[Ontbirds]Prothonotary Warbler at Tiny Marsh

Ken Abraham kenabra at sympatico.ca
Sat Apr 16 17:49:59 EDT 2005

Visitors to the Viewing Day at Tiny Marsh on Saturday, April 16, were treated to a special visitor. A male PROTHONOTARY WARBLER was found on the dike trail along the drainage creek by RuthAnne Gale at about 11:30 a.m.  It remained in the area for at least 2 hours and was viewed by many of us at a range of 10-15 meters.

The bird was feeding on insects on the dogwood shrubs and in small trees along the south bank, especially those over water in the drainage creek. 

Directions to Tiny Marsh Provincial Wildlife Area: (thanks to Ron Fleming for his post of April 14): 

Tiny Marsh is about a 20 minute drive northwest of Barrie and about 10 minutes east of Wasaga Beach. Exit Hwy. 400 at the Bayfield St. ramp in Barrie, then follow Bayfield northwest (left). Bayfield becomes County Road 27 (do not turn onto #26 west toward Stayner and Wasaga). Keep going north (straight). Take 27 north through the village of Elmvale, cross the little Wye River, then look for Simcoe Road 6 and turn west (left). The road quickly angles northward through the hamlet of Saurin. Go a short distance to 1st Conc., which is the Tiny-Flos Townline (a sign on the left indicates the way toting Marsh). Turn west (left) on the unpaved townline road and go 3.5 km to either the first parking lot on the right or another half km to the Interpretive Centre parking lot.

>From the Interpretive Centre parking lot, cross the bridge toward the building and turn right onto the dike trail and follow it about a half km east past the next bridge. The bird was 40 paces east of that bridge along the drainage creek on the right.

If you park in the first lot, just cross the bridge which leads to the main cross-marsh dike, but turn right immediately onto the dike trail.

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