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PBTC Birding on the Bruce 2018

Wednesday May 30, 2018 turned out to be a beautiful sunny day as a large number of birders gathered at the Dyer’s Bay parking lot for the start of our annual Peninsula Club birding drive/hike.


The turn-out of 31 enthusiastic souls was a modern day record but the birds were not the least bit intimidated and showed up in pretty good numbers as well. The highlight of the day for those who managed to stay around until the bitter end (or should we say bittern end) was probably the fabulous looks we got of the American Bittern just a few metres north of Dyers Bay Road, although the spotting of a Golden Eagle was not exactly “chopped liver,” and the flowering tree full of Cedar Waxwings was a photographers delight.  


Thanks to the very keen eyes and ears of all the attendees we managed to count 55 different species, significantly exceeding last year’s total of a mere 47. The count is even much more impressive when you consider the fact that we missed some pretty common stuff such as Double-crested Cormorant, Wild Turkey, Black-capped Chickadee, Ovenbird, American Tree Sparrow, House Sparrow, etc. So there seems to be room to increase our numbers next year.


Here is the list of what we did see and/or heard.


Common Loon                      American Bittern             Great Blue Heron

Great Egret                           Canada Goose                 Wood Duck

Mallard                                  Blue-winged Teal             Common Merganser                  

Red-breasted Merganser    Turkey Vulture                   Osprey 

Northern Harrier                  Red-tailed Hawk               Golden Eagle

Merlin                                   Sandhill Crane                   Sora

Spotted Sandpiper             Ring-billed Gull                 Herring Gull                    

Mourning Dove                   Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Northern Flicker                  Eastern Phoebe                Eastern Kingbird

Tree Swallow                        Barn Swallow                    Blue Jay

American Crow                   Common Raven                House Wren                    

Eastern Bluebird                 American Robin                Gray Catbird

Brown Thrasher                  Cedar Waxwing                 European Starling

Blue-winged Warbler        Yellow Warbler                   Chestnut-sided Warbler

American Redstart             Common Yellowthroat      Northern Cardinal

Indigo Bunting                   Chipping Sparrow             Savannah Sparrow

Song Sparrow                     Bobolink                            Red-winged Blackbird      

Eastern Meadowlark          Common Grackle              Brown-headed Cowbird

Baltimore Oriole                 American Goldfinch                  


Thanks to all the birders who came out this year and contributed their eyes and ears to our excellent adventure. We look forward to seeing you all again next year. If you couldn’t join us this year but have even a slight interest in our avian friends then why not pencil in Wednesday May 22, 2019 on your calendar. That’s the tentative date for next year. It’s a lot of fun and there is NO EXPERTISE REQUIRED!!







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