[Ontbirds]Birds Feeding on Crabapples in Orillia

Bob Bowles rbowles at rogers.com
Sat Dec 1 23:19:30 EST 2007

Birders from Ohio and New York visiting Orillia today were able to observe
large flocks of Bohemian Waxwings. At one location three flocks contained
more than 600 birds. The fruit on the crabapple tree on my front lawn had a
hard day today with Pine Grosbeaks, Bohemian Waxwings, and American Robins.
At one time during the day the tree was filled with over 200 waxwings, about
50 Pine Grosbeaks and 12 American Robins. A Sharp-shinned Hawk swooped in
and knocked one of the robins to the ground on the street but a passing car
scared off the predator without the prey. The robin was able to hop to
safety under a nearby parked car to escape. We also found a Northern Shrike
in the city watching the flocks at the feeders which are mainly covered by
redpolls. There is only about two more days of fruit supply on this tree on
my lawn after today but it has provided wonderful photo opportunities. The
waxwings which have been feeding on Glossy Buckthorns, Common Buckthorns and
Crabapples have eaten most of the food supply from the trees and shrubs
within the city so it should be interesting to see what they do next week. I
have received a report of a Red-bellied Woodpecker visiting a feeder in
Coldwater but the feeder can not be seen from the road. A check of the
Orillia landfill this morning produced no Glaucous, Iceland or Thayer's
gulls this morning. These species usually arrive at the landfill around the
second week of December so it is still early.

Bob Bowles  

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