After a little discussion it was decided that we would part ways (very amicably, rest assured) and Sheldon and Darlene headed off in one direction and I in another. They covered much of the area that we had planned for the trip and I made my way slowly towards home with a few stops in the Hungry Bay/Valleyfield area to try and find some of the out-of-season rarities that had been seen there.
We caught up by email later in the afternoon and compared notes. Our combined list totalled 29 species with a few interesting sightings including Peregrine Falcon, Northern Flicker, Tufted Titmouse (heard only), Pied-billed Grebe, and Red-necked Grebe. This would have made for a great winter trip list but it is doubtful that as a group we could have covered all the areas visited without splitting up.
For those interested our lists included: (Note that there is some overlap for a few species because we did have some areas in common) - Wayne
Darlene and Sheldon: Mallard 20, Common Goldeneye 30, Common Merganser 15, Cooper's Hawk 1, Red-tailed Hawk 12, Peregrine Falcon 1 (Hundington Water Tower Highway 138 SW of town), Rock Pigeon 15, Mourning Dove 6, Downy Woodpecker 3, Hairy Woodpecker 5, Blue Jay 25, American Crow 12, Horned Lark 2, Black-capped Chickadee 30, White-breasted Nuthatch 2, European Starling 20, American Tree Sparrow 8, Dark-eyed Junco 2, Snow Bunting 25, American Goldfinch 20
Canard colvert 20, Garrot à oeil d'or 30, Grand Harle 15, Épervier de Cooper 1, Buse à queue rousse 12, Faucon pèlerin 1 (tour de l'Eau Hundington route 138 SW de la ville), Pigeon biset 15, Tourterelle triste 6, Pic mineur 3, Pic chevelu 5, Geai bleu 25, Corneille d'Amérique 12, Alouette hausse-col 2, Mésange à tête noire 30, Sittelle à poitrine blanche 2, Étourneau sansonnet 20, Bruant hudsonien 8, Junco ardoisé 2, Bruant des neiges 25, Chardonneret jaune 20
Grèbe à bec bigarré - 1 (Riviere St Charles River hors Sullivan St, Valleyfield), Grèbe jougris - 1 (Canal Soulanges - Autoroute 338 et St Emmanuel), Canard noir - 2, Canard colvert - 50, Garrot à oeil d'or - 200, Harle couronné - 1 (Riviere St Charles River hors Sullivan St, Valleyfield), Grand Harle - 40, Épervier de Cooper - 1, Pigeon biset - 60, Tourterelle triste - 8, Harfang des neiges - 3, Pic mineur - 2, Pic flamboyant - 1 (route de Hungry Bay), geai bleu - 2, Corneille d'Amérique - 30, Alouette hausse-col - 2, Mésange à tête noire - 8, Mésange bicolore - 1 (entendu seulement) (route de Hungry Bay), Sittelle à poitrine blanche - 2, Étourneau sansonnet - 30, Cardinal rouge - 1, Moineau domestique - 4