Pectoral Sandpiper

Birding Late Summer into Fall



Tuesday September 25:

What a most fantastic day!

The sun was shining with blue skies, there was no wind, and there were birds everywhere!

Starting the morning at Petrie Island with calm condition, we decided to do a full search of the woods. Black-throated Green Warblers, Chickadees, Gray Catbirds, Goldfinches, White-throated Sparrows, Yellow-rumped Warblers, Flycatchers and woodpeckers seemed to be passing through in great number.

Later in the morning we ventured out to Giroux Pond where we had 4 Wilson’s Snipe and hundreds of Canada Geese among other water fowl. Just when we were about to leave, 3 Snow Geese came in and landed in the pond.

We ventured even further, checking local farm fields, and Embrun Lagoons. We had Sandhill Cranes flying over the fields near Navan, 4 species of swallows at Embrun, in addition we had Pectoral, Semipalmated & Least Sandpipers, and both Yellowlegs. We found many American Pipits in the farm fields close to Giroux Pond. There were dozens of Killdeers here as well.

The morning ended at 1pm and we had a total of 71 species.

DigiScoped Pectoral Sandpiper

Dawn at Petrie Island, Ottawa – Canada

Snow Goose

Chen caerulescens

Canada Goose

Branta canadensis

Wood Duck

Aix sponsa

Gadwall

Anas strepera

American Black Duck

Anas rubripes

Mallard

Anas platyrhynchos

Blue-winged Teal

Anas discors

Northern Shoveler

Anas clypeata

Northern Pintail

Anas acuta

Green-winged Teal

Anas crecca

Ring-necked Duck

Aythya collaris

Lesser Scaup

Aythya affinis

Ruddy Duck

Oxyura jamaicensis

Wild Turkey

Meleagris gallopavo

Pied-billed Grebe

Podilymbus podiceps

Great Blue Heron

Ardea herodias

Green Heron

Butorides virescens

Turkey Vulture

Cathartes aura

Bald Eagle

Haliaeetus leucocephalus

Northern Harrier

Circus cyaneus

Red-tailed Hawk

Buteo jamaicensis

Common Gallinule/Moorhen

Gallinula galeata

Sandhill Crane

Grus canadensis

Black-bellied Plover

Pluvialis squatarola

Killdeer

Charadrius vociferus

Greater Yellowlegs

Tringa melanoleuca

Lesser Yellowlegs

Tringa flavipes

Semipalmated Sandpiper

Calidris pusilla

Least Sandpiper

Calidris minutilla

Pectoral Sandpiper

Calidris melanotos

Wilson’s Snipe

Gallinago delicata

Ring-billed Gull

Larus delawarensis

Rock Pigeon

Columba livia

Mourning Dove

Zenaida macroura

Belted Kingfisher

Megaceryle alcyon

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

Sphyrapicus varius

Downy Woodpecker

Picoides pubescens

Hairy Woodpecker

Picoides villosus

Northern Flicker

Colaptes auratus

Pileated Woodpecker

Dryocopus pileatus

Eastern Wood-Pewee

Contopus virens

Eastern Phoebe

Sayornis phoebe

Blue-headed Vireo

Vireo solitarius

Blue Jay

Cyanocitta cristata

American Crow

Corvus brachyrhynchos

Tree Swallow

Tachycineta bicolor

Bank Swallow

Riparia riparia

Barn Swallow

Hirundo rustica

Cliff Swallow

Petrochelidon pyrrhonota

Black-capped Chickadee

Poecile atricapillus

White-breasted Nuthatch

Sitta carolinensis

Brown Creeper

Certhia americana

Swainson’s Thrush

Catharus ustulatus

American Robin

Turdus migratorius

Gray Catbird

Dumetella carolinensis

European Starling

Sturnus vulgaris

American Pipit

Anthus rubescens

Cedar Waxwing

Bombycilla cedrorum

Tennessee Warbler

Oreothlypis peregrina

Northern Parula

Setophaga americana

Magnolia Warbler

Setophaga magnolia

Blackpoll Warbler

Setophaga striata

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Setophaga coronata

Black-thr. Green Warbler

Setophaga virens

Savannah Sparrow

Passerculus sandwichensis

Song Sparrow

Melospiza melodia

White-throated Sparrow

Zonotrichia albicollis

Dark-eyed Junco

Junco hyemalis

Red-winged Blackbird

Agelaius phoeniceus

American Goldfinch

Spinus tristis

House Sparrow

Passer domesticus

Embrun Lagoons, Ottawa, Canada

Champlain Lookouts, Gatineau Park – Quebec, Canada

Saturday September 29:

It was a most beautiful late September morning. The trees, plants and grass have started to change color and the scenery is getting more and more interesting.

We ventured around in the Gatineau Park, but it was very quiet in the woods. Therefore, close to the end of the excursion, we decided to go down to the river and see what we could find there.

We ended up with a day list of 41 species.

Canada Goose

Branta canadensis

Mallard

Anas platyrhynchos

Lesser Scaup

Aythya affinis

Hooded Merganser

Lophodytes cucullatus

Ruffed Grouse

Bonasa umbellus

Double-crested Cormorant

Phalacrocorax auritus

Turkey Vulture

Cathartes aura

Black-bellied Plover

Pluvialis squatarola

Ring-billed Gull

Larus delawarensis

Herring Gull

Larus argentatus

Great Black-backed Gull

Larus marinus

Rock Pigeon

Columba livia

Mourning Dove

Zenaida macroura

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

Sphyrapicus varius

Downy Woodpecker

Picoides pubescens

Hairy Woodpecker

Picoides villosus

Northern Flicker

Colaptes auratus

Pileated Woodpecker

Dryocopus pileatus

Blue-headed Vireo

Vireo solitarius

Blue Jay

Cyanocitta cristata

American Crow

Corvus brachyrhynchos

Common Raven

Corvus corax

Black-capped Chickadee

Poecile atricapillus

Red-breasted Nuthatch

Sitta canadensis

White-breasted Nuthatch

Sitta carolinensis

Golden-crowned Kinglet

Regulus satrapa

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Regulus calendula

Swainson’s Thrush

Catharus ustulatus

American Robin

Turdus migratorius

Gray Catbird

Dumetella carolinensis

European Starling

Sturnus vulgaris

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Setophaga coronata

Song Sparrow

Melospiza melodia

Dark-eyed Junco

Junco hyemalis

Northern Cardinal

Cardinalis cardinalis

Red-winged Blackbird

Agelaius phoeniceus

Common Grackle

Quiscalus quiscula

Purple Finch

Carpodacus purpureus

Pine Siskin

Spinus pinus

American Goldfinch

Spinus tristis

House Sparrow

Passer domesticus

Black-bellied Plover, Photo courtesy Joshua McCullough

Deschenes Rapids, Ottawa, Canada

Sunday September 30:

The weather was not on our side today, but there was no wind and the rain didn’t start until the excursion was finished.

We started at Andrew Haydon where a couple of the participants got beautiful shots of a Black-bellied Plover. At Shirley’s Bay we had a Brant fly by, but when we came back to Andrew Haydon Park to end our excursion we had a whole flock, with about a 100 Brandt. We also had a Lincoln’s Sparrow at the entrance of the mud flats.

A quick stop at the Quarry Pond revealed 7 Cackling Geese, hundreds of Canada Geese and 2 snow Geese among other water fowl and gulls.

It was a super day birding with a day list of 60 species.

Snow Goose

Chen caerulescens

Brant

Branta bernicla

Cackling Goose

Branta hutchinsii

Canada Goose

Branta canadensis

American Wigeon

Anas americana

American Black Duck

Anas rubripes

Mallard

Anas platyrhynchos

Blue-winged Teal

Anas discors

Green-winged Teal

Anas crecca

Ring-necked Duck

Aythya collaris

Greater Scaup

Aythya marila

Lesser Scaup

Aythya affinis

Common Goldeneye

Bucephala clangula

Common Merganser

Mergus merganser

Ruddy Duck

Oxyura jamaicensis

Pied-billed Grebe

Podilymbus podiceps

Red-necked Grebe

Podiceps grisegena

Double-crested Cormorant

Phalacrocorax auritus

Great Blue Heron

Ardea herodias

Great Egret

Ardea alba

Turkey Vulture

Cathartes aura

Osprey

Pandion haliaetus

Red-tailed Hawk

Buteo jamaicensis

Black-bellied Plover

Pluvialis squatarola

Semipalmated Plover

Charadrius semipalmatus

Greater Yellowlegs

Tringa melanoleuca

Lesser Yellowlegs

Tringa flavipes

Ring-billed Gull

Larus delawarensis

Herring Gull

Larus argentatus

Lesser Black-backed Gull

Larus fuscus

Great Black-backed Gull

Larus marinus

Rock Pigeon

Columba livia

Mourning Dove

Zenaida macroura

Belted Kingfisher

Megaceryle alcyon

Downy Woodpecker

Picoides pubescens

Blue Jay

Cyanocitta cristata

American Crow

Corvus brachyrhynchos

Common Raven

Corvus corax

Black-capped Chickadee

Poecile atricapillus

Red-breasted Nuthatch

Sitta canadensis

White-breasted Nuthatch

Sitta carolinensis

Golden-crowned Kinglet

Regulus satrapa

American Robin

Turdus migratorius

Brown Thrasher

Toxostoma rufum

European Starling

Sturnus vulgaris

American Pipit

Anthus rubescens

Common Yellowthroat

Geothlypis trichas

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Setophaga coronata

Chipping Sparrow

Spizella passerina

Song Sparrow

Melospiza melodia

Lincoln’s Sparrow

Melospiza lincolnii

Swamp Sparrow

Melospiza georgiana

White-throated Sparrow

Zonotrichia albicollis

White-crowned Sparrow

Zonotrichia leucophrys

Northern Cardinal

Cardinalis cardinalis

Red-winged Blackbird

Agelaius phoeniceus

Eastern Meadowlark

Sturnella magna

Pine Siskin

Spinus pinus

American Goldfinch

Spinus tristis

House Sparrow

Passer domesticus

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Nina Stavlund

Nina Stavlund

Professional Photographer accepting new assignments! After working as an Executive/Personal Assistant for 15 years, mainly in the oil and gas business in Norway, I needed a change in my life. Since photography had been a passion since I was a child, I wanted to do something creative and meaningful in this field. This inspired me to visit Greece for 3 wonderful years. After returning to Norway, I decided it was time to become a professional photographer/artist. In 2010, I graduated from “Bilder Nordic School of Photography” in Oslo. At the same time, I was working full time with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) International Arctic Program. In addition to nature & wildlife photography, I also do lifestyle, weddings/anniversaries, portrait and creative photography and I teach photography and photo editing.

Nina Stavlund

Nina Stavlund

Professional Photographer accepting new assignments! After working as an Executive/Personal Assistant for 15 years, mainly in the oil and gas business in Norway, I needed a change in my life. Since photography had been a passion since I was a child, I wanted to do something creative and meaningful in this field. This inspired me to visit Greece for 3 wonderful years. After returning to Norway, I decided it was time to become a professional photographer/artist. In 2010, I graduated from “Bilder Nordic School of Photography” in Oslo. At the same time, I was working full time with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) International Arctic Program. In addition to nature & wildlife photography, I also do lifestyle, weddings/anniversaries, portrait and creative photography and I teach photography and photo editing.

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