Last weekend Deb and I spent the morning birding the Old Quarry Trail in Kanata. We were hoping to find some deer, porcupines or other mammals as well as some woodland birds for our year list. 2011, at least for me, has been relatively devoid of mammals; so far all I’ve seen are squirrels and deer, and I was looking forward to seeing something different.
It wasn’t too cold, but the sun never came out as promised. Because of all the fresh snow there were many skiers and snowshoers on the trails already. Unfortunately a noisy pair of cross-country skiers startled the first deer we saw near the “Deer John” feeders. Although the doe bounded off into the woods, the birds were not as skittish and remained close to the elaborate feeding area just off the main trail. Species present included a Brown Creeper, a pair of White-breasted Nuthatches, a Red-breasted Nuthatch and, of course, chickadees. A small flock of finches flew over – redpolls, perhaps – and kept heading north without stopping.