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Eight of us left Petra’s in two cars (Tom, Gerhard, Jane, Julian and Kay, Glen, Roger, Mike) to reunite on the road up to the lake when Roger grabbed a terrified Northern Flicker from under a mob of crows. He launched it into nearby dense shrubbery, in hopes it would live to tell the tale to many generations of little Flickers. We ignored Roger’s claim of seeing a Roseate Spoonbill once again.
Already restlessly roaming at the park were Marion, Greg, Paula & Ray, and Otto Andretti raced into the parking lot shortly after. We were quickly persuaded to take the Dike Trail with Otto’s promise of three Bullock’s Oriole nests, and made plans to check out the Ospreys and American Redstarts on other trails later. Shortly after we started our ramble (along a flat but tricky trail – almost lost a few birders to the deep potholes) we were joined by another carload – White Rock Al with Wim and Pauline. Total participants – 16.
Directly over us was a Bullock’s Oriole nest charmingly interlaced with bright pink ribbon.
The parents were returning with grubs for the young and some juveniles were seen. The air was full of bird chatter – we spotted Cedar Waxwings, Swainson’s Thrush, a Willow Flycatcher, a Starling nest, a beaver lodge, and a tree full of Tree and Cliff Swallows.
We heard Western Wood Pewee. We reached the Lookout Tower for the group photo and dodged mosquitos back to the parking lot. Song Sparrows and Orange-crowned Warblers were spotted along with my favorite – Yellow Warbler, close up. A Common Yellowthroat was singing so slowly and beautifully, he was dubbed a Mellowthroat by our crew.
The jetty with the Osprey nest yielded exciting views of a male Osprey bringing a fish back to the youngsters.
Some followed the trail to the west into the woods in pursuit of the elusive American Redstart and Gray Catbird (seen by some). A Great Blue Heron, Eastern Kingbird, juvenile Raven, Turkey Vulture and Northern Harrier were also spotted.
Report by Jane Zahradnik
Next Wednesday’s outing, July 23, will be to Serpentine Fen; we will leave from Petra’s at 7:30 a.m. and meet our Leader White Rock Al around 8:00 a.m. at the Serpentine parking lot by the barn behind the Nursery.
The following Wednesday, July 30, we will go to Iona. Tom