Philipsburg sanctuary working day

Not exactly a local, green west-island birding day but a productive one in a good cause for all that.

A small working party of six BPQ-ites spent a very successful few hours at our Philipsburg sanctuary today checking out some of the finer details of the trail system we are mapping and looking seriously at possible sites for the erection of viewing platforms and hides around the marsh and above the cliff.

The weather was cooperative, the colours were gorgeous and we managed to see some nice birds as well in between our discussions about exactly which route up the cliff was likely to be the optimum one and exactly where the platforms might best be situated. Sitting on top of the cliff eating our lunches we were flown over so low and close by a Bald eagle that we wondered if he was planning to join us to share our crusts. Some 500 Canada Geese wheeled in and settled on the lake and a Northern Harrier (or two) quartered the cat-tail margins seeking a meal. A Tufted Titmouse came up close to let us admire it.

The day’s list was as follows.  Some photographs of the sanctuary today, follow – click a thumbnail to see a full-size slide-show.

500 Canada Goose
6 Mallard
1 Great Blue Heron
3 Turkey Vulture
2 Northern Harrier
1 Cooper’s Hawk
2 Bald Eagle
1 Red-tailed Hawk
1 Greater Yellowlegs
2 Ring-billed Gull
1 Great Black-backed Gull
1 Belted Kingfisher
3 Downy Woodpecker
2 Northern Flicker
6 Blue Jay
3 American Crow
1 Common Raven
10 Black-capped Chickadee
1 Tufted Titmouse
2 White-breasted Nuthatch
1 Brown Creeper
3 Golden-crowned Kinglet
2 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
1 Hermit Thrush
4 American Robin
12 Yellow-rumped Warbler
1 Song Sparrow
2 White-throated Sparrow
2 Red-winged Blackbird

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