The Pipits: April 2 2022, Vinemount Meadows Sanctuary 5 Apr 2022 5:36 PMColleen Reilly (Administrator) This past Saturday was a really fun outing to Vinemount Meadows Sanctuary, with Bruce and Laurie MacKenzie!
19 Pipits joined the trip, and it was delightful as always to see Bruce and Laurie again. Bruce shared his knowledge of the history of the location, as well as his knowledge as a naturalist.
Early in the morning quite a number of Eastern Meadowlarks were singing, and could be seen quite close but as the majority of the group arrived they became more elusive.
The local pair of Kestrels also made an appearance and later in the walk, we had distant views of a third Kestrel, as well as a flock of at least 17 Common Ravens that flew over far overhead. So wonderful!
Signs of spring were also around in the Poplar catkins and Pussy Willows... and a few Tree Swallows frolicked around in the sky above us; being perturbed by our proximity to their chosen nest box!
Bruce shared a couple of articles that he's published. The first is in the Hamilton Naturalist Club's Wood Duck, Summer 2020 edition, page 5 (https://hamiltonnature.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/WD-volume-73-summer.pdf). The second is also in the Wood Duck, from March 2015, see page 148 (http://hamiltonnature.org/wp-content/uploads/pdfs/wood-duck/wood-duck-2015-03.pdf). Enjoy!
Thanks to everyone for coming out on this trip, and making it another great day out!
eBird trip list: Stoney Creek--10th Road East, Hamilton, Ontario, CA Apr 2, 2022 8:47 AM - 11:22 AM Protocol: Traveling 3.3 kilometer(s) 19 species Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 103 Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) 3 Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus) 1 Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura) 7 Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus) 1 American Kestrel (Falco sparverius) 3 Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus) 1 Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) 1 American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) 2 Common Raven (Corvus corax) 17 Seen by mobs. Wedge shaped tail. ID'd by Laurie and Bruce MacKenzie. Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor) 3 European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) X Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos) 1 American Robin (Turdus migratorius) 5 Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) 7 Eastern Meadowlark (Sturnella magna) 5 Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) X Brown-headed Cowbird (Molothrus ater) 1 Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) 2 View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S106084163 Google photo album: https://photos.app.goo.gl/9Y67WiYomvkiTEF16