Back to the “Kestrel Fields” again this morning to make a decision about which deer trail to lead the group through at the weekend … finally got it sorted out. This is for the second half of the morning after we have “done” the arboretum.
On the way there I found that the road resurfacing along Ch. Ste-Marie and has finally been completed so stopped at the trail head half way along Chemin Anse-a-al’Orme and battled my way through neck-high grasses to see what was about. Robins, White-throated Sparrows and Yellow warblers for the most part as well as a couple of Crows. I think we probably won’t take the group in there as there are only so many hours in a Saturday morning. Up in the bay there were a lot of Canada Geese but no Egrets today – unusual.
The route planned, then, for the second part of Saturday’s field trip is shown in a map at the bottom of this post. It may test the unfit slightly as there are only deer trails in this area and the going is quite tussocky but there are plenty of birds singing in the shrubs and grasses and if we proceed quietly they will show their heads. The Kestrel pair were not around today but I have seen them on my last two visits so we can hope they will be there. Still a good number of Yellow-rumps in small groups and occasionally other Warblers and Kinglets along with them. This is a very untroubled and unvisited part of the island … a return visit in the spring should be very productive. I was pleased to see that the one small model plane being flown did not seem to be bothering the resident birds. I had thought that they might see it as a hawk but mostly they just stayed low when it passed over instead of scattering.
A few pictures from this morning plus the map.