Thickson's Woods and "The Meadow"

Dennis Barry dbarry at interlinks.net
Thu Feb 7 10:27:02 EST 2002


Hi,

It's official!  At 4:00 p.m., February 6, 2002 "The Meadow" became a an
exciting new part of the Thickson's Woods Nature Reserve.  Many, many thanks
to Ontbirds, OFO  and Ontbirders for helping raise the downpayment.
    For those winter listers who have somehow missed a few of the less
common wintering birds, Thickson's Woods has a resident flock of
GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLETS that are usually easy to find at the south end of
the woods behind our house.  A male FLICKER is about, but not easy to find.
The male CAROLINA WREN was singing loudly about 8:30 this morning.  It is
always most vocal at dawn.  It sometimes feeds on suet fastened to the end
of the platform feeder in our side yard west of the house.  (You're welcome
to tip-toe up the driveway for a look.)  Hopefully the female is still
around as well and they will nest.
    Signs of "spring" this morning included two duelling black-capped
chickadees doing their "springs here" call, and a starling immitating an
eastern meadowlark.  The GREAT HORNED OWLS are more vocal and have probably
already selected a nest site.



   To reach Thickson's Woods exit from 401 to Thickson Road South in
Whitby.  Proceed south past Wentworth Street to the Waterfront Trail.  Turn
left, turn around and park on the north side of the road.  Enter the woods
on a path from
the south side, about 200 metres east of Thickson Road.  Follow the trails
through the woods, some of which access the Lake Ontario shore.  To view the
beaver pond and Corbett Creek Marsh continue east about 100 metres past the
entrance to the woods.  The meadow is across the Waterfront Trail
immediately north of the woods. The entrance is directly across the
waterfront trail from the entrance to the woods.

Dennis Barry & Margaret Carney
Thickson's Point, R.R. 2
Whitby, ON L1N 5R5
(905) 725-2116

dbarry at interlinks.net
mcarney at interlinks.net



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