Backroads northwest of Strathroy

This past summer, I have not done much birding around Strathroy.  Not sure why.  It just did not happen.  But this morning, I thought I would take a drive over to Seed Road area.  A bit early for Snowy Owls, but you never know.  Well I did not find any.  In face I did not see much bird life really.  But it felt good to drive the roads and look.  Searching the fields, tree lines, road edges.  Along Confederation, I saw a American Kestrel on the wire, half a dozen Rock Pigeons on a silo and a couple of American Crows perched in a tree.

Along Seed Road, I saw about 500 Ring-billed Gulls in a field.  Looked freshly plowed.  There was a lone American Crow, a half dozen Rock Pigeons in some corn stubble.

Over on School Road, driving south, I saw a lone Mourning Dove on the wire, a Downy Woodpecker responded to pishing and came in close to the edge of the road,  in another spot a Song Sparrow was in a marshy area.  Further down, in a row of cedars along the road, there was a flock of Pine Siskens (about 20) foraging/feeding the seed pods.  Very nice to see these siskens up close.

Not a lot of birds.  But so nice to get out and search for what might be out there.




3 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Anonymous on November 9, 2017 at 6:46 pm

    Good update. Our feeders have been slow and will be till we get some snow.


  2. Posted by Lynn Sanders on November 9, 2017 at 4:55 pm

    Nice to hear from you. Siskins, eh. Haven’t seen any yet. I am seeing and hearing tundra swans passing overhead. Still a wonderful sight when the sun is low and the sky is blue. Insectivores and insects are down in our meadow this year. But more monarchs!


  3. yah pine siskens- thanks for the update- I drive to Strathroy to work a few times each week- time to look for Buntings too I think


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