[Ontbirds] Black Vulture (Port Dover), Loggerhead Shrike and Redhead (Ottawa)

Marcel Gahbauer marcel.gahbauer at utoronto.ca
Sun Apr 18 21:41:43 EDT 2004


Around noon today, I spotted a Black Vulture flying east across Hwy 6, just
south of Lynn Valley Road; this is approximately 7 km northeast of Port
Dover and ~50 km southwest of Hamilton.  It was flying steadily to the east,
and was lost from sight behind a row of trees after only a couple of
minutes.

Several hours later, a pair of Redheads was observed south of Ottawa along
with 8 Common Mergansers and 2 Ring-necked Ducks at the pond on the south
side of Earl Armstrong Road east of Bowesville.

Further west on Earl Armstrong, midway between Limebank and Bowesville,
there was a Loggerhead Shrike flitting from post to post along the road.
Also in the area were 3 Northern Harriers, but no Short-eared Owls were
seen.  Note that both sides of the road are private property; please stay on
the road if looking for this bird.  Directions to the area are at
http://www.ofnc.ca/birding.htm under the 'airport' heading.

Yesterday at Long Point Provincial Park, early migrants included 3 Blue-Gray
Gnatcatchers (along the main park road), 2 Pine Warblers (at the park
entrance), 1 female Black-throated Green Warbler and 1 male Eastern Towhee
(campground).  Sapsuckers and flickers were abundant throughout;
White-throated Sparrow and Yellow-rumped Warbler numbers are slowly
beginning to build.

Good birding!

Marcel Gahbauer
Ottawa / Montreal
marcel.gahbauer at utoronto.ca



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