Friday, December 26, 2008

Eastern Ontario: Northern Hawk-Owls, Varied Thrush, and Bohemian Waxwings

December 26, 2008

My son Ben and I spent the day birding various areas in Eastern Ontario. We started the morning on the Pakenham-Arnprior CBC until noon. There were lots of finches around including 150+ White-winged Crossbills in the town of Arnprior.

White-winged Crossbills are on the move, devouring
cones crops as they pass through our region.

Along the Madawaska River we observed a very late Pied-billed Grebe near the boat launch area.

Pied-billed Grebe on the Madawaska River

We also had 150+ Bohemian Waxwings, small flocks at various locations.

During the afternoon we observed a Snowy Owl along Munro Drive near Kinburn, the Northern Hawk-Owl which was still just west of Perth along Cameron Side Road, the Varied Thrush still coming to the feeder near Watsons Corners and the Grandview Road Northern Hawk-Owl was still present.

Northern Hawk Owl

Keep your cameras and bird books closeby:
anything can show up at your feeder!
This is a photo of a Varied Thrush.

If you require additional information, please email me privately.

Good birding,
Bruce & Ben

Directions: Northern Hawk-Owl (Ottawa): From Ottawa take Hwy. 417 west to Moodie Drive exit #134. Go north to Carling Ave. and turn left. Watch for Grandview Road on your right. Follow to the end and turn left on Hastings Str. and park. If you require additional information, please email me privately.

Directions: Northern Hawk-Owl (Perth area): From Ottawa take Hwy 7 west through Perth to Cameron Side Road approximately 12 kms west. Watch for it in the general area.

Directions: Varied Thrush: To get to Dalhousie Conc. 6 from Ottawa, take Hwy 417 west to exit 155 and take County Road 49 to Almonte. Drive through Almonte and follow Wolf Grove Road (County Rd. 16) to the village of Hopetown. Turn south on County Rd 511 towards Lanark for about five km. and then go west on County Rd 8, through the hamlet of Watson's Corners, and another four km to Dalhousie Conc. 6. Turn south to #800.

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