Cattle Egret, the star of the OSFN Annual Around the Bay Outing, November 7,2010

OSFN had a successful outing with 20 people participating in our Annual Around the Bay Hike.  We saw 39 species of birds.  A worthwhile diversion from our normal route took us to see the Cattle Egret, a rare species to our area, found at a local farm near Leith. Some surprises happened, like when the Black-bellied Plover landed on a shoal for a few minutes to rest, give us a look, and then take off again. We also saw briefly a probable Barn Swallow who forgot that is was November.  Then there was the disappointment of not seeing the 100’s of Sandhill Cranes near Shouldice that were there 2 days before.  We missed out on some waterfowl like Scoters, Horned Grebes and Red-throated Loons, but then again, knowing that they are there or coming soon keeps you coming back.

Thank you to all of the participants for making this a successful day.

For a list of birds seen please email and a list will be provided.