Friday, December 25, 2015

December 24,2015 Eastern Ontario Rarities Update

Hi Ontbirders
This is my last update for a couple of days.  There will be a significant change in the weather over the next couple of days in eastern Ontario with cold temperatures  on the way.

The Pink-footed Goose was observed along Eight Road near Moose Creek  this morning in a group of 9000+ Snow Gees . Lots of patience is required to find this goose.

The Mountain Bluebird was present this afternoon at the intersection of Century Road and Goodstown Road south of Richmond. As it held onto a fence line, it must have felt at home like on the prairies with 40+ kms winds.

The Bullock’s Oriole was again observed in Pakenham  feeding in its favourite apple tree at the south west end of Dalkeith St. Please remember the OFO Birding Code of Ethics!

I haven’t received or heard of any observations of the Smew today.

Merry Christmas,

​Directions: Pink-footed Goose: From Ottawa take Hwy 417 east past Casselman and exit at #58 south on Hwy 138. Follow south to Norman Dr. Turn right and continue west and Norman changes into Valley St. Follow to Eight Road and turn right continue to 16182 8th but watch for Snow Geese anywhere in the fields.

Mountain Bluebird directions: Take Hwy 416 south or north to Exit 57. West on Brophy to Eagleson and south on Eagleson/McCordick to Century Rd.. West on Century to intersection of Goodstown.

Bullock’s Oriole directions: From Ottawa take Hwy 417 west to Kinburn Side Road. After exiting turn left and follow to CR 29. Turn left and as you enter the village of Pakenham watch for Waba Road on your right.  Turn right and then left on Dalkeith St.

The Mountain Bluebird holds on to the barbwire during 40 km/hr winds. 

My latest Woolly Bear Caterpillar for Ottawa was at Dick Bell Park enjoying +17c on December 24! 

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