Sunday, May 10, 2009

Chaffeys Lock Birding: May 9, 2009

May 9, 2009

Lots of activity along Chaffeys Lock/Opinicon Road this morning. The number of singing male Cerulean's in now up to 16 individuals along Opinicon and we also had 3 Golden-winged Warbler and one hybrid Brewster's near Skycroft Campground. There were numerous Wood Thrush, Scarlet Tanager, Rose-breasted Grosbeak and Indigo Bunting singing along the road. Overall recorded 17 species of warblers and 4 species of vireo's with 7 Yellow-throated and 12 Red-eyed.

A male Golden-winged Warbler singing near Chaffeys Lock.

The Cerulean Warbler is usually hard to spot in the canopy, but this individual had not cover and was very cooperative.

A male Cerulean Warbler along Opinicon Road near Chaffeys Lock.

The more common of the hybrid "winged" warblers, a male Brewster's Warbler was giving a typical Golden-winged Warbler song.

Good birding,

Directions: Chaffeys Lock/Opinicon Road: Opinicon Road is north of Kingston. From Hwy. 401 take county road 10 (exit 617) north towards Westport for about 20 kilometres. Roughly 1 or 2 kms. past Perth Road Village on the right is Opinicon Road. Turn right and drive towards Chaffeys Lock making regular stops along the way to listen. Anywhere along Opinicon Road is can be good. The old railway line or the Rideau Trail system opposite Skycroft Campgrounds are great for birding. From Ottawa take Hwy. 417 west to Hwy.7 to Carleton Place. Turn left onto Hwy.15 and follow past Smiths Falls and continue towards Kingston. After passing Crosby start watching for Chaffeys Lock Road on your right.

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