[Ontbirds] Vaughn birds: Merlin, Sharpie, long-eared owls, rough-legged hawks

Gene Denzel lezned at yorku.ca
Sat Jan 27 20:10:20 EST 2007

This morning a group from the Richmond Hill Naturalists and the West  
Humber Naturalists took a swing through the lands still undeveloped W  
of Hwy 27 and N of 16th Sideroad. There were lots of feeder birds,  
but the highlights were a 1st year Merlin (initially thought to be a  
sharpie until looked at through a scope with a nice long close  
study), on Major MacKenzie Rd just W of Hwy 27, and a couple of Rough- 
legged Hawks, the best one a beautiful white-morph on Major Mac just  
E of Huntington. While studying the Merlin, a Sharp-Shinned Hawk came  
in behind us  on another tree, and gave us a good comparison of  
plumages. There were also  numerous red-tailed hawks as we drove  
around. At the NAshville Cemetary (off Huntington Rd) in the cedars  
there were 5 Long-eared Owls, who upon being harrassed by a big flock  
of Blue-Jays did some neat fly-arounds. On some freshly laid manure  
along McGillavry Rd just North of 16th on the East side, there were a  
number of Horned Larks fairly close to the road giving great views.

Gene and Charlene Denzel
9 Idleswift Drive
Thornhill, ON L4J 1K8

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