wukasch.family at sympatico.ca
Sat May 10 21:49:21 EDT 2008
The Sandhill Crane (male?) is still visiting the muddy field just east of the 13th Line and 20th Sideroad of Bradford-West Gwillimbury. The local residents mentioned that last year they regularly saw the entire family of cranes foraging in the field and even along the road in June, so they must nest in the general vicinity. Migration is slow up here, but the Northern Orioles are back and a pair of Blue -Gray Gnatcatchers are back on their usual territory along Industrial Parkway in Bradford. I also heard American Bitterns "pumping" by the Water Pumping Station at the end of Industrial Parkway. There were only a few shorebirds at the Bradford settling Ponds - Least Sandpipers, Solitary Sandpiper, and the resident Spotties. It is usually much better in the fall.
Go north on Hwy. 400 to County Rd. 88. Go east to the lights at Hwy.11. Turn left ang go north to the 13th Line. Turn rigth and go past the GO tracks to the last house on your right. the cranes hang out in the adjacent field. to get to Industrial Parkway, go back to Hwy. 11, turn left and go back towards Bradford. Turn right at the lights at the 8th Line and continue on until you get to the second road on your left. follow road to the dead end and walk east as far as the trail goes. Gnatcatchers, etc. are there.
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