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from Chris Lewis
This year's Seedathon was held on Sunday September 4, 2005. Although our team (Bob Bracken, Bernie Ladouceur and Chris Lewis) did not find any rarities as we have in some of our past years on this event, we had an excellent day. Blessed with great weather and rich species diversity, we tallied our 2nd highest ever total since we took on the Seedathon challenge 6 years ago. Every year thus far, we have been fortunate to have good "people" weather, which does NOT always translate into good "birding" weather. However, this year, from our pre-dawn beginning south of Munster to our sunset ending in the west end of Ottawa, the weather-gods smiled upon both us and the birds. The only drawback was one that everyone can relate to -- the horrendous price of gas! Although we tried to limit our driving distance, we had several "must-visit" locations on our agenda, most of which proved to be very productive. After spending 15 hours out and about, including 327 km by car and 10 km on foot, we found a very respectable 125 species.
Some of our bird highlights included 2 Great Egrets at Shirley's Bay, both Common and Red-breasted Mergansers in the Des Chenes rapids, 22 Ruddy Ducks in a pond on Moodie Drive, 8 species of raptors including 4 Merlins and a Peregrine Falcon, 13 species of shorebirds including the only Ruddy Turnstone of the season, a Lesser Black-backed Gull also at the Des Chenes rapids, 3 Philadelphia Vireos in different locations, 17 species of warblers mainly at Shirley's Bay and Britannia, 1 surprisingly vocal Eastern Towhee in the Carp Hills, and 11 species of sparrows.
As always, we enjoyed the day and were once again proud to make this effort to raise funds for the OFNC bird feeders. We encourage everyone to visit the OFNC feeders at the Fletcher Wildlife Garden (Prince of Wales Dr.), the Mer Bleue (Doman Ridge Rd.), the Pine Grove Trail (Davidson Rd.), the Jack Pine Trail (Moodie Dr.), and the Canadian Museum of Nature (Pink Rd., Aylmer). The museum feeders are jointly supplied by the OFNC and the Club des Ornithologues de l'Outaouais. Directions to the feeder locations can be found at ....(link on Birding page on web site).
On behalf of the OFNC and all the birds, our sincere thanks to everyone who pledged their support this year!
Bob Bracken, Bernie Ladouceur, Chris Lewis
This page was revised on 27 September 2005
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