Parc National d’Oka

Bonaparte's gull

October 21, 2017

It was a sunny and a cool morning for a walk at Oka National Park. My daughter Shannon and I arrived just after sunrise. 27 birdwatchers participated in the BPQ event led by Wayne.

At the secluded beach we saw some Mallard Ducks. I got a shot of a female Mallard duck walking.

_DSC1037 Mallard

There were some Great Black-back Gulls further out.

_DSC1067 Great black-backed gull

Lots of Ring-billed Gulls by the shore.

_DSC1025 Ring-billed gulls

A pair of Bonapart’s Gull near the shore. This is a lifer for me.

_DSC1023 Bonaparte's gull

We went to the main beach and there were quite a few bird far out. We used our scopes to find them and identify them. The highlight was a Red-breasted Loon way out there on the edge of forever. Really far out. Ring-billed Gulls and Herring Gulls on the beach and flying about. This is a Herring Gull soaring overhead.

_DSC1090 Herring gull

Further out, hundreds of Greater and Lesser Scaups flying.

_DSC1158 Lesser - Greater Scaups

We went to the boardwalk and fall colours were spectacular. We saw a Great Blue Heron standing in the bay.

_DSC1170 Greaty Blue Heron

Nearby, an American Black Duck was diving looking for breakfast.

_DSC1203 American black Duck

A Garter Snake next to trail.

_DSC1219 Garter Snake

A Chipmunk scampering about.

_DSC1225 Chipunk

That all for today’s walk.

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