Lewis's Woodpecker near Wooler

The Shanahans vic.hide at sympatico.ca
Sat Jan 26 19:06:28 EST 2002

A Lewis's Woodpecker has been coming to feeders at a residence just
outside Wooler for the last couple of days. My son, Ian, and I watched
the bird today from 2:00-4:00pm. Wooler is located northeast of Brighton
and is accessed by departing the 401 at exit 522 and travelling
northwest on county road 40. At Wooler, this road becomes county road 5.
Drive through Wooler, where the road turns sharply to the right and
shortly thereafter you will encounter St. Alphonsus Catholic Church (#
118 on the north side of the road). Approximately .9 km past the church,
you will find Teal Road where you turn right or south. After a very
short distance, turn left on Leavitt Road (this is really a farm lane
and isn't marked on the MapArt Ontario Road Atlas). All three homes on
this road have feeders where the bird has been seen; however, it spends
most of its time at the end of Leavitt Rd. at # 76. This is the home of
Jean and Homer Leavitt who welcome birders with several provisos.
The bird frequents feeders on the north side of the house and is very
skittish (much like the Carman Road bird of June 2000). The Leavitts
suggest that birders not proceed past the picnic table bearing the blue
911 sign with the number 76. The feeders are visible from this spot and
the bird can be easily looked at with binoculars or scopes from here.
The Leavitts do not want people walking on their lawn or about their
house. As Leavitt Road is a farm lane it is muddy and narrow. As a
result, it would serve everyone well if birders would park farther back
along the road and walk to the picnic table area.
Don Shanahan

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