Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Today's Observations

It was a beautiful morning for my birding course. We started with excellent views of the Northern Hawk-Owl sitting up high in a tree sunning itself. There were 8 Northern Cardinals also sitting up in the sunshine including 5 males. One was singing as if it was spring time. Numerous small flocks of Pine Siskin, Common Redpoll and American Goldfinch were at backyard feeders along Grandview Road.

In the Kinburn-Woodlawn-Dunrobin areas we were treated to 2 Northern Shrikes, a few small flocks of Bohemian Waxwing and Pine Grosbeak. A flock of 8 were feeding on ash keys and flying down to the roadside for grit. A nearby feeder had a great selection of finches including a female Purple Finch which have been rare this winter. Later in the day a flock of 30+ Wild turkey were feeding in the farm fields along Galetta Side Road near Galetta.

Back at home the cylinder feeders are still entertaining up to 150+ Pine Siskin, American Goldfinch and a few Common Redpolls!

Good birding,

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