[Ontbirds]Varied Thrush still in Batchewana Bay

McIlwrick, Ken kmcilwri at NRCan.gc.ca
Tue Mar 21 16:01:30 EST 2006

Hello Fellow birders,

The Varied Thrush that was first reported back in November 2005 is still
coming to feeders in Batchewana Bay.

It has been seen at least a couple times a week for approximately 4
months. I last observed it on Sunday March 19th.  Visitors are welcome
to see this bird.

Contact: Gary Hill (705) 882-1063

Directions to bird: Drive north on Hwy. 17, from Sault Ste. Marie for
about 45 minutes until you reach Hwy. 563. From here, turn left onto Hwy
563 and drive until you see the icy north shore of Batchewana Bay. At
this point start looking for the green fire number sign 508 on the right
hand side. The bird is coming to feeders on the left (west) side of Gary
Hill's house and also to his neighbours feeder, one house to the east.
If it is not at the feeders, a quick look around at the surrounding
trees may help in locating the bird. It prefers to feed when the other
birds (Common Redpoll, Hoary Redpoll, American Goldfinch, Pine Siskin,
Pine Grosbeak, Purple Finch, Dark-eyed Junco, Black-capped Chickadee,
Red and White-breasted Nuthatch, Downy and Hairy Woodpecker, Blue Jay,
Mourning Dove, American Crow and European Starling) are not so active at
the feeders. Cueing into its call note will also help a lot.

Ken McIlwrick
Sault Ste. Marie, ON

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