Sunday, December 21, 2008

Bohemian Waxwings & Snowy Owls

December 20, 2008

Late this afternoon while driving back home from the Pembroke CBC we did a little bit of "drive by birding" along Hwy 17/417 to Kanata. It was a great drive with 3 Snowy Owls, 2 near the intersection of Hwy 417 and Kinburn Side road and 1 at Hwy 417 and Galetta Side Road.

Snowy Owls are still on the move south.
This afternoon towards dusk we observed
3 individuals along Hwy 417 near Antrim.

Two flocks of Bohemian Waxwings were observed, 1 just east of Renfrew (40+) and a second flock 25+) near Antrim.

These flocks can range into the hundreds or even thousands
as they devour the berry crops. Look for the characteristic
flocks on the tops of trees as there is a rotation in feeding

We searched many of the back roads for Great Gray Owls with no luck but did manage to find 3 Great Horned Owls sitting up and in the open at dusk. Unfortunately, we did not see any of these
species on the Pembroke CBC !

Good birding,

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