[Ontbirds]OFO Carden Alvar Field Trip

Jean Iron jeaniron at sympatico.ca
Sun Jun 6 21:20:11 EDT 2004


Today's field trip to the Carden Alvar tallied 80 species of quality 
grassland and scrubland birds. We walked along Wylie Road to the Sedge Wren 
Marsh and then back to our cars parked opposite the small house where the 
road is wider. Most of the group had great views of Upland Sandpiper, 
Clay-colored Sparrow, Grasshopper Sparrow, Vesper Sparrow, Brown Thrasher, 
Eastern Bluebird, Sedge Wren, and many other typical grassland species. We 
lunched at the Kirkfield Lift Lock. After lunch we found a pair of 
Loggerhead Shrikes in Eldon Township. At Prospect Marsh we saw and heard 
Marsh Wren and Virginia Rail, heard a Sora, and watched a young Great 
Horned Owl in an old Great Blue Heron nest. A Common Raven flew by at the 
marsh lending a northern touch to the trip. The OFO group of 60 people 
included three American birders from Ohio.

My thanks to Ron Tozer for his fine style in co-leading the trip.

Ron Pittaway
Carden Trip Leader

Jean Iron
President, Ontario Field Ornithologists
9 Lichen place
Toronto ON  M3A 1X3
jeaniron at sympatico.ca
ofo at ofo.ca

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