[Ontbirds] Hoary Redpolls and Brown Thrasher at Riverwood in Mississauga

Judi Parker heyjudi at sympatico.ca
Fri Feb 13 09:10:46 EST 2009

At least 5 Hoary Redpolls were observed on Thursday, February 12, at
Riverwood in Mississauga.  They mingled in a flock of 22+ Pine Siskins.
They were observed throughout the day at feeders behind the Chappell
House, a historic Arts and Crafts style building.  
The Brown Thrasher previously reported continues to be seen regularly at
the feeders outside MacEwan Field Station.
Riverwood is a Mississauga city park which covers 150 acres, largely
forested but including diverse habitats, along the Credit River between
Burnhamthorpe Road West on the south and Hwy. 403 on the north.  It is
contiguous with Erindale Park which runs along the Credit River between
Dundas Street and Burnhamthorpe Road.  The Culham Trail (hike and bike)
runs through both parks and there are other marked trails in Riverwood.
Please note that these trails, although well-defined and regularly used
year-round, are not ploughed in winter.  Reports of your sightings are
appreciated at
Directions:  From Hwy 403 take the Mavis Road Exit.
  Go south on Mavis Road to Burnhamthorpe Road West and turn right.
  Take Burnhamthorpe Road to the traffic lights at intersection with The
Credit Woodlands (south of Burnhamthorpe) and Riverwood Park Lane (north
of Burnhamthorpe).  
  Turn north onto Riverwood Park Lane.
Chappell House:  Follow Riverwood Park Lane until the large Arts and
Crafts style house is visible.  Park in the visitor lot on your right.
The feeders where the Hoary Redpolls have been observed are behind the
MacEwan Field Station: Turn into the first parking lot visible from the
road on your left.  A pathway leads from the parking lot toward a
restored barn, the new Visual Arts Mississauga facility, and to MacEwan
Field Station which is the old farm house at the end of the paved path.

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