[Ontbirds]Hall's Rd. hawks and owls--Jan.27/07

Doug Lockrey lockrey33 at rogers.com
Sat Jan 27 17:17:35 EST 2007

Throughout January Hall's Rd. and area in southwest Whitby,ON, has been home to a number of  hawks and owls, BUT one has to be there at the "right" time, it varying muchly.
Between 9 and 10am today I had a great look at an adult ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK perched in a large oak tree on the west side of LakeRidge Rd., a third of the way towards the lake from Victoria St. Two RED-TAILED HAWKS were hovering overhead, and a NORTHERN HARRIER was sighted from the Hall's Rd. side.
The Sobey's Warehouse fields often harbour Red-tailed Hawks and American Kestrels.

For 5 or more weeks a BARRED OWL has been seen along Hall's Rd., usually in the early morning hours at the north pathway entrance. Many photos have been taken, prior to the bird deciding to fly off into the woods. 
Today (Jan.27) it was seen at 1:30pm much further north.  

Exit the 401 at Salem Rd. (in Ajax), south to Bayly, east to LakeRidge; one block further is Hall's Rd., and 2km. further east is the Sobey Warehouse area, on the north side of Victoria (eastward extension of Bayly). 

James Kamstra is the guest speaker at the Pickering Naturalists meeting on Thursday, Feb. 1--7:30pm--in the O'Brien Room, on the east side of the Pickering Recreational Centre. His topic--Biodiversity from Rio to the Pantanal.

Doug Lockrey, Whitby

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