[Ontbirds] Loggerhead Shrike and Merlin at Carden Plain

Bob Ross bob.ross3 at sympatico.ca
Sat Apr 10 17:11:15 EDT 2004

An early season visit to the Carden Plain was rewarded by a Loggerhead Shrike posing on the top wire of the fence, right beside Bluebird Box #14, at about 1:00PM today.

It flew across Wylie Road and seemed to settle around a Hawthorne bush about half way across the field on the west side of Wylie Road - behind Box #10.

Also watching the Loggerhead Shrike was a male Merlin, perched in a nearby tree. I hope he was just birding, and not planning dinner.

Other birds seen from Wylie Road included:

Northern Harrier
Turkey Vulture
Eastern Meadowlark
Eastern Bluebird
Red-winged Blackbird

All of the birds seemed to be males. No pairs were seen.

Directions: The Carden Plain is located about 5 km north of Kirkfield. Drive past the lift lock area to the second road on the right.

Bob Ross

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