[Ontbirds] Western Kingbird continues at Desjardins Canal today (& White-eyed Vireo in Oakville) - 15 Nov 2019

Frank Pinilla (gmail) fpinilla15 at gmail.com
Fri Nov 15 19:09:13 EST 2019


Ontbirders,

In case anyone is wondering, the long-staying Western Kingbird continues at the extreme west end of the Desjardins Canal in Dundas. Best seen from the Urquhart Butterfly Gardens. The bird likes to stay right down low by the water and flew a couple of times while my daughter and I watched it - we first saw it at the western edge and then it flew to the north side about 50m east of the western end - it then flew back about 10 minutes later to the west end.  It has lost many feathers on its forecrown (almost bald down the middle of the crown), a little worrying with -10C coming tonight again. 

Also of note in the same spot right by the water is an immature Green Heron - very late!

At Sedgewick Forest in Oakville we also saw the White-eyed Vireo. Can be tough to find as it moves around quietly and low to the ground. We were there for an hour and about to leave when a sharp-eyed birder re-found it (they had been there for 2 hours). It was seen working low just east of the fence near the NE corner of the fenceline. 

Good birding!
Frank & Sofia Pinilla
Richmond Hill

DIRECTIONS:

Urquhart Butterfly Garden - if coming from the east exit Hwy 403 at Hwy 6 North and then exit to York Rd. Follow that about 5km (it changes to Olympic Drive but stay straight) to King Street East, turn right on King and parking for the gardens is on the left/south side of King.

Sedgewick Forest is found along Lakeshore Road West, east of 3rd Line in south Oakville, between Sandwell Dr and Woodhaven Park Dr.  


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