Saturday, 30 April 2011

30th April 2011 Dufferin Islands & Wheatley

Walked Dufferin Islands NR adjacent to Niagara Falls and then drove to Wheatley arriving in the late afternoon. Met with Donna & Scott and moved-in to our superb lakeside cottage on Lake Erie where we were staying for the next three weeks. Weather sunny and calm but with a strong easterly late afternoon.

Double-crested Cormorant c.50
Great Blue Heron 5
Great Egret 3
Black-crowned Night-Heron 1
Mute Swan 7
Canada Goose c.35
Wood Duck 1
Mallard 4
Gadwall 7
Green-winged Teal 30W
Red-breasted Merganser 2
Ruddy Duck 1
Turkey Vulture c.30
Red-tailed Hawk 6
Bald Eagle 1
Merlin 1
Bonaparte's Gull 50W
Ring-billed Gull c.1,000
American Herring Gull c.10
Mourning Dove c.50
Belted Kingfisher 1
Downy Woodpecker 3
Blue Jay 5
American Crow 20
Purple Martin 10
Tree Swallow 15
Barn Swallow 4
Black-capped Chickadee 8
White-breasted Nuthatch 3
Brown Creeper 1
American Robin c.60
Grey Catbird 2
Brown Thrasher 1
Starling c.100
Cardinal 2
Yellow Warbler 3
Black-throated Blue Warbler 3 males
Myrtle Warbler c.10
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 1
Eastern Towhee 1
Field Sparrow 1
Chipping Sparrow 2
White-throated Sparrow 5
White-crowned Sparrow 1
Song Sparrow 4
Red-winged Blackbird c.500
Common Grackle c.500
Baltimore Oriole 1
House Finch 5
American Goldfinch 4
House Sparrow c.50

Field Sparrow at Dufferin Islands NR

Male Black-throated Blue Warblers at Dufferin Islands NR

Black-capped Chickadee at Dufferin Islands NR

American Robin at Dufferin Islands NR

Female Belted Kingfisher at Dufferin Islands NR

White-breasted Nuthatch at Dufferin Islands NR

Myrtle Warblers at Dufferin Islands NR

Presumed first-summer male House Finch at Wheatley

Friday, 29 April 2011

29th April 2011 Toronto to Niagara Falls

Arrived at Toronto at 3.15pm. Left the airport and drove to Niagara Falls. Saw the floodlit falls and a racoon patrolling the nearby lawns.

Double-crested Cormorant c.200
Canada Goose 6
Mallard 2
Turkey Vulture 2
Ring-billed Gull c.1,000
American Herring Gull 1
Mourning Dove 10
American Crow 6
American Robin 10
Red-winged Blackbird c.50
House Sparrow 2

Niagara Falls at night

Racoon at Niagara Falls

Monday, 25 April 2011

25th April 2011 Birling Gap Seawatch 6am - 6.30am N4-5 Clear

Ditchling Common
Nightingale h

Birling Gap
Gannet 50E
Scoter 14E
Red Kite 3 including a leucistic individual
Common Buzzard 1
Sparrowhawk 2
Guillemot 1E
Stone Curlew 1 ex. inadvertently flushed unfortunately flying off east
Collared Dove 1
Wheatear 10
Swallow 30
House Martin 3
Whitethroat c.30
Lesser Whitethroat 3
Blackcap h
Willow Warbler 1

Migrant Stone Curlew departing east!

Wheatear at Belle Tout

Leucistic wing-tagged Red Kite over Beachy Head

Goldfinch at Belle Tout

Hairy Dragonfly at Belle Tout

Sunday, 24 April 2011

24th April 2011 Birling Gap Seawatch 6am - 6.30am NW1 Clear

Diver sp. 2
Manx Shearwater 1E ex. at 6.04am
Eider 8 on sea
Red Kite 4 ex. in air together
Mediterranean Gull 4E
Sandwich Tern 2E
Whimbrel h
Stock Dove 1
Swallow 7
House Martin 1
Yellow Wagtail 2h
Tree Pipit 1
Wheatear 10
Pied Wagtail 1
Alba Wagtail 1
Rock Pipit 1
Whitethroat c.50
Lesser Whitethroat 4
Willow Warbler 2
Chiffchaff 3
Raven 1

Stoat 1

Comma 1
Dingy Skipper 1
Grizzled Skipper 3

Belle Tout Lighthouse from Crowlink

Sardin Valley

Goldfinch at Belle Tout

Orange-tip at Belle Tout

Wheatear at Belle Tout

Red Kites at Beachy Head

Cowslips in Cow Gap

Wallflowers in Whitbread Hollow

Forget-me-not at Whitbreah Hollow

Dingy Skipper at Whitbread Hollow

West Rise Marsh
Merlin 1 felt unseasonal in hot temperatures!

Green-veined Whites at West Rise Marsh

Reed Bunting at West Rise Marsh

Merlin at West Rise Marsh