Backroads drive, Tuesday morning and early afternoon


I took to the backroads today to see what might be around.  And what I found was lots and lots of birds.  The roads were littered (not sure it that is the best word to describe it) with birds, mostly DARK-EYED JUNCOS,  but also NORTHERN CARDINALS,  BLUES JAYS, AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS and HORNED LARKS.  There were also quite a number of RED-TAILED HAWKS and ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS about.  I did not see any SNOW BUNTINGS or LAPLAND LONGSPURS.  I was also keeping my eyes peeled for SNOWY OWLS since this is another invasion year.  And it paid off.  Sitting in a field on the south side of Hyndman Drive, between Melbourne Road and Springfield Road (this is about 2 miles south of Melbourne) was a SNOWY OWL.

It was great day to be out in the countryside.  The weather was good.  However, about 1/2 hour after I got home, it started to snow and snow heavy.

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3 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Lynn Sanders on December 19, 2013 at 9:43 am

    Also enjoyed your contribution to the Age Dispatch this week. Hope you’re thinking of something more regular.

    Reply

  2. Posted by Lynn Sanders on December 19, 2013 at 9:41 am

    Lots of horned larks scattering over the fields and roads here too.

    Reply

  3. I was out there today too – scoping out my CBC area. Glendon Rd. and Glen Oak area was fairly active with hawks.

    Reply

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