located on a peninsula on the shores of Lake Ontario. There we were able to locate a Barrow’s Goldeneye, many Long-tailed Ducks and Scaup and 4 Barred Owls. On the way out of the park we also spotted a Northern Shrike. After a long drive through some snowy weather we spent the night in Gravenhurst in a wonderful Marriot Residence Inn complete with fireplaces in each room!

Monday morning found us headed into Algonquin Park which had a beautiful covering of snow. Reports of birds in the park this winter had been sparse but we did manage to locate Gray Jays in several places, Ravens and Goldfinches and 4 Roughed Grouse at the visitor’s center and a few Red-breasted Nuthatches. As we exited the park we split up (some of us had to work the next day) and part of the group was successful in finding a Northern Hawk Owl west of the park.

All in all it was a successful trip with several members of the group of 8 adding life birds to their list. We finished with 50 species for the trip.

Species list:
Mute Swan
Canada Goose
American Black Duck
Greater Scaup
Long-tailed Duck
White-winged Scoter
Common Goldeneye
Barrow’s Goldeneye
Red-breasted Merganser
Common Merganser
Turkey Vulture
Bald Eagle
Northern Harrier
Northern Goshawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Rough-legged Hawk
American Kestral
Rufffed Grouse
American Coot
Ring-billed Gull
Great Black-backed Gull
Glaucous Gull
American Herring Gull
Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove
Snowy Owl
Barred Owl
Northern Hawk Owl
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
American Robin
Black-capped Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
White-breasted Nuthatch
Northern Shrike
Gray Jay
Blue Jay
American Crow
Common Raven
European Starling
House Sparrow
House Finch
American Goldfinch
American Tree Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Snow Bunting

Pictures by Deidre Asbjorn