[Ontbirds]Carden Alvar-Sandhill Crane, etc

Bullock Family bullock at primus.ca
Fri Jun 15 01:18:45 EDT 2007


A few highlites of our trip to the Carden Alvar June 14th:

There was a "rust-stained" Sandhill Crane at the Cameron Ranch at 1530 
hrs. Facing the gate, it was 45 degrees to the left, way back on the ridge.
There was also a coyote near the blue barrels in the same general 
direction. Scope very helpful.

In the evening, there were again 3 Loggerhead Shrikes, way back from 
Bluebird box #10 on Wylie Rd. ("/the best early summer birding road in 
southern Ontario"/-Ron Pittaway)
They were at the top of a hawthorn-like shrub, which they shared with a 
Flicker for a while. The Northern Mockingbird was on the other (east) 
side of the road. Lots of Grasshopper, Savannah and a few Vesper 
Sparrows, even in the heat of the day. Too may Eastern Meadowlarks, 
Eastern Bluebirds and Bobolinks and Brown Thrashers to count.

On Shrike Rd., one road east of Wylie Rd., there were no shrikes but in 
the evening, many (at one point 6) Upland Sandpipers, congregated on the 
fenceposts and walking along the road like chickens. Meanwhile 2 Common 
Nighthawks flew over at about 1900hrs. 2 Common Snipes were conspicuous 
along fenceposts along Wylie road at 1930 hrs. We could hear the 
Black-Throated Blue Warbler and 2 White Throated Sparrows, deep in the 
forest on Alvar Rd. West of the T intersection with Wylie Rd. A Ruffed 
Grouse and two chicks crossed the Alvar Rd. in front of us.

Alder Flycatcher and Purple Finch, and several American Redstarts were 
seen at the Lift Lock. Canal Lake had an active Osprey nest, a Herring 
Gull and a pair of Common Loons near the bridge.

We found Ron Pittaway's Guide, printed from the OFO site to be extremely 
helpful, especially the map and suggested route:

Directions: Carden Alvar birding guide and map

Wayne& Fran Bullock
Ancaster, Ontario
bullock at primus.ca

Directions (per Norm Murr’s posting last May):

Wylie Road is north of Kirkfield in Victoria County and Kirkfield itself is
on County Road 48 east of Highway 12 and well north of Whitby and about 130
km from Toronto if you follow the roads and not a Crow.


>From the centre of Kirkfield go north on County Road 6 passing under the
Lift Lock on the Trent Canal and drive about 2 ½ km further north to where
the road curves left or west. On this curve and on your right is McNamee Rd,
turn right here onto McNamee and drive east for about 300 yards and you will
be at Wylie Road. This road is about 9 ½ km long ending at Alvar Rd (a T
intersection). Birding can be good on this road as well, either way.

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