We had a large group of enthusiastic birders for our second hike of the season. Many also attended last week’s hike and others were new. Some of the highlights were the northern waterthrush at the start of the bike path on the 215. He was a bout 200 feet away, so a bit far, but those with good binoculars got a good view of it as it stayed in the same perch singing for a long time. We also saw the American bittern fly over us while on the 215 near the water source. We got good views of the blue headed vireo, dark eyed Junco, Northern cardinal, yellow rumped-warbler and white throated sparrows. It helps a lot that the leaves are not out yet to be able to find the birds more easily.

We saw or heard 26 species.  Click on the bird’s name to see more information:

American Bittern
American Crow
American Goldfinch
American Robin
Black-capped Chickadee
Black-throated Green Warbler
Blue Jay
Blue-headed Vireo
Common Grackle
Common Raven
Dark-eyed Junco
Great Crested Flycatcher
Hairy Woodpecker
Hermit Thrush
Northern Cardinal
Northern Flicker
Northern Waterthrush
Red-winged Blackbird
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Song Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow
Tufted Titmouse
White-throated Sparrow
Winter Wren
Yellow-rumped Warbler


Next week there are 2 hikes.

  • Saturday morning (May 14) we are meeting in the parking lot of Hutopia at 7am. Pass the horizon parking and passed the long driveway to the centre de vie there is a parking lot all the way on the left where there are garbage dumpsters. This is where we are meeting.
  • Sunday evening (May 15) on the Village/Mountain trail. Meeting at 7pm at the Sutton curling club.

Be sure to sign up if you are not already. Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers reading this!

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