Fall Waterfowl on Owen Sound Bay

November 1, 2008

Event report by John Reaume

November first was a beautiful sunny day with a stiff cool breeze coming off the Bay. Five SFN members and one guest joined Fred Jazvac (president of the OSFN) for a car tour around both sides of Owen Sound Bay in search of waterfowl. Our species total for the day was 26, which included 16 types of waterfowl. The highlight of the day had to be the 14 Greater White-fronted Geese seen with a large flock of Canada Geese. We almost missed them entirely until we noted that some of the sleeping Canada Geese had “orange” legs. Great views were had by all once we realized all was not as it appeared!

Other birds recorded on the day included: Mute Swan, Canada Geese, Mallard, American Wigeon, Redhead, Ring-necked Duck, Greater Scaup, Surf Scoter, Common Goldeneye, Bufflehead, Common Merganser, Red-breasted Merganser, Hooded Merganser, Horned Grebe and Pied-billed Grebe. On land we noted Chickadees, Juncos, a Golden-crowned Kinglet, Rock Pigeons, Crow, Robins, Ring-billed Gulls, Herring Gull, a lone Great Black-backed Gull and Blue Jays.

Fred was a gifted leader who shared his wealth of knowledge with our group and a good time was had by all.

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