Thursday, March 28, 2013

March 27, 2013 Napanee Alvar

Hi Everyone
I spent a couple of hours birding the Napanee Alvar this morning. I was fortunate to find 1 adult Loggerhead Shrike actively feeding in a field but unfortunately I couldn't read the bands. There were also 3 Northern Shrikes, 2 adult and 1 immature also present. Overall it was still somewhat quiet with only a couple of Eastern Meadowlarks singing, 2 Northern Harrier displaying and 1 Eastern Bluebird. Later on between Napanee and Gananoque along Hwy.401 I counted 35+ Turkey Vulture, 2 immature Bald Eagle and 11 Red-tailed Hawk.
Good birding,

Directions: From Kingston take Hwy 401 west to exit #593 and go north to Nugent Road and turn left. Follow west to CR 27 (Main Street). The Loggerhead Shrike was along Craigen Road near Joyce Road.

An immature Northern Shrike sits waiting for some movement below in the vegetation.  Note the distinctive grey feather edging on the breast. 

At a distances the grey feather edging aren't as obvious on the northern Shrike.   

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