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Gillian M's Year/Photo List

 
 
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Old Monday 12th November 2007, 23:55   #76
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Seen November 11, 2007:

192. Common Redpoll

My first winter finch in what is shaping up to be an amazing irruption year. We found a small flock on a weedy roadside in the country yesterday, and although I got some photos, they were from a fair distance. So last night I put my mind to it and tried to figure out where the closest, largest, weediest field was that I could get to by bus from downtown on my lunch hour. One location sprang to mind, obvious now in retrospect, and sure enough I found a flock there today at lunch and got some better photos!
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Old Monday 19th November 2007, 02:32   #77
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A trip to the Kingston/Amherst Island area today produced three lifers and one additional bird for my year list today!

Seen November 18, 2007:

193. Eurasian Wigeon
194. Red-bellied Woodpecker
195. Long-eared Owl
196. Short-eared Owl

(I note there is also an American Wigeon in the photo of the Eurasian Wigeon).
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Old Saturday 1st December 2007, 21:49   #78
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Seen December 1, 2007:

197. Pine Grosbeak

This is a bird I've been waiting a while to see! The last few times I went to look for it in places it had been reported it wasn't there. Finally today I found a flock of them...right in my own neighbourhood!
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Old Saturday 22nd December 2007, 18:54   #79
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Seen December 22, 2007:

198. Harlequin Duck

For the last week a Harlequin Duck has been seen at a spot on the rapids of the Ottawa River, so today I made the trek over to the Quebec side and located her. A male would have been nicer, but I won't complain.

I also saw a long-tailed duck at the same spot, which was a nice surprise; it's the first one I've seen in Ottawa.

So, only nine more days left in the year. Chances of adding to my year list now are slim, but there are a few possibilities.
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Old Thursday 27th December 2007, 01:11   #80
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Seen December 26, 2007:

199. Barred Owl

I finally saw one today, and it took a lot of luck to find it! Someone had seen it perched on a tree right at the side of the road yesterday, but today it was in the woods beyond the road (private property, unfortunately). A couple of crows cawing at something in a tree alerted me to the fact that it was likely still around. I don't know how I managed to point my binoculars at exactly the right spot, but I did!
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Old Saturday 29th December 2007, 21:09   #81
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Year Bird #200!

Seen December 29, 2007:

200. Evening Grosbeak

I went out looking for a Red-shouldered Hawk and found three Evening Grosbeaks instead. I am quite happy that I have finally seen these beautiful birds....now I just need a better photo!
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Old Tuesday 1st January 2008, 02:30   #82
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The Last Birds

Seen December 30, 2007:

201. Townsend's Solitaire

202. Hoary Redpoll

The Townsend's Solitaire is a rarity in Ottawa and has been around for a week now; my birding partner and I managed to find it yesterday morning. It's erratic flight pattern first drew our attention, and when it landed in this tree I managed to take two photos before it flew away again. Hopefully I'll be able to re-locate it this week and get a better photo which shows it's distinctive eyering and colouring!

The Hoary Redpoll was seen at a feeder with a large flock of Common Redpolls. Much harder to identify, it was the opinion of two local birders that persuaded me to count this as my 207th lifer.
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