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.