Apparently I'm a sucker for punishment... After work, I decided to go and bird the area around the buildings where I want to buy a Condo...
I birded: West of Millen Road to Green Road, breifly around Edgelake Park, then the extreme end of Confederation park...
In short, I birded exactly where I want my "Home Patch" to be in the future... If I ever actually get a condo... And wouldn't you know it, I had some pretty sweet birds (but nothing rare) Highlights:
Best bird was the above Northern Saw Whet Owl at Confederation Park... Also:
1 adult Peregrine Falcon
3 Black-crowned Night Herons
2 Greater Yellowlegs
1 Nashville Warb (lots of warbs have moved out I guess)
+ awesome numbers of expected migrants... Confederation Park has awesome habitat.. Kept seeing Eastern Phoebes and had one of these in mind, but it never happened:
-- Not totally motivated for crazy birding, but it looks like low pressure is moving in.... This is the spawn of a tropical disturbance in the Pacific Ocean from a few days ago, so even though its not terribly strong, it should produce some more good birds!
We'll see if I can get out anywhere today or tomorrow, and maybe the weekend will hold some more serious rarity hunting
Calling for pretty good north winds Friday and Saturday on James Bay - but I think its too close to call for an impromptu trip up there... Will continue keeping an eye on it though... Figures that the year I decide to go "for" a storm, there haven't really been any standouts...
To be honest, the weather has been pretty boring everywhere for months now... I need exciting weather!
Just for fun, a look at the forecast for Tropical Storm Nadine from a few days ago... This storm has been wandering around the open Atlantic for 20+ days already, and has been kind of funny..
The GFS even got into the fun, when their OFFICIAL forecast track for the system drew a giant question mark............