Well 'tis the season. This morning my Dad and I took a drive up to Conestoga Lake, checking out the area, ahead of the count-week period for the Linwood CBC being held this Sunday (December 30th). Check out the link for the Linwood CBC.
We had some pretty good birds, especially for our local area - check it out:
Hoary Redpoll - we had 1 female type exilpes in a flock of about 70 CORE's just east of the town of Glen Allan
|Hoary Redpoll, from the Dundalk area in early November (2012).|
Pine Grosbeak - ~10 were below the dam, at Conestoga Lake
Red-breasted Merganser - 1 female with Common Mergs on the lake (this would be a new species for the count)
Iceland Gull - 1 first-winter below the dam (this would be a new species as well)
Bald Eagles - 4 on the lake (3 adults, 1 first-year?)
Great Blue Heron - 1 below the dam, 1 in Waterloo Region on a random open creek
Waterfowl numbers are high - we estimated 700 Canada Geese and 500 Common Mergansers.
Redpolls seem to be in good numbers, with 3 large flocks, each over 50 birds (estimated 270+). These 3 groups were widely scattered as well.
Hawk numbers were also surprisingly in moderate-high numbers. Our drive is ~65km long, today we had 4 BAEA, 1 COHA, 12 RTHA, 13 RLHA and 1 AMKE. This is a relatively high number of birds of prey, particularly given the recent weather we've had. It will be interesting to see what happens on count day.
Summary of what we saw, here: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S12365874
Currently we actually need some extra help for the Linwood CBC....so if anyone is available, please let me know.