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a Saturday afternoon tick — sweet…………:) :) :)

26 Jan

I received an email from ONTBIRDS about a sighting of a White-winged Dove at Rondeau Provincial Park this morning.  So I put my Christmas Bird Count data entry on hold and headed down to the park.  I tried for a White-winged Dove in Ontario once before.  I searched carefully in the vicinity where it had been seen but dipped on it.  That was a number of years ago.  But this time, the bird was right where the email said it was.  I am so pleased.  I now have 322 ticks on my Checklist of Ontario Birds.  White-winged Doves show up occasionally here and there in southern Ontario.  But they mainly make their home in the far southern and south-western United States.

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On the way to the park, I noticed an interesting bird sitting by the edge of the road.  (This was Thames Road, just south of Hyndman Drive.).  I quickly pulled over and snapped a couple of pictures before it flew off.  It was a Wilson’s Snipe.  A few over-winter in southern Ontario, but this is the first one that I have encountered in the winter.

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It was quite the day.

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2 Comments

Posted by on January 26, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

2 responses to “a Saturday afternoon tick — sweet…………:) :) :)

  1. Bob Zeller

    January 26, 2013 at 6:44 pm

    Dave, it looks like you did fine uploading these images. Love those Wilson’s Snipes.

     
  2. Blake Mann

    January 27, 2013 at 6:25 pm

    A great day! We could not get very close to the dove yesterday. Your photo is superb!
    The snipe is a great bird too!

     
 
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