[Ontbirds] Bald Eagles, N. Shrike, Rough-legged Hawk, etc. - Bradford/Newmarket

RON FLEMING flemingron at rogers.com
Sat Mar 25 19:02:26 EST 2006

On Wednesday morning Keith Dunn observed two adult BALD EAGLES perched in the trees along the west side of the Holland River just north of Bradford.  Keith, Kevin Shackleton and I were unable to rediscover them this morning due to snow and poor visibility, but when the skies cleared in the afternoon I checked again and found one adult bird perched straight out from the last big garage building on the west side of Bathurst Street.  A scope was necessary.  This species occurs with some regularity a little further north in Lake Simcoe but doesn't often wander as far south as Bradford.
  Still present in the flooded fields in this same area were approx. 80 TUNDRA SWANS, 250  N. PINTAIL, 2000 Canada Geese,  100+ Mallards, and several other duck species in smaller numbers including GREEN-WINGED TEAL, RING-NECKED DUCK, AMERICAN WIGEON, REDHEAD, GADWALL, BLACK DUCK, and a pair of WOOD DUCKS.  Where Hochreiter Road ends at the Holland River there were six COMMON MERGANSERS, three HOODED MERGS, and an AMERICAN COOT.  
  There were also three NORTHERN HARRIERS hunting actively over the wet fields, two of them adult males, the other a noticeably larger imm. female.  An unexptected surprise was a dark adult male ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK perched on a treetop along Hochreiter Road.  
  A little further north and east of this location Keith Dunn had a NORTHERN FLICKER and one of the first GREAT BLUE HERONs of the spring near Silver Lakes golf course (north end of Yonge St. in Holland Landing).  On Holborn Road just west of 2nd Concession, we observed a late NORTHERN SHRIKE and a drumming RUFFED GROUSE this morning.
  Linda Hollinshead had a RED-BILLED WOODPECKER near house #3118 Doane Road just east of Warden Avenue today while Mike Van den Tillaart reported three lingering AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS overlapping with a few newly-arrived SONG SPARROWS in north Newmarket.
  Ron Fleming, Newmarket
  Newmarket and Bradford are about halfway between Toronto and Barrie, just east of Hwy. 400.  
  Directions: Hochreiter Road and the north end of Bathurst Street are accessed from Yonge Street north of Newmarket.  Between Bradford and Newmarket (after a long descent north of the stoplights indicating Holland Landing), you come to a stoplight indicating Bathurst Street.  Turn right, then a quick left and the road soon turns north again after crossing a railroad track.  Drive straight north, past Queensville Sdrd. and you will soon come to a large sign for Albert's Marina.  Hochreiter Road runs west and, despite the lunarlike driving conditions, is worth checking out.  The top end of Bathurst is straight ahead with most of the flooded fields being on the west side.

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