Date: Tuesday, April 16th, 2019
Timeframe: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Weather: Wonderful Spring birding weather! Bluebird blue sky with essentially no cloud cover; the daytime high was 11 degrees Celsius. The wind was moderate, even a bit gusty, out of the W to begin the day, but quite low out of the W by mid-afternoon.
An absolutely lovely, full Spring birding day exploring Renfrew County. We covered a lot of ground and managed to see 50+ species in total. We hit Renfrew County on the right day, especially for Birds of Prey. In our travels, we observed 35 American Kestrels and 17 Rough-legged Hawks! Among many Canada Geese, 10 Richardson’s Cackling Geese were sighted. Sparrows had just started to arrive in the county, with Savannah Sparrows popping up, here and there…some singing, as well. With full sunshine throughout the entire day, it was truly a blessing to be out enjoying some fine Spring birding 🙂
Incredibly, I managed to upload 25+ checklists today. A bit too many to post here, I’m afraid. Many roadside stops! Our species total was 53 species. We birded Arnprior, Renfrew, Cobden-area, Micksburg, and Pembroke. Most of our birding took place along backroads. I highly recommend joining this tour next April; it was a real success, and I’ll be driving the same route next year 🙂
Photo: Rough-legged Hawk. Renfrew County, Ontario. 18 April 2019.
Tuesday, April 16: Spring birding in Renfrew County