[Ontbirds]Saugeen Shores CBC

Cindy Cartwright pom at bmts.com
Thu Jan 5 15:54:50 EST 2006

The 2nd Saugeen Shores CBC was held yesterday under overcast skies with precipitation ranging from fog to light rain for most of the day.  Temperatures ranged from 0 - 4 degrees with patchy snow cover due to recent rain.  Small inland lakes and streams were partially to completely ice covered, Lake Huron and the Saugeen River were open.

Thank you to the 30 participants that made the count so successful!

52 species were observed including 14 new species.  
Highlights included:
- Red-shouldered Hawk
- Pine Grosbeak
- White-winged Crossbill
- Bohemian and Cedar Waxwings
- Glaucous Gull 
- Common Grackle
- Hooded Merganser

2 Snowy Owls were located on the 8th of Elderslie - take Bruce Road 3 north from Paisley, turn east on the 8th concession.  Another Snowy Owl was observed near the junction of Bruce Road 3 and the Saugeen River just north of Burgoyne.

The Red-shouldered Hawk was located on the Saugeen River Road near Smith's Apple Orchard - take the River Road off Bruce Road 3 about 4 miles south of Burgoyne or off Bruce Road 17 about 3 miles west of Burgoyne.

Both waxwings were located at MacGregor Point Provincial Park - highway 21 south of Port Elgin to Saugeen Conc. 4 and follow the signs.

The adult Glaucous gull was observed at the Port Elgin dump near the water tower.

Next year's count will be held on Wednesday January 3rd.

Good birding,
Cindy Cartwright

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