Ontario Birds - April Issue

Jean Iron jeaniron at sympatico.ca
Tue Apr 30 09:25:04 EDT 2002

The April issue of Ontario Birds will be mailed tomorrow (Wednesday) to OFO 
members. Here are the highlights.

Cover: A Blue Jay painting by Barry Kent MacKay compliments two articles on 
this species.

Birding the Hamilton Area: John Olmsted and Ron Scovell have revised their 
extremely popular 1990 birding site guide. There are 25 pages packed with 
new information about where to see the rarities and specialties of the 
Hamilton area. Includes five maps and two illustrations by Ron Scovell and 
seven photos by Barry Cherriere.

Photo Quiz: Bob Curry tests us with a perched hawk. See his analysis.

European Herring Gull in Ontario: Michel Gosselin and Ron Pittaway report 
the first record of this form for Ontario and the first specimen for Canada.

Of Blue Jays and Minicry: Ross James examines the various explanations of 
why Blue Jays mimic hawk calls such as those of the Red-shouldered Hawk.

Comsumption of Dead Bald-faced Hornets by Blue Jays in Winter: Doug Tozer 
reports the first mention in the literature of Blue Jays eating dead adult 
and larval hornets of this species in winter.

Cedar Waxwings Eating Tussock Moth Females in Early Winter: Bill Crins 
describes what "appears to be the first report of Cedar Waxwings gleaning 
insect food during the winter in a cold climate."

Feeding Behaviour of Bohemian Waxwings: Dave Elder describes the feeding 
habits of Bohemian Waxwings, including the eating of maple buds, in 
northwestern Ontario in winter. Waxwings may eat buds in winter for protein 
which is lacking in fruit.

In Memoriam: Jim Richards and Ron Tozer pay tribute to the late George A. 
Scott, legendary birder and all-round naturalist, of Oshawa and Durham 
Region. Photo by Jim Richards.

Letters: Kevin McLaughlin discusses the aging of the Pomarine Jaeger in the 
December photo quiz with comments by Bob Curry.

On behalf of co-editors Ron Tozer and Bill Crins, we hope that you enjoy 
this issue of Ontario Birds.

Ron Pittaway
Co-editor, Ontario Birds

Jean Iron
Ontario Field Ornithologists
9 Lichen Place
Toronto ON  M3A 1X3
e-mail: jeaniron at sympatico.ca

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